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52 Non-Food Related Ways To Celebrate Christmas When You Struggle With An Eating Disorder

Katie Simon Phillips | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Simon Phillips

If there is one group of creatures on earth who find Christmas dinner more stressful than all the turkeys out there do, it is people with eating disorders. Actually scrap that, when it comes to having an eating disorder it isn't simply Christmas dinner that is stressful, it is the entire build up over the festive season when suddenly it feels as if EVERYTHING is about food.

On Teen Mental Health: What You Can Do

Eleanor Segall | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Eleanor Segall

In my opinion, one of the most overlooked facts in world mental health is that of the health of teenagers, wherever they may be from in the world. Illnesses often start with the onset of puberty due to changing hormones. This means that illnesses in the mind and brain like bipolar, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, addictions, self harm, eating disorders, trauma can all start in the teen years.

A Week In The Life Of The Recovery College - An Innovative Approach

Jeremy Coutinho | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK
Jeremy Coutinho

If you walked through our doors, you would think you had walked into a community college. People from varying backgrounds, of all ages are using compu...

Leonard Cohen's Music Comforted Me Through Drug Addiction And Rehabilitation

Matt Rowland Hill | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Matt Rowland Hill

When I woke up one day in rehab, clean and sober at last, trying to find a way forward without alcohol and drugs, I turned to Cohen again and again to make sense of the mixture of desolation and fragile hope I felt.

Tackling Misconceptions About Self-Harm And The Journey To Recovery

Grace Jeremy | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Grace Jeremy

Obviously everyone's experience is different, but self-harm is very rarely an attention-seeking behaviour. Self-harm should always be taken seriously, regardless of what you interpret the reasons behind it to be.

Wives And Partners Of Sex Addicts - What They Want You To Know

Catherine Etherington | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Catherine Etherington

I personally interact with hundreds of women on a regular basis who have lived, and are living, through the shattering discovery that their partners and husbands have a secret sexual life. I am committed to giving them a voice so I asked them what they would tell you if they had the chance. Below is a summary of the major points they wanted you to know.

How Volunteering For A Month Helped Me Worry Less And Live More

Lauren E. White | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lauren E. White

To anyone suffering with anxiety, I know that there is a road out of it. I'm not off that road yet - and who knows when I will be - but I am on it. And that's what matters. To anyone suffering, do yourself the biggest favour and tell whatever (or whoever) is making you suffer that they aren't going to prevent you from completing a duty - whether it be to yourself or, like mine, to others. It's easier said than done, but it is so incredibly worth it. Trust me, I know.

Acting After Illness #4 Hope

David King | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
David King

When my family first came looking for me in St Georges hospital, I can't imagine how they must of felt. Scared? Confused? Little did they know...

Remembering Sally Brampton

Karl Knights | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Karl Knights

Her book performed a rare feat. It penetrated the unfathomably isolating pain of mental illness. Her writing assured me that I wasn't alone. Her writing was unblinking in its honesty and it showed a complete lack of self-pity. It lacked the jocular cheerfulness that writing on depression is often mired with.

'Who Am I?' - Anorexia And Identity

Katie Simon Phillips | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Simon Phillips

When sufferers are trying to fight but are struggling, it isn't simply a case of being "scared of food" or "scared of gaining weight", often it is also a fear of what they will lose, of throwing away everything that they think they are, the removal of their core identity, leaving a hole they have no idea how else to fill.

Sierra Leone Calls Time On Petty Corruption

Memuna Forna | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK
Memuna Forna

Reducing corruption...would represent a significant and direct benefit for a substantial number of Sierra Leone's people - more money in their pockets, improved access to services that are vital in the literal sense of the word, and the satisfaction of knowing they can be part of the solution to the problem.

Stripped Bare

Sharon Bull | Posted 24.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Bull

Going public with regard to mental health issues, past mistakes and life errors that most people would probably choose to closet, rather than use as examples in a book to help others was a huge gamble to take, but for me it was a venture worth the risk.

