What does mental illness look like? Can a photo show what it’s like to have conditions like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder? Time to Change have launched a new range of photographs to illustrate media stories about mental illness.
Alice Hoyle has recently had her first book published that explains schizophrenia to children. The author works as an advisory teacher of Personal Social and Health Education and is a mum of two girls aged 3 and 5. As an active supporter of Rethink Mental Illness she is donating all her royalties from the story to the work of the charity.
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When faced with the question ‘what would you like to see change in terms of mental health?’ its difficult to put down in only 450 words all the change that I wish would occur. There are so many issues for young people that need to be tackled and must be tackled soon.
In November I was honoured to be given this year’s Janey Antoniou Award and it really got me thinking about the bigger picture. I’ve never really thought much about what I do, I enjoy it, it’s engaging, it gives me a sense of purpose and I get just as much support from it as anyone.
Looking back, I sometimes feel quite angry. Why didn't someone realise? Why didn't *I* realise? I can't now think of a more obvious case of depression. But with so few realistic portrayals of mental illness on TV at the time, my knowledge was very limited. I knew that my mum experienced depression, but I didn't know what that meant. And besides, for every day I was accused of misery, there were ten more where I disguised my mood with humour.
For years, mental health debate was like a dinner party. Everyone knew each other. Everyone knew who was grumpy; who was friendly; who was practical and who was looking at the stars. Everyone turned up at the meetings and conferences and said what everyone expected them to say and listened to everyone saying exactly what they expected they would. Most people never got an invite to the dinner party.
My name is Trina. As well as my Christmas hat, I have several others in my collection. There are my campaigner, fundraiser and group coordinator hats, as well as my carers one. As you can see, I’ve gathered quite a collection over the years!
Marion Janner setup the charity Star Wards eight years ago to enhance inpatient mental health care. The charity provides practical, low-cost and easy to implement ideas to improve patients' quality of time and treatment outcomes.
Here she talks more about the work of the charity, how it feels to be part of the Guardian Christmas Appeal, and the role of Buddy, a 12 year old Tibetan Terrier, who regularly joins Marion on her visits to inpatient units.