Stigma.

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 22.02.2016 | 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 04.02.2016 | 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...

Time to Talk? Five Tips for Starting the Conversation about Mental Health

Dr Pooky Knightsmith | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Pooky Knightsmith

Today is Time to Talk Day - a day when many of us working or living with mental health issues make a particular effort to start conversations about mental health in a bid to raise awareness, reduce stigma and tackle misconceptions.

What Is Stigma? Explore Mental Health

Matt Streuli | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Streuli

#ExploreMH is a series of articles and YouTube videos aimed at breaking down the stigma that surrounds Mental Health. You can watch the accompanying v...

What Are Trigger Warnings?

Matt Streuli | Posted 05.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Streuli

Should we campaign for the wider use of Trigger warnings as it would benefit everyone - not just those with a mental health problem? I hope that by openly discussing these points with you, we can together fight the stigma.

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 28.09.2016 | 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 01.09.2016 | 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 05.08.2016 | 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 08.07.2016 | 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."