The Telegraph support for Rethink Mental Illness - read the articles
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We are thrilled to announce that Telegraph readers have donated over £166,000 to us through the paper's 2015/16 Christmas appeal, which closed at the end of January.
Thank you so much to everyone who donated to help us support more people affected by mental illness, and thank you to the Telegraph journalists who wrote about our work and issues relating to mental illness so powerfully.
“Mental illness affects more people every year than cancer or heart disease. It is the single biggest cause of lost working days in the UK, and a significant factor in the majority of suicides... Rethink Mental Illness is there for all of them – from those experiencing depression or anxiety for the first time to those who rely on the charity for long-term support to cope with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Plus, crucially, those who love, support and care for them”
You are not alone
The Telegraph – Tuesday 24th November 2015
“I started hearing voices. I didn’t realise that I was isolating myself, but I wasn’t talking to friends or family. I can barely remember the period now. I felt paranoid, that things were being moved about. I was hearing and seeing things that weren’t there. I found it hard to make decisions, and one day just sat on a bus going round and round, unsure whether to go to work or go home. Decision-making is very difficult when you are bombarded with strange thoughts.”
Living with schizophrenia
The Telegraph 27th November 20015
“It was when Kevan Jones dropped a bottle of milk that he realised he was in bad way. “Everyone’s dropped a bottle of milk, getting it out of the fridge. But I can remember thinking: 'Why have I dropped a bottle of milk?’ I churned and churned it over in my own mind, and then I thought: 'I’m no good, because I’ve dropped a bottle of milk.’” A simple kitchen mishap was turned into a full-blown crisis.”
How charities like Rethink can help us 'come out' about mental illness
The Telegraph – 23rd November
“As a boy, my father instilled in me the useful maxim that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. I was used to battling my way out of adversity, familiar with coming back from disappointments. But five years ago I was in the fight of my life because my adversary was my own mind. I was at war with myself.”
Men should feel free to talk about their mental health. This is my story
The Telegraph – 30th November
"She had talked to her friends at school about how she was feeling. Some said she was attention seeking or “faking it”, which she found very painful, but they were only 14 at the time and didn’t understand, nor know how to support her. Discussion of mental health problems isn’t just avoided in families, it seems, but at school as well."
How can you tell if your moody teenager is a typical teenager or has a more serious problem.
The Telegraph – 1st December
‘ACT is not about fighting your painful thoughts and feelings, but about learning to accept them,’ says psychologist Marie Chellingsworth, ‘It teaches you to think about your behaviour and how that’s impacting on your values and goals.’
Could a new wave of talking therapies replace CBT?
The Telegraph – 7th December
“ ...for many people, this (Christmas) isn’t a hap-happy or wonderful time. Not at all. I was reminded of this on Wednesday morning when I read the reports about the effectiveness of antidepressants. A big thank you to the British Medical Journal for publishing that festive gift.”
I only got through Christmas thanks to antidepressants.
The Telegraph – 12th December
“ ...there is one subject I have never been prepared to opine about; one subject I have only started coming clean about with close friends in the last couple of years, and that is depression – my depression...”
Why I've never written about my depression until now
The Telegraph – 19th December
“I attend a local Rethink group. Being with people who get you, who share similar thoughts, is really helpful. It’s a lifeline. If these sort of groups didn’t exist, I don’t know what would happen.”
I was saved from suicide but not from suicidal thoughts.
The Telegraph – 10th January
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