Things to Avoid Saying to People With Mental Health Problems

Kate Elliott | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

Recovery from a mental health condition is a complex and difficult journey that can be a full time endeavour. It's not a a linear process; but full of blips and struggles as well as triumph and success. Recovery can be hard enough without unhelpful (even if well meaning) comments or conversations.

The Problem With Eating Disorders and the Desire to Achieve

Katie Simon Phillips | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Simon Phillips

Unfortunately, a lot of people with eating disorders somehow manage to wedge an almighty bout of anorexia right in their sense of achievement space, and this is in no sense as good an idea as filling it with a world record relating to salsa and potatoes.

A Message for Those Who Are Struggling

Kate Elliott | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

Mental illnesses are horribly isolating at times, this is a message for all those who are struggling right now. Whether you are someone I know or a stranger far away, this applies to you. Heck, this isn't purely for people who are finding their mental health a challenge right now, but includes all those who are struggling with life or situations being put their way.

Talking to Your GP About Mental Health

Ella Robson | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ella Robson

Discussing mental health for the first time, or even the twentieth time isn't always easy. I've certainly had mixed experiences when it comes to speaking with health professionals about my mental health.

Recovery and Relearning to Live

Sophie Harrison | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Harrison

For those of you in the recovery school - whatever stage - I am there and wish you the strength to keep going, one day at a time. Also remember that you are not alone; mental health affects 1 in 4 individuals. Every step forward, however small, is significant.

Stay Connected

Esther Dark | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Esther Dark

In our modern life, loneliness is booming. The dining room table is an object of the past, we touch our phones more than touching one another and social media has become a replacement for human interaction.

Where Is My Sugar-Free Happy Ending?

Helena Busiakiewicz | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Helena Busiakiewicz

It will take some time before I am fully in control of this illness. Before I can manage to inject insulin four times a day. I am not, by any means, cured of the paralysis caused by Diabulimia. It is a bit of a shame that I cannot finish this with a happy, sugar-free ending. But every day, I am trying my best. And right now, that's good enough for me.

Nepal - New Year, New Hope

Purna Kumar Shrestha | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK
Purna  Kumar Shrestha

None of this would have been possible without the commitment and dedication of more than 300 volunteers and partners who have gone the extra mile to support people who need it the most, but there's still lots more be done. As this New Year gets underway and recovery and reconstruction continue, we must not lose sight of Nepal's most vulnerable children - girls and children with disabilities - who desperately need an education to escape the cycle of poverty.

Six Ways to Explain Depression to People Who Don't Really Understand It

Katie Simon Phillips | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Simon Phillips

To try and help more people understand the condition, I have come up with six examples of the way depression feels for me in ways I hope are easily understood or related to by anyone.

Why It Is Physically Impossible to 'Look Anorexic'

Katie Simon Phillips | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Simon Phillips

The weight or size of a person will never tell you how ill or how well someone is with an eating disorder... The myth that eating disorders can be seen or measured is a dangerous, stigma inducing and potentially fatal story that needs to stop being told.

Duncan Macmillan: Why The Theatre Must Do Battle With Netflix

The Huffington Post | Jessie Thompson | Posted 29.03.2016 | UK

When People Places and Things opened in the West End last week, it didn’t do so quietly. After selling out the National Theatre’s intimate Dorfm...

There Is a Way

Sharon Bull | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK
Sharon Bull

Cover Design - Socciones "In 2010 I woke up!" The opening line of my speech at 'Derby Women's Centre' on Wednesday the 24th February 2016. My fift...

What It Feels Like to Have a Breakdown

Alice Speirs | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Speirs

I don't use the term breakdown lightly. In fact there is still some doubt in my mind as to what I actually went through, (breakdown was used by my counsellor), but I know that it was big. I suppose I use a variety of terms to do with my mental health rather interchangeably; emotional instability, unhappiness, depression; for me they are all aspects of the same thing.