Stigma.

Shall I Tell You a Secret...?

Allan Anderson | Posted 05.12.2014 | 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 21.11.2014 | 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 20.11.2014 | 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 06.11.2014 | 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 22.10.2014 | 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 20.10.2014 | 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?

Mental Health: Facing My Self-Stigma

Charlie Brades | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Charlie Brades

I've got something to tell you. My mother has suffered with mental health issues since I was born. I have never known Mum completely free from her bipolar/depression/schizophrenia/psychosis. You see, she has been diagnosed and re-diagnosed more times than I care to remember. W

Why Everyone Will Suffer If We Don't Start Looking at Mental Health Differently

Beth Burgess | Posted 07.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Burgess

It's World Mental Health Day 2014 this Friday, and despite the fact that one in four people will suffer from mental health issues in their lifetime, there still exists a damaging stigma towards having problems located in the mind.

How Britain's Biggest Companies Can Stamp Out Mental Health Stigma

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Some of Britain's biggest companies have been urged to sign up for a campaign which aims to stamp out mental health discrimination in the workplace. ...

Once Again I am Told 'Autism Is an Excuse for Naughty Children'

Jo Worgan | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

Well I first heard the words, 'autism is an excuse for naughty children' a year ago and I honestly thought that I would never hear them again, that this was just a one off ignorant comment made by an uneducated and 'nasty' person, but how wrong was I? I am surrounded by people who know and understand Tom, so it is always a shock to the system when comments are made like this.

A Brief Insight Into My Experiences With Depression at School

Harvey Hancock | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Harvey Hancock

The way forward is to give sufferers the motivation and support to share their stories, and non-sufferers the urge to listen to those stories. Our schools must do whatever it takes to let every non-sufferer know that every sufferer is still a human, and should be respected as such.

Students Suffering From Mental Illness Face Crippling Stigma

The Huffington Post | Tasha Kleeman | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Despite students’ vulnerability to mental health problems, at universities and colleges, mental illness remains a taboo. For many students, the ...

There's a Stigma of Being Short and We're All Subconsciously Contributing to It

Vicky Chan | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Vicky Chan

Height is just one of the many ways in which our prejudices are formed. It's creating unnecessary barriers for vertically challenged people who have just as much potential as normal-to-above-average height people. It's not the most vital problem out there, but it is a problem nonetheless.

Ready to Talk?

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

Mental health is something that's increasingly appearing in conversation these days. This is a huge, huge step in the right direction, because historically it's the stigma around mental illness that has been one of the biggest obstacles for people in seeking help, or in fact, in even acknowledging that there's a problem in the first place. I'm impatient though

Legalizing Acid, Pot and Shrooms - Your Constitutional Right To Think As You Wish Should Extend To Psychedelic States Of Mind

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

FOR HUFFINGTON POST USA Thomas Roberts recently wrote on a topic that has long interested me: is the banning of mind-altering, psychedelics substance...

Businesses Must Talk About Mental Health

Adam Stones | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK
Adam Stones

Last year, more than 15 million days of sickness absence across the UK were caused by everyday mental health conditions such as stress, anxiety or depression. The cost of all this? Not just a huge amount of personal suffering but a loss of approximately £70billion per year to the UK economy.

Make Mental Health a Core Part of School Curriculum!

Matt Clifton | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Clifton

Schools, you either love them or hate them, a little bit like Marmite I guess. Some say school years are the best years of your life, some even say school reminds them of their youth. But what do you think of when you reminisce about your youth? Do you see school as a good thing or do you feel let down by your school?

Iain Duncan Smith's Speech Does Not Reflect the Reality for Most People

Paul Farmer | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Farmer

It's time politicians of all parties commit to being accurate and respectful when talking about benefits and those supported by them. It's vital they do more to understand the real lives and challenges people face by refusing to promote harmful stereotypes.

The 'Other' World Cup

Kat Pugh | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Sport
Kat Pugh

The Street Child World Cup has competing boys and girls teams, it kicks off on Sunday 30th March in Rio, but unlike this Summer's event, it is the taking part that really does count as every single child participating has had a journey to get there and is already a winner.

Is There a Healthier, Healing Way to See Ourselves?

Tony Lobl | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

To many - like myself - mentally challenging this stigma is at the heart of prayer, because if we successfully silence the voice of this self-stigmatisation we're left with nothing but the awareness of being a son or daughter of the divine, as Jesus showed us all to be.

Promoting Prejudice: Ableism, Weight Stigma and Just Really Bad Science

Angela Meadows | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Angela Meadows

March 17th marked the opening of the 12th International Congress on Obesity in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. To get the conference off to a good start, the organisers - The World Obesity Federation - decided to put their money where their mouth was and turn off the escalators in the conference centre. If only they'd put their brains there instead.

A Social Taboo Uncovered

Alex Geraghty | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Geraghty

An intensive course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) along with strong support from a close network of family and friends has helped me regain control of my life. It is clear now that if it were not for the persistent efforts of others, I would not be where I am today.

An Open Letter to Penny Smith and Jim Davis on Mental Illness and Stigma

Tim Squirrell | Posted 24.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tim Squirrell

Dear Penny and Jim, I'm writing to thank you for having me on The Breakfast Show on BBC London last Thursday. I don't know if you remember me; you were running a news piece about the tragic death of Tallulah Wilson, a girl who suffered from an eating disorder and subsequently killed herself in late 2012...

When I Was a Handicapped Kid

Simon Stevens | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

The teachers were as shocked as the pupils and I might as well have been an alien for outer space as I was certainly the freak of the school. This was clearly a lonely position and I often felt I was the only disabled person within a mile, five miles or even ten miles radius.

Bringing Mental Health Out of the Shadows

Paul Farmer | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Farmer

As the stigma recedes, the true unmet need for mental health services is beginning to show. Demand for talking treatments is outstripping supply, despite significant investment. The need to help people with mental health problems to find and stay in work is becoming increasingly apparent.