UK Recovery

Trust Her, She's a Doctor...

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

My life has shown me that the biggest epiphanies come in the most unlikely of places. I just never expected a hospital treatment room to be one of them. And I definitely didn't expect the words of a Nuclear Medicine doctor to affect me so much that they touched me more deeply inside than anything I could have possibly imagined.

Rain Rain Go Away... Dealing With Stormy Weather After Surviving a Natural Disaster

Ella Robson | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ella Robson

Recovery is a journey, as cheesy as that sounds... and the recent weather has reminded me of how possible it is to overcome things, no matter how horrible things get... it's human nature to grow, to try our hardest to move forward and we should certainly celebrate every success (no matter how small...

I Want to Tell You About Mandy

Jane Harmer | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK
Jane Harmer

A Way Out wants to be part of the support that ensures our women can make this choice. Rather than succumbing to negativity, concurring with stereotypical assumptions surrounding those in sex work, and agreeing with the generally accepted inevitability that change is impossible, we believe in possibility and potential...

Alcoholism: From Anger to Acceptance

Amy Jane Smith | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Jane Smith

Having some space, literally through living away, but also the space afforded by sobriety as relapses got further and further apart, I was able to understand the situation a little more, and to feel more accepting of it.

Gain Strength From Fear

Kate Elliott | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

I can't decide if Timehop and Facebook memories are helpful and motivating or really difficult at the moment. I've been faced with daily reminders of ...

Thank You Adele

Kate Elliott | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

The main reason I wanted to say my thanks was because it's a song that seemed to reach inside of me and really take a bit of what I've been trying to say and put it into the most beautiful words. I love music and singing, but it's been a while since I really felt a song this much.

Love And Loss: I Am Not Okay, But Neuroscience Can Help

Jojo Furnival | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

These were some of the last words I said to my beautiful boyfriend on Thursday afternoon, eyes swollen and soaked with tears, as he seriously debated whether or not to get hit by a car so that he could stay with me in the UK instead of boarding his flight home to Brisbane, Australia.

My Affair With My Mistress Depression

Tom Haward | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Haward

The main narrative associated with depression is the dark, dangerous turmoil that washes over you. It's a rightful narrative because it is a destructive sensation and depression leaves you teetering on the brink of life and death. To be clear, depression can leave you with very black and white options in your mind: live or die. It can be that terrifyingly simple.

Suicide Prevention Month: What's Your Survival Trigger?

Jojo Furnival | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

Often, everything in life seems very complicated, and anxiety can cause us to over-complicate matters in our own minds. But when it comes to the very darkest moments in our lives, it all boils down to a single choice: To keep going or not.

It's Hard to Speak My Heart

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

I got my other wishes. Today I dressed myself. Fed myself. Left my flat and walked. I never take those things for granted. They will remain a privilege, rather then a right, for the rest of my life. Not because I believe they will go away. But because they are part of a long list of things I am overwhelmingly thankful for every day.

Why Learning to Listen to Experts Is a Vital Skill in Recovery

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK
Carrie Armstrong

The best thing I can recommend is you take a job in a charity shop for a few hours a week. Don't push yourself.

Life Does Indeed Go On

Kate Elliott | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

People tell you that things happen for a reason, often when the situation lacks any reason at all. I've been thinking a lot recently about life and it's challenges. The way I see it is that you live, you love, you often lose but then you continue to find a way to pick up the broken pieces or smooth the edges in order to live again.

A Message for My Friends

Kate Elliott | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

Mental health problems can be so very isolating at times. Last week I was a bit of a social butterfly, catching up with three friends who I've not seen in far too long. Some days it's tricky, there have been times when seeing people has just been really hard and I've avoided certain social situations. This is a message to my friends...

Want a Better Life? Go Teetotal

Jonathan Young | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Young

Alcohol has hi-jacked situations that automatically give us what we need. It's the squeaky clean boss who claims the credit for all the work done by the rest of the team. Or the goal-hanging striker who gets the plaudits for scoring the winning goal.

Self-Harm Can Be the Dark Passenger With Depression

Tom Haward | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Haward

It's an obvious question: how could hurting yourself provide any relief? Unfortunately I am seasoned to self-harm and its effects. I honestly wish I could be writing this with no scars from the times I hurt myself but I am scarred. I wish I lived without the urges but I occasionally yearn for the pain.

The Match of the Century- Eating Disorder vs. Health: The Battle Continues ...

Lizzie Green | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lizzie Green

Team A represents my eating disorder. It is extremely strong and 'wins' a lot of 'goals'. Team B represents my health, my rational part of mind. This can also be strong but often it just can't reach the strength that Team A manages to.

Nepal: Invisible Destruction

Johanna Mitscherlich | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK
Johanna Mitscherlich

Sameer hastens up steep slopes and shoots down small winding trails through deep river valleys. His flip-flops make a clacking sound, as he paces through his village in the mountains of Gorkha. Around him, in stark contrast to the picturesque panorama, homes have turned into piles of rubble, burying clothes, food and furniture underneath...

Change or Die

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

I don't remember whether this tattoo was Hebrew or Chinese. And I wouldn't be able to recall it again if l saw it now. I asked him what I meant. He replied. "Change or die". To this day it's the single most accurate sentence I've ever heard regarding recovery. Any type of recovery.

Depression Does Not Have to Be the Centre of Your Universe

Tom Haward | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Haward

As you twist and turn and spiral round depression's star everything else in your life can become a distant noise, a murmur in the background like Charlie Brown's teacher. You are aware of a presence of others but they are minor parts in your play, in your event.

Mass Workfare, Mass Sanctioning, Food Banks and Pay Day Loans: Welcome to the Recovery

Christian Garland | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

The apparent 'economic recovery' of the UK of May 2015, can be seen in the extremely dubious terms set by the formerly incumbent Conservative-led coalition government, and none more so than in the widespread use of food banks and payday loans by the unemployed, and 'working poor' alike.

Trusting David Cameron on the Economy Is Anathema... Here's Why

Daniel Woods | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Politics
Daniel Woods

The national debt doubled, wages stagnating, insecure and low paid work rampant, living standards falling and basic quality of life - having a vocation, a home, a family, being able to eat - becoming ever harder to obtain. The barometers of real economic health - wage growth, household debt, government debt, and productivity - are all pointing the wrong way.

Judging People by Their Depression Creates a Sorry Society

Tom Haward | Posted 30.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Haward

Depression can be deeply distressing and seriously impede someone's life. When I confronted how severe my depression was it hurt because I had to deal with the inability to do tasks I was so sure of. Temporarily.

This Student Lost 90% Of Her Skin After Being Prescribed Routine Bipolar Drug - And Is Still Smiling

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A 24-year-old student is starting the long road to recovery after losing 90% of her skin as a result of a rare allergic reaction to a common prescript...

Is That Why They Call It Memory Lane?

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Is that why they call it Memory Lane do you think? Because we make the past so narrow by filtering for it what suits us to remember? My drinking days were not all bad. Even in my worst of times. It's wrong of me to pretend otherwise.

The Weak and the Strong

Jo Haigh | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK
Jo Haigh

Being strong sadly means I cannot tolerate weakness in others. This is a poor trait and inconsiderate at best but it's no good pretending otherwise. If I can be strong I just can't understand why you can't be the same.