Stigma.

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

Vicky Chan | Posted 07.08.2014 | 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 11.07.2014 | 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.

Stigma: Should It Still Surround Mental Health?

Lucy Roberts | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK
Lucy Roberts

Should mental health stigma still have an impact of those suffering? Statistics show that almost everyone dealing with mental health has been, and still is, impacted negatively by the stigma surrounding it. Is it right that already vulnerable and isolated members of society should be made to feel more alone?

New Benefit Fraud Campaign Is Launched

Stef Benstead | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Politics
Stef Benstead

Today the government launched its most recent benefit fraud campaign. They've had these before and it's unclear what effect they had. Did they result in more calls to the benefit fraud hotline? Does more calls mean more detection of fraud, or more unnecessary fraud investigations?

How Charities, for the Best of Motives, Add to the Stigma That Burdens Their Clients

Andy Winter | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK
Andy Winter

Christmas is a time that many charities make appeals for donations from their supporters. It is a lucrative time to do so, and provides much needed income that is spent throughout the year, not just at Christmas.

Why I Will Be Thinking About Petite Jasmine on December 17th, the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

Alex Feis-Bryce | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK Politics
Alex Feis-Bryce

The issue of the laws around prostitution has once again been brought onto the news agenda by the recent decision by French politicians to adopt regre...

Dealing With Toronto's Mayor Two - Enabling, Denial, Disease and Blah, Blah, Blah...

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

Just as most murderers are not absolved by reason of insanity, most people who misbehave in public when tipsy (e.g., urinating for the crowd) are not necessarily diseased - some people are just rude and crude, without any medical qualification.

Survivor Stigma

Caroline Murphy | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Murphy

Experiences of sexual violence are many and varied, so rather than speaking 'for' survivors, I speak as one. I share my experience in the hope that some of the stigma will be broken down & that others might feel safe sharing their stories too.

Let's Talk About Depression

Anna Brown | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Brown

I sat in front of the doctor and told him everything - he was fantastic. He explained what the chemicals in my brain were doing in a completely matter-of-fact way, and, most importantly, assured me that feeling like this was not my fault. That was the first step on the road to recovery.

Who Wants to Dress Up as Me for Halloween? Asda Thinks You All Do!

Rebecca Walton | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Walton

George, at Asda, sells Halloween costumes. They sell the usual zombies, witches, vampires, pumpkins, and then one costume that has sparked an uproar; the mental patient costume. Complete with meat cleaver, what looks like a doctors coat (did the mental patient kill a doctor to get that?) and fake blood, this is one Halloween costume guaranteed to shock.

Are We Going to Let Asda Mock Mental Illness?

Nick Watts | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Watts

Now I'm not sure about you, but this disgusts me. Having worked in and around mental health services and charities for many years now, we have had enough of a battle trying to eradicate the stigma surrounding mental illness.

The Stigma Surrounding HIV and AIDS

Scott Forbes | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK
Scott Forbes

How would you react if someone told you they were HIV positive? Would you treat them the same as any other person? Would you still hug them without thinking twice? Would you take a sip from their glass of Coke? It sounds harsh, but unfortunately a negative stigma has developed around HIV that causes many people to react with fear towards anyone who tests positive.

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?

Healthy Fat Chef "Too Unhealthy" to Live in New Zealand

Angela Meadows | Posted 26.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Angela Meadows

Weight stigma appears to be the last socially acceptable form of prejudice and discrimination, and many people engage in behaviours towards fat people that most societies and individuals would deem abhorrent if directed towards other groups, for example, people of colour or certain sexual orientation.