Mental Illness

Depression Is Embarrassing

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

We've come a long way in recent times in our ability to talk about mental health. Increasingly people are able to admit when they're struggling, to realise that they need help, and we're slowly, albeit too slowly for my liking, chipping away at the stigma that surrounds mental illness. But then something like this pops up.

Terrorism as the Psychiatric First Aid and 'Quick Fix' for Mental Illness

Anne Speckhard | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK
Anne Speckhard

Monis, like Tamerlan Tsarnaev before him--who attacked in Boston with his homemade bombs--were both asylum seekers legitimately granted asylum from parts of the world where torture, war, killing and mistreatment are commonplace. Each over a period of years of unsuccesfully integrating into their new country fell prey to the lure of terrorist ideologies and there are likely others like them.

Labels - For Jars or People?

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

I don't like my labels. I didn't ask for them, and I would certainly rather I didn't have them. But I do. They don't define me, and they're not all I am, not by a long shot. But accepting them, rather than fighting them, has brought me just that bit closer to being able to manage them. So go ahead, label me, it helps. Just don't judge me.

We Must All Take Responsibility for Helping Young People Navigate the Turmoil They Experience

Lucie Russell | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lucie Russell

For too long self-harm has been dismissed as something that is just an issue for teenage girls. We have too recognise that this is an issue for boys as well. Boys may often self-harm differently to girls, they may bang their heads or punch walls, and often this is seen as just aggressive behaviour rather than self-harm.

Let's Do Something About Mental Health at Universities

Gemma Parry | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gemma Parry

Mental health doesn't work to a nine to five schedule - it is a constant thing and I truly believe the university could have adapted to the constant mental health clock had they had the means to do so.

The A-Z of Bipolar: S-Z

Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh

So how do you solve a problem like bipolar? Therapy, medication, exercise, amongst other things. I can't vouch for medication and exercise ('cos I never do any), but therapy is wonderful...once you find the right therapist.

Talking Therapy Could Greatly Help People Considering Suicide

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

When it comes to preventing suicide, a lot of emphasis is placed on communication. It's important to talk, say the experts, because it stops the situa...

The A-Z of Bipolar: K-R

Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh

If we're ever going to be able to defeat prejudice and make mental illness a less taboo subject, there's going to need to be a clearer understanding of it. Here's part two of my A-Z guide to the unifying aspects of the illness.

Suicide Prevention - A Mother Speaks Out

Terezia Farkas | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Terezia Farkas

Barbara doesn't blame Terry. In fact, she understands why he took his own life and realizes how difficult it was for Terry to fight both stigma and depression. Instead of blame, Barbara talks openly and honestly about how she copes with suicide bereavement...

Infomania - The Newest Obsession on the Block

Ruby Wax | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

One of the first symptoms of depression is when you can't make any decisions. Choosing which direction to walk is overwhelming, looking at a menu is like going on Mastermind. Eventually your brain gives up, it has no more room, you've scored 'game over' hit your full capacity like an over stuffed hoover bag before it explodes.

How Not to Do College

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

I felt like an outsider, an imposter, someone who was tolerated, but not really accepted. Awkward. I always felt so unbelievably awkward, like I was taking up too much space. I was afraid to join in. I didn't do societies - walking into a room full of people without actually being required to be there was beyond me, never mind walking in and actually striking up a conversation.

How to Deal With the Season of S.A.D

Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh

With the clocks going back this week, the season of S.A.D is upon us, and with that comes a surge in diagnosis. Seasonal affective disorder is type of depression that comes with the changing seasons, hitting at the same time every year, usually in the dark depths of winter. It's estimated to affect about two million people in the UK.

Why This Halloween I'll Be Celebrating Mental Illness

Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh

One in seven of rotten tomatoes top horror films list are directly about mental illness - though more could be argued to have roots in the topic - films about possession for example, which was originally derived from a fear of the different.

Ten Things to Do If You're Feeling Suicidal

Danny Baker | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Baker

Having suffered from life-threatening bouts of depression for four years before my eventual recovery at the start of 2012, I have a lot of experience with feeling suicidal. Here's my list of 10 things to do when you're in that awful place where you feel as if all hope is lost.

Plenty of Pledges But Small on the Specifics: What the Party Conferences Told Us (And Didn't) About the Future of the NHS

Jennifer Dixon | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK Politics
Jennifer Dixon

The elephant in the room is that none of the funding pledges are nearly enough to meet current demand, and the NHS is heading for a financial crisis and soon. On this the politicians were silent, as well as on how the productivity of NHS staff could be increased to offset budget shortfalls...

Is Our Attitude to Mental Health Absolute Madness?

Lee Dalloway | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lee Dalloway

You call in sick with a moderate physical ailment, because it's easier to tell your boss you have a migraine/food poisoning/the flu than go into the intricacies of something you may not understand yourself. Have you ever been told to 'be strong' or 'get over it' by someone who just can't fathom the incorporeal nature of what's affecting your life?

But You're Married and You Have Kids... Why Did You Get Depressed?

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

I'm tired of being asked why I got depressed. I have no problem talking about how it has impacted on my life, and that of my family and friends, I think people need to know exactly how much mental illness can take over and infiltrate every aspect of life. But I have a very big problem with the perception that this could somehow be my own fault

All the World's Mental Health Day

Barbara Nadel | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Barbara Nadel

People who are delusional, anxious or depressed are vulnerable. They're routinely dismissed as 'nutters' and in my hospital they were easy targets. Just because someone hears voices doesn't mean that he or she is a liar. We all know when we've been hurt, mentally ill or 'sane' - whatever that is.

Why Everyone Will Suffer If We Don't Start Looking at Mental Health Differently

Beth Burgess | Posted 07.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Burgess

It's World Mental Health Day 2014 this Friday, and despite the fact that one in four people will suffer from mental health issues in their lifetime, there still exists a damaging stigma towards having problems located in the mind.

Does the Answer to Helping Distressed Men Rest With You?

Professor Damien Ridge | Posted 06.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Damien Ridge

The overwhelming evidence is that talking therapy works. And works in ways that can be life transforming for many people. It doesn't matter much what the brand of counselling or therapy is. What seems to be most healing is the relationship that develops between client and practitioner, based on attunement towards the client, honesty and respect.

Where do We Draw the Line on Help and Support for People With Mental Illness?

Phill Hudson | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Phill Hudson

Where do we draw the line on help and support for people with Mental illness? I ask this question because I have seen what happens when families and friends say enough is enough you're in this on your own!

Fifteen Things People Who Are Happy Do Differently

Danny Baker | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Baker

Everybody will make mistakes - in their career, in their relationships, with their finances, and in every other facet of their life. But happy people make sure they learn from their mistakes and from difficult times so they don't continue to repeat themselves over and over and over again.

Muddling Through - Mental Illness and Parenting

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

But how about my kids? How am I with them? At my worst, I'm unable to cope with them. I can't engage, I don't want to play, getting myself up, dressed and fed is sometimes beyond me. Often, all I'm capable of is sitting and staring at a wall for hours on end. I resent every demand that's made of me, I want to be left alone, utterly and completely.

T-Shirt Troubles

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

Urban Outfitters have been getting a lot of bad press for their extremely insensitive and offensive clothing. One of the items of clothing that was in particularly poor taste was a t-shirt glorifying depression

Joy On Offensive Card: 'If You Know Anyone With Bipolar...Don't Buy It For Them'

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Valladares | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

After shocking customers by stocking a greeting card that reads, "Don't get mad, take lithium," clothes retailer Joy not only failed to see what the i...