Mental Illness

People With Mental Illness Explain What They'd Like Non-Ill People to Know

The Huffington Post | Poorna Bell | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle

People who don’t have a mental illness may not know what it feels like to have depression or anxiety, but that doesn’t mean they can’t try to un...

Austerity Has Created A Mental Health Crisis

Bryan Blears | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Politics
Bryan Blears

Austerity measures have contributed to the creation of a mental health crisis. The sufferers of mental illnesses are being increasingly left to deal with their conditions on their own instead of being offered the medical treatment which they desperately need.

My Postnatal Depression Battle And Getting Help

Michelle Goodwin | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Parents
Michelle Goodwin

Now I look back and it was obvious that I had PND and also that I wasn't a bad mum, I was just struggling and trapped in my own self-doubting head. I couldn't get out the bed in the morning and spent most of my time either crying or wishing I could escape.

Washing Machines, Telephones, The Sky Man And Doorbells

Laura De Stefano | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Laura De Stefano

I'm talking, if you haven't already guessed, about misophonia. Misophonia is, if you like, a fancy word for the hypersensitivity to sound. It's my belief that there are more people out there who experience this than know they experience it. I didn't know there were others out there like me until a few months ago.

Research Can Help Us Reverse The Crisis In Young People's Mental Health

Cynthia Joyce | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Cynthia Joyce

The mental health status quo has been accepted for too long, but this inaction is failing the next generation and will continue to do so. Only by acknowledging and prioritising the critical role of research can we see the progress in mental healthcare that our young people so desperately need.

Loneliness: An Appeal for Understanding

Arthur Peirce | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

Loneliness is not an illness. Like dehydration or hunger it is the body's call for something crucial it lacks, though like an illness it can be debilitating to an individual, stripping them of their happiness and self esteem, not to mention potentially dangerous physical symptoms, such as high blood pressure. It is recognised and certifiably dangerous, and loneliness isn't nearly as talked about as it should be.

Why Race is Still An Issue In Mental Health

Lord Victor Adebowale | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK
Lord Victor Adebowale

Mental health care should be equal to treatment for physical health problems- and just as accessible and available. That's what the coalition governm...

Defusing The Mental Health Time Bomb: How The Reach Study Can Help Our Kids

Rachel Egan | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Rachel Egan

Young people are experiencing a mental health crisis of unprecedented proportions. 1 in 10 of them have a diagnosable mental health condition, which equates to 850,000 across the UK. Self-harm in children and teenagers has sky rocketed and over the past ten years we have seen a 68% increase in the number of young people being hospitalised for self-harm.

A Safe And Secure Home Is A Basic Right, And A Necessity If You Have Schizophrenia

Brian Dow | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK
Brian Dow

A few weeks ago I spent the day with two men who had very differing but equally complex and difficult experiences of schizophrenia. One was 32-year-...

Mental Health, The Gender Factor

Arthur Peirce | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

Countless numbers of people worldwide suffer with some kind of mental health problem; roughly one in four. However there is a notable but hidden disparity between male and female sufferers.

A Place to Call Home

Philippa Lowe | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK
Philippa Lowe

One in five people severely affected by mental illness live in supported housing, and I hate to think what the alternative would be for many of these people without this provision. Unfortunately, government proposals to change how these services are funded have put the future of supported housing, and the recovery of people living with a mental illness, at risk.

The Great Eating Disorder Bake Off

Katie Simon Phillips | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Simon Phillips

If you live in England it is likely you are a viewer of, (or are at least aware of), The Great British bake off, a show otherwise known as "The Greate...

Give Families Breathing Space To Escape Debt Trap

Matthew Reed | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK
Matthew Reed

Children can't take out loans - but they can suffer the consequences of aggressive creditors all the same. The Children's Society is deeply concerned that bailiffs, utility companies and local councils who chase struggling parents over unpaid debts may be inflicting real damage to children's mental health.

I Am Pagliacci

Arthur Peirce | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

There is a very old joke; it has appeared in different forms over the years, most famously in Alan Moore's seminal graphic novel Watchmen. Most retel...

The Evil Of The Human Mind

Bradley Cates | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Cates

The human mind can be deceiving at times. But if you're suffering from a mental illness, it becomes your enemy. It makes you believe things you don't want to believe. It makes you think about things you don't want to think about. It makes you feel useless when you're not useless at all. It can completely overpower you and it forces you to think negatively. No matter how hard you try to stay positive, your own mind doesn't like positivity and wants to make you suffer.

The Importance of World Suicide Prevention Day

Arthur Peirce | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

The 10th of September, is World Suicide Prevention day. It is a day that often passes unmarked, and unmentioned. However, awareness of suicide, how ...

Remembering Sally Brampton

Karl Knights | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Karl Knights

Her book performed a rare feat. It penetrated the unfathomably isolating pain of mental illness. Her writing assured me that I wasn't alone. Her writing was unblinking in its honesty and it showed a complete lack of self-pity. It lacked the jocular cheerfulness that writing on depression is often mired with.

The Myth Of The 'Romantic' Suicide

Arthur Peirce | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

The idea that there is some beauty or romance in suicide, some tortured individual or couple finally freeing themselves from pain and suffering is irresponsible. Were all suicides talked about as they should (and often are) as cataclysmic, moments of human suffering, then it is quite possible there would be fewer.

On Silence (Part 1)

Ruby Wax | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

I was always curious what the effects of a long silent retreat would be? Would I be enlightened? Would I have a nervous breakdown? You have both experiences but they alternate minute by minute. Just when you think you've reached Buddhahood because your mind is clear, the familiar negative thoughts smash in and shoot you down; reminding you what a jerk you are.

Stripped Bare

Sharon Bull | Posted 24.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Bull

Going public with regard to mental health issues, past mistakes and life errors that most people would probably choose to closet, rather than use as examples in a book to help others was a huge gamble to take, but for me it was a venture worth the risk.

The Reality Of Antidepressants

Hannah Rainey | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Rainey

They give you medication to stop depression and suicidal thoughts, but the medication itself induces suicidal thoughts for the first couple of weeks. For that reason, I'm glad I slept for so much of the time. When I was awake, I'd just be thinking about how sharp the knife was that my boyfriend was eating with.

Ellie's Story: An Avoidable Death. Why We Need To Treat Addiction And Mental Illness Together

Joy Hibbins | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Joy Hibbins

This is Ellie's story which I hope highlights the need for changes in the way we help people who are using alcohol or other drugs and who also have significant mental health issues.

No-One Is Immune to Depression

Bradley Cates | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Cates

Two years ago yesterday (August 11th), Robin Williams committed suicide. Before his shock death, he had suffered from severe depression. A lot of people would not expect someone so adored and so successful to suffer like that and end his own life. However, that is not the case. Anyone can suffer from depression, no matter how great your life has been.

The Questions Depression and Anxiety Sufferers Think About

Bradley Cates | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Cates

I never encountered any abuse towards me, but I have read some distasteful comments about depression and anxiety in general. The important thing is by talking about your struggles, you are ready to deal with it and you are gradually conquering it, and it will make you a lot better.

Jeremy Hunt, You Need to Sort Out the Mental Health Service - Now!

Suzanne Day | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK Politics
Suzanne Day

What I am going to write in this post isn't going to shock people. There is no big revelation hidden within it. But I have come to the conclusion that if Jeremy Hunt isn't constantly nagged about the state of the Mental Health Service in England, nothing is actually going to be done about it.