Poorna Bell

The Reasons For Suicide Are Complex Say Experts, But There Is Help At Hand

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

In the aftermath of L'Wren Scott's suicide, there have been endless column inches dedicated to exploring the reasons why she felt compelled to take he...

The Promise of Placebos - and the Promise Beyond?

Tony Lobl | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK
Tony Lobl

"The placebo effect is real, quantifiable and in fact you're doing quite well with an active therapy if you can get as good a response as the placebo response," said Professor Jon Stoessl, director of the Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre at the University of British Columbia.

How One Project Is Making Nature Cool

Zion Lights | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Zion Lights

Enter Project Wild Thing, which was launched last September. How successful is nature as a brand? 'Nobody really knows', David says. For someone who is taking on the immense task of marketing nature to children, he is a remarkably humble man. 'I'm not saying it's changing their lives,' he tells me, 'but it's making them question.'

The Importance of Imagination

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Imagination has kept me sane and even happy for years, helped me survive the real world. Music speaks to every emotion I've ever felt, expressing for me when I cannot. Paintings and drawings remind me of the beauty of life. And stories are my escapism, characters my best friends.

Thorpe Park Under Pressure To Rename 'Asylum' Ride

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK

Pressure is mounting on a theme park to change the name of its controversial 'Asylum' maze, which mental health campaigners say enforces stigma of men...

Make Every One of Your Minutes Count

Maggie Currie | Posted 27.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Maggie Currie

Your ability to manage your time, to focus and channel your energies on your highest value tasks, will determine your rewards and your level of accomplishment in life more than any other factor.

Getting With the New Programme

Sonja Lewis | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sonja Lewis

I had to reprogramme my thought processes: another step to getting rid of limited thinking. In the end, I adopted the theme 'finding happiness in your own space, with or without children' ... and obsessed over it.

Happy Days?

Kamontip Evans | Posted 16.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

We can spend all our life procrastinating to be happy! We forget to be happy right here and right now. But we may answer 'yes' to the question anyway because we don't want people to know how we really feel.

Fifteen Minute Care Sessions Are an Insult, Why Our Elderly Deserve Better

Hannah Gal | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Gal

Just as it is cruel to deprive the elderly of food or medication, it is cruel to accept the current state of social isolation. We could ask why these lonely people's families are not more involved or go down the Chinese government route of 'forcing' people to visit their elderly parents but the reality is that people are naturally occupied with making a living and raising their own young.  

And All Those Simple Things Are Simply Too Complicated for My Life

Amy Anka | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Anka

Does travel broaden the mind? Yes. Of course it does. However each time I've returned from my travels, it feels as though I've returned to a somewhat dull existence. The mundaneness of routine abounds. Work, gym, household chores, paying bills. Most people are content with that. Or they at best don't question it.

Worst Things To Say To Someone Suffering From Depression

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle

As with many mental health conditions, there are varying degrees of depression which range from clinical depression to depression that comes on becaus...

Are You 'Sort of' Intelligent?

Jessica Brown | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Brown

Intelligence is a funny thing, isn't it? After re-watching the whole four series of Cougar Town in one weekend, it dawned on me that I'm not as clever as I'd like to be. Nor am I as inclined to learn about 'intellectual' things as I'd like.

What Causes Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Dan Roberts | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dan Roberts

As we struggle to absorb shocking incidents like the recent train crash in Galicia, along with sympathy for the grieving families our thoughts also turn to the survivors. And psychologists who specialise in helping people recover from incidents like this know that while some of the surviving passengers will eventually get over their shock and trauma, sadly others will be unable to do so.

Lucy Sherriff

People Think I Have Depression Because It's 'Cool'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 11.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

"Depression is seen as something for goths and emos who have it because its 'cool'," student Beth Saward says bluntly. "There's definitely still a sti...

How To Spot Signs Of Depression In Someone You Know

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Depression can vary from one person to another; they may exhibit all the behaviour, or just one aspect of it, and so it's important to know the signs ...

Lucy Sherriff

Thousands More Students Seeking Help For Depression

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 11.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

The number of students seeking help for depression has more than doubled at some of the country's top institutions, at a time when many universities a...

Strength of Mind Is What Makes the Difference

Lee Riley | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lee Riley

It's inside all of us; the strength to do whatever it takes to overcome even the most challenging mental and physical tests in order to achieve our goals. When the challenge is physical, you need to be fit - but your mind must be strong too.

Experts Suggest Celebrities Prone To Risk Of Suicide

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Few celebrities have been as frank as Stephen Fry about their mental health difficulties. Throughout his battle with bipolar disorder, the presente...

Why We Need to Talk About Suicide

Paul Farmer | Posted 06.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Farmer

Stephen Fry is in the news today after he talks in an interview about a suicide attempt last year. He said: "Now, you may say, how can anyone who has got it all be so stupid as to want to end it all? That's the point, there is no 'why?', it's not the right question. There's no reason." So, how can you start the conversation if you are worried about someone?

Victory for Welfare Campaigners Is a Step in the Right Direction

Paul Farmer | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK
Paul Farmer

Mind, together with the charities National Autistic Society and Rethink Mental Illness, took the decision to intervene in a legal case involving two people with mental health problems who felt that the WCA didn't take sufficient account of their needs. We thought it was vital to intervene to communicate the experiences of the thousands of people who get in touch with us and help the court come to the right conclusion.

Understanding Humans in a Scientific Age: Fundamentalism in Science

George F.R. Ellis | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK Tech
George F.R. Ellis

Ever since machines were invented, it has been speculated that we too are machines. The rise of molecular biologyand molecular genetics,with its spect...

Managing Mental Health at Work

Emma Mamo | Posted 22.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Mamo

Right now, one in six workers is dealing with a mental health problem such as anxiety, depression or stress. This can stop people performing at their best. Too often, employees are scared to tell their manager about a mental health problem and managers are unsure how best to support staff when they do.

Living Alone Doesn't Mean You're Lonely

Chloe Best | Posted 19.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Best

Britain is home to a load of sad, lonely singletons if recent headlines are anything to go by. Since a UK study has revealed that 16% of Brits now live alone compared to 9% in 1978, mental health charity Mind have expressed their concerns over the state of mind of people living alone. However what they have failed to address is that for many of these people, living alone is a choice.

A New Age For Poker

Victoria Coren | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Sport
Victoria Coren

The new card room at the Hippodrome, meanwhile, is clearly built for fun. The Hippodrome itself is a social space, and always has been. It is huge, with a spangly bar, a smart restaurant and a very good smoking terrace for those who like that sort of thing.

The Mental Health Act Should Only Be Used as a Last Resort and With Extreme Care

Paul Farmer | Posted 01.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Farmer

Ask anyone who's ever been 'sectioned' and you'll understand why. It's a painful, humiliating and dehumanising process. It usually involves an ambulance, the police, doctors and social workers and sometimes it involves officers in riot gear, physical restraint and a brush with the law.