I Had A S**t Birth. Here's Six Reasons I Really Want Others To Know

Sarah Howson | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Howson

I had an awful birth experience. But I didn't die. My baby didn't die. In fact, she is thriving - the brightest, happiest little ray of sunshine you ever did meet. And, almost two years on, here I am, getting the help I need. We all lived to tell the tale. So why does that tale even need to be told any more?

PTSD Symptoms In Children That Parents Need To Watch Out For After Terrorist Attacks And Tragedies

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK Parents

Children who were involved in, or saw social media posts about recent terror attacks and tragedies could be at risk of PTSD a doctor has warned. GPs h...

It's Time To Thank The Man You've Never Heard Of Who Used His War Pension To Fund Mental Health Services

Lucy Nichol | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK
Lucy Nichol

Love him or hate him, reports that Simon Cowell donated £100k to the Grenfell charity can only be met with positivity. It's the latest example of a c...

The Manchester Attack, One Month On

Darryl Morris | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK
Darryl Morris

The scene set around me, as the emergency services seemed to fall from the sky. Shrapnel wounds, groups huddled together, fathers comforting mothers, comforting children. I made my way through the city, now laced with armed officers, uncertainty ricocheting through the streets and returned to our studios for a night of rolling news. The show no presenter ever wants to host.

35 Years On From The Falklands War, Stigma Still Haunts This Generation Of Brave Veterans

Sue Freeth | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK
Sue Freeth

June 14th marks 35 years since the end of the Falklands War, in which 649 Argentine soldiers, 255 British military personnel, and three Falkland Islanders died during the hostilities. For many of our servicemen who fought in the short but bloody conflict, it was only the beginning of a larger battle to come.

I Was A UK Teenage Soldier - Numb, Focused On War And Ready To Kill The Enemy

Wayne Sharrocks | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK
Wayne Sharrocks

life less ordinary banner When you join at 16 or 17 you go through real intense psychological change, become ultra-loyal and this fight or flight mechanism is manipulated - you are conditioned to fight, it becomes normal. I had become blinkered to army life. I think it is why people struggle so much when leaving. I left the army in 2013 and felt so different to other people. I had no experience of civilian life.

How To Talk To Children About Traumatic Events In The News: Five Top Tips

Lucy Maddox | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK Parents
Lucy Maddox

The horrific recent bombing at the Manchester Arena might mean you are seeking help or support about how to talk to children in your life about highly traumatic events. Here are five top tips.

Let's Talk About Suicide

Amani Omejer | Posted 14.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amani Omejer

I also don't know where I would be without the online community that have continued to read and respond to my work. Finding so many people saying, "me too", in response to my articles and cartoons is

When A Bad Day Becomes A Good Day

Thuy Yau | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK
Thuy Yau

Today should be considered a good day. I went to student placement. Facilitated my first ever proper workshop. I got wonderful feedback from the young...

I Was Held Hostage At Gunpoint

Emma Slade | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK
Emma Slade

life less ordinary banner The fear of dying gave me a deep sense of how precious my life is and of how much I did not want to waste it. This feeling began to slowly seep into my life and led to my decision to leave the City and begin a long quest to feel clearer about the meaning and potential of my own human life.

Don't Be Afraid To Speak The Truth

Rosie Burnham | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Burnham

Still people believe that child abuse or any formal of abuse doesn't happen within the school system whether private or public but the truth is that it does. I am one of many people that are silence by the school fearful of being sued if I mention the name of the school or that my case cannot be brought to court because to lack of collation evidence and the media unwilling to listen to survivors` stories and given them a voice.

Armed Forces Veterans Need Mayor's Help Accessing Life-Changing PTSD Dogs

Shaun Bailey | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK
Shaun Bailey

Latest figures show there are an estimated 5,360 armed forces veterans in London suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The amount of ...

Why Maternal Mental Health Matters

Professor Lesley Regan | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Parents
Professor Lesley Regan

all women everywhere We must address the stigma associated with mental health. We heard from many women that they fear being seen as a 'bad mother' and having their child taken away from them. Women are frequently made to feel guilty that they're not the 'perfect mother.

Cancer And Dating

Lawrence Saez | Posted 19.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lawrence Saez

Having the cancer label hanging over one's head means that, little by little, you are denied the very intimacy that you are seeking. People start squirming when you hug them, they discreetly sit away from you, they recoil when you touch them or kiss them, as if cancer were contagious.

Unbroken: A Letter To My Attackers

Rosie Burnham | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Burnham

I never thought I would be in a place to write an honest letter to the attackers. I always hoped I would get to a place where the abuse and rape didn't define or affect me to a level where I was unable to engage in the world around. This day has come where I have finally let go of the past. I am not a victim. I am a survivor.

Every Survivor Matters

Rosie Burnham | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Burnham

Deep down I know change is happening slowly but we mustn't forget that every survivor matters, every survivor should be listen too equally.

Find Christmas Difficult? Top Tips On How To Cope, From UK's Leading Veterans' Mental Health Charity Combat Stress

Sue Freeth | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Freeth

Christmas is a time for celebration, yet it can be difficult for veterans with mental health problems. Some may feel isolated, lonely or depressed, o...

An Open Letter To Piers Morgan - From An 'Alleged' Rape Survivor

Emily Jacob | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Emily Jacob

Dear Mr Morgan - Thank you. Thank you for being the person who verbalises what we think everyone else is thinking, but too polite to say. Thank you for telling me I wasn't raped, that it was, as I sometimes think it might have been, all in my head. The CPS didn't prosecute him, so according to you, it didn't happen. Thank you for absolving me of that memory, which years of treatment for PTSD, whilst helping me with the PTSD, hadn't managed to remove. Oh, and also, thank you for confirming that I didn't have PTSD either, not having been in a war, I could know nothing of what PTSD is - it was all in my head.

Lady Gaga Reveals She Suffers From PTSD

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Lady Gaga has opened up about suffering from post traumatic tress disorder (PTSD), almost two years after revealing she was raped at the age of 19. Th...

I Served in Afghanistan And Learned I'm Not A Cold-Blooded Killer

William Shield | Posted 04.12.2016 | UK
William Shield

I adopted the kneeling position for accuracy, slowed down my breathing, did a quick estimate of distance, the wind, and adjusted my rifle aim accordingly. I then put a small amount of pressure on the trigger

Medicating The Man

William Shield | Posted 26.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
William Shield

bmm banner.jpg My definition of what it is to be a man no longer contains the words warrior, veteran, or survivor. For me, becoming a man again was about accepting that I was in danger. In danger of drowning in my own darkness.

Mark Austin On Suffering From PTSD And His Family's Battle With Mental Illness

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

ITV journalist Mark Austin has spoken candidly of the mental health problems that have affected his family firsthand. The 58-year-old journalist and p...

Scientists Can Now Remove Individual Fears From Your Brain

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Tech

Can’t stand the sight of anything with eight legs? New technology could cure arachnophobes as scientists have worked out how to remove specific fear...

Hyper-masculinity, War And Intergenerational Trauma

Kenny Mammarella-D'Cruz | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kenny Mammarella-D'Cruz

Veterans with PTSD find it very difficult to deal with emotions like fear and sadness when they come up. They don't want to admit to themselves that they have those feelings, so they push them down and try to ignore them.

Five Tips For Veterans to Help Get Through Bonfire Night

Sue Freeth | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK
Sue Freeth

Bonfire Night is a cause for celebration throughout the UK, bringing communities together at shared events and frequently producing spectacular firewo...