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.
QA Session with Nick Clegg and Norman Lamb
Hearing voices is normally described as a terrifying experience, but new research suggests attitudes to voice hearing differ dramatically depending on where you are in the world, with some cultures actually seeing them as ‘helpful’.
Our annual Janey Antoniou awards have honoured three inspiring individuals for their hard work and dedication to change the lives of those affected by mental illness.
Last week saw the end of Public Health England’s annual Stoptober campaign. Stoptober is the biggest stop smoking event in the UK and this year we saw over 250,000 people taking part. In a special blog, Professor Kevin Fenton from Public Health England discusses getting help when stopping smoking.
Our West Dorset Recovery House has a focus on healthy eating, and a new workshop there will soon give service users the tools to help enable them to consume a more balanced diet.
One year on from Asda’s Mental Patient costume has anything changed? Are companies still exploiting negative stereotypes of people with mental illness to make a fast buck, or – as we might have hoped –are large companies toning down the association of mental illness and Halloween?
‘The Vacuum Cleaner’ is an artist and activist, and this summer he is taking his autobiographical one-man show Mental to the Edinburgh Fringe. Spanning 14 years of his adult life he presents his heart-rending experience of acute mental illness, suicide and surviving the mental health care system. Here he writes a personal letter to Rethink Mental Illness supporters explaining what lies behind his show…
Paula from our policy team discusses how we can improve crisis care for people with mental illness, and what we can learn from the USA and Canada...
Writer and performance poet Byron Vincent is taking his ‘honest’ and ‘moving’ one-man show Talk About Something You Like to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer. In a lively piece, Byron uses his unique brand of humour to paint a vivid portrait of his experience with mental illness…