Our blog archive
Read our regular blogs and updates sharing a range of perspectives from people with lived experience of mental illness and those who care for them. We also post updates from our own staff and health and social care professionals.
Amy's fundraising journey - John O’Groats to Land’s End
After receiving what she described as "life-saving" support and advocacy from our Survivors of Suicide (SOS) service in Brighton & Hove, Amy is taking on a whopping 1000 mile run over five and a half weeks to raise money for Rethink Mental Illness. We caught up with her to find out a bit more about how she's feeling for the challenge and why exactly she decided to support us...
Find out more Amy's fundraising journey - John O’Groats to Land’s End
OCD is not an adjective or a quirk, so let’s all stop using it as one.
There’s a common misconception that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) involves being excessively tidy or being keen on straight lines or patterns. Amanda, a 28 year old working in medical research, explodes the myth around this debilitating condition and explains that it’s time to change this frustrating narrative.
Find out more OCD is not an adjective or a quirk, so let’s all stop using it as one.
Supported Housing: A Success Story
Beth (not her real name) has a diagnosis of unspecified nonorganic psychosis. She joined a Rethink Mental Illness Supported Housing service for support in feeling more independent in her finances and work. Here’s one of our frontline Supported Housing workers explaining the journey she went on whilst at the service.
Find out more Supported Housing: A Success Story
If trauma can be passed down through generations, so can joy
Psychotherapist and author Lola Jaye explains that although the issue of racism is more embedded in society’s consciousness, the effects of historical and systemic racism are still having far-reaching effects on the mental health of Black people.
Find out more If trauma can be passed down through generations, so can joy
Jasveen's fundraising journey: The London Marathon
We’re more excited than ever to have challenge events back in the calendar. One of our 2021 London Marathon runners, Jasveen, has agreed to take the time out of her busy training schedule to let us know how she’s getting on!
Find out more Jasveen's fundraising journey: The London Marathon
"Be kind to others as not every struggle is visible": Harriet's story
Harriet’s battle with depression, anxiety and irrational thoughts left her feeling suicidal, but talking to family, friends and her therapist has helped her gain the strength to help raise awareness about serious mental health issues.
Find out more "Be kind to others as not every struggle is visible": Harriet's story
Fiona's story: "The more they know, the more they can help"
While the conversation about mental health has moved at pace in recent years, the discussion about suicide and suicidal thoughts still remains a taboo subject. In this blog for World Suicide Prevention Day, Fiona discusses her own experiences and offers some tips on how to talk openly about this difficult subject.
Find out more Fiona's story: "The more they know, the more they can help"
Putting coproduction at the heart of our suicide prevention services
Rethink Mental Illness are very proud to be working across NW London to develop a multi-agency suicide prevention plan, rollout suicide awareness training for professionals and implement innovative projects and pilots for the local population. NW London has a diverse local population of over 2.4 million and there is much suicide prevention activity already underway.
Find out more Putting coproduction at the heart of our suicide prevention services
A day in the life of a Mental Health Breathing Space debt adviser
No day is the same and every client has their own story to tell. Being in a client-led advice role has been satisfying and inspiring. Read more about a day in the life of a Breathing Space debt adviser.
Find out more A day in the life of a Mental Health Breathing Space debt adviser
How your experiences of the welfare system can help to change it
Policy and Research Officer Eva Bell explains what the new Health and Disability Green Paper and National Disability Strategy are, how they affect people living with mental illness, and what you can do to get involved.
Find out more How your experiences of the welfare system can help to change it
“Not everyone will fit into a ‘box’": Jemma’s story
Jemma has come a long way in the last 10 years. Top GCSEs, great A-Level results, a First Class university degree and now working two jobs is quite an achievement. Learning how to manage the symptoms of psychosis during this time has not been easy, but she is determined in her belief that everyone experiencing mental illness can lead a fulfilling life with the correct support.
Find out more “Not everyone will fit into a ‘box’": Jemma’s story
The voice of lived experience in the Mental Health Act White Paper
Early in 2021, Rethink Mental Illness were pleased to be commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care to undertake engagement with two distinct groups of people, in order to feed into the Mental Health Act White Paper. Our Policy Manager, Will Johnstone, explains a bit more about what this engagement found and what impact it could have on the White Paper.
