Mental Illness

My Mental Illness Inspired My Ambition to Fix Other Young People's Minds

Danny Bowman | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Danny Bowman

I made a decision to change myself. I was no longer happy, or confident with my appearance. When I looked in the mirror, all I could see was a big nose, bad skin and an overweight figure. As time went on I became obsessed with the mirror, checking it up to 10 hours a day.

Louis Theroux's 'By Reason of Insanity': The Dangers of Guilt and Denial

Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh

However, there were a couple issues that came to light through the programme, one of which was the danger of denial with the mentally ill, and another being the place of guilt on those with mental illnesses.

Youth Centres Are Being Treated as an Alternative to Mental Health Care

Claire Greaves | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

It is unacceptable to rely on youth charities and youth centres to hold mentally unwell young people steady. People deserve better than that, young people deserve recovery and a chance at living a fulfilling life.

Mental Health and a Media Career: Balancing My Worlds

Eleanor Taylor-Davis | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Eleanor Taylor-Davis

The truth is - and I'm being dangerously honest here - my work just isn't compatible with my mental health, in fact it's quite the opposite; the two are entirely disparate. The highs and lows that come with working in the media devastate me, so in order to survive (or at least pretend to) I'm forced to build a facade of normality and feign that everything is 'fine'.

How Much Does Mental Illness Cost?

Claire Greaves | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

My mental illness has cost me a lot but the transactions stop here, I will no longer allow it to take payments in the form of my life, my soul and my memories. I will be the person I was born to be and I will life my life and make memories worth remembering. I owe my illness nothing.

De-stigmatizing Self-Harm: We Just Need to Talk About It

Neha Shah | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Neha Shah

Fortunately, ridding ourselves, and our societies, from preconceptions about self-injury should not be difficult. Destroying the ridiculous, harmful stigma that surrounds it should, in theory, be straightforward. We just need familiarity. We need to start talking about it.

I Spent a Night in a Cell Because I Was Unwell

Claire Greaves | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

Getting help is not supposed to be the traumatic part, experiences like mine are damaging, I will never forget that night, these memories stick with people forever and they have the potential to stop people seeking help. Imagine the outrage there would be if a cancer sufferer was put in a cell because there were no hospital beds. It is totally unacceptable.

My Mental Audience

Ruby Wax | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I love performing my show, mostly because of the second half where I have the privilege of sitting on stage and letting the audience take over to ask, answer or discuss whatever. For those 20-30 minutes it feels like I'm with my people that we're the same under our fronts with all our vulnerabilities we need to hide.

Depression: Do You Ever Really Recover?

Yaz O'Connor | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Yaz O'Connor

It's a scary road. You wonder will you ever see the light again but I eventually found the ones right for me, they still make me feel a bit more 'slow' than usual but it's a better side effect than not being able to get out of the bed right?

#BeingBipolar - The Reaction

Lucy Roberts | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Roberts

Despite the documentary taking this exploratory approach, there was a heavy bearing on psychological therapy being the ONLY right and proper course of action for those needing assistance with the symptoms of bipolar.

Stop Using Mental Illnesses as Adjectives

Claire Greaves | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Greaves

Many of us have done it, "Kate can be a bit bipolar can't she?!" meaning that one day she can be in a good mood, the next she can be in a bad mood or ...

Why Mental Health Education in Schools NEEDS to Be a Priority

Tayana Simons | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

Since stigma is still an issue even in today's society, we should be teaching ALL children to understand a range of emotions including mental illness from a young age. Being aware that feeling sad or low or anxious is nothing to feel ashamed of could help young people to open up, and prevent them developing into something more serious in later years.

Pro-Ana Has Changed Shape

Claire Greaves | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Greaves

People used to have to search for pro-ana to find the websites but now it's on the #recovery and #healthy hashtags on Instagram. It's scarily accessible. When pro-ana existed as full websites the owner of the site would've known exactly what they were doing.

Why Talking About Eating Disorders Is Hard - For Everyone

Danielle Montgomery | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Danielle Montgomery

Most people want to know what type of disorder we have, how long we've had it, how much we eat or don't eat, what we eat, how we cope, or when it started. But asking 'why' is too invasive. It's too revealing. It's too unrelatable.

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...