Mental Illness

Children's Mental Health Week - A View From the Front Line

Dr Kumaran Thevan | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK
Dr Kumaran Thevan

As a soon to be dad, I'm filled with all the anxieties that most parents face two months before their baby arrives, but with one added caveat - will I be 'good enough'? Most people probably think along these lines but in my case it comes with the added pressure of knowing many of the pitfalls, trials and tribulations related to children's mental health. The one thing that reassures me is knowing that I have learnt more about child well-being from my parents, and those around me, than years of training.

The Battle Against Mental Health Stigma Needs More Hope

Jamie Wareham | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jamie Wareham

I know it's possible to cope with Mental Health, even when it gets so difficult. I know that every person who tells their story of mental health breaks down stigma by providing a ray of hope. And that's what we need. More Hope.

For People With Mental Illness, Supported Housing Is a Lifeline - It Must Not Be Put at Risk

Luciana Berger | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Politics
Luciana Berger

People with mental illness need advice, support and professional care. As I know from conversations at the Shaw Street project, for those living independently, a little extra support can make a huge difference to their lives. We have seen some excellent progress in specialist centres. All of that is now at risk. Once again, ministers' desire to cut back budgets will hammer vulnerable people, and end up costing us all more down the line.

Ten Common Misconceptions About Mental Health

Katie Buckingham | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Buckingham

Just like we all have physical health, we all have mental health. To many, the terms 'mental health' and 'mental illness' mean the same thing, but just like we can have positive physical well-being, we can also have positive mental well-being.

Where Is My Mind?

Ruebi Bailey | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ruebi Bailey

I can't always explain why it happens, why a dark fog just envelopes my whole being and slowly starts to smother me, why my thoughts turn against me, why I can't just "put my face straight".

More Funding for Mental Health Services Welcome... But What Happens Next?

Abby McGrory | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Abby McGrory

The more noise we make, the more the government is going to take notice, so it's important to fight that fight. However we must not forget that 25% of us are already fighting with our minds and so even the smallest act of kindness and understanding is important, and doesn't require a penny of funding.

The Four Things Your Friend With Anxiety Is Too Worried to Tell You

Dr Pooky Knightsmith | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Pooky Knightsmith

Whilst we might be seeking treatment there may be many months when anxiety punctuates our daily lives. Many of us are lucky enough to have friends who support and try to understand. Those friends and colleagues mean the world to us but your kindness often leaves our worried mind full of unanswered thoughts and questions that we're too scared to voice...

Six Things You Can Say to Yourself to Combat the Blue Monday Blues

Tayana Simons | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

We underestimate the impact that the time of year has on our mental health, and in a typically British way think that we should be able to power through no matter what. So if you're feeling pretty low at this time of year here are some things we can say to ourselves to combat that mental slump and improve our mood and motivation.

It's Time That Mental Health Was Taught on Education

Matt Clifton | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Clifton

I remember back at school, the thoughts continuously just appear in my head now and then. However, what I remember most was that there was little unde...

Do's and Don'ts When Discussing Stress with an Employee

Katie Buckingham | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK
Katie Buckingham

Mental Health remains a taboo subject within the community and this extends into the workplace. Most employers/managers are still afraid to talk about...

If One Thing Could Change for the New Year... Let It Be Understanding!

Matt Clifton | Posted 04.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Clifton

As the Christmas period has passed, and now the New Year celebrations have gone too, it sort of feels like reality has appeared once more. You know th...

Mental Illness Doesn't Disappear for Christmas

Emma Healey | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Emma Healey

Whilst for many, the thought of Christmas conjures up images of mince pies, mulled wine, sitting cosily around the fire, this isn't the case for everyone. There are numerous reasons that someone might not look forward to Christmas - mental health problems being one of them.

Living With an Anxiety Disorder

Louise Kennedy | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Louise Kennedy

The thing with having an anxiety disorder is that it is not, as it might be thought, a temporary unpleasant feeling that rises and then gives way to calm. Moments of panic followed by months of peace. It is a full-time occupation of the mind.

The Government Risks Pushing Hundreds of Thousands to the Brink of Despair, Unless We Act Now

Brian Dow | Posted 11.12.2015 | UK
Brian Dow

It's quite simple. We all need to work together, individuals and groups, to ensure that those living with mental illnesses do not feel sidelined any more. We believe a better life is possible for people affected by mental health issues and we run services and support groups that change people's lives and challenge attitudes about mental illness.

I Always Feel Invisible

Habiba Khanom | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Habiba Khanom

Of all the therapists I have seen, all the psychiatrists who have treated me (or at least tried to) trying to find out the cause of my eating disorder, one word is always at the forefront. Invisible. Ever since I could remember, I have felt invisible to people. 'Felt' is an understatement. I am invisible. Or at least that's what it seems like to me...

'Is There Anything I Can Do?' - Starting Conversations About Self-Harm

Rachel Piper | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rachel Piper

One in 12 young people in the UK self-harm yet all too often their friends and family are unsure about what to do or how to help. I spoke to a student who has experienced self-harm, about what helped her most and how the stigma around self-harm can be broken down.

Finding Out You're Disabled

Matt Streuli | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK
Matt Streuli

Whenever filling out job applications, you are asked "Do you consider yourself to have a disability?". I've always said no. It turns out I did not of realised what a disability is. Perhaps it is a stigma or just the more obvious public image but when I say disability, my mind immediately goes to the logo on the disabled parking bays or people with special educational needs...

Five Tips on Supporting Your Child With Their Mental Health

Katie Buckingham | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Parents
Katie Buckingham

One young person in every ten will experience mental health difficulties in any given year; it is therefore essential that parents are open about the subject and are comfortable in talking about it.

Five Ways to Boost Your Mood and Help Depression as a Man

Paul McGregor | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Paul McGregor

A lot of men suffer with depression. Low mood, anxiety, stress, low self worth and letting ourselves go physically are all symptoms. One in four men...

To Tackle Male Suicide, We Have to Change What It Means to Be a Man

Daniel Morris | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel Morris

We have a duty to help both the current and future generations of young men, and that duty entails not only talking, but also action. Men need to be taught to prioritise wellbeing over perceived strength, and this teaching needs to begin from the first day of their lives, not after a failed suicide attempt.

Powerful Photo Series Explores One Man's Battle With Depression And Anxiety

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

For those suffering from depression and anxiety, it can be difficult to put your feelings into words. That's why one photographer decided to turn the ...

November 24th and 25th - Budget Day

Ruby Wax | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I can't get it in my head that politicians can't get it in their heads that most of our 21st Century woes are caused by mental illness; crime, addictions, disease, rape, suicide, domestic violence, child abuse is caused by something that is mentally misfiring in our brains.

Why It Is Important to Explore Alternate Avenues of Improving Mental Health

David Ready | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Ready

Publicity has been central to raising awareness of the issue and bringing the conversation about mental health forward. Social media channels, campaigns and key celebrity figures have highlighted this change in thinking, which continues to be overlooked by the government.

We Need a New Approach to Tackle Our Mental Health Epidemic

Danny Bowman | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Bowman

The effects of mental health on our global society is has become much bigger, from suicide to depression and what we do in the next ten years could either avert crisis or cause further inequality creating catastrophe and adding burning fuel to this global pandemic.

Nearly 20,000 People This Week Called on the Department for Work & Pensions to Act on Its Commitment to Reform the Fit for Work Test

Brian Dow | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Politics
Brian Dow

This week a petition with nearly 20,000 signatures was handed in to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), calling on them to act on their commitment to reform the "fit for work" test.