Find out more The voice of lived experience in the Mental Health Act White Paper
Mental health advice for my younger, LGBT+ self
We asked three people to send some advice to their younger self about how to manage your mental health as part of the LGBT+ community. Here's what they said.
Find out more Mental health advice for my younger, LGBT+ self
Feeling the summer? Join our mental health festival!
In this blog, Bernice - the manager of our Step Up project, explains why this summer, we will be reaching out to young people and offering them a space to learn more about mental health and resilience.
Find out more Feeling the summer
Update on the new NHS digital scheme for collecting data from GPs
Earlier this year, the NHS announced it was changing how they collect patient information from GP surgeries in order to support health and care planning and research. This week, the government announced it was postponing the scheme.
Find out more Update on the new NHS digital scheme for collecting data from GPs
Joy comes in the morning: Ashley's story
My name is Ashley, I am 24 years old and it has been three years since I experienced my first psychotic episode. At the time of my first episode, my diagnosis was psychosis with symptoms of schizophrenia. Then about two years after my first episode, I was diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Find out more Joy comes in the morning: Ashley's story
Living with schizophrenia - Jamie's story
After being diagnosed with schizophrenia, Jamie tried to break out of a hospital by kicking down the doors. Since then, he has come a long way. Here's his story.
Find out more Jamie's Story
‘Freedom Day’: Liberating? Or challenging?
Restrictions, lockdowns and the fear of contracting Covid-19 have come together to create the perfect storm for a lot of us living with a mental illness. And just as we seemed to be settling into a new way of living, we’re now being asked to change back to the way everything once was. July 19 is being lauded as ‘Freedom Day’, but how liberating will it be for those of us that like routine, and struggle with change? 52-year-old Julian experiences depression, OCD and anxiety. Here’s his thoughts.
Find out more ‘Freedom Day’: Liberating? Or challenging?
Health and Care Bill: Changing the shape of our health system
Today, MPs debate the principles of the Health and Care Bill in parliament. Our Policy Manager Lindsey Crawford sets out the main changes that this Bill will make, what this means for the support you receive, and what Rethink Mental Illness are doing to ensure that the Bill delivers the best possible outcomes for people severely affected by mental illness.
Find out more Health and Care Bill: Changing the shape of our health system
Navigating different spaces: Peter's story
Peter has been living with chronic depression and anxiety for almost 10 years. In this blog, he talks about his experiences as a member of the LGBT+ community and what impact those had on his mental health.
Find out more Navigating different spaces: Peter's story
Social care: managing the nation's mental health
Mental health social care in England is facing a huge challenge which has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. In this blog, Alex from our campaigns team delves deeper into why mental health social care is so essential, and what we want the government to do to better support people severely affected by mental illness.
Find out more Social care - managing the nation's mental health
The new NHS Digital scheme for collecting data from GPs
The NHS is changing the way they collect patient information from GP surgeries to support health and care planning and research. The scheme aims to reduce work for GPs, giving them more time to treat and care for patients.
Find out more The new NHS Digital scheme for collecting data from GPs
No one would ever know I was a carer unless I told them
If I had to summarise my experience of caring in one word, it would be this: guilt. I'm a carer for my brother, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia more than twenty years ago. His diagnosis had defined his life and, to a large extent, mine too.
Find out more No one would ever know I was a carer unless I told them
Caring for Carers: The Carers Oxfordshire Service
For Carers Week 2021, we chat with Kay Francis from The Oxfordshire Carers Service about how her team is meeting the needs of carers in the local community.
Find out more Caring for Carers: The Carers Oxfordshire Service
Being a carer during the pandemic
Paul Marsh, 66 has been married to Julie, 62, for over 40 years. In the early years of their marriage, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Paul was working, and while his job was stressful, it meant he could support Julie and their young family.
Find out more Being a carer during the pandemic
"We are so grateful for our volunteers"
We hear from the amazing volunteers that make our work possible, about why they are involved with Rethink Mental Illness and what they get out of their time with us.
Find out more "We are so grateful for our volunteers"
“BPD impacts my life in every way” – Gabby’s story
Upon finishing her degree at the University of Sheffield, Gabby is hoping to undertake campaign work to raise awareness and educate others about Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). In this blog, she tells us more about her experience of living with the condition and why it is so important to fight the stigma that surrounds it.
