UK Recovery

Breaking The Silence

Yasmin Braddell | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Yasmin Braddell

Adele labelled "Hello" her "make-up record". She said: "I'm making up with myself. Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did". At 21, I'm realising that maybe it's time to make up with myself.

Mental Health Stigma: People With Depression Are Weak

Marcus Brown | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Marcus Brown

The irony of this stigma is that the actual weakness is not being of weak mind, it is being too strong in the mind. But real strength needs to come from flexibility not from being fixed and unmovable.

The Importance Of The Balance Between A Healthy Mind And A Healthy Body

Marcus Brown | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Marcus Brown

In the fitness world I believe that what we can physically see, gets more positive attention than what we cannot tangibly see occurring in the mind.

Acting After Illness #7 Imperfection

David King | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
David King

It's been 2 years, almost to the day, since I had Stereotactic Radiosurgery on the AVM in my brain. As planned, I had an MRI scan at St Georges H...

Partner Of A Sex/Porn Addict - Why Does Disclosure Matter?

Catherine Etherington | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Catherine Etherington

You know that feeling where someone you love has been lying to you? That feeling of having the rug pulled from under you? Imagine that feeling generated by the person you love most in the world. Then imagine it happening again. And again, and again.

Move Over Meditation

Samantha Glass | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
 Samantha Glass

With a 32% increase in diagnosed mental health conditions in adults since 2007 and 92% of students feeling mentally distressed, it is of significant importance that we are constantly exploring different ways in which societies mental well-being can be improved as a whole.

Can An App Really Help Your Agoraphobia?

Samantha Glass | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Tech
 Samantha Glass

Imagine waking up in the morning and being unable to take a step outside, imagine not being able to pop down to your local store or leave the house to visit family and friends. This is reality for those experiencing agoraphobia. The mere thought of leaving an individual's 'safe space' can result in a full blown panic attack.

To Anyone Who Suffers From A Mental Illness

Hannah Rainey | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Hannah Rainey

What really keeps you going? Think of that. Think of recovery and how beautiful it is to experience life when it's good. Think about others who have recovered or who are in recovery and let them inspire you. The bottom line here is that it's not easy but it's possible. Anyone can recover. You can and will. Just like I am.

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.