Mind Games

Paul Fletcher | Posted 10.08.2017 | UK Tech
Paul Fletcher

It's a shame to see a powerful and maturing art form seemingly content to take a well-trodden path, badging insanity as a convenient shorthand to motivate an otherwise inexplicable threat of violence. Sad, but perhaps unsurprising given a much wider tendency to find explanations for shocking behaviours in simplified ideas of mental illness.

I'm An Anti-Stigma Campaigner, But We Shouldn't Let Mental Illness Off Lightly

Lucy Nichol | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Entertainment
Lucy Nichol

We absolutely need more context and balance. But in the meantime, we also need to remind people of the devastating impact of mental illness in order to continue to fight for the funding and services we need.

How To Help Someone With A Mental Health Problem

Sophie Mei Lan | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Mei Lan

1) If you think/know someone has a mental health problem, mention it in confidence to them. Ask them how they're feeling? Don't assume. Lots of people think I'm fine as my natural facial expression is to smile. I really relate to the analogy 'tears of a clown.'

Verdict On 'Why Did I Go Mad?' Nice Try, Could Do Better

Rachel Egan | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
Rachel Egan

With Mental Health Awareness Week fast approaching, we have seen an explosion of mental health programmes on primetime TV. On Tuesday 2 May, BBC2 aired a 'Horizon' episode titled 'Why Did I Go Mad?' which looked at different experiences, different causes and different treatments for psychosis.

What Happens When You Support Someone in Difficult Times

Tina McGuff | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Parents
Tina McGuff

Never underestimate the impact just being there listening to someone can make a huge difference... Sometimes we all need to feel there is someone there to support us in a time of vulnerability without fear of judgement or stigma.

Postpartum Psychosis Risk After Childbirth

Tina McGuff | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Parents
Tina McGuff

I think this is something that new mums fear especially if they have a previous bout of mental illness. I've spoken to many ladies who have felt this way and some who actually went through postpartum psychosis.

2016: The Year Psychosis Became A Punchline

Nathan Atkinson | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Nathan Atkinson

Having recently displayed a sign in their flagship store that read: "I'm a psychotic mess but at least my eyebrows look good" they've been called out by just about everyone. Not just by the media, but by members of the public and mental health charities too. Ouch.

Suicide - Breaking The Silence

Adriana Wheatley | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Adriana Wheatley

However, that all changed the day I let a friend visit me on the ward. On seeing her tears that seemed so genuine, I finally dared to question my perspective on life - had it been warped for all of this time?

I Am Pagliacci

Arthur Peirce | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

There is a very old joke; it has appeared in different forms over the years, most famously in Alan Moore's seminal graphic novel Watchmen. Most retel...

The Musician Capturing the Sounds of Schizophrenia

Heenali Patel | Posted 02.06.2017 | 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.

Thank You - Me, Bipolar and I

Sharon Sutton | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Sutton

Thank you for fixing my household goods for example when I feel like the world has ended all because I've totally ruined a tin opener trying to open a tin of corned beef. Times like that I can get so frustrated for no reason and I feel like I could just 'smash a plate' - ridiculous I know.

Surely It Should Be Mandatory for Schools to Forewarn Children of the Dangers of Smoking Skunk

Sanchita Islam | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK
Sanchita Islam

During the second episode of psychosis I believed that I was the chosen one, that the whole of east London was full of clones, I sang on the corner of Valance Road convinced that I had to run naked down Brick Lane.

Living With Schizoaffective Disorder - It's a Wretched Affliction, But It's What You Do With Your Brain That Counts

Sanchita Islam | Posted 21.05.2016 | UK
Sanchita Islam

It's Schizophrenia Awareness Week. Although I don't suffer from schizophrenia, Dr Bass diagnosed me with schizoaffective disorder in 2003 and the two are close cousins. What is schizoaffective disorder exactly?

Cannabis Species Are Not Created Equal

Dr Christopher Muller Pollard | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK
Dr Christopher Muller Pollard

The most recent Lancet study on 410 patients in South London with first episode psychosis compares individuals who smoked skunk-like cannabis to never-smokers. It demonstrated that smoking skunk once a week increases your risk of psychosis by two, more than once a week by almost 3 and more than five times a week by more than five times

Teenager High On Meow Meow Cut Off Own Penis And Stabbed Mother 11 Times

PA | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK

A naked teenager stabbed his mother 11 times and reportedly cut off his own penis during a binge on the drug meow meow. Charles Mann shouted: “T...

Making Space for the Meaning in Madness

Dr Jay Watts | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Jay Watts

Understanding Psychosis destabilises such hope-crushing ideas that schizophrenia is a brain disease. How? Firstly, the report takes seriously the main biological theories, weighing up the evidence base before concluding that there is no proven biological abnormality associated with schizophrenia.

When 'Madness' Is Confused With Genius

Lynne Parker | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Lynne Parker

It takes a particular kind of creative, self-obsessive, imaginative, observant and courageous person to bare their very soul on stage. It is not always funny either, the image of the sad clown and smiley face, sad face masks of comedy and tragedy are emblematic of the tortured genius that inhabits some of the world's greatest comedians.

Legal Highs, Jesus and I

Katie Winrow | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK
Katie Winrow

Now you might wonder why a seemingly sane and rational person suddenly began to believe that they were the saviour of all mankind. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the story began on a park bench with a packet of legal highs.

Men's Mental Health - What Is Psychosis And How To Spot The Symptoms

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Psychosis describes a series of mental health problems that lead to hallucinations and delusions, according to the NHS. It is estimated that one in...

The Politics of Cannabis Psychosis

Jason Reed | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK Politics
Jason Reed

It has become an indelible etching on the national psyche; cannabis and psychosis dovetail like fish and chips. The impact of cannabis on the mind has been well documented in the British press, but it remains an unfortunate muddle as the link is as far from clear as one is led to believe.

Are Some Recent Religious Conversions Linked to Terrorism, Via Psychosis?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

The great majority of terrorists aren't found to have any form of mental illness. However, the situation is less clear with so-called 'lone actors', 'self-starters' or pairs who aren't part of any mainstream group.

People With Mental Health Are Dangerous Criminals

Kerry Hudson | Posted 31.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Hudson

There is no close connection between mental health and crime, in fact, statistics show that we are actually more likely to be the victim of the crime.

Schizophrenia Care 'Catastrophic'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.11.2012 | UK

Care for people with schizophrenia and psychosis is falling "catastrophically short", a report has found. There are "shameful" standards of care on...

Premature Babies 'More Likely To Suffer From Depression And Psychosis'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Premature babies are significantly more likely than average to suffer serious mental disorders, such as schizophrenia, in later life, a study has foun...

Is it Possible for a Sane Person to Commit Mass Murder?

Dr Jane Anderson | Posted 06.07.2012 | UK
Dr Jane Anderson

What might the man (or woman) on the Clapham omnibus make of the case of Anders Behring Breivik, currently on trial for the killing of 77 people in Oslo and Utøya in July 2011?