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National Epilepsy Week

Katy Mann | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Mann

Living with epilepsy is really hard and it would be so much easier if people understood the condition more. As I don't have the typical tonic clonic seizures people find it hard to class it as epilepsy. I get asked all the time if I just fell but it was actually a seizure. I also have myoclonic seizures which are jerks and can be very subtle.

Mental Health Awareness

Ruby Wax | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

It was Mental Health Awareness Week again last week. It is a mystery to me as to why it's not Mental Health Week every day of the year? And what do they mean by mental health anyway? How can you be mentally healthy in a world that's nuts? If you feel like you're a normal person, the chances are that you're not mentally healthy, you're delusional.

Empty Bedsides: A Speech On Stigma

Karl Knights | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Karl Knights

Given today's climate - of perpetual mental health funding cuts, of denial and of recrimination - it is easy to give in to despair; to throw our arms up and scream, what can I do? It's easy to give into apathy. However I want to ask you to do something far bolder - hope.

The Stigma Of Therapy: Stop Teaching Boys Not To Cry

Katie Silver | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Silver

The idea for this article came to me on a Megabus on the way to Leeds from London; a five hour journey solo and without wifi (Lord have mercy), so it is only apt that I eventually get round to writing the article on another journey, although this time to Edinburgh, and thankfully not a Megabus.

10 Things Women Should Know About Gynaecological Cancers

Karen Hobbs | Posted 30.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Hobbs

One day I will write a fun book about gynaecological cancers and looking after our vaginas. Until then, here is a short list of ten things that I think every woman (and man) should know. The icing and decoration is fun, but the cake mixture is serious.

Please Don't Stop Inviting Your Friend With Anxiety

Anna Gaunt | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Gaunt

Don't give up on your friend who cancels plans last minute. Don't confirm the overwhelming worries that may be preventing them from coming in the first place. I know how frustrating it is, but please don't stop inviting your friend with anxiety.

Is There Still A Stigma To Single Parenting?

Alli Plunkett | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Parents
Alli Plunkett

In 2008 when I separated from my children's father I didn't really give becoming a single mother a second thought. It wasn't a choice, it was just something I was going to have to do. I don't recall feeling any stigma at the time, and I certainly haven't ever received any abusive comments from any one that I know. Unless I was just too busy 'getting on with it' to notice.

What Does Stigma Feel Like?

Naomi Barrow | Posted 19.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Imagine feeling scared. Imagine feeling alone. Imagine feeling completely worn out by a medical condition which is doing it's very best to kill you. Imagine feeling guilty for visiting the doctors, but doing your best to go to all of your appointments nevertheless. Imagine being passed from one professional to another - none of them wanting to take responsibility for your care.

It's 2017, But Society Still Feels 'Moral Outrage' Towards People Who Don't Want Children

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

In both the UK and US, more adults are choosing not to have children than ever before, but there’s still a huge stigma attached to admitting you don...

'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 21.05.2017 | 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.