UK Recovery

Youth Centres Are Being Treated as an Alternative to Mental Health Care

Claire Greaves | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

It is unacceptable to rely on youth charities and youth centres to hold mentally unwell young people steady. People deserve better than that, young people deserve recovery and a chance at living a fulfilling life.

How Much Does Mental Illness Cost?

Claire Greaves | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

My mental illness has cost me a lot but the transactions stop here, I will no longer allow it to take payments in the form of my life, my soul and my memories. I will be the person I was born to be and I will life my life and make memories worth remembering. I owe my illness nothing.

How Undereating Is F*cking Up Your Recovery

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

If my life has taught me anything then it is this: Doesn't matter what we are recovering from, all recovery is just a bridge. The start of the bridge is a destination we find ourselves that we don't want to be in. The end of it is the place where we will feel normal again.

Stop Using Mental Illnesses as Adjectives

Claire Greaves | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Greaves

Many of us have done it, "Kate can be a bit bipolar can't she?!" meaning that one day she can be in a good mood, the next she can be in a bad mood or ...

Tiger Woods - 14 Majors and Still Counting?

John Lawless | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK Sport
John Lawless

We may not be able to do anything about your age (if only), but we sure can point you in the right direction when it comes to banishing your injury demons and getting back to your best. You turn 40 in December and we hope between now and then to have seen you in that famous green jacket one more time.

Pro-Ana Has Changed Shape

Claire Greaves | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Greaves

People used to have to search for pro-ana to find the websites but now it's on the #recovery and #healthy hashtags on Instagram. It's scarily accessible. When pro-ana existed as full websites the owner of the site would've known exactly what they were doing.

Moving Forward

Kat Pugh | Posted 30.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kat Pugh

Recovery is not a straightforward process. There are plenty of treatment options available (unfortunately at a price, but hopefully this will change...but they do exist), and some treatments are more appropriate for different types of eating disorders, others suit a person better.

The Mountainous Trek to Recovery

Claire Greaves | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

I didn't care about anything other than food and calories, I couldn't hold a conversation with my family, I lost interest in my passions: dance, fashion, writing and creativity. It all disappeared. I wasn't me, I was wholly anorexia.

Creating Your World

Emmy Gilmour | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Emmy Gilmour

We are all able to choose to support ourselves, to be compassionate and loving toward ourselves. The way that we behave toward ourselves is the most important message that we are communicating to the rest of the world about what we expect from the people that we invite into our lives.

The Human Cost of Ebola

Justin Forsyth | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK
Justin Forsyth

There is a big debate raging in all three countries on the lessons of what went wrong and what worked. We need to make a commitment to help these countries build a better future. This will take international support and solidarity.

About the Church and Mental Health

Dr Kate Middleton | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK
Dr Kate Middleton

Should the church really get involved in supporting people with mental health problems - or would they be better focused on signposting people to 'more appropriate' sources of support?

Six Surprising Side Effects of Sobriety

Rachel Black | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Black

You have a perpetual supply of wine to recycle as gifts. Yes, people still give me bottles of the stuff; they 'forget' that I 'don't really drink anymore' and still do not believe the 'No, not ever, not even one' part of the answer.

This Is How to Halt Instant Gratification

Jojo Furnival | Posted 08.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

Google will provide an answer to pretty much anything, but I'm afraid there are some things that Google just can't help us with. Google can't tell you what you should be doing with your life, or reassure you that you made the right decision yesterday. So, in our fragile, digitally reliant states, we worry. And more and more of us are worrying more of the time.

Dear Depression: You're Not Welcome Here

Chazz Thomas | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Chazz Thomas

You came into my life at the tender age of 9. I didn't know what you were, but you immobilised me, and took me away from the life I knew. I lived in a bubble you made, so thick I couldn't break out. You kept me hidden in my room, existing but not living.

An Open Letter to The NHS From a Young Mother with Depression

Chazz Thomas | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Chazz Thomas

I know you don't have unlimited resources. I know I'm only one of several million people in the UK who needs help for depression. But what am I supposed to do? What are any of us supposed to do who can't afford to pay for therapy?

Make a Friend...Any Friend...

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

I've been thinking about friendship a lot recently. Because friendship is a weird thing in recovery. Any recovery. From anything. Recovery teaches you that you can never assume how a friend will act.

Five Steps to Recovering From a Mental Health Problem

Danny Bowman | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Bowman

These are my five steps to recovering from a mental health problem, these steps are on my own personal experience and I hope it helps you.

How A Common Cold Paralysed This Graphic Designer

SWNS | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A graphic designer has been left paralysed from the neck down and fighting for his life - after catching a common cold. Derek Ledingham, 41, has sp...

Pet Therapy, and Why Dogs Are Tops

Louise Gillett | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Gillett

am not usually the sort of person who prefers canine company to that of her husband and children. But just now I felt instinctively that I needed Coco. She would have climbed onto the bed, peacefully settled down near me. My warm, cuddly teddy bear would have comforted me silently and in turn she would have been soothed by my presence.

Why You Could Be Much Worse Off Than Osborne Will Admit...

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Politics

Britain's poorest have seen a "staggering" 15% decline in their incomes in the past year, according to a stark report, which shows official figures ch...

Extreme Self-Care: My Antidote to Depression

Katherine Baldwin | Posted 07.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katherine Baldwin

Extreme self-care for me involves evaluating every decision against the question, "Is this a loving thing to do?" and then making a radical choice to eliminate the things that don't make me feel good. Easier said than done, of course, but practice makes perfect.

The Rational Act of an Irrational Mind

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

At the times in my life where suicide has become a real and valid option, it seemed the best thing to do for everyone. When my mind reached this completely irrational conclusion, I was convinced that while my family might grieve for a while, they would ultimately get over it, move on, and be the better for no longer having to watch over or worry about me.

Setting the Record Straight on Paul Gascoigne

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Sport
Carrie Armstrong

When I think about Paul Gascoigne I think about his sheer resilience. His determination to provide for those he loved something that has eluded him his entire life. Yes he fell, hard. And he picked himself back up. Countless times. And as it stands he sadly has fallen more times than he has risen. But not because he had it all then threw it away further down the line.

What the Great British Bake Off Helped Me Teach My Daughter About Failure

Angela Smith | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Angela Smith

I will share with you three mistakes I made that taught my daughter to fear failing and, how the Great British Bake Off helped me rectify those mistakes and build her resilience around failure.

Working For Yourself? The Recession May Have Hit You Hardest

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Politics

Self-employed Britons have been worst hit by the recession, as their income has fallen by £2,000 on average, according to analysis published by Labou...