Stigma.

How Are You? Honestly!

Claire Greaves | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

It isn't just mental illness that we hide in our 'I am fines' it is also our physical illness, our money worries, family problems, loss and loneliness-the list is endless. The majority of us bottle it up in this fast-paced society.

Depression: Why Talking Isn't Enough

Karen Young | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Young

I've never had clinical depression, but I've experienced sadness so deep and engulfing it stole me for a while. I've felt desperately hopeless at times and on others frighteningly disengaged. I don't know how it was that I found my way through. I just did.

It's Time to Rethink Warring Words on Cancer

Sarah Mehta | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Mehta

Cancer looms large in the imagination. The dreaded C-word is universally feared. Warfare terminology may help to evoke support and to give us an important sense of control in the face of an enemy.

Pictures Can Be Just as Damaging as Words When It Comes to Mental Health Problems in the Media

Sue Baker | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Baker

We know pictures can be just as damaging as words when it comes to mental health problems in the media. Far too often, we have seen the notorious 'headclutcher' - the solitary person, with head in hands, in the stock shots that are used over and over again.

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 ...

Triple Jeopardy: Three Ways Women and Girls Face Discrimination on International Women's Day

Marie Staunton | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK
Marie Staunton

Women and girls face discrimination due to gender, potential disabilities and stigma - a triple jeopardy. According to UNDP, girls and women affected by leprosy make up some of the world's poorest and most marginalised groups, disproportionately affected by poverty, illiteracy and lack of education which act as barriers to seeking health treatment. Women and girls with leprosy and those affected by other neglected tropical diseases have the right to health care and the barriers to that stop this must be addressed.

Why Mental Health Education in Schools NEEDS to Be a Priority

Tayana Simons | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

Since stigma is still an issue even in today's society, we should be teaching ALL children to understand a range of emotions including mental illness from a young age. Being aware that feeling sad or low or anxious is nothing to feel ashamed of could help young people to open up, and prevent them developing into something more serious in later years.

No, I'm Not a 'Bit OCD'

Charlotte Peach | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Peach

To explain mine better would be to tell her that since she told me as I sat down, that they'd had a woman in earlier that day that had been 'up all night with a dodgy tummy', I could literally FEEL the germs on my chair.

Low Weight Pictures Don't Raise Awareness for Eating Disorders

Claire Greaves | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Greaves

By posting pictures of emaciated people to raise awareness, it is just reinforcing that stereotype so that the general public still have the idea that to be unwell the sufferer must be very thin and it makes sufferers feel that unless they look like that photo then they are not unwell enough to seek help.

Mental Health is Relevant to Everyone

Natasha Devon | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Devon

Princess Kate is entirely correct, there is still a social stigma surrounding mental health and that prevents people from seeking and receiving the help they need. Yet suggesting mental health issues always have a dramatic cause feeds into that stigma.

#TimeToTalk: I Thought Depression and Anxiety Happened to Other People

Dan Harris | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dan Harris

For me depression and anxiety happened to other people, my life was all rainbows and fairy cakes. I'd gone to university in September 2009 and was, it seemed, managing. I'd adjusted well, made friends and everything was exciting.

#TimeToTalk: I Thought This Was 'Normal' - Until I Was Admitted to Hospital

May Gabriel | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
May Gabriel

Up until that day when I was admitted to hospital I thought this was all 'normal', I thought this was how life worked. Mental illnesses weren't something that happened to 'normal' people, and they most certainly weren't something to be spoken about.

Making the Private Public: How 'Honest Blogging' Made Me Braver in Real Life

Amy Jane Smith | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Jane Smith

Society breeds stigma, but by keeping these stories behind closed doors, sometimes so do we. Even if we have the best intentions. We perpetuate it by thinking these normal, more-common-place-than-we-realise, stories of illness such as addiction, have to be secrets. Maybe they don't.

Tackling the Stigma of Ill Health Through Education

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

What's the best way to ignite change in medicine? It's a complex question with complex answers, but forgive my somewhat trite and very Zen phrasing when I say "change comes from within".

Knowing M.E, Knowing You

Stephen Tudor | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Stephen Tudor

Imagine being told with utter conviction from a stranger that what you had - whether it's an illness, the ability to recite the seven times table, or an actual living entity like a cat in your arms - wasn't actually real, and all because they once read an uninformed piece about it in a tabloid paper.

UK Medics are Doing a Heroic Job Tackling Ebola, but Who is Taking Care of Them?

Maggie Duggan | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK
Maggie Duggan

For the most part, the international staff at the Red Cross treatment centre have years of experience behind them. But even so, you cannot neglect the psychological impact of dealing with death on a daily basis.

Top Five Reasons Mental Health Needs to Be on the Agenda

Danny Bowman | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Bowman

These facts are awful when you think of the effects such as drinking is a depressant and has been known to be used as a crutch in the mental illness depression or for example drugs such as cannabis make you 30% more likely to develop the debilitating illness of schizophrenia.

Accessible Travel is Adventure Travel

Martyn Sibley | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

However this is not just about me. It's not just about last week. It's not just about the companies I used. It is about civil and human rights. It is about living in 2015 and seeing disabled people go through these events daily.

Je Ne Suis Pas Mental - The Difference Between Freedom of Speech and Stigma

Rebecca Walton | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Walton

With so much talk in the news recently about freedom of speech, it really got me thinking. If everyone should be entitled to free speech why do I get so wound up if someone calls me mental? Or bat sh*t crazy? Or a head case?

Shall I Tell You a Secret...?

Allan Anderson | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK
Allan Anderson

If we want to challenge HIV stigma we need to tackle the roots of the problem. We need to press for LGBT rights in countries who have introduced discriminatory legislation and in those such as Uganda and Zimbabwe where homosexuality is illegal.

Meet The Spa-rtans: The New Breed Of Spa-Loving Men Who Just Love To Be Pampered

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

An increasing number of men are swapping their football boots for bathrobes in a bid to look and feel good. Can we blame them? Man-pering (or man p...

Mind Awards Proves That Attitudes to Mental Health Are Changing in the Media

Rebecca Walton | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK
Rebecca Walton

The night was rounded off with a truly thought provoking speech from Paul Farmer, the Chief Executive of Mind. I wish I had the space to include it all, but here are the most poignant messages he got across to the now rather elated, and perhaps a little tipsy, audience.

Suicide Prevention - A Mother Speaks Out

Terezia Farkas | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Terezia Farkas

Barbara doesn't blame Terry. In fact, she understands why he took his own life and realizes how difficult it was for Terry to fight both stigma and depression. Instead of blame, Barbara talks openly and honestly about how she copes with suicide bereavement...

Why This Halloween I'll Be Celebrating Mental Illness

Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh

One in seven of rotten tomatoes top horror films list are directly about mental illness - though more could be argued to have roots in the topic - films about possession for example, which was originally derived from a fear of the different.

Is Our Attitude to Mental Health Absolute Madness?

Lee Dalloway | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lee Dalloway

You call in sick with a moderate physical ailment, because it's easier to tell your boss you have a migraine/food poisoning/the flu than go into the intricacies of something you may not understand yourself. Have you ever been told to 'be strong' or 'get over it' by someone who just can't fathom the incorporeal nature of what's affecting your life?