Mental Illness

How Our Children Help Us To Live Mindfully

Hayley Saunt | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Parents
Hayley Saunt

Fast forward eight years and three children later and I am only just starting to be more open about these topics of conversation. This is important because I don't want my own children, nor the teenagers whom I teach, to feel there is a stigma connected with mental illness.

Find Your People At A Frazzled Cafe

Ruby Wax | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

They open their mouths to laugh and then they'll open their hearts. This isn't a small circle of people suffering from mental illness doing group therapy, this is a theatre, sometimes up to a thousand seats. So after the interval I just sit on stage and, God bless them, their hands go up apprehensively at first, then after a while with more urgency, to talk about their lives.

What Does Stigma Feel Like?

Naomi Barrow | Posted 19.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Imagine feeling scared. Imagine feeling alone. Imagine feeling completely worn out by a medical condition which is doing it's very best to kill you. Imagine feeling guilty for visiting the doctors, but doing your best to go to all of your appointments nevertheless. Imagine being passed from one professional to another - none of them wanting to take responsibility for your care.

Digital Games And Mental Health - Cause Or Cure?

Beverley Bryant | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Tech
Beverley Bryant

They can't be imposed on a gamer. We desperately need the best and most creative of the developer community working on health gaming, as much as on the next GTA or first person shooter. And if we get it right, it will deliver ever more powerful tools to help the next generation of fourteen year olds.

Antidepressants: Why Is Medicating Your Mind Such A Taboo?

Rachel Rogers | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Rogers

I'm on medication. I'm on four tablets a day for my mental illness. I'm not ashamed. I've been on this medication for over a year, and honestly, I don't know where I'd be without it. Medication gets me through each day. Without it, I can barely leave my bed.

Why The Budget Is A Missed Opportunity For Mental Health

Brian Dow | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK Politics
Brian Dow

Last time I wrote on this blog I was imbued with a feeling of optimism, albeit of a cautious sort. Theresa May had just delivered her first speech on domestic policy after months of Brexit dealings where she outlined her determination to right some of the 'burning injustices' that plagued society, and astonishingly, I thought, she chose mental illness to illustrate her zeal.

Five Ways To Get Thriving This Week!

Robert Kelly | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Robert Kelly

Set one up and spend the time you'd otherwise clock up on your daily social media safari doing something that, instead, fills you with joy; call your best friend, go for a riverside walk or bake something delicious!

When Mental Wellness Becomes Mental Illness

Umairah Malik | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Umairah Malik

We are here. And one day we won't be. One day we won't have any tomorrows left and all our yesterdays will have been in vain. But we don't stop. We all realise that we are on the same side and support each other. We need to help people because we can. If you and I are here, we can. The question that remains is will we?

Dear Anorexia

Hope Virgo | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Hope Virgo

Dear Anorexia, I grew up thinking you were my best friend. From 13 years old you befriended me. You held me close when I needed it. Warmed me when I...

Mental Capacity Action Day: Protecting Our Rights

Sanchita Hosali | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK
Sanchita Hosali

Helen Wildbore, Senior Human Rights Officer at the British Institute of Human Rights, celebrates National Mental Capacity Action Day. Today (27 Febru...

Attachment Anxiety

Hannah Rainey | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Hannah Rainey

Until I started therapy recently, I had no idea that this was even a thing. I explained my situation and various bits and bobs and my therapist told me she thinks I could be suffering from attachment anxiety. I'm like: 'what?'.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words - The Mental Health Crisis

Meg Burchell | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Meg Burchell

The lack of urgency to make a positive change to the world of mental health treatment in this country terrifies me. Children's mental health cannot continue to be undermined or neglected. The government is failing our next generation, as well as the 1 in 4 adults who suffer from a mental illness. Change NEEDS to happen, not just talked about. After all, actions speak louder than words.

Fashion Blogger Reveals The 'True Face Of Depression' In Intimate Photos

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A blogger has bravely opened up about her struggles with depression in a bid to highlight that regardless of what we may see online, nobody’s life i...

