Rethink Mental Illness and views from national mental health charity Rethink Mental IllnessRunning in the snow and being my own inspirationThe entire of Friday night was spent reading over my fundraising page, looking at the comments from all the amazing sponsors and I woke up Saturday morning thinking “I’ve got to blooming run it!”. So I did!!!/news-views/2018/03/being-my-own-inspirationThu, 08 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMTEating Disorders Awareness Week 2018: Why are prevention and early intervention strategies crucial?Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2018: Why are prevention and early intervention strategies crucial?/news-views/2018/02/eating-disorders-why-prevention-and-early-intervention-are-crucialFri, 02 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMTSelf Harm Awareness Day: How I cope with self harmToday is Self Harm Awareness Day and we asked, Chris, from our campaigns team to give us her 5 tips for coping with self harm. If you'd like to learn more about self harm or how you can help yourself and others, take a look at our fact sheet here:/news-views/2017/3/self-harm-awareness-dayThu, 01 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMTOur Top 5 Tips for Good Mental Health at UniversityGoing to university can be a very enjoyable experience. There is no reason why going to university with a mental health issues should be any different, but it does mean that you have a few extra things to bear in mind when you go. Here are our top 5 tips on maintaining your mental health at university.../news-views/2018/02/university-mental-health-dayWed, 28 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMTCQC report shows it's time we #actformentalhealth Today, the Care Quality Commission released their annual Monitoring the Mental Health Act report and it highlights people with severe mental illness are still not being involved in their own care while under the act nor being advised on their legal rights. /news-views/2018/02/new-cqc-report-shows-we-need-to-actformentalhealthTue, 27 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMTWhat eating disorders are really aboutEating disorders are about far more than just food. I realized this as I started to let go of my eating disorder. The preoccupation with many calories I had consumed or restricted was simply a complex disguise. On a deeper level, my eating disorder was a safety net. Food was no longer food./news-views/2018/02/what-eating-disorders-are-really-aboutMon, 26 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMTThe Infinnity Project for artists enters second yearThe InFinnity Project launched last year for the first time in memory of a young artist Finn Clark aged 25 who took his own life./news-views/2018/02/the-infinnity-projectThu, 22 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMTWhat next for ESA & PIP assessments?Assessments for disability benefits should be transparent, timely and accurate. Our It’s Broken Her report, published in December last year, showed that the assessment processes for Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Personal Independence Payments (PIP) do not to pass these tests. This failure has damaging repercussions for claimants with all forms of conditions, but they are particularly acute for people affected by mental illness./news-views/2018/02/what-next-for-esa-pip-assessmentsThu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMTNew report recommends recording face to face benefit interviewsIn September 2017, the Work and Pensions Committee put out a call for evidence on the medical assessments for disability benefits PIP and ESA carried out for the Department of Work and Pensions by private contractors Capita, Atos and Maximus today they have released their report with the recommendation that they record face to face interviews. /news-views/2018/02/new-report-recommends-recording-face-to-face-benefit-interviewsWed, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMTChanges to PIP - what we know so far.Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a benefit for people with a mental or physical health condition to help with the extra cost of living because of ill health or disability. In January 2018 the government announced huge changes to who recieves these benfits and how they are assessed. While the scope of these changes is still unclear, the links below offer a round up of what we know so far./news-views/2018/02/personal-independence-payments-what-we-know-so-farMon, 12 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMTTime to fix a broken systemOur research found that 38% of claimants felt that delays in decisions led to deterioration in their mental health, and 19% had to take higher doses of medication in order to cope with the increased stress as a result./news-views/2018/01/time-to-fix-a-broken-systemFri, 26 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMTWhat's going on with Personal Independence Payments?We've seen some potentially huge changes to who receives Personal Independence Payments (PIP) in the last few days. If you're not sure what PIP is or you're confused about what this new direction from the Government means for you then have a look at our PIP FAQs below./news-views/2018/01/whats-going-on-with-pipWed, 24 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMTThe Abandoned Illness - Five Years OnIn November 2011 Rethink Mental Illness set up the Schizophrenia Commission to review how treatment for people witch schizophrenia and psychosis could be improved. The Abandoned Illness shaped the campaigning agenda for Rethink Mental Illness in the last five years, and today we are publishing a report./news-views/2018/01/the-abandoned-illness-five-years-onWed, 17 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMTFive Ideas for a Bright Blue MondayOn Monday we’re going to see a lot of misguided articles using a a giddy mixture of pseudoscience and PR to claim that ‘today is the day you shall be depressed’ – ‘Blue Monday’ is coming./news-views/2018/01/five-ideas-for-a-bright-blue-mondayThu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMTBlue Monday is absurd!Blue Monday is absurd – let’s be clear about that from the start. It is nothing more than pseudo-science based on one advertising agency’s desire to sell more cheap flights. We don’t need a special day to feel depressed. Some of us live with depression three hundred and sixty five days a year. /news-views/2018/01/blue-monday-is-absurdWed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT