Mental Illness

We Need to Meet the Vulnerable We've Failed

Ben Moore | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK
Ben Moore

I was born privileged. Not heir-to-millions-lined-up-for-cabinet privileged, but privileged nonetheless. I was physically and mentally able. I was str...

Trigger Warnings - What's the Point?

Nadia Mendoza | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK
Nadia Mendoza

A warning isn't synonymous with creating 'Generation Snowflake', it's giving autonomy. An alcoholic can choose not to walk into a pub as they're signposted, a soldier with PTSD can choose to avoid a fireworks display if the explosions traumatise them with memories of war, someone influenced by online content deserves to choose what they see before clicking.

The Struggles of a Depression and Anxiety Sufferer

Bradley Cates | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Cates

What I am saying is try your best to talk to someone, but also don't not talk to anyone. Otherwise, you'll end up feeling worse. I want to say that I wish I had talked about my personal problems earlier in order to get rid of this burden before it got worse - but how can I regret something that is immensely difficult to do?

Ending Violence: The US Needs a New Social Contract Based on Equality

Dyfed Loesche | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Politics
Dyfed Loesche

I would argue, the U.S. needs a new social contract. This contract should not be based on the winner takes it all. In other words, the American Dream must be rekindled in a way that profits all, not just the fittest. With more socio-economic equality comes cohesion and pacification.

These Cards Offer Support To People With Mental Health Issues In The Best Way

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Any form of mental illness is, just that - an illness. Yet it’s not something you’d necessarily buy a typical ‘Get Well Soon’ card for. That...

Why I Grieved for My Healthy Baby

Vicki Moore | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Parents
Vicki Moore

I am glad that I have now come to terms with grieving for what my birth could have been, with the healthy baby I could have had. The fact of the matter is I didn't have those things. I still gave birth, my child did come home, I am still a mother but to a heart warrior who I wouldn't change for the world.

Artist Illustrates Emotions Of Anxiety Sufferers In Light-Hearted Way

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

An illustrator from Dubai is tackling anxiety in the best kind of way. Pranita Kocharekar’s new series, ‘Is That You?’, acknowledges the grip an...

Why Am I So Open About My Mental Illness?

Habiba Khanom | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Habiba Khanom

A lot of people tell me that I am "brave" for being so open about my mental health problems. But one of the reasons why I am open is because I don't want "brave" to be a connotation for opening up mental illness anymore. I want people to talk about their issues without being scared of people's reaction.

Fatherhood: A Generational Shift

Clair Rees | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Parents
Clair Rees

Understanding Father's mental health and wellbeing during their transition to fatherhood is an area where significant difference can be made for the wellbeing of the whole family.

How I Overcame Paralysis And Hitting Rock Bottom

Charlotte Elizabeth | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Elizabeth

Today I live to know the secret to what I wish I had known before, that we cannot stop our fears from happening, but we can learn to live beyond our fears, to use them as our greatest catalyst and to fight each day for our fears fear - our dreams.

Shame and Stigma Led to My Father's Breakdown

Emma Kenny | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Kenny

During my father's sectioning, my uncle, brother and I went into his employers and managed to get him retired - a decision that was very difficult for us. This was made even more challenging when our motives were questioned and we ended up being made to feel as if we were trying to squeeze money out of his employers.

Dear Dad

Wendy Boother | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Wendy Boother

My Dad was there for me at a time when some people pushed me away because of my mental health. I have seen people blank me, avoid talking to me, cross the road to make it clear they will not acknowledge me, when all I wanted to do was say hello, not take up their time.

OTCD: Obsessed With Trivialising Compulsive Disorder

Sophie Harrison | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Harrison

Some may argue this acronym is a little OTD; the rest, however, are too busy tweeting about how their friend is "a little OCD. Lol." I can empathise. I'm a little OCD, a tad anxious and a bit anorexic; I starved myself for two hours, before eating symmetrical carrot sticks. Oh, I'm also a little bit diabetic. I give an insulin shot now and then, but nothing serious.

My Amygdala Brought My Alcoholic Mother back from the dead!

Matt Streuli | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Streuli

#ExploreMH is a series of articles and YouTube videos aimed at breaking down the stigma that surrounds Mental Health. You can watch the video series h...

'A Helping Hand Is at the End of Your Own Arm' - Seven Simple Self-Help Steps to Start Controlling Your Life With Depression

Adam Dow | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Dow

When Depression hits, it is difficult to find out how to escape. There are thousands of well-known metaphors for what depression really feels like, an...

This Is What It's Like To Have Social Anxiety

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

What is it truly like to live with social anxiety disorder? Reddit users have lifted the lid on living with the condition. The NHS identifies social a...

Jolts of Jealousy

Ruby Wax | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

Part of my illness (a trigger) is when I hear I'm going to meet someone like Matt and I immediately want to look up which one of us sold more books. I have learned to hold back because if it's him, I know I'm going to get that jolt in the stomach that signifies envy and if I accumulate a lot of them, I can tip into the foothills of madness.

The Musician Capturing the Sounds of Schizophrenia

Heenali Patel | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Heenali Patel

Rob attributes the happiness in his life to his relationship with Gill, his wife of 24 years. They met when Rob was in a psychiatric hospital in Northampton. A whole food cooperative - Daily Bread - employed patients from the hospital, and staff to support them as a way of aiding their recovery. Gill was a member, and Rob was one of the patients she supported.

Why Athletics Needs to Move Away From the Runner's Body Uniform

Sophia Parvizi-Wayne | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Sport
Sophia Parvizi-Wayne

Tomorrow is the first, official National Eating Disorder Awareness Day and in response to this worldwide recognition of need for awareness, I thought ...

One Survivor's Mission to Transform Mental Health Care

Martin Barrow | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK
Martin Barrow

The Mental Health Taskforce has set out the grand vision that is needed to create a mental health service that is fit for purpose. But, as Joy is showing, what saves lives is personal care and compassion, and a determination to make a difference.

World No Tobacco Day: Smoking and Mental Illness

Brian Dow | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Brian Dow

People with mental health conditions typically smoke at higher rates and are more heavily addicted than average. Around one third of adult tobacco consumption is by people with a mental health condition. This means that they are much more likely to experience serious health conditions, such as cancer and heart disease, as a result of smoking.

Kristen Bell Opens Up About Depression And Mental Health Struggles

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Kristen Bell has written an emotional essay about her personal struggle with mental illness and depression. The 35-year-old Frozen actress penned the ...

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.