Mental Illness

I Suggest a Riot

Ruby Wax | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

Facts: The current annual economic cost of mental illness in the UK is £70billion, which is equal to the entire National Health budget. By 2030, the World Health Organization predicts more people will be affected by depression than any other health problem.

7 Things People With Anxiety Want You To Know

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle

If a friend or loved one suffers with anxiety, it can be difficult to know exactly what they are going through and - in some cases - it can drive a we...

"Crazy Is The New Black"

Katie Simon Phillips | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Simon Phillips

You can describe crazy in an infinite number of ways, but as the "new black?". That is not what the word means to me. If anything, crazy is the new "crisis in humanity", and it is killing more people every day than your average fashion trend.

Anti-Psychotic Medication Is Such a Blessing - and Such a Trial

Philippa Lowe | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Philippa Lowe

We both know that this morbid obesity can lead to diabetes which in turn can cause dangerous blood circulation problems. The medication is not the full story, of course, but it certainly contributes - by stimulating the appetite - to the problems caused by an inactive life and poor self care.

Mental Health Awareness Week: Relationships, Depression and Mental Health

Drew Gibson | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Drew Gibson

I've had a much better experience of building relationships with new friends based off of shared experiences. I'm fortunate enough to have a handful of people who helped me through the worst, and I owe them a debt of eternal gratitude.

The Stigma Against Mental Illness Won't Change Until the Message Does

Louise Kennedy | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Louise Kennedy

Few know the stigmatisation of mental illness better than the mentally ill themselves. From being told to just 'cheer up, love,' or over-hearing a col...

Social Anxiety No Longer Controls Me

Habiba Khanom | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Habiba Khanom

As I am writing this now, I couldn't be more confident. I never thought I'd arrive at this stage because all my life, I suffered with crippling social anxiety. To overcome it, was something I'd always wished for but never thought I'd be able to. I am surprised that recently, people tell me that I seem bubbly and perky. That was never me in the past.

It's Okay If Others Don't Understand Your Mental Illness

Lauren Evans | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lauren Evans

There's a lot of stigma against mental illness, which only makes living with mental illness even more difficult. It brings feelings of shame, embarrassment and guilt about how your mental health is controlling your life and yet everybody else in your world seems to be taking the reigns of their own lives just fine.

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.