Why Questioning Trump's Mental Health Has Set Us Back Years

Helen Redding | Posted 19.02.2017 | UK
Helen Redding

The worst thing US psychiatrists have done is not to break with their principles - it's to forget their responsibility to everyone who suffers from mental issues to not perpetuate the stigma. And that is far more unethical.

The People I Meet

Ruby Wax | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

A few nights ago, in the second half when it was the audience's turn to speak, a man asked how mindfulness would work for someone with multiple personality disorder. I asked if he was kidding and he and his partner said he wasn't and that he had a disorder called D.I D.

Eight Things People Have Said To Me About My OCD

Meg Burchell | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Meg Burchell

When this has been said to me on more times than I care to remember, it always sounds more like a statement than a question. OCD is one of the most misunderstood, stigmatised mental illnesses, and I think this is one of the things people say that gets to me the most.

When Prozac Stops Working

Cookie Kibbles | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Cookie Kibbles

There are times like now when things get so bad in life that not even Prozac can help me. I blame the drugs for not working as they should and that is true up to a point, but the thing with depression is that is part chemical imbalance and part circumstance.

Living With Someone Who Has Depression

Jaki Jelley | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jaki Jelley

Living with someone who suffers from depression is hard. Really hard. Yet personally I feel like it's not discussed as openly as depression itself. No we are not the ones directly suffering but depression doesn't come with an instruction booklet.

Mentally Ill Children Must Be Supported Instead Of Being Ignored

Javed Khan | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

As well as one-to-one counselling we want the issue of children's mental health to be discussed throughout school, including at assemblies. This will ensure youngsters know it's something they can talk about, as well as allow them to learn and develop self-confidence, a secure understanding of their own wellbeing, and techniques to look after themselves and others.

Donald Trump - Is This What Mental Illness Looks Like?

Amelia Mustapha | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Politics
Amelia Mustapha

It is too easy to pathologize bad behaviour with psychobabble and in this instance it hurts real people; it is just highbrow name calling from someone out to make a fast buck at the expense of a vulnerable group of people. Donald Trump isn't what mental illness looks like but his 'diagnosis' is certainly what stigma looks like, and often that stigma is the worst part of having a mental illness and the biggest challenge to recovery from it. How can a person truly recover when no-one will employ them for example?

Is My Personality Broken?

Michelle Goodwin | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Parents
Michelle Goodwin

With the diagnoses of borderline personality disorder I've had the worry of if I should tell anyone, would I be cast out and judged or could I do what my personality does so well and be impulsive with it and just say f**k it.

From An Enlightenment King To Enlightened Princes: Mental illness And The Royal Family

Professor Sir Simon Wessely | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK
Professor Sir Simon Wessely

Most people only know two things about George III. He lost us America and he went mad, although those with a degree in Advanced King George Studies might have heard that he wasn't actually mad, but suffering from a metabolic disorder called porphyria. A new BBC documentary, showcasing the Georgian Papers Programme, an academic partnership between Royal Archives and King's College London, made possible by personal permission of the Queen herself, challenges all this.

My Struggle With Postpartum Health Anxiety

Kylie Abreu | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Parents
Kylie Abreu

So when the senior doctor came in and explained that the cyst was benign and was most likely caused by Endometriosis, he shone a light and made me see that I had a problem. My brief outburst had brought up feelings that I didn't realise I still had.

Why I'm Grateful I Was A Loser At School

Rosie Leizrowice | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Leizrowice

Being unpopular made me tough as hell. I got used to incessant criticism, of myself and everything I did. It stopped bothering me to the same degree. When you are the class whipping girl, every aspect of your existence is a problem to someone. It taught me to pay attention to the misfits, the people on the fringe, the purple cows. After all, I was one of them. I still am.

Why Is Everyone Talking About Mental Health?

Nina Bryant | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Nina Bryant

As someone who holds this issue close to my heart I have seen the ins and outs of every different reaction to mental illness you can imagine, the good and the bad. "We all do that," in relation to my obsessive panics about germs or "we all get a bit down sometimes" in relation to my suicidal tendencies.