Mental Illness

A Few Months Ago the Tories Promised Us a Mental Health Revolution, Now They Have Fired the Mental Health Champion for Schools

Rachel Egan | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Rachel Egan

So somebody who was hired but not paid for their expertise and ability to be objective, was then fired for offering their expertise and being objective. What's more, this decision came right at the start of the current exam season, straight after the academisation plans were announced and exactly at a time when children need people like Natasha fighting their corner.

Could Thrush Be An Early Sign Of Schizophrenia?

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Yeast infections have been linked to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in a new study, leading researchers to suggest that infections like thrush cou...

Outrage in Ireland at Mental Health Debate Attendance

Ciara Kelleher | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Kelleher

In the last couple of years, Ireland has had to deal with many difficulties. A lot of it began with the Recession in 2008. In 2016, the country has j...

But What If I Fail?

Kate Elliott | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

I'm staring at the screen, wishing the words would come easier. They're there, wrapped up in some part of my head that feels a little unaccessible at ...

Fear and Loathing in a Small Northern Town

Jonathan Lee | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jonathan Lee

Fear and Loathing. Why are these two words relevant to mental illness? Well, I'll put forward the argument that the two co-exist in the world of mental health. And sadly, each feeds the other.

Diagnosis Ruebi

Ruebi Bailey | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ruebi Bailey

Recently I've become incredibly frustrated by people addressing me or my mood as one of the disorders I have rather than properly introducing me or establishing why my mood is that way.

Why I'm Partly Grateful I Had Depression

Tasha Okeke | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Tasha Okeke

Depression is one of the most debilitating mental illnesses, yet one of the most common that affect people in today's society. It is estimated that 1/4 people suffer from depression and it unfortunately plagues the lives of so many.

I'm Drowning Not Waving

Alexandra Sheach | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Sheach

I was told I was a "clever girl", given the name of a book about depression to buy from Amazon and given the URL of the Royal College of Psychiatrists website and told I'd "figure it out" - had I known that I could cure myself through reading medical websites, perhaps I could've performed my own c-sections using tools I'd purchased on Amazon.

'But You Don't Look Depressed?'

Naomi Barrow | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

So many people think depression has a 'look', but it really doesn't. Yes, there are some signs that someone might be depressed, and a person crying or looking 'down' may well have depression. But not everybody who is crying is depressed, and people who are depressed rarely cry 24/7.

Early Death Rate Of Mentally Ill People Has Risen Under The Tories

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Politics

People with mental illness are more likely to die early than they were when the Tories came to power, new research reveals. Figures unveiled by Labour...

Six Ways to Explain Depression to People Who Don't Really Understand It

Katie Simon Phillips | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Simon Phillips

To try and help more people understand the condition, I have come up with six examples of the way depression feels for me in ways I hope are easily understood or related to by anyone.

Just Stop

Ruby Wax | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I used to make things worse for myself when I felt I was about to be hit by the black dogs of mental illness. Just before it hit me I would go into overdrive to convince myself and the world that I'm completely normal busy doing things - people to go to places to meet.

Making the Most Vulnerable Women Visible

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

It's encouraging that we're having more public conversations about gender inequality. But we're not yet talking enough about women who are at the sharpest end of this inequality, whose needs are the most complex: those who face the most disadvantage.

What Depression Is

Rachel Egan | Posted 04.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Egan

One in five people get depression at some point in their lives. While any of us can feel low at any point depression occurs when these feelings linger for weeks, months or even years and make everyday life hard.

Having a Mental Illness Does Not Make Me a Criminal

Habiba Khanom | Posted 25.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Habiba Khanom

There have always been misconceptions of mental health sufferers as being scary, violent and "crazy". Of course, that is what the stereotype of mental illness is. No wonder why people are so afraid to get help. If you have met the people I have met in psychiatric hospitals, you'd see that they are not even near that. They are often gentle, friendly and amazingly intelligent people.

What It Means to Have an Anxiety Disorder

Dr Mark Winwood | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Mark Winwood

Your heart is beating, your palms are sweaty and you feel like you might just be sick. You might be about to give a big presentation, take your driving test or walk down the aisle. Or you may be on your commute to work, going into a busy place or simply crossing the road.

A Letter to Myself When I Was Diagnosed With Anorexia

Savannah Alicia | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Savannah Alicia

Your life and happiness is not centred on how thin you are, I hope you remember that as you grow and life changes.

We Have to Tackle the Widespread Stigma of Doctors Asking for Help

Steve Crone | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK
Steve Crone

A survey released this month by the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund (RMBF) has revealed that an alarming number of doctors are experiencing mental health and wellbeing problems, such as depression and anxiety as a result of working under increasing pressure and scrutiny. Yet despite their obvious need for support and advice, the doctors surveyed also said they are unlikely to seek help for fear of discrimination or stigma from colleagues (84%).

Dawn of the Depression

Ruebi Bailey | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ruebi Bailey

I'm not sure how I ended up tumbling back into that darkness, the familiar bite of pain ebbing it's way in with each breath I took, slowly becoming all consuming as the demon whispered "you are mine my dear, you are mine".

Anorexia Is Narcissism: A Response

Kat Pugh | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kat Pugh

Dear Baroness Bakewell, Ever since reading your comments on anorexia being narcissistic (by the way it's anorexia nervosa, not anorexia... anorexia refers to appetite loss, anorexia nervosa refers to the anxiety surrounding appetite.

Unleash the Night: Dark Fantasy and Allegory

Hazel Butler | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Hazel Butler

Dark Fantasy has always been my favourite genre. Whether I'm reading or writing, it is a genre I return to again and again. This is partly due to my l...

'It Affects You Every Day' Six Truths About Living With Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

Tayana Simons | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

This time I want to talk about Body Dysmorphic Disorder, a diagnosed mental illness which affects your perception of the way you look, and how you think others perceive you. It makes sufferers excessively self conscious perceiving their appearance to be in some way flawed compared to others.

What Depression Would Probably Say If It Could Speak

Sharon Sutton | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Sutton

Nowadays people talk more openly about how depression feels. It used to very much a taboo subject years ago but now there's more awareness than ever b...

Mums With Postpartum Psychosis Who Kill Their Babies - Monsters Or Survivors?

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK Parents

A mum is challenging the world to rethink the way we view mothers who kill their children when suffering from a mental health condition. "It's been si...

Body Image: Hating Myself

Claire Greaves | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

I feel trapped... Trapped in my skin, trapped inside buildings, trapped inside myself and trapped in a body I absolutely despise and then comes the urges to attack myself. I declare war on myself. I self-harm and create scars as ugly as I feel, I go to sleep wishing I don't wake up so that I never have to see my reflection again or feel how my body makes me feel.