Mental Illness

Working Is Good for Your Wellbeing

Suzi Dixon | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Dixon

Anxiety is a disease of the mind but it's not ALL in the mind. Telling someone having a panic attack to 'calm down' is frankly insulting. But I understand completely why some colleagues, and especially small business owners, don't or won't take it seriously.

The Rational Act of an Irrational Mind

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

At the times in my life where suicide has become a real and valid option, it seemed the best thing to do for everyone. When my mind reached this completely irrational conclusion, I was convinced that while my family might grieve for a while, they would ultimately get over it, move on, and be the better for no longer having to watch over or worry about me.

On Stigma

Ruby Wax | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

It's the only illness where you get - absolutely free with the package - a real sense of shame. I've heard people say, "I know people with real diseases, show me lumps show me X-Rays", and of course you can't so you begin to feel bombarded with self-disgust thinking," I'm not being carpet-bombed, I'm not living in a Township, how dare I, who has everything, be depressed?"

'Prozac Nation': 20 Years On

Victoria Sadler | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

In September 1994 Elizabeth Wurtzel's first book Prozac Nation was published and a new era of confessional-style memoir was born. Further than that, Elizabeth's frank and unsympathetic portrayal of her battles with depression was revolutionary in a way that now, even 20 years later, we're still getting used to...

Living With the Stigma of Depression

Phill Hudson | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Phill Hudson

I can still recall those early days when our second daughter was born in June 2012, endless tears; long periods of inactivity, terrified to leave the house caused by an unbearable anxiety and despite being surrounded by loved ones a feeling I can only describe as utter emptiness and isolation. This is how I remember seeing my wife in the summer of 2012. My heart still sinks when I think that at the moment our little treasure was born a part of my beloved wife died.

Ever Had a Bad Day?

Matt Clifton | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Clifton

Ever felt like you have had a bad day? I am sure you have had more than one, maybe you had a head-ache or perhaps a sickness bug? Well imagine if throughout your day/week or however long you had it, you were constantly told "just to get better or get over it" ...

Poorna Bell

Should You Talk To Your Family About Depression?

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

As head of a family rocked by mental illness and addiction, you would think that if anyone understood the complexities of depression, it would be Bob ...

Students Suffering From Mental Illness Face Crippling Stigma

The Huffington Post | Tasha Kleeman | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Despite students’ vulnerability to mental health problems, at universities and colleges, mental illness remains a taboo. For many students, the ...

F*cked Up, Insecure, Neurotic and Emotional

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

Hubby is a patient man. Strong, loving, considerate too, but mostly patient (in the extreme). He has a tough job sometimes - he has me. Granted, I have my good points (too many to list, obviously) but then there's also that nasty cloud/dog/bubble aspect just waiting in the wings, ready to pounce as soon as I let my guard down. And when it pounces on me, it pounces on him too.

On Robin Williams

Ruby Wax | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

Why is it such an 'out of the blue' experience for everyone that Robin Williams killed himself? Is it because we think if someone's funny they must spend their lives, head thrown back, wheezing away? I know very few comedians who in their real lives have their heads thrown back, it's not funny being funny; it's a killer.

Why Mental Health Must Stay on the Agenda

Luciana Berger | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Politics
Luciana Berger

Our mental health system is failing at a time when it should be being made a greater priority... We must change the status of mental health, not just in our National Health Service, but just as importantly, in our wider society... This is why mental health will be a top priority for the next Labour government.

What's in Your Head..?

Liz Fraser | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Fraser

Approximately 450 million people worldwide have some kind of 'mental health problem' right now. And they have really, honestly tried very hard to pull their socks all the way up, and Get Over It.

A Natural Way to Cope With Anxiety

Emma Letessier | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Letessier

Once we are more readily in touch with or conscious of the thoughts and feelings that trigger an anxious response, it may be that we are in a better position to start voicing them to someone we can trust. Often even just the verbal acknowledgement that we are feeling a negative emotion can have a hugely healing effect.

Spark of Madness

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

Robin Williams' death is everywhere this week. It's been on my mind as to whether or not I would post something about it, as I have really mixed feelings about the general furore that follows the death of a celebrity, whether accidental or in this case, probably not so much.

When Will the Help Come?

Kirsty Higginson | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Higginson

I have been wanting to write this article for an extremely long time. I have stumbled and tormented myself so many times with this piece as to how I could even begin to voice my boulders of darkness. I wanted to translate to you, the reader, the horrific pain mental illness can bring, and to put the raw emotions into words which you will understand

Robin Williams - Depression Is No Laughing Matter

Stephen Liddell | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Stephen Liddell

The sad news of Robin Williams untimely death this week has brought forth the expected tide of tributes to this man who made millions laugh around the world and rightfully so.

How to Fix Your Soul When Your Brain is Kicking Your Heart in the Dick

Michelle Thomas | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK
Michelle Thomas

Yesterday was a sad, strange day. Sometimes unhappy news can serve as a sombre reminder that we must all try hard to be kind and compassionate to one another.

Media Coverage Of Williams' Death Slammed By Depression Sufferers

The Huffington Post | Tasha Kleeman | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Despite detailed guidelines provided by the Samaritans on how to treat Robin Williams' suicide, much of the media coverage of the actor's death has be...

Why Blog?

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

Every time I go back to check in with the hospital, they ask me what I'm doing that helps. I can put my hand on my heart and say that of everything - medication, therapy, exercise, diet, you name it - my blog has been the most significant change for me, and has had the most impact on me.

Are Ya Bad? Or Are Ya Bad Bad?

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

Hubby pointed out once that there may be people reading this who are trying to understand what someone who is depressed is going through, why they are acting the way they are, and I hope I've been able to give you some insight into that. I'm sure it's different for everyone, but for me, this is how it manifests.

Mental Health Traffic Lights

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

We all have mental health, so equally we can all have mental ill health. From time to time, we may struggle more than we'd like, and so need to look for help to see us through. The problem is, it often isn't clear at what point we need to need to speak up and look for that help. So, here's where the traffic lights come in.

Alone Amongst Many

Ruby Wax | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I had a dinner party last week where I invited a few famous people I knew from when I did my interview shows. Many of them suffer from something I call 'movie star disease.' They live in their own time zone so when invited to dinner at seven they either come in at eleven with no apology or not at all.

The Edgy Ambience of US Supermax Prisons

Neil Durkin | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

In certain London bars I reckon the bare monastic cell look is considered quite cutting edge. By contrast, ADX Florence is beyond cutting edge (unless it's prisoners cutting their wrists in despair). ADX Florence's ambience is an altogether bleaker affair, one which seems designed to crush people and push them right over the edge.

Ready to Talk?

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

Mental health is something that's increasingly appearing in conversation these days. This is a huge, huge step in the right direction, because historically it's the stigma around mental illness that has been one of the biggest obstacles for people in seeking help, or in fact, in even acknowledging that there's a problem in the first place. I'm impatient though

Are the Treatments Costly?

Richard Layard | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Layard

Depression reduces your length of life as much as smoking does... pay for more psychological therapy and it will cost you nothing because of the savings on physical healthcare. The finances of healthcare actually improve through spending more on therapy.