Find out more “BPD impacts my life in every way” – Gabby’s story
Our reaction to the 2021 Queen's speech
The Queen delivered her 67th Queen’s Speech this week to officially reopen Parliament and outline the government’s priorities for the year ahead.
Find out more Our reaction to the 2021 Queens Speech
Pandemic problems: Katie’s story
Like thousands of people living with mental illness, Katie’s life has been greatly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. As restrictions begin to ease further, Katie shares her story of living with a diagnosis of mixed personality disorder through the pandemic and how she feels looking to the future.
Find out more Pandemic problems: Katie’s story
Hope in the Time of Psychosis: Jessica’s Story
Jessica tells us about her diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder and shares her story of finding hope whilst experiencing bouts of psychosis.
Find out more Hope in the Time of Psychosis: Jessica’s Story
Chanté's story - Living with EUPD
Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD – also known as Borderline Personality Disorder) can affect how you cope with life, manage relationships, and feel emotionally. In this blog, 24-year-old Chanté talks about her experience of the condition and what steps she puts in place to help manage it.
Find out more Chanté's story - Living with EUPD
Social media is far from perfect, but it's not the major cause of poor mental health outcomes
After an Oxford study found that there is minimal association between technology use and mental health issues, our Campaigns Officer, Kirsty Archer, went into more detail about what are some of the major causes of poor mental health outcomes.
Find out more Social media is far from perfect, but it is not the major cause of poor mental health outcomes
Alice's Story - "No one should be given up on"
Alice is 44 and lives in Lancashire, with her cat. She has a close network of friends and speaks to them often. She also experiences schizoaffective disorder, which affects your mood and thoughts, and has symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. This is Alice's story.
Find out more Alice's Story - "No one should be given up on"
Hugely welcome, but the NHS is still to do all the heavy lifting.
Last weekend the government published its COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing recovery action plan. This document sets out the steps needed to prevent, mitigate and respond to the mental health impacts of the pandemic. This blog from our policy team takes an in-depth look at the plan and what this means for the NHS and for people using mental health services.
Find out more Hugely welcomed, but the NHS is still to do all the heavy lifting.
A ground breaking campaign that changed the mental health landscape
We're saying goodbye to Time to Change – the 15-year long anti-stigma campaign on mental health, which has transformed the way we think about mental health in England. Brian Dow, Deputy CEO of Rethink Mental Illness reflects on the amazing success of the campaign and how it started the nation talking.
Find out more A ground breaking campaign that changed the mental health landscape
Work, bipolar and me: Alice's story
Bipolar Affective Disorder is a mental illness, characterised by mood swings from manic highs to depressive lows. In this blog, Alice discusses the pros and cons of disclosing her condition in the workplace.
Find out more Work, bipolar and me - Alice's story
Budget: What does it mean for people living with mental illness?
Our Public Affairs and Stakeholder Manager, Tristan Westgate, goes through the government's Spring Budget for 2021 and presents the impact it will have on people severely affected by mental illness, mental health social care and the charity sector.
Find out more Budget: What does it mean for people living with mental illness?
Reform in the midst of Covid-19: cause for cautious optimism?
Deputy CEO, Brian Dow, looks at the white paper in a bit more detail and outlines three things the government must remember when it comes to mental health care.
Find out more Reform in the midst of Covid-19: cause for cautious optimism?
The Mental Health Act: Not perfect and in need of reform
Last week the government announced plans to update and modernise the Mental Health Act. In this blog, Ashley who is 23 years old and was diagnosed with psychosis discusses her experiences of being detained under the Mental Health Act and what changes she would like to see.
Find out more The Mental Health Act: Not perfect and in need of reform
The Mental Health Act White Paper: a big step towards change
The government has published the Mental Health Act White Paper, setting out their plans to reform the Act. Our Social Policy Manager Will Johnstone highlights the key areas that the White Paper sets out to change and how it impacts people living with severe mental illness.
Find out more The Mental Act White Paper: a big step towards change
Five ways to get moving around the house
During the Covid-19 pandemic, there are plenty of ways to exercise without leaving the house: mowing the lawn, indoor sock golf and lots more!
