Mental Illness

If Mental Illnesses Were Monsters, Here's What They'd Look Like

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

For those suffering with mental illness, it can often be tricky to pinpoint exactly how you feel. Meanwhile for those living without mental illness, i...

We Need To Talk About Male Suicide

Martine Booth | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK
Martine Booth

There is help out there and tomorrow is always another day. Another day to begin the process of tackling these problems with support. There is always hope no matter how bad things appear to be...

Surviving Depression: The Importance of Support

Tom Haward | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Haward

When I had a major meltdown recently I managed to pick up the phone and speak to my twin through sobbing and screaming. His calm demeanour helped to subside the panic and darkness. With a great support network comes a domino effect of help.

My Own Mad Fat Diary

Krista Mills | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Krista Mills

Jokes aside though, I could not love my brother more. I would not be standing without him. He will research my conditions daily, looking for new ways to help me through this. He will pick me up when I am down, buying me little presents and flowers to brighten up my flat.

The Stigma Around Postnatal Depression And Where To Find Help

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK Parents

Stacey Soloman has spoken out about the stigma around postnatal depression having suffered from the illness herself after the birth of her son. The...

Behind the Smile, Behind the Mask

Claire Greaves | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

It'd be easier to pretend that I'm okay and to stay quiet until things are better but then I'm not sure how that's helpful for anyone because speaking out about mental illness needs to be a true picture, it can't just be telling people about the good days.

Mental Health Diagnoses Should Not be Social Buzzwords

Kadie Regan | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kadie Regan

Those who do not really suffer from a mental health issue should always be mindful that our emotions are just that, our emotions. Not an opportunity to exploit the rising awareness and progress towards a world where mental health is taken seriously, each and every time.

Postpartum Psychosis: The Mental Illness You've Never Heard Of

Billy Hill | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK Parents
Billy Hill

Symptoms of PP are varied and can change quickly. Feeling 'high', 'manic' or 'on top of the world', low mood and tearfulness, and anxiety or irritability are all pretty common. Most commonly these episodes begin in the first two weeks after birth and often symptoms begin in the first few days after having a baby...

A Message for My Friends

Kate Elliott | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

Mental health problems can be so very isolating at times. Last week I was a bit of a social butterfly, catching up with three friends who I've not seen in far too long. Some days it's tricky, there have been times when seeing people has just been really hard and I've avoided certain social situations. This is a message to my friends...

Does Social Media Exacerbate or Ameliorate Mental Illness?

Sanchita Islam | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Tech
Sanchita Islam

I used to think nostalgically about life before the internet and mobile phones. I would write letters, or use the landline to contact people, you spent more time reading, in the park, drawing and painting. It was an innocent time, less complicated than today.

Mental Health Stigma Is Still Alive

Danielle Lowe | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

People keep insisting that the stigma of mental health problems are long gone. From institutions saying it's okay to speak up about your mental health...

Women Share What It Feels Like To Have Postnatal Depression

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Parents

In this heart-wrenching short video by filmmaker Jill Krause, women talk candidly about their experiences of postnatal depression and how they overcam...

Why Are We Failing to Fund Mental Health Research?

Sam Crossman | Posted 19.07.2015 | UK Tech
Sam Crossman

Many fantastic mental health charities exist, which influence policy, address public attitudes and provide vital support to people living with mental illnesses. However, such organisations rarely finance research and as a result, charitable funding in the mental health sector is virtually non-existent.

Smoking Could Be A 'Trigger' For Mental Illness, Study Finds

PA | By John von Radowitz, Press Association Science Correspondent | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Chemicals in tobacco may help trigger serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, a study suggests.New research shows that smoking can triple the ...

Self-Harm Can Be the Dark Passenger With Depression

Tom Haward | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Haward

It's an obvious question: how could hurting yourself provide any relief? Unfortunately I am seasoned to self-harm and its effects. I honestly wish I could be writing this with no scars from the times I hurt myself but I am scarred. I wish I lived without the urges but I occasionally yearn for the pain.

How Honest Should You Be About Your Mental Health?

Amy Jane Smith | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Jane Smith

Mental health campaigner and OBE recipient Ruby Wax recently told The Times: "When people say, 'Should you tell them at work?', I say: 'Are you crazy?' You have to lie. If you have someone who is physically ill, they can't fire you. They can't fire you for mental health problems but they'll say it's for another reason. Just say you have emphysema."

7/7 When The Dust Doesn't Settle

Rev Will Van Der Hart | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK
Rev Will Van Der Hart

When 10 years later you still feel like you have dropped your keys down the drain, redemption is a bit more mysterious. I don't find comfort in the comparison between what was and what is, but in the presence of One who shares in our suffering and offers us hope.

You Said What About Mental Illness?

Claire Greaves | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

"I am intrigued to know what kind of life lead to be so selfishly depressed. Deaths? Rape? Abuse? What exactly have you got to be so depressed about."...

The Media Need to Stop Ignoring Mental Health Discrimination

Claire Greaves | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

Discriminating against race is unacceptable but so is discriminating against mental health. The media are in a powerful position, they can either educate a lot of people or cause a lot of damage. It's about time they stepped up and began educating instead of sensationalising and discriminating.

How Do We Look When We Are Sad? Time to Change's Campaign Against Head-Clutching

Lucy Maddox | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Maddox

It's a challenge to represent emotions that are often private in a way that can be understood quickly, but the photos of people with their head in their hands tend to be stereotypical and fairly hopeless.

Celebrity Bodies And The Impossible Ideal Is Fuelling Eating Disorders Among Young Girls

PA | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Increased exposure to images of celebrity bodies is behind the large rise in the number of young girls admitted to hospital with an eating disorder, a...

In the End, There Is Only Room for Love

Poorna Bell | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

There is a lot I have discovered since you took your own life. Firstly, while there is no hierarchy of death where one is better than the other, it's safe to say that living a long life is at the top while a short one is at the bottom. I don't know where suicide sits, but it's safe to say, it makes other people REALLY uncomfortable. I was advised against telling people how you died. And in the initial bizarreness of picking your burial plot and coffin (and being asked whether Robert was an eco-friendly man), I erred on the side of caution. But by this 30th day, I have realised when the worst, most devastating thing possible happens, you lose the energy to maintain any artifice.

Mental Health Is Not Just a Medical Issue - It's Social and Political

Ed Pinkney | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics
Ed Pinkney

There is no biological reason for why economic depression should lead to clinical depression. It's entirely social and political. We're all affected, and we need more public figures to be talking about it.

No Call for Help Should Go Unanswered

Paul Farmer | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK
Paul Farmer

We hope that the CQC report will be the start of a period of real change for mental health services. Now is the time that national and local commissioners must make mental health a priority and put forward the investment that is required for the future.

Why There Should Be More Creative Opportunities for Vulnerable Young People

David Ready | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
David Ready

Recently the government announced a fall in the number of young people in England who are NEET, an acronym for young people who are 'not in education, employment or training'. Yet is this fall, reflective of the aspirations of vulnerable young people looking to forge creative careers?