Mental Illness

It's Okay to Talk - But, It's Also Okay to Take Medication

Charlie Smith | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Smith

Over the past few weeks, mental health has been all over the media. Whether it be a documentary on the BBC about mental health and sport, or news about Prince Harry's experience of counselling, mental health has become a big talking point.

Please Don't Stop Inviting Your Friend With Anxiety

Anna Gaunt | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Gaunt

Don't give up on your friend who cancels plans last minute. Don't confirm the overwhelming worries that may be preventing them from coming in the first place. I know how frustrating it is, but please don't stop inviting your friend with anxiety.

Moments Of Social Change: Why Prince Harry Talking About His Mental Health Really Matters

Andy Bell | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK
Andy Bell

In June 2012, in an otherwise routine Parliamentary debate, for the first time in our history heard a sitting MP talk about his own mental health diff...

As Public Attention Turns To Mental Health, Let's Not Forget Women And Girls

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

Princes William and Harry's work in highlighting how men can struggle with mental health problems is hugely welcome and will no doubt play an important role in raising awareness and helping to tackle stigma.

Accessing Mental Health For The Woman In Crisis

Lucy Fisk | Posted 23.04.2017 | UK
Lucy Fisk

Mental health, two words that you will have heard numerous times over the last week. It's been all over the news. The Royal Family are getting involved and talking about their experiences as well as supporting mental health charities. Statistics are everywhere, we are being told that one in four women living in the UK are currently suffering with a mental health issue.

Artist With Schizophrenia Illustrates What It's Like To Experience Hallucinations

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle

An artist with schizophrenia has created a series of images illustrating her hallucinations in the hope of destroying misconceptions around mental hea...

Could Employers Do More To Support Mental Health?

Richard Daniel Curtis | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Daniel Curtis

I'm talking about the side of mental health we avoid talking about, the side that makes us feel embarrassed, the one that has a stigma and makes people feel uncomfortable - mental health problems. The truth is that throughout our lives we are very likely to experience a mental health problem, temporary or longer-term.

The Perfect Body Myth

Melissa Kirwan | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Melissa Kirwan

Of course, eating healthily and getting some exercise is important, but sometimes we can become too engrossed in that lifestyle. Life is also about taking care of yourself and your mental health and also having a damn good time.

People With OCD Reveal The Daily Rituals That Disrupt Their Lives The Most

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental illness that is estimated to affect over 740,000 people in the UK at any one time. People with OCD mi...

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.