Find out more Five ways to get moving around the house
How to support your wellbeing over the festive season
The pandemic has meant that 2020 has been a year of disruption and cancelled plans. In this blog we offer some advice about how we can support our mental wellbeing if we’ve found the latest round of news difficult to cope with.
Find out more How to support your wellbeing over the festive season
Tips for a happier, Covid-secure Christmas.
This time of year can be difficult for people living with mental illness, and this year is no exception. As we head into our first "social distanced Christmas", we asked our supporters how they will manage their wellbeing.
Find out more Tips for a happier, Covid-secure Christmas.
NHS Long Term Plan: the most important yet
Whilst the NHS regularly produces and shares planning documents, the latest – the NHS Long Term Plan – could be the most important for people severely affected by mental illness, their carers and organisations involved in the care and support of people with severe mental illness in a generation.
Find out more NHS Long Term Plan: the most important yet
2020 – What happened and what next for mental health?
Our Public Affairs and Stakeholder Manager, Tristan Westgate, looks back at a turbulent twelve months. He delves into the political impact of Covid-19 and other issues from 2020 for Boris Johnson’s government, and looks at what affect this will have on people severely affected by mental illness as we head into 2021.
Find out more 2020 – What happened and what next for mental health?
Life after a breakdown: letting go of the reins
Recovery can mean many different things for people. In 2019, following the breakdown of her relationship and being signed off from a job she loved, Sarah decided bold steps were needed to find her path back to health and happiness. This is her story.
Find out more Life after a breakdown: letting go of the reins
The Spending Review 2020: your questions answered
We've gone through the chancellor's Spending Review so you don't have to. Our Public Affairs and Stakeholder Manager, Tristan, answers questions on what the review means for people severely affected by mental illness and their carers.
Find out more The Spending Review 2020: your questions answered
Streaming for Mental Health, Getting the Crew Back Together
Christopher Hough and five friends from around the world are taking part in a DJ marathon on the 28th November to raise money for Rethink Mental Illness. Here’s why the six friends chose to do it, and how you can get involved.
Find out more Streaming for Mental Health, Getting the Crew Back Together
Current government guidance for being physically active
Our Physical Activity Programme Manager, Barry Lloyd, explains the current government guidance on being physically active during the second national Covid-19 lockdown. He also gives some top tips on different ways to keep moving.
Find out more Current government guidance for being physically active
We had a virtual chat with our MPs. Here's what happened
Our Oxford Campaigners Group co-ordinator, Frances, tells us more about how their meeting with MPs went and explains some advice she has for others thinking of doing the same.
Find out more We had a virtual chat with our MPs. Here's what happened
Why our supported housing managers have written to their MPs
Our Head of Social Policy, Jonathan Moore, explains how crucial more funding is to the future of supported housing services.
Find out more Why our supported housing managers have written to their MPs
Analysis: Annual statistics of detentions under the Mental Health Act
Policy Manager Will Johnstone analyses the latest figures around detentions under the Mental Health Act for 2019-2020.
Find out more Analysis: Annual statistics of detentions under the Mental Health Act
The case for investment in supported housing is stronger than ever
As the Treasury considers its priorities for long term funding, the case for investment in mental health supported housing is stronger than ever.
Find out more The case for investment in supported housing is stronger than ever
“I was lucky, many are not.” – Simon Gray on surviving suicide
According to ONS figures, suicide is on the rise in England and Wales. That's why we've focused our fundraising appeal is for survivors of suicide. Donate so that we can help people like Simon, who explains his experience of suicide in this blog.
Find out more I was lucky. Many are not. – Simon Gray on surviving suicide
"I still don’t feel comfortable going out"
Hannah discusses how her recovery from Complex PTSD is on hold because of Covid-19, and the impact of increased loneliness and anxiety on her as a result of her having to shield.
Find out more "I still don't feel comfortable going out"
BPD, Covid-19 and Me
2019 Janey Antoniou award winner Sue Wheatcroft explains what it's like to live with BPD, and the impact Covid-19 can have on how we view the condition.
Find out more BPD, Covid-19 and Me
How to manage feelings of anxiety from the ‘Better Health’ campaign
Expert by experience Hannah Lewis reflects on the recent government’s ‘Better Health’ campaign and provides advice on how to look after yourself if the campaign triggers any feelings of anxiety.
