Stigma.

'Dragons' Den' Laughed At Periods - We're Fighting Back

Laura Coryton | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Laura Coryton

Last week, the BBC aired a potentially ground-breaking episode of Dragons' Den when sanitary box provider 'DAME' made their show debut. It was huge. Their appearance was set to prove that there is money to be made in women's hygiene products and that it's OK to talk about periods. That's pretty amazing. Only it wasn't, at all.

Eight Things People Have Said To Me About My OCD

Meg Burchell | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Meg Burchell

When this has been said to me on more times than I care to remember, it always sounds more like a statement than a question. OCD is one of the most misunderstood, stigmatised mental illnesses, and I think this is one of the things people say that gets to me the most.

It Shouldn't Be The Elephant In The Room - Identifying And Understanding Mental Health

Cerys Aedy | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Cerys Aedy

A few months back I was sitting on a train flicking through a free magazine I'd picked up at Kings Cross Station, when I found my eyes drawn to a short write-up about a mental health first aid course. In much the same way as physical first aid, it teaches you to recognise signs of mental ill health and guide the person towards appropriate support.

'People With HIV Regularly Face Stigma' - Charity On Man Who Was Reportedly Refused A Tattoo

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A top charity whose role it is - among other things - to reduce stigma around people with HIV, has spoken out after a man was reportedly refused a tat...

Donald Trump - Is This What Mental Illness Looks Like?

Amelia Mustapha | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Politics
Amelia Mustapha

It is too easy to pathologize bad behaviour with psychobabble and in this instance it hurts real people; it is just highbrow name calling from someone out to make a fast buck at the expense of a vulnerable group of people. Donald Trump isn't what mental illness looks like but his 'diagnosis' is certainly what stigma looks like, and often that stigma is the worst part of having a mental illness and the biggest challenge to recovery from it. How can a person truly recover when no-one will employ them for example?

The Marriage Of A Single Mother

Jade Lloyd | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Parents
Jade Lloyd

Being a single mother was perhaps my greatest achievement but at times felt like my greatest failure. I carried disappointment, stigma, financial strain and loneliness. Life was juggling a hundred heavy balls and having no one to catch them except me.

Psychiatry: A Monologue Of Stigma, Confessions And Accusations

Dr Jas Gill | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK
Dr Jas Gill

Since this is my story, I will start with my name. You may have heard of me before. My name is Psychiatry. Yes, that Psychiatry. Although I admit I cannot read your mind, I can already see my tattered reputation precedes me.

Reflections

Karl Knights | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Karl Knights

'Change or die'. When 2016 began this was the only thought passing through my foggy mind. I was at a friend's New Year's party, and all I can recall o...

Beating The TB Stigma

Angela Hunt | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Angela Hunt

The role of the TB nurse is a positive one, as the majority of patients do get better. The TB nurse will always seek to reduce the stigma of the disease. Unfortunately it is still perceived as a 'dirty' disease linked with poverty and in many cultures seen as curse.

Tackling The Stigma Of Sexual Violence

Baroness Anelay | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Anelay

Tackling survivor stigma is a huge challenge, but if we face it together I believe it is a challenge we can overcome. In doing so, we would be transforming the lives of survivors and future generations afflicted by the scourge of sexual violence. That is too great a prize for us to ignore. I hope you will join me in working to end stigma for good.

The Power Of Words

Melissa Kirwan | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Melissa Kirwan

So next time you automatically want to use phrases such as "I'm so OCD about that" or "I'm so depressed today", just thinking about the alternatives you can use and being aware of your language can help the cause. Thank you!

British Businesses Have A Reason To Be Concerned About Mental Health In The Workplace - But It's Not One We're Used To Hearing

Jenny Edwards | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK
Jenny Edwards

This research points out that businesses are right to be concerned about mental health at work - with discrimination, fear and shame in play, it is very hard for the massive potential of mental health as an asset to be realised. It is time this changed. The report calls on British businesses to rise to one of the defining challenges of our time and create a culture in which mental health is valued: where disclosure is encouraged, support is present, and everyone feels that their work and the benefits they receive contribute to their wellbeing.

