Mental Illness

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.

Seven Reasons That Facebook is Dangerous for Your Mental Health

Tayana Simons | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

No matter what you are doing or how happy you are, one look on Facebook can convince you that everyone you know is having a much better time than you.

Time to Talk and the Mind Fundraiser

Lucy Roberts | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Roberts

This day each year encourages people to take just five minutes out of their day to hold a conversation about mental health with friends, family, colleagues, or anyone else you can think of. Participants can log their five minutes on the Time To Change website in the hope of gaining an idea how how much time was spent on this day talking about mental health.

Mental Illness and the Workplace, How Flexible Working Can Offer Relief

Eleanor Taylor-Davis | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Eleanor Taylor-Davis

Unfortunately, poor mental health and an office environment are about as diametrically opposed as you can get; one relies on infallible structure, rigorous regime and confidence, while the other is unpredictable, volatile and strips you of identity.

Me vs OCD

Charlotte Peach | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Peach

A similar act probably carried out every few seconds by teems of mothers all over the world. In that moment I wanted to be her. Because I knew that she is free from the awful, tormenting thoughts that come with post natal OCD.

Depression: 14 Important Insights

Karen Young | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Young

Chances are that in your lifetime you'll be one of two people - depressed or close to someone who is. For this reason, having a basic understanding of depression is fast becoming a life skill. Here are 14 important insights.

Things You Should You Know About Taking Medication

Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh

I thought I was maybe nearing my way to remission. I thought I had got to a point where the illness didn't define my life any more, where it didn't disable me. I thought I had it under control.

Is Suicide A Cowardly Act?

Tom Haward | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Haward

Is suicide a cowardly act? That question is neither helpful or relevant. What's truly important is understanding that many people with mental illness are trying to quiet the storm raging in their mind and we need to provide space, time, love and listening to enable that storm to pass.

Hanibal Costume Suggested People With Schizophrenia Are Murderers

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK

A website selling a Halloween outfit called 'adult skitzo costume' has been rapped by the advertising watchdog for implying that people with mental il...

Louise Ridley

Gays, Gypsies And Priests: The Forgotten Victims Of The Holocaust

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK

On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Huffington Post UK is running a series of pieces looking at how we remember the H...

Let's Talk About Depression

Tom Haward | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Haward

efore I was diagnosed I remember feeling emotionally impotent in how to cope with whatever was going on in my head. I certainly felt powerless to talk with anyone about it. Surely all I needed to do was pull myself together, slap on a smile and get on with life?

The 11 Truths Sufferers of Depression Will Understand (and Others Should Too)

Tayana Simons | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

Whilst a rational mind would say sorry to the friend, and forgive themselves, you have a little voice in your ear that tells you that it's because you're a bad friend, employee, or person, and that 'you don't deserve to be happy, ever!'

Five Ways That Mental Illness Changes You (for the Better)

Tayana Simons | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

It's no secret that the public perception of mental illness is unfortunately still pretty negative. A person who has previously suffered with an episode of mental illness can be seen as 'delicate' or 'unstable', even after they have recovered.

Depression Is Embarrassing

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 18.02.2015 | 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 14.02.2015 | 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 13.02.2015 | 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 11.02.2015 | 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 07.02.2015 | 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 26.01.2015 | 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 17.01.2015 | 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 05.01.2015 | 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 30.12.2014 | 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 28.12.2014 | 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.