Mental Illness

How Are You? Honestly!

Claire Greaves | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

It isn't just mental illness that we hide in our 'I am fines' it is also our physical illness, our money worries, family problems, loss and loneliness-the list is endless. The majority of us bottle it up in this fast-paced society.

I Cannot Erase My Existence and Therefore I am Going to Get Better

Claire Greaves | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

Anorexia is tiresome, people keep using the word choice. "You can choose to eat or not Claire" but it isn't a choice not like the choice between having a bath or a shower. My choices are very powerful ones with very powerful consequences, I feel the word 'choice' in this situation is too mild a word.

Six Honest Truths of Mental Health in the Workplace

Danielle Montgomery | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Danielle Montgomery

Not being able to come into the office to do your job because of some thoughts and emotions that you're finding difficult to deal with is alien to a lot of people, and often not taken seriously as a debilitating illness.

Anorexia Is Stealing Me

Claire Greaves | Posted 02.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

Anorexia's screams are so loud, it's unbearable and it's blocking out all other sounds and deafening me from the world around me. I can't hear anyone, I don't know what they are saying. I am being pulled in and totally absorbed by this illness.

Depression: Why Talking Isn't Enough

Karen Young | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Young

I've never had clinical depression, but I've experienced sadness so deep and engulfing it stole me for a while. I've felt desperately hopeless at times and on others frighteningly disengaged. I don't know how it was that I found my way through. I just did.

Judging People by Their Depression Creates a Sorry Society

Tom Haward | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Haward

Depression can be deeply distressing and seriously impede someone's life. When I confronted how severe my depression was it hurt because I had to deal with the inability to do tasks I was so sure of. Temporarily.

What Was That Pilot Thinking?

Ruby Wax | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

How many times can you remind people that it's one in four who have a mental disorder, that means if we prohibited everyone with a mental illness from working there would be empty floorboards in the boardrooms.

Imprisoned By My Eating Disorder

Claire Greaves | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

I worry about my health, I know I could die, I know I could lose out on life and opportunities if I am not well enough to grasp them with both hands. It's a spiral and it's all spinning around my head and it's making me dizzy. I'm constantly out of breath. Exhausted. Exhausted by this mental illness.

Monsters in the Media Part 2: The Harmful Nature of Speculating on Andrea Lubitz's Mental Health

Rachel Egan | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK
Rachel Egan

The truth is that at this stage we have no idea what caused Andreas Lubitz's decision to end his own life and that of the 149 other passengers on his plane. So why then did the Daily Mail feel it was fitting to ascertain that the depressive episode which occurred six years ago must have something to do with this disaster?

My Mental Illness Inspired My Ambition to Fix Other Young People's Minds

Danny Bowman | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Danny Bowman

I made a decision to change myself. I was no longer happy, or confident with my appearance. When I looked in the mirror, all I could see was a big nose, bad skin and an overweight figure. As time went on I became obsessed with the mirror, checking it up to 10 hours a day.

Louis Theroux's 'By Reason of Insanity': The Dangers of Guilt and Denial

Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh

However, there were a couple issues that came to light through the programme, one of which was the danger of denial with the mentally ill, and another being the place of guilt on those with mental illnesses.

Youth Centres Are Being Treated as an Alternative to Mental Health Care

Claire Greaves | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

It is unacceptable to rely on youth charities and youth centres to hold mentally unwell young people steady. People deserve better than that, young people deserve recovery and a chance at living a fulfilling life.

Mental Health and a Media Career: Balancing My Worlds

Eleanor Taylor-Davis | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Eleanor Taylor-Davis

The truth is - and I'm being dangerously honest here - my work just isn't compatible with my mental health, in fact it's quite the opposite; the two are entirely disparate. The highs and lows that come with working in the media devastate me, so in order to survive (or at least pretend to) I'm forced to build a facade of normality and feign that everything is 'fine'.

How Much Does Mental Illness Cost?

Claire Greaves | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

My mental illness has cost me a lot but the transactions stop here, I will no longer allow it to take payments in the form of my life, my soul and my memories. I will be the person I was born to be and I will life my life and make memories worth remembering. I owe my illness nothing.

De-stigmatizing Self-Harm: We Just Need to Talk About It

Neha Shah | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Neha Shah

Fortunately, ridding ourselves, and our societies, from preconceptions about self-injury should not be difficult. Destroying the ridiculous, harmful stigma that surrounds it should, in theory, be straightforward. We just need familiarity. We need to start talking about it.

I Spent a Night in a Cell Because I Was Unwell

Claire Greaves | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

Getting help is not supposed to be the traumatic part, experiences like mine are damaging, I will never forget that night, these memories stick with people forever and they have the potential to stop people seeking help. Imagine the outrage there would be if a cancer sufferer was put in a cell because there were no hospital beds. It is totally unacceptable.

My Mental Audience

Ruby Wax | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I love performing my show, mostly because of the second half where I have the privilege of sitting on stage and letting the audience take over to ask, answer or discuss whatever. For those 20-30 minutes it feels like I'm with my people that we're the same under our fronts with all our vulnerabilities we need to hide.

Depression: Do You Ever Really Recover?

Yaz O'Connor | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Yaz O'Connor

It's a scary road. You wonder will you ever see the light again but I eventually found the ones right for me, they still make me feel a bit more 'slow' than usual but it's a better side effect than not being able to get out of the bed right?

#BeingBipolar - The Reaction

Lucy Roberts | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Roberts

Despite the documentary taking this exploratory approach, there was a heavy bearing on psychological therapy being the ONLY right and proper course of action for those needing assistance with the symptoms of bipolar.

Stop Using Mental Illnesses as Adjectives

Claire Greaves | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Greaves

Many of us have done it, "Kate can be a bit bipolar can't she?!" meaning that one day she can be in a good mood, the next she can be in a bad mood or ...

Why Mental Health Education in Schools NEEDS to Be a Priority

Tayana Simons | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

Since stigma is still an issue even in today's society, we should be teaching ALL children to understand a range of emotions including mental illness from a young age. Being aware that feeling sad or low or anxious is nothing to feel ashamed of could help young people to open up, and prevent them developing into something more serious in later years.

Pro-Ana Has Changed Shape

Claire Greaves | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Greaves

People used to have to search for pro-ana to find the websites but now it's on the #recovery and #healthy hashtags on Instagram. It's scarily accessible. When pro-ana existed as full websites the owner of the site would've known exactly what they were doing.

Why Talking About Eating Disorders Is Hard - For Everyone

Danielle Montgomery | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Danielle Montgomery

Most people want to know what type of disorder we have, how long we've had it, how much we eat or don't eat, what we eat, how we cope, or when it started. But asking 'why' is too invasive. It's too revealing. It's too unrelatable.

Low Weight Pictures Don't Raise Awareness for Eating Disorders

Claire Greaves | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Greaves

By posting pictures of emaciated people to raise awareness, it is just reinforcing that stereotype so that the general public still have the idea that to be unwell the sufferer must be very thin and it makes sufferers feel that unless they look like that photo then they are not unwell enough to seek help.

The Mountainous Trek to Recovery

Claire Greaves | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

I didn't care about anything other than food and calories, I couldn't hold a conversation with my family, I lost interest in my passions: dance, fashion, writing and creativity. It all disappeared. I wasn't me, I was wholly anorexia.