Mental Illness

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.

What Is Depression And How Can You Beat It?

Dr Jessamy Hibberd | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Jessamy Hibberd

Depression is a cheat. It doesn't play by the rules, it will twist and manipulate anything and everything to support its cause. It devalues all you do and makes you only pay attention to the things that fit with the 'you're crap' narrative.

Blue Monday - Who's Looking After Doctors?

Dr Pallavi Bradshaw | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK
Dr Pallavi Bradshaw

Mondays are hard enough, but the one just gone was 'Blue Monday'. According to some it is the most depressing day of the year. It raises a very topica...

It's Time For Youth Mental Health Services To Respect Young People's Rights

Grace Jeremy | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Grace Jeremy

A generation of young people who understand their rights and responsibilities is a generation who are empowered to hold services to account and create social change, as a sustainable social movement.

Why We're Swearing To Take On Mental Illness In Young People

Cynthia Joyce | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK
Cynthia Joyce

The message of our new campaign is one that I hope will make people not just stop and take notice, but stop and take action: 'It's time to swear to take on mental illness in young people'. Why swearing? Because it perfectly encompasses how so many of us feel about the state of mental healthcare today.

2017 - A Landmark Year For Mental Health?

Brian Dow | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK
Brian Dow

For some months those of us in the mental health sector have known there was the possibility of a major announcement from the Government brewing, and so I was delighted to accept the invitation to hear the Prime Minister talk at the Charity Commission on Monday, for what had been a well-trailed speech.

Waiting For A Magical Cure

Sinéad O'Callaghan | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sinéad O'Callaghan

It's been a while since I have been able to write. It's been a while since I was able to do anything, to be honest. A horrible bout of depression hit...

Your Child Needs You

Hannah Rainey | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Hannah Rainey

I don't think many parents actually read my blog so this might be completely pointless, but I decided that as this is something I'm particularly passionate about, I needed to write it anyway. Also, maybe some of the readers closer to my age will remember this post when they come to having children. Hopefully...

Anxious Annie

Gina Lyons | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Gina Lyons

In speaking openly about Annie this week, I have noticed a few things. Some people, don't get it, and are probably my reason for writing this. Annie is convinced she wants everyone to know she is here. They love you and want you happy and carefree, and to them it looks like you are driving yourself mad, like this is a thing YOU do that YOU must stop. If only YOU could stop.

Why Cognitive Diversity Needs To Be Accepted In Our Culture

Antony Mayfield | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Antony Mayfield

Cognitive diversity means valuing ways of thinking outside of an apparent normal. It means supporting and keeping people through periods of illness, not just because it is the right thing to do, but because a homogenous workforce creates a vulnerable culture and set of capabilities. To promote cognitive diversity, leaders should consider the following:

Theresa May's Shared Society Speech

Katie Buckingham | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Politics
Katie Buckingham

May promises the younger generations that no longer will they suffer quietly and lose out on life opportunities' due to inadequate services. But she also leads a government characterised not by the humanity which informed her speech, but by a culture of inequality. Will May deliver on her promises? Or will another variety of conservative society and mental health approach, be filed under ineffective?