Find out more How to manage feelings of anxiety from the ‘Better Health’ campaign
Life in Lockdown: Essex Advocacy Service
The pandemic has required many of our services to adapt quickly to lockdown, while still delivering vital support. Here's Craig from our Essex All Age Advocacy service, looking at some of the challenges they have faced as a service over the last six months - and how they have continued to support people in their community.
Find out more Life in Lockdown: Essex Advocacy Service
An update on the welfare system for people living with mental illness
A lot has changed in the welfare system over the last six months. Here, we explain what the changes mean for people living with mental illness, and how you can help us in our fight towards building a benefits system that works for people severely affected by mental illness.
Find out more A benefit system that works for people living with mental illness
Secure Care: Moving on in a pandemic
Covid-19 has affected people in secure services enormously. Here's a blog from someone about their life under lockdown and how it has affected her plans for moving on to live independently in the community.
Find out more Secure Care: Moving on in a pandemic
How Covid-19 limited my access to mental health support
Our campaigner, Karen, spoke to a group of MPs about her experience of mental health services during lockdown. In this speech, she called on the government to act now to provide crucial extra funding so that experiences like hers never happen again. Here’s her powerful story.
Find out more How Covid-19 limited my access to mental health support
5 ways to make carers visible
3 in 5 people will become a carer at some point in their lives and yet, for many, this role is one that goes without recognition or reward. If you are a carer or know someone who is, here are five simple ways you can help to make carers more visible.
Find out more 5 ways to make carers visible.
Conquering Snowdon from home during lockdown
Hear how Kathryn and Matt took on the enormous task of running 88,250 steps - or 44 miles - indoors over 24 hours to fundraise for Rethink Mental Illness.
Find out more Conquering Snowdon from home during lockdown
How lockdown saved my relationship with my family
Covid-19 has at the very least been a period of great uncertainty and anguish for everyone. But, for the Lopez family, this adversity has brought them closer together, and allowed Georgi to reconnect with her brother.
Find out more How lockdown saved my relationship with my family
How our services are adapting to provide great care during Covid-19
It’s been a real inspiration to see how staff in our services and groups across the country have adapted during the Covid-19 pandemic to provide the best possible care. Here’s some examples.
Find out more How our services are adapting to provide great care during Covid-19
How our services are providing social connections during Covid-19
It's difficult for anyone to uphold social connectedness right now. But some of our services have come up with great ways for people to continue to be in contact with friends and carers.
Find out more How our services are providing social connections during Covid-19
"You need to be kinder to yourself, Jonny"
Rethink Mental Illness ambassador Jonny Benjamin writes about how he has begun to understand the power of self-compassion and learned to live with his inner critic.
Find out more "You need to be kinder to yourself, Jonny"
What impact has Covid-19 had on mental health services?
Our recent survey showed that Covid-19 has had a big impact on mental health services in England. But just how significant will that impact be? Alex, our Head of Campaigns and Public Affairs, takes a look.
Find out more What impact has Covid-19 had on mental health services?
5 ways to help create communities that care
Here's five things that you can do to help create communities that care for people living with mental illness.
Find out more 5 ways to help create communities that care
Fifty years ago, our mission was born
This weekend, we mark the 50th anniversary of a newspaper article that changed the way society talks about mental illness and led to the creation of Rethink Mental Illness. We caught up our CEO Mark Winstanley to ask him about the changes we have seen and what challenges lie ahead.
Find out more Fifty years ago our mission was born
A brother's view
As years passed, John became outwardly calmer, but the negative symptoms of his illness persisted. A neighbour described him as a “gentle soul trying to live in a complicated world.”
Find out more A brothers view
The crucial role social care workers play has risen up the agenda, let’s make sure it stays there
We have to make sure that the recognition of the crucial role that social care – and its workforce – plays in keeping people safe and well is not lost after the coronavirus crisis.
Find out more The crucial role social care workers play has risen up the agenda, let’s make sure it stays there
5 ways to get involved in our Miles for Mental Health challenge
Our Miles for Mental Health challenge doesn't have to be about running. Barry, our Physical Activity Manager, lists five other ways that you can get involved - from gardening to cycling!
Find out more 5 ways to get involved in our Miles for Mental Health challenge
We face a mental health crisis – but can we come out of it stronger?
