The Conversations We Should Be Having About Anti-Depressants

Natasha Barrett | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Natasha Barrett

Being able to admit that you need anti-depressants and ask for the help, let alone openly talk about it, makes you a strong person in itself and mental health needs to start being taken as seriously as physical illness so people are encouraged to feel comfortable with it.

Why We Need to Change the Way We Use the Word 'Mental'

Mariel Norton | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mariel Norton

I was reading a magazine the other day and in two separate stories, the word mental was used to describe a derogative issue. One used it in reference to a violent night out while the other was used to highlight an acrimonious breakup - both which denote pessimistic outcomes.

Stigma Is a Four Letter Word

Kate Lee | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Lee

The words prejudice and discrimination place the spotlight back onto the person responsible. The shame is on them, as is the burden of responsibility for putting things right. These words make us reflect on our own behaviour and step up to the challenge of learning, understanding and changing for the better.

Mental Health - The Time Is NOW

Louis McIntosh | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louis McIntosh

The upside of depression is it can give you an opportunity to have a heightened awareness of another' s suffering, whether it is feeling alone, uncared for, unloved or unsafe. You can now fully appreciate the importance of providing understanding and support. Sharing your time and your compassion can make a difference.

Patients Fear Antidepressants Are a "Dirty Little Habit"

Professor Damien Ridge | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Damien Ridge

In a society that is suspicious of depression as a medical condition, psychoactive substances, and antidepressants in particular, it is not surprising that the legitimacy of antidepressants is widely questioned. Being on antidepressants is frequently considered some kind of moral failing, and a barely legitimate practice in many quarters.

Can the Truth About the War on Drugs Be Revealed in the Eyes of a Loving Pet?

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

It was the early 1990s, and I was a young PhD candidate. At the time I didn't know too much about crack, though I did know that the place next door wa...

I Will Not Brush Aside Stigma - People With Mental Illness Are Not Lazy

Ella Robson | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ella Robson

Last week I published a post titled: Mental Illness Doesn't Make You Any Less Human - don't be afraid to speak up - I was taken aback by the response ...

We Need To Talk About Male Suicide

Martine Booth | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK
Martine Booth

There is help out there and tomorrow is always another day. Another day to begin the process of tackling these problems with support. There is always hope no matter how bad things appear to be...

Something in the Air?

Leeanne Boulton | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leeanne Boulton

Like everyone else, I've had bouts of the blues in the past. I've lost people I've loved, I've not got that job I really wanted, I've been unsettled and unsure of myself, but yanno, mostly I've been pretty darned happy with the odd little blip on my emotional landscape.

How Honest Should You Be About Your Mental Health?

Amy Jane Smith | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Jane Smith

Mental health campaigner and OBE recipient Ruby Wax recently told The Times: "When people say, 'Should you tell them at work?', I say: 'Are you crazy?' You have to lie. If you have someone who is physically ill, they can't fire you. They can't fire you for mental health problems but they'll say it's for another reason. Just say you have emphysema."

You Said What About Mental Illness?

Claire Greaves | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

"I am intrigued to know what kind of life lead to be so selfishly depressed. Deaths? Rape? Abuse? What exactly have you got to be so depressed about."...

Matters of the Mind - Speaking Out About Mental Health in Schools

Anna Hicks | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Hicks

Don't turn a blind eye to problems that need addressing. Children can suffer from mental health problems too, keep that in mind.

Why Ireland Should Vote for Marriage Equality

Aaron Vallely | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Politics
Aaron Vallely

The minds of the Irish people have become inflamed by fiery debate on the issue of Marriage Equality. In two weeks, our country takes to the polls to vote on Marriage Equality, and should it pass, could make not only Irish history, but world history, by being the first country to legally enact it by popular vote.

How Are You? Honestly!

Claire Greaves | Posted 10.06.2015 | 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 31.05.2015 | 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 17.05.2015 | 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 19.05.2015 | 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 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 ...

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

Marie Staunton | Posted 04.05.2015 | 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 04.05.2015 | 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 29.10.2015 | 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.