Loneliness: An Appeal for Understanding

Arthur Peirce | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

Loneliness is not an illness. Like dehydration or hunger it is the body's call for something crucial it lacks, though like an illness it can be debilitating to an individual, stripping them of their happiness and self esteem, not to mention potentially dangerous physical symptoms, such as high blood pressure. It is recognised and certifiably dangerous, and loneliness isn't nearly as talked about as it should be.

The Middle East's Mental Health Crisis

Sara Tofiq | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK
Sara Tofiq

We need to see more efforts being directed towards raising awareness about the nature of mental health too, from its signs, treatment and recovery routes. Hopefully this will lead to a positive transformation of attitudes.

The Truth About Allergies

Dr Diahanne Rhiney | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Diahanne Rhiney

Summer is here and the dreaded headlines have started already. Just a few weeks ago the newspaper headlines screamed: 'SUPER ALLERGIES to hit Britain this summer hitting a record one in four sufferers'. Over 150 million people have allergies in Europe making it the most common chronic disease.

Dementia Is Not a Death Sentence

Jeremy Hughes | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK
Jeremy Hughes

Great progress has been made on dementia, but that these misunderstandings still put people off addressing their fears shows that we have a long way to go. Now is the time for all of us to tackle dementia by confronting it head on - in Dementia Awareness Week, and beyond it.

"Crazy Is The New Black"

Katie Simon Phillips | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Simon Phillips

You can describe crazy in an infinite number of ways, but as the "new black?". That is not what the word means to me. If anything, crazy is the new "crisis in humanity", and it is killing more people every day than your average fashion trend.

My Frazzled Cafes

Ruby Wax | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I started off creating a website where people could chat anonymously called Black Dog Tribe. Now I think it's time to meet with another human who knows how you're feeling because he or she has been there. There is no replacement for connecting with people like you and feeling that they care.

Promises, Promises - Where's the Action for Mental Health?

Ruby Wax | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

As terrible as the world is, if we keep our attention off the button of de-stigmatization, we'll never get anywhere and those in this country who are suffering from a mental emergency won't get any help. I've heard too many stories about someone not finding a hospital, even on the verge of suicide.

'But You Don't Look Depressed?'

Naomi Barrow | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

So many people think depression has a 'look', but it really doesn't. Yes, there are some signs that someone might be depressed, and a person crying or looking 'down' may well have depression. But not everybody who is crying is depressed, and people who are depressed rarely cry 24/7.

How Social Media Is Giving People With Depression A Voice

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Depression, which affects one in five people at some point in their life, can be an incredibly isolating illness. Aside from the fact that one of the...

Why Do I Self-Harm?

Claire Greaves | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

It's important to remember that self-harm is different to suicide. Not everybody who cuts wants to die. Sometimes cutting can feel like the only way to cope and stay alive. It can be easier to cope with the physical pain rather than the emotional pain.

Anorexia: The Security of Silence and How it Helped My Recovery

Niamh Carpenter | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Niamh Carpenter

So here I am, joining the ranks and sharing my experience, now that I am able to, to hopefully make one more small step in the right direction. But that's just it: a small step. We need to end the stigma, but for people in recovery, stigma might just be the tip of the iceberg.

Mental Health Funding Is Essential but Real Change Starts With Us

Graham Doke | Posted 19.02.2017 | UK
Graham Doke

A report into mental health care released this week by an NHS England Taskforce contains a stark statistic: severe and prolonged mental illness can shorten life expectancy by 15 to 20 years. The equivalent statistic for chronic smoking is 10 years.

Changing Minds About Mental Illness

Ike Anya | Posted 04.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ike Anya

As a young doctor, practicing in northern and Western Nigeria, I encountered mental illness in different cultural contexts, but it seemed that the stigma and the sense of shame attached to it was a common denominator. This did not change when I moved to the UK in 2001...