John F Kennedy said, “when written in Chinese the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters, one represents danger and the other represents opportunity”. As is often the case with good quotes, the truth does not quite match the rhetoric.
Find out more We face a mental health crisis – but we can come out of it stronger
Coronavirus: Helpful online resources
In addition to the information we provide, public bodies such as Public Health England, and charities across the mental health sector have created helpful resources to support and protect people’s mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic. Here's our top picks:
Find out more Coronavirus: Helpful online resources
Top tips on managing your mental health during Covid-19
Our supporters gave us their top tips on how to manage your mental health whilst enacting social distancing during Covid-19.
Find out more Top tips on managing your mental health during Covid-19
Managing your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak
Over the last few weeks the media has been full of updates about the Coronavirus - from daily updates on the TV to hourly updates in your social media feeds. Peer from our Digital team looks at the simple steps you can take to look after your wellbeing.
Find out more Managing your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak
Stop Benefit Deaths: our campaign calling for an independent inquiry
This week, Rethink Mental Illness launched Stop Benefit Deaths, a campaign calling for an independent inquiry into welfare related deaths. Danielle Hamm, our Associate Director for Campaigns and Policy explains more about the campaign.
Find out more Stop Benefit Deaths: our campaign calling for an independent inquiry
Stop Benefit Deaths Campaign: Kelly's story
Kelly lives with Borderline Personality Disorder (also known as Emotionally Unstable Disorder) and is unable to work. She is on Universal Credit and awaiting a Personal Independence Payments (PIP) decision. As part of our Stop Benefit Deaths Campaign, she told us about how the process caused her to have a breakdown and suicidal thoughts.
Find out more Stop Benefit Deaths Campaign: Kelly's story
My uni experience was moulded by mental illness: Rosie's Story
University can be a very difficult time. For a lot of people, living a completely new life is an exciting adventure. For others, it can be overwhelming. Meeting lots of new people, living in a new place and being given big projects to work on can be exhilarating, but it can also be exhausting.
Find out more My uni experience was moulded by mental illness: Rosie's Story
Eating Disorders: "I felt powerless. Now I feel powerful"
For Eating Disorders Awareness Week, our amazing ambassador Juliette Burton talks through the reality of living with different eating disorders.
Find out more Eating Disorders: "I felt powerless. Now I feel powerful"
Life as a mature student: A second chance
University can be a very difficult time. For some, it is an exciting new adventure - a chance to reinvent. For others, it can be overwhelming. Meeting lots of new people, living in a new place and being given big projects to work on can be exhilarating, but it can also be exhausting.
Find out more Life as a mature student: A second chance
Seasonal Affective Disorder: "I just wanted to hibernate"
What is Seasonal Affective Disorder? Read Abigail's story to understand how SAD can affect you, and how a diagnosis helped her to alleviate the symptoms.
Find out more Seasonal Affective Disorder: "I just wanted to hibernate"
Somerset to be a trailblazer for mental health care
A new alliance of charities has been formed to develop a bold new community-based mental health support service for Somerset residents.
Find out more Somerset to be a trailblazer for mental health care
“My diet was dictated by strict rules on food and exercise"
Jessica’s problems with her body image and academic pressure were a gradual process, and their beginnings are difficult to pinpoint.
Find out more “My diet was dictated by strict rules on food and exercise that I’d followed religiously”
The Rethink Mental Illness Moments of the Decade
The past decade has been a memorable one for the charity, here are our top moments.
Find out more The Rethink Mental Illness Moments of the Decade
How to manage your mental illness over Christmas
Christmas isn't always easy, particularly for those of us experiencing mental illness. Here's some top tips from our supporters on dealing with the holiday.
Find out more How to manage your mental illness over Christmas
Top moments of 2019 in Rethink Mental Illness services
We asked our colleagues in services, who work day-in-day-out to improve the lives of people affected by mental illness, for their highlights of the year.
Find out more Top moments of 2019 in Rethink Mental Illness services
Meet our 2019 Award Winners
Our annual Pringle and Janey awards recognise people and groups who have made a real difference to people severely affected by mental illness during the previous year and is just one of the highlights of our yearly member's event.
Find out more Meet our 2019 Award Winners
Meet Sue Wheatcroft, winner of the 2019 Janey Antoniou Award
Today, Saturday 9 October, we are please to announce Sue Wheatcroft as the winner of our 2019 Janey Antoniou award for 2019. Sue is a campaigner and group coordinator who lives with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).
