Mental Illness

The Perfection Paradox: Why It's Taking So Long To Launch Fat Girl

Clementine Prendergast | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Clementine Prendergast

The Fat Girl initiative encourages us to accept perceived flaws, recognising bodily perfectionism as an illusionary and ultimately redundant concept. I believe these imperfections are metaphoric of our wider worldly struggles, using the word "fat" as an expression of emotional mess.

Five Tips For National Carers Week

Alison Murdoch | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK
Alison Murdoch

"Whenever possible be kind. It is always possible," says The Dalai Lama. When life is at its most unfamiliar, depressing or frightening for your family and friends, please don't back away - it's when they need you most.

Full Time. Part Time. All the Time

Rebekah Smith | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Parents
Rebekah Smith

It's not easy returning to work; back to the routine, back to caring about something more than nap times, feeds and tantrum negotiation. I returned three weeks ago, changing from full time to part time. I still work the equivalent of four days a week and it sometimes feels as though I am trying to 'have it all' - but why shouldn't I have my own identity, career and earnings.

Using Sport To Cope With Life For Better Mental Health

Lawrence Dallaglio | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Sport
Lawrence Dallaglio

I am constantly impressed to see our young people succeed, they have true determination and strength to be able to recognise their problems and better themselves. Participating in a new sport which is built on a foundation of encouragement and support really can offer a winning combination. The real question now is, what can these young people teach us?

A View Of The Manifestos: Mental Health

Danny Bowman | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Danny Bowman

The prominence mental health has played in the manifestos is a victory not just for those suffering from mental health problems and the clinicians working in mental health, but for our society in general.

It's Not All In Our Head: Physical Symptoms Of Depression

Naomi Barrow | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Depression may impact other parts of our bodies, too - including our blood glucose levels, bone density, menstrual cycle, sex drive, and sleep. Additionally, any medication we take for depression can also have physical side effects.

How To Reduce Your Child's Anxieties

Katie Woodland | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK Parents
Katie Woodland

But, trust me you're not even going to be bothered about winning the prize for yourself (no matter how competitive you are as a parent) - by day 14 just doing this will make your household a calmer, happier and more joyous place to be which is a phenomenal prize in itself!

Mental Illness In The Criminal Justice System

Robert Conway | Posted 30.05.2017 | UK
Robert Conway

The importance of increasing public understanding of mental health cannot be overstated -as a criminal defence solicitor I have seen first-hand the devastation a failure to identify and adequately respond to mental illness can wreak on a vulnerable person's life.

To Those Of You Who've Lost All Hope

Naomi Barrow | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Eventually, in time, we will find glimmers of hope again. We will find cracks of light. We will begin find things to believe in, and our little pile of good things will grow. We might find them in the most unexpected of places - a podcast that speaks to us, the ability to read a page of text, or the joy of being able to taste a cup of tea again. It might take weeks, it might take months, it might even take years, but it will happen.

A GP's Concern About The Lack Of Mental Health Services

Dr Sara Ahmed | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK
Dr Sara Ahmed

With the mental health service functioning in a deprived state, we as GPs will have to fill in the gaps. Regardless of whether we have the appointments to accommodate this, do we even have the skills? And can we safely evaluate risk in a 10-minute consultation? All of this leaves me unable to shake the sense of foreboding during my mental health consultations.

Mental Health Awareness

Ruby Wax | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

It was Mental Health Awareness Week again last week. It is a mystery to me as to why it's not Mental Health Week every day of the year? And what do they mean by mental health anyway? How can you be mentally healthy in a world that's nuts? If you feel like you're a normal person, the chances are that you're not mentally healthy, you're delusional.

This Non-Profit Removes Size Labels From Clothes Giving Eating Disorder Patients Chance To Recover

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A woman recovering from an eating disorder has turned her negative experiences into something positive, with the help of her close friend. Erin Drisch...

Empty Bedsides: A Speech On Stigma

Karl Knights | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Karl Knights

Given today's climate - of perpetual mental health funding cuts, of denial and of recrimination - it is easy to give in to despair; to throw our arms up and scream, what can I do? It's easy to give into apathy. However I want to ask you to do something far bolder - hope.

YouTuber Slams Media For 'Romanticising' Suicide In Emotional Video

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A YouTuber has issued an emotional plea asking anyone who is having suicidal thoughts to reach out to those around them for help. Alexa Losey, 22, fro...

A Message For Every Mental Health Warrior

Fi Anderson | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Anderson

Explaining what it's like to live with an eating disorder and depression is very simple; there is no living about it, you merely exist. As with any mental illness, they affect every area of your life whether that's the ability to hold down a job, build a relationship or simply concentrate on what the person in front of you is saying.

Celebrity Voices That For Once Should Be Heard

Jonathan Lee | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jonathan Lee

This is one area where the cult of celebrity really can help. We should be celebrating those who have come forward to tell their stories on a global scale. Because the only way we can remove the stigma is by encouraging everyone to talk about how they feel.

What Is Emotional Health And How Does It Relate To Mental Illness?

Nick Haisman-Smith | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Haisman-Smith

We all know that we can promote good physical health through factors like exercise, diet and sleep, helping to prevent illness and support wellness and recovery after diagnosis or treatment.

It's Time To Squeeze The Zit That Is Mental Health

Katie Grace | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Grace

I had previously decided to wait until I had finished my degree (three more glorious days) and submitted my final assignment before throwing myself back into blogging. However, my Twitter timeline notified me on Monday that it was Mental Health Awareness Week, triggering an internal battle within my DBD (death by dissertation) brain.

'Chase The Rainbow' Author Poorna Bell's Advice For Those Supporting A Loved One Through Mental Illness

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Author and journalist Poorna Bell has shared her advice for anyone supporting a loved one struggling with mental illness, following the death of her h...

Thirty Months On

Sangeeta Mahajan | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sangeeta Mahajan

I am his mother. I am also a doctor. I died with him. An amputated heart and a bruised soul somehow keep the tatters of my being together. The undying love between mother and son sustains. It finds expression through writing every day.

Asking The Important Questions About Mental Illness

Cynthia Joyce | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Cynthia Joyce

One in four people are affected by mental illness, whether through your own experience or that of friends or family, you are unlikely to have travelled through life without being touched in some way. It's therefore unsurprising that so many of us are compelled to demand some sort of understanding. For us, and for future generations.

Mental Health Awareness Week: Awareness Isn't The Issue, A Lack Of Effective Approaches Are

Barry Richardson | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK
Barry Richardson

From Prince Harry's 20 year fight with mental health, Lady Gaga's PTSD, to J.K. Rowling's battle with depression, there are no shortage of high-profile figures raising awareness of mental health illnesses. Of course there is also the tragic awareness of adorned celebrities such as Alexander McQueen and Robin Williams, who both took their own lives to escape their mental health demons.

This Is What People Want You To Understand About Mental Illness

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

We’re talking about mental health more than ever before, but sadly, many misconceptions around mental illness still exist. To further improve unders...

Woman Highlights How Depression Impacts Her Personal Hygiene In Moving Post

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A woman who has depression shared an eloquent and incredibly moving Facebook post, detailing her struggle with the mental illness. Katelyn Marie Todd ...

Acceptance Is The Answer According To The Queen Of Bad Choices

Claire Ayres | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Ayres

For Mental Health Awareness Week this year I was asked to write a post for the charity I volunteer at on the national theme of surviving or thriving. Using this I've had a look back at my long history of mental illness and reflected on when I've been surviving and when I've been thriving.