I have absolutely no doubt that, if I had not found the Rethink Advice and Information service in 2001, my daughter would be dead. One night, she was, sectioned under the Mental Health Act, and detained in hospital. She was prescribed some medication we had never heard of, and dumped back on us with no explanation, no help and no support. We had no idea what to do.
We know that lots of people who look after a loved one with a mental illness don’t always see themselves as carers. But if you are helping to support someone then you should be entitled to an assessment and extra support from your local authority. Here, Lauren shares her experience of getting the right care package in place for her daughter.
In spite of great progress, there are still many myths and preconceptions about mental illness. Ten years ago Rethink Mental Illness together with Mind set up Time to Change, our anti-stigma campaign. In this blog, Jo Loughran, Director of Time to Change, looks at how Time to Change has captured the public's attention, and how we still need your help to challenge the public discussion on mental illness.
Mental Illness and money problems can go hand in hand. That’s why we set up the Mental Health and Money Advice service. Thanks to our new website and telephone hotline we are able to offer confidential support before debt becomes a problem. In this blog Sarah from our Advice and Information Service looks at the link between debt and mental illness and how you can take control of this.
Reliable advice on mental health is invaluable. At Rethink Mental Illness we provide independent, accredited information through our helpline and website. Today Laura from our advice team writes about how getting timely information can be the first step to supporting some with recovery.
Will from our campaigns team looks at the Mental Health Act and why we are calling for it to be reformed.
Over the last few years, awareness of mental illness has come a long way. But alongside this awareness, we have always needed action too. Action to push for reform, fight stigma and campaign for change.
In 2003 I left my job at the Royal School of Needlework as an embroiderer and went to King's College London to train as a nurse. I qualified three years later and got a job in the HIV department at Chelsea and Westminster hospital – a job that I was very excited to be starting. A year later, at the age of 27, I had a serious mental breakdown and was sectioned under the mental health – ironically with my nursing uniform still in my bag. Sadly, I have not worked as a nurse since.
We had a chat with our ambassador Jonny Benjamin ahead of today’s launch of his new book, The Stranger On The Bridge: My Journey From Hope to Despair, co-written with Britt Pflüger.