Find out more Meet Sue Wheatcroft, winner of the 2019 Janey Antoniou Award
Why we all need to talk about suicide prevention
Globally, someone loses their life to suicide every 40 seconds. Too many lives are destroyed by something so preventable. For this blog, Ida Väisänen recounts having it all – a dream job, a loving family and close friends – and yet, still feeling suicidal.
Find out more Why we all need to talk about suicide prevention
Luciana Berger: “Let’s take a zero-suicide approach and end suicide for good”
Suicide is the greatest killer of young men in our country, and the main cause of death for young people aged 15-29 worldwide, which is more than road traffic accidents, substance abuse or even warfare. In the UK, the rate of deaths by suicide among under 25s increased by 23.7%, reaching 730 deaths in 2018.
Find out more Luciana Berger: “Let’s take a zero-suicide approach and end suicide for good”
Schizophrenia is not a lifestyle choice
Schizophrenia affects one in 100 people - it's not as uncommon as you think. In this special blog for Rethink Schizophrenia, Jane writes about the her experiences of the condition and her journey on the road to recovery.
Find out more Schizophrenia is not a lifestyle choice
I’ve been behaving a bit diabetic recently. I think it might be lack of sleep.
For almost fifty years we have campaigned for the rights of people severely affected by mental illness - and while public perceptions of conditions such as bipolar disorder and OCD have generally improved, understanding of schizophrenia has remained largely unchanged.
Find out more I’ve been behaving a bit diabetic recently. I think it might be lack of sleep.
Brushing your teeth can seem more difficult than climbing Everest
In this special blog for Rethink Schizophrenia, Tom writes about how his symptoms can affect his daily life and how he is learning to manage his condition.
Find out more Brushing your teeth can seem more difficult than climbing Everest
Blackpool's Mental Health Crisis
Googling ‘Blackpool’ and ‘mental health’ brings some quite stark results. A town in the throes of a seemingly intractable mental health crisis. Some of the highest suicide rates in the country and similar levels of depression, as well as a long list of other problems.
Find out more Blackpool's Mental Health Crisis
OCD and Me: Oli's Story
Thoughts…an assortment of feelings, urges and who knows what bubbling up to the surface of the conscious mind. I thought I could control them or rather that I was in control of them. But the naivety of this became starkly apparent to me when at the age of eighteen I had a Major Depressive episode.
Find out more OCD and Intrusive Thoughts: Oli's Story
Why some rules need to be followed
A report published earlier this week by the Care Quality Commission has found that people detained under the Mental Health Act often receive less than adequate care while in hospital.
Find out more Why some rules need to be followed
Treatment far from home has become too common
New research published today by the BMA’s Doctor Magazine has added further evidence to the problem of out of area treatment in mental health rehabilitation services. The figures show that 2,600 out of area placements have been commissioned in the last 3 years. 140 patients were placed more than a 7 hour round trip from where they live. Many more were sent hundreds of miles from their home.
Find out more Treatment far from home has become too common
Reflections on Mental Health Awareness Week 2019
Last week was witness to a plethora of rich conversations led by the Mental Health Foundation about the intersection of body image and mental health. Hannah from our policy team reflects on how body image can impact people severely affected by mental illness and what we are doing about it…
Find out more Reflections on Mental Health Awareness Week 2019
Telling your partner you live with a mental illness
If you meet someone, when is the right time to disclose your illness? We asked mental health campaigner Ellie about when she first tackles that tricky conversation.
Find out more Telling your partner you live with a mental illness
The NHS Long-term plan – what does it mean for you?
You might have seen the coverage today about £billions more for the NHS with a big focus on improving mental health services. But with people who are most ill waiting the longest for mental health treatments, will this new money stretch far enough to help those most in need?
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Today marks one year since I last self-harmed
Our great friend and all-round great guy, Carl Burkitt, tells us about his experience of self-harm and how he learned to treat himself with compassion and understanding.
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Being sectioned at 18: Degrading and life-saving
Most people remember their significant birthdays as a time of fun and enjoyment – but for actress & writer Juliette Burton, looking back on her 18th birthday brings back vivid memories of being detained under the Mental Health Act.
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