“I was one of only four UK track and field athletes to stand on the podium at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Winning a bronze medal for the 400m hurdles was amazing and I was thrilled but it was incredibly hard both physically and mentally. What I didn’t know then was just how hard it was going to get.”
Community Support Recovery Worker, Ian from our community support service, The Croft in Ripley, Derbyshire, gives us an insight into how creative writing is inspiring recovery.
“Hearing voices is not the problem” says Paul Baker, from the Hearing Voices Network, “it’s the relationship you have with those voices that’s the problem.”
Fags, smokes, rollies...we all know what cigarettes can do to your health. What’s less well known however is the dramatic effect smoking has on medications like clozapine*, lessening how well they work by a staggering 50%.
The Daily Mail has published ‘cruel, unnecessary attack’ on Emily Lloyd, an actress diagnosed with mental illness.
A year ago I felt alone, isolated and unable to reach out and connect to anyone about bipolar disorder; thanks to social media I now feel like I can reach out and share my experiences online with people who understand what I am going through.
I am 20 and a half years old (the half is excessively important, of course) and the issue of mental health has always been a massive part of my life.
As Channel 4 launch their '4GoesMad' TV season by putting a straitjacket on Winston Churchill - something we also did back in 2006 - is it time to ask who really is the best role model for mental illness?
The publication today of the draft NHS mandate is an important milestone in the development of the new arrangements for the NHS following the final passage of the Health and Social Care Act.
Earlier this week the Prime Minister David Cameron made a speech outlining more proposals to reform welfare, including plans to scrap housing benefits for people under the age of 25 and to introduce time-limited unemployment benefit.