Mental Illness

Why This Halloween I'll Be Celebrating Mental Illness

Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh

One in seven of rotten tomatoes top horror films list are directly about mental illness - though more could be argued to have roots in the topic - films about possession for example, which was originally derived from a fear of the different.

Ten Things to Do If You're Feeling Suicidal

Danny Baker | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Baker

Having suffered from life-threatening bouts of depression for four years before my eventual recovery at the start of 2012, I have a lot of experience with feeling suicidal. Here's my list of 10 things to do when you're in that awful place where you feel as if all hope is lost.

Plenty of Pledges But Small on the Specifics: What the Party Conferences Told Us (And Didn't) About the Future of the NHS

Jennifer Dixon | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Politics
Jennifer Dixon

The elephant in the room is that none of the funding pledges are nearly enough to meet current demand, and the NHS is heading for a financial crisis and soon. On this the politicians were silent, as well as on how the productivity of NHS staff could be increased to offset budget shortfalls...

Is Our Attitude to Mental Health Absolute Madness?

Lee Dalloway | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lee Dalloway

You call in sick with a moderate physical ailment, because it's easier to tell your boss you have a migraine/food poisoning/the flu than go into the intricacies of something you may not understand yourself. Have you ever been told to 'be strong' or 'get over it' by someone who just can't fathom the incorporeal nature of what's affecting your life?

But You're Married and You Have Kids... Why Did You Get Depressed?

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

I'm tired of being asked why I got depressed. I have no problem talking about how it has impacted on my life, and that of my family and friends, I think people need to know exactly how much mental illness can take over and infiltrate every aspect of life. But I have a very big problem with the perception that this could somehow be my own fault

All the World's Mental Health Day

Barbara Nadel | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Barbara Nadel

People who are delusional, anxious or depressed are vulnerable. They're routinely dismissed as 'nutters' and in my hospital they were easy targets. Just because someone hears voices doesn't mean that he or she is a liar. We all know when we've been hurt, mentally ill or 'sane' - whatever that is.

Why Everyone Will Suffer If We Don't Start Looking at Mental Health Differently

Beth Burgess | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Burgess

It's World Mental Health Day 2014 this Friday, and despite the fact that one in four people will suffer from mental health issues in their lifetime, there still exists a damaging stigma towards having problems located in the mind.

Does the Answer to Helping Distressed Men Rest With You?

Professor Damien Ridge | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Damien Ridge

The overwhelming evidence is that talking therapy works. And works in ways that can be life transforming for many people. It doesn't matter much what the brand of counselling or therapy is. What seems to be most healing is the relationship that develops between client and practitioner, based on attunement towards the client, honesty and respect.

Where do We Draw the Line on Help and Support for People With Mental Illness?

Phill Hudson | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Phill Hudson

Where do we draw the line on help and support for people with Mental illness? I ask this question because I have seen what happens when families and friends say enough is enough you're in this on your own!

Fifteen Things People Who Are Happy Do Differently

Danny Baker | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Baker

Everybody will make mistakes - in their career, in their relationships, with their finances, and in every other facet of their life. But happy people make sure they learn from their mistakes and from difficult times so they don't continue to repeat themselves over and over and over again.

Muddling Through - Mental Illness and Parenting

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

But how about my kids? How am I with them? At my worst, I'm unable to cope with them. I can't engage, I don't want to play, getting myself up, dressed and fed is sometimes beyond me. Often, all I'm capable of is sitting and staring at a wall for hours on end. I resent every demand that's made of me, I want to be left alone, utterly and completely.

T-Shirt Troubles

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

Urban Outfitters have been getting a lot of bad press for their extremely insensitive and offensive clothing. One of the items of clothing that was in particularly poor taste was a t-shirt glorifying depression

Joy On Offensive Card: 'If You Know Anyone With Bipolar...Don't Buy It For Them'

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Valladares | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

After shocking customers by stocking a greeting card that reads, "Don't get mad, take lithium," clothes retailer Joy not only failed to see what the i...

What Will It Take for the Government to Act on Mental Health?

Dan Holden | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Holden

Last week, the chief medical officer for the NHS said that more help is needed in order for people with mental health problems to stay in their jobs. The lack of help she spoke of has resulted in 70million lost days of work last year, costing the economy £100million, an increase of £30 million on the previous year.

Working Is Good for Your Wellbeing

Suzi Dixon | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Dixon

Anxiety is a disease of the mind but it's not ALL in the mind. Telling someone having a panic attack to 'calm down' is frankly insulting. But I understand completely why some colleagues, and especially small business owners, don't or won't take it seriously.

The Rational Act of an Irrational Mind

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

At the times in my life where suicide has become a real and valid option, it seemed the best thing to do for everyone. When my mind reached this completely irrational conclusion, I was convinced that while my family might grieve for a while, they would ultimately get over it, move on, and be the better for no longer having to watch over or worry about me.

On Stigma

Ruby Wax | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

It's the only illness where you get - absolutely free with the package - a real sense of shame. I've heard people say, "I know people with real diseases, show me lumps show me X-Rays", and of course you can't so you begin to feel bombarded with self-disgust thinking," I'm not being carpet-bombed, I'm not living in a Township, how dare I, who has everything, be depressed?"

'Prozac Nation': 20 Years On

Victoria Sadler | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

In September 1994 Elizabeth Wurtzel's first book Prozac Nation was published and a new era of confessional-style memoir was born. Further than that, Elizabeth's frank and unsympathetic portrayal of her battles with depression was revolutionary in a way that now, even 20 years later, we're still getting used to...

Living With the Stigma of Depression

Phill Hudson | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Phill Hudson

I can still recall those early days when our second daughter was born in June 2012, endless tears; long periods of inactivity, terrified to leave the house caused by an unbearable anxiety and despite being surrounded by loved ones a feeling I can only describe as utter emptiness and isolation. This is how I remember seeing my wife in the summer of 2012. My heart still sinks when I think that at the moment our little treasure was born a part of my beloved wife died.

Ever Had a Bad Day?

Matt Clifton | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Clifton

Ever felt like you have had a bad day? I am sure you have had more than one, maybe you had a head-ache or perhaps a sickness bug? Well imagine if throughout your day/week or however long you had it, you were constantly told "just to get better or get over it" ...

Poorna Bell

Should You Talk To Your Family About Depression?

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

As head of a family rocked by mental illness and addiction, you would think that if anyone understood the complexities of depression, it would be Bob ...

Students Suffering From Mental Illness Face Crippling Stigma

The Huffington Post | Tasha Kleeman | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Despite students’ vulnerability to mental health problems, at universities and colleges, mental illness remains a taboo. For many students, the ...

F*cked Up, Insecure, Neurotic and Emotional

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

Hubby is a patient man. Strong, loving, considerate too, but mostly patient (in the extreme). He has a tough job sometimes - he has me. Granted, I have my good points (too many to list, obviously) but then there's also that nasty cloud/dog/bubble aspect just waiting in the wings, ready to pounce as soon as I let my guard down. And when it pounces on me, it pounces on him too.

On Robin Williams

Ruby Wax | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

Why is it such an 'out of the blue' experience for everyone that Robin Williams killed himself? Is it because we think if someone's funny they must spend their lives, head thrown back, wheezing away? I know very few comedians who in their real lives have their heads thrown back, it's not funny being funny; it's a killer.

Why Mental Health Must Stay on the Agenda

Luciana Berger | Posted 18.10.2014 | 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.