My Mental Audience

Ruby Wax | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I love performing my show, mostly because of the second half where I have the privilege of sitting on stage and letting the audience take over to ask, answer or discuss whatever. For those 20-30 minutes it feels like I'm with my people that we're the same under our fronts with all our vulnerabilities we need to hide.

Stop Using Mental Illnesses as Adjectives

Claire Greaves | Posted 05.03.2015 | 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 ...

How to Recover from a Nervous Breakdown

Louise Gillett | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Gillett

I appreciate how serious mental health conditions can be. I spent most of my life suffering from intense anxiety and had three psychotic breakdowns to boot. I know many people never recover from these experiences, and this is why I feel duty-bound to write on the subject.

Today's Psychiatrist

Dr Mark Silvert | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK
Dr Mark Silvert

People think that if you are a psychiatrist it means you push medications on people. Nothing could be further from the truth. Sure some bad apples do. And yes we do prescribe but most of us don't unless we really need to.

For Jonny Benjamin: I'm No Longer Afraid of My Shadow

Jojo Furnival | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

Imagine being unable to stand everything about yourself. Your voice, your thoughts, your body, your personality. I can't now. Though years ago, I came pretty close. And if Jonny Benjamin can be honest, then so can I... It's several years ago now and feels like a different lifetime. I've been a happy person, getting even happier year on year since. But back then, after hitting rock bottom, in order to survive, I drew a line under these experiences and locked the memories away. I shoved them all in a box, along with my Shadow Self, so that they - and it - couldn't hurt me or anyone else anymore.

Making Space for the Meaning in Madness

Dr Jay Watts | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Jay Watts

Understanding Psychosis destabilises such hope-crushing ideas that schizophrenia is a brain disease. How? Firstly, the report takes seriously the main biological theories, weighing up the evidence base before concluding that there is no proven biological abnormality associated with schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia - Stuck With It?

Louise Gillett | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Gillett

Forget the 'mental' and just think 'illness'. I was ill, seriously ill, three times in my life. I was in hospital for three months on each occasion and took a long while afterwards to convalesce. But now I have been well for many years. I do not take medication. I am capable and active - I am married, with four wonderful children, a career and a happy, fulfilling life. Ergo, I am better.

A Day in the Life of a Paranoid Schizophrenic

Katy Gray | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Gray

Whilst I'm in the shower, Dorothy starts talking to me. Dorothy is the voice I currently hear. Thankfully, she's also the only voice I hear at the moment. I've only been hearing her for a few months but she's very similar to other voices I've heard in the past - nasty. Dorothy tells me that satellites are watching me whilst I shower.

Rachel Moss

Why We Need To Learn The Truth About Schizophrenia | Rachel Moss | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Do you believe schizophrenia is about people with multiple personalities? If the answer is yes, you may be in a broad majority, but that doesn't m...

T-Shirt Troubles

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

Urban Outfitters have been getting a lot of bad press for their extremely insensitive and offensive clothing. One of the items of clothing that was in particularly poor taste was a t-shirt glorifying depression

How to Help Young Adults With Mental Health Issues

Martha Roberts | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Martha Roberts

As I drove home from a recent night out, a young woman stumbled out of the darkness into the road ahead of me. She was extremely distressed so I offered to drive her home. During our journey, Lara* told me that her dad hated her and that she was totally devastated by this...

Nelson Mandela Sign Language Interpreter Resurfaces In Disturbing Ad For Video Sharing App

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK

The sign-language interpreter at the Nelson Mandela memorial event has resurfaced in a disturbing advert for a video-sharing app. Thamsanqa Jantji...

What Does Disease Smell Like?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Disease, believe it or not, has a smell. According to researchers, a machine with an 'electronic nose' can detect breast cancer - producing results th...

The Message of Finding 'Mike'

Jonny Benjamin | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jonny Benjamin

It's not been easy reliving what led me to attempting suicide. But it's also been something of a revelation. Looking back, I had always thought it was receiving my diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, a combination of schizophrenia and depression, which had caused me to want to end my life. But there was also a secret which I was hiding from everyone around me that I also could no longer bear to live with.

When 'Madness' Is Confused With Genius

Lynne Parker | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Lynne Parker

It takes a particular kind of creative, self-obsessive, imaginative, observant and courageous person to bare their very soul on stage. It is not always funny either, the image of the sad clown and smiley face, sad face masks of comedy and tragedy are emblematic of the tortured genius that inhabits some of the world's greatest comedians.

It's A Wonderful Life, Mike!

Jonny Benjamin | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK
Jonny Benjamin

On 14 January 2008 I travelled to Waterloo Bridge to take my life. It was a bitterly cold, grey Monday morning and the rain was beginning to fall when I stepped onto the edge of the bridge, ready to jump. I can't remember all the many thoughts and feelings buzzing around my mind as I stood there looking down to the water below. All I can recall is a feeling of total despair. The very next minute of my existence seemed too painful to bear. I don't know how long I was standing there for before I heard a man's voice behind me say: "Please mate, please don't do this."

George Osborne Plans Another £25billion in Cuts, and Wants to Take Around Half of It From Welfare

Lisa Egan | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Politics
Lisa Egan

So I'd like to introduce Mr Osborne to few people: Shaun Pilkington shot himself after his Employment and Support Allowance was stopped. Tim Salter ...

'Fake' Mandela Memorial Interpreter 'Faced Murder Charge'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

The sign language interpreter at the Nelson Mandela memorial event who repeatedly signed gibberish as world leaders addressed the crowd has previously...

WATCH: 'Fake' Mandela Memorial Interpreter Signing At Zuma Speech Last Year

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

The sign language interpreter used during Nelson Mandela’s memorial service also provided his services at Jacob Zuma speech last year, a fresh foota...

Mandela Interpreter: I Heard Voices Onstage

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.12.2013 | UK

The sign language interpreter at the Nelson Mandela memorial event says he had a schizophrenic episode on stage. Thamsanqa Jantjie insisted he was ...

Pregnant Mentally-Ill Woman Can Be Forced To Have Caesarean Section

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A pregnant mentally-ill woman could be forced to have a caesarean section after a High Curt judge gave doctors permission to perform the procedure. Ru...

What's Schizophrenia Like?

Katy Gray | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Gray

Seven years ago, the monster called schizophrenia introduced itself to me through an auditory hallucination (a voice). At first, this voice was reassuring and calming. After a short while, it became apparent that this voice was a wolf in sheep's clothing. It wasn't a voice that reassured me or calmed me down anymore.

The Truth About 'Mental Patients'

Katy Gray | Posted 31.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Gray

The first time I was on a psychiatric ward was in 2008 when I was 20. If I'm honest, I was petrified. In my mind, the other patients were going to murder me in my sleep or I'd have to protect myself from brutal people wanting to beat me up.

Monsters in the Media: Mental Health Patients Are Often the Hunted, not the Hunters

Rachel Egan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Rachel Egan

The Sun newspaper showed no signs of changing its relentless ignorance this week as it stormed straight into the spotlight just a few days before Worl...

The Stereotype of Stigma: A New Take

Esther Rich | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Esther Rich

Someone living with cancer is not defined by their tumour. Someone living with diabetes is not defined by their sugar levels. So why should someone living with a mental health problem be defined by how they are feeling?