Mental Health Stigma – What Exactly Is It?

Photo By: Total Space/Unsplash When we talk about the stigma associated with mental health, what are we actually talking about? Where does it originate? What does it mean? And why is it so important? Essentially what we are talking about here is a failure to give the issues relating to mental health their due regard … Continue reading Mental Health Stigma – What Exactly Is It?

Has Mental Illness Changed For The Better?

Photo by Aarón Blanco Tejedor on Unsplash As someone who has experienced what mental health services are like, I was first sectioned 34 years ago not long after leaving school. At 16 years old, this was a terrible experience, hopefully never to be repeated. I understand fully the full force of a horrid and backwards … Continue reading Has Mental Illness Changed For The Better?

Schools Should Begin The Conversation

often surrounds it.  We have mental health awareness months and weeks; we have days dedicated to specific mental health conditions (although you may only be aware of those if you have a personal stake in the condition in question).  This year alone the government pledged £500 million to fund a mental health recovery plan.  So why is it still so difficult to talk about our mental health honestly?

The Highs And Lows Of Depression

Photo by Anthony Tran on Unsplash The tough part about having depression is the uncertainty it brings. Will today be a bad day? Will I smile and laugh tomorrow? Will I be happy a week from today? Unfortunately, it can often feel like depression controls you rather than the other way around. So while I … Continue reading The Highs And Lows Of Depression

The National Shame Of Love Island

nstoppable train that is Love Island worries me most because, to me, it means one of two things.  Either the progress we have apparently made as a society in reducing the stigma around mental health and improving attitudes is all fake and is nothing more than a trend for people to get more likes and clout on the internet and no one really wants to fight for genuine change.  Or protecting people’s mental health, preserving someone’s life, is simply not as important to people as some low-rate evening entertainment.