Mental Illness

Why Mental Health Must Stay on the Agenda

Luciana Berger | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Politics
Luciana Berger

Our mental health system is failing at a time when it should be being made a greater priority... We must change the status of mental health, not just in our National Health Service, but just as importantly, in our wider society... This is why mental health will be a top priority for the next Labour government.

What's in Your Head..?

Liz Fraser | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Fraser

Approximately 450 million people worldwide have some kind of 'mental health problem' right now. And they have really, honestly tried very hard to pull their socks all the way up, and Get Over It.

A Natural Way to Cope With Anxiety

Emma Letessier | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Letessier

Once we are more readily in touch with or conscious of the thoughts and feelings that trigger an anxious response, it may be that we are in a better position to start voicing them to someone we can trust. Often even just the verbal acknowledgement that we are feeling a negative emotion can have a hugely healing effect.

Spark of Madness

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

Robin Williams' death is everywhere this week. It's been on my mind as to whether or not I would post something about it, as I have really mixed feelings about the general furore that follows the death of a celebrity, whether accidental or in this case, probably not so much.

When Will the Help Come?

Kirsty Higginson | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Higginson

I have been wanting to write this article for an extremely long time. I have stumbled and tormented myself so many times with this piece as to how I could even begin to voice my boulders of darkness. I wanted to translate to you, the reader, the horrific pain mental illness can bring, and to put the raw emotions into words which you will understand

Robin Williams - Depression Is No Laughing Matter

Stephen Liddell | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Stephen Liddell

The sad news of Robin Williams untimely death this week has brought forth the expected tide of tributes to this man who made millions laugh around the world and rightfully so.

How to Fix Your Soul When Your Brain is Kicking Your Heart in the Dick

Michelle Thomas | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK
Michelle Thomas

Yesterday was a sad, strange day. Sometimes unhappy news can serve as a sombre reminder that we must all try hard to be kind and compassionate to one another.

Media Coverage Of Williams' Death Slammed By Depression Sufferers

The Huffington Post | Tasha Kleeman | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Despite detailed guidelines provided by the Samaritans on how to treat Robin Williams' suicide, much of the media coverage of the actor's death has be...

Why Blog?

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

Every time I go back to check in with the hospital, they ask me what I'm doing that helps. I can put my hand on my heart and say that of everything - medication, therapy, exercise, diet, you name it - my blog has been the most significant change for me, and has had the most impact on me.

Are Ya Bad? Or Are Ya Bad Bad?

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

Hubby pointed out once that there may be people reading this who are trying to understand what someone who is depressed is going through, why they are acting the way they are, and I hope I've been able to give you some insight into that. I'm sure it's different for everyone, but for me, this is how it manifests.

Mental Health Traffic Lights

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

We all have mental health, so equally we can all have mental ill health. From time to time, we may struggle more than we'd like, and so need to look for help to see us through. The problem is, it often isn't clear at what point we need to need to speak up and look for that help. So, here's where the traffic lights come in.

Alone Amongst Many

Ruby Wax | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I had a dinner party last week where I invited a few famous people I knew from when I did my interview shows. Many of them suffer from something I call 'movie star disease.' They live in their own time zone so when invited to dinner at seven they either come in at eleven with no apology or not at all.

The Edgy Ambience of US Supermax Prisons

Neil Durkin | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

In certain London bars I reckon the bare monastic cell look is considered quite cutting edge. By contrast, ADX Florence is beyond cutting edge (unless it's prisoners cutting their wrists in despair). ADX Florence's ambience is an altogether bleaker affair, one which seems designed to crush people and push them right over the edge.

Ready to Talk?

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

Mental health is something that's increasingly appearing in conversation these days. This is a huge, huge step in the right direction, because historically it's the stigma around mental illness that has been one of the biggest obstacles for people in seeking help, or in fact, in even acknowledging that there's a problem in the first place. I'm impatient though

Are the Treatments Costly?

Richard Layard | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Layard

Depression reduces your length of life as much as smoking does... pay for more psychological therapy and it will cost you nothing because of the savings on physical healthcare. The finances of healthcare actually improve through spending more on therapy.

Why Do Fewer Than One in Three People With Mental Illness Receive Treatment?

Richard Layard | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Layard

While most people with physical illness are in treatment, this is true for fewer than one in three people with mental illness... What could account for this shocking failure? Stigma is one reason. People are ashamed of being mentally ill.

'Drunkorexia: When Alcoholism Meets Eating Disorders'

Sam Thomas | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

The term 'Drunkorexia' is relatively new, but the condition is not. Drunkorexia is a combination of alcoholism and anorexia or bulimia. Usually, a person suffering from drunkorexia will deprive himself or herself of food during the day, in an attempt to keep calories under control when he or she goes drinking later.

Pupils Failed Again Due to Lack of 'Mental Health' Understanding

Matt Clifton | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Clifton

What I want to question is though, why the government has just started wanting to help mental health in schools? They have had years to do so, even by providing teachers better training with Mental Health awareness and understanding or making Mental Health a compulsory unit in Science or ECM, yet they have failed to do anything until recently...

The Terrifying Familiarity of Elliot Rodger

Jonathan Lindsell | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Lindsell

It isn't the conclusion of Elliot Rodger's video that terrifies me - not the 'day of retribution' content, the killing intentions, the insistence that it could all have been averted if one of the 'pretty girls' had slept with him. It isn't the discussion of Alpha Maledom or punishing women or revenge against humanity.

The Internet Might Literally Be Giving Us Mental Illness

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK Tech

Too much time spent online could be causing mental illnesses and social problems for children, it has been reported. Loneliness, depression, anxiet...

The Importance of Understanding Mental Health

Matt Clifton | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Clifton

Having depression myself, I know how it feels to feel isolated, alone and like nobody understands and sometimes this can feel like this case, however the good news is more people are coming forward to share their stories with Mental Health and this week, Mental Health Awareness Week has proved that, I have been ever so glad!

My Depression: The Best Thing

Sadie Brown | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sadie Brown

In a matter of days I noticed the colour return to my cheeks and a sparkle to my eyes - I looked like me again! That period of my life stays with always. It makes me feel equipped to deal with anything, anything.

Yoga Power

Nicole Ettinger | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nicole Ettinger

Right now, in the UK, if you go to the doctor with a physical pain, you invariably leave with a course of painkillers or for those suffering from mild depression, antidepressants are distributed without hesitance.

How to Overcome Depression in Four Straightforward Steps

Danny Baker | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Baker

If you broke your leg and tried to repair it yourself, chances are that you'd never do it properly, and as a result, your leg would be broken forever. At the end of the day, it's the same story with depression, too - if you don't get the proper treatment, it will never go away.

On Depression - A Suggestion

Ruby Wax | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

What helps if you have depression is realising that you are not alone, that this 'illness' actually exists like any other physical illness; you are not making it up and you are not some self-indulgent, self-obsessed narcissist who's looking for pity or an excuse not show up at work or school.