Universal Credit has been appearing in the news more frequently with talk of 'delayed rollouts' and 'welfare reform' taking up space in the headlines. Trying to cut through what this actually mean to those of us claiming benefits can be difficult.
Most people remember their significant birthdays as a time of fun and enjoyment – but for actress & writer Juliete Burton, looking back on her 18th Birthday brings back vivid memories of being detained under the Mental Health Act. As part of our #actformentalhealth campaign, Juliette Burton took time our from her award winning Butterfly Effect tour to write about her experiences.
Augusto has managed Bipolar Disorder for over twenty years. Having experienced depression for as long as he can remember, he has gone through a number of particularly difficult periods, and has suffered from suicide ideation and delusions. After hospitalisation and a period of self-reflection, he is now enjoying every day to its fullest potential.
Earlier this week the media reported new stats that showed the number of girls seeking help for self-harm has doubled in the last ten years. Predictably, the media lay the blame for this increase on social media! We asked Natalya, one of our young champions her views on social media and what are her tips for staying safe online.
For over forty years our network of support groups and services have been an invaluable resource for thousands of carers across the UK. With an estimated 1 in 8 adults caring for a loved one, we asked our Bristol Carers Service for their tips on looking after someone living with mental illness.
When you look after someone with mental illness it can be easy to get caught up in the day to day duties of being a carer and forget the person underneath the diagnosis. In this blog, Yasma from our North West Regional Committee discusses her relationship with her brother and how a shared love of travel has been key to helping him find his confidence again.
Mental health can strike anyone, anywhere- that’s a fact. I have four amazing daughters but a mental illness took one away. Harriet, or Hat as we liked to call her, was clever and kind, the sort of person that “wouldn’t harm a fly”.