Mental Health Awareness · Mental health in the media

Mental health in mainstream media- things to consider before writing it off as a ‘bad job’ (with reference to Split, To the bone and 13 reasons why)

There’s been a lot of talk recently about Netflix’s new release ‘To the bone’, a movie about a girl’s journey through eating disorder treatment. A couple of months ago, there was huge discussion about the series ’13 reasons why’, just like there was last year with the release of ‘Split’, a movie portraying Dissociative Identity… Continue reading Mental health in mainstream media- things to consider before writing it off as a ‘bad job’ (with reference to Split, To the bone and 13 reasons why)

Issues within mental health · Mental Health Awareness · NHS

Surviving/Thriving: Why mental health funding is IMPORTANT

So it’s Mental Health Awareness Week. I’ll start of the way a lot of these awareness posts tend to go- with a comparison. Three months ago I was a psychiatric inpatient, approaching the end of a fairly lengthy admission. Today, I stood in front of the Top Dogs of my health trust- chief execs, funding… Continue reading Surviving/Thriving: Why mental health funding is IMPORTANT

Bipolar Affective Disorder · Mental Health Awareness · Stigma

Myth-busting (World Bipolar Day 2017)

It’s World Bipolar Day! SO, I thought I’d have a go at busting some bipolar myths. As always, shoutout to the lovely people that chipped in to help write this, y’all know who you are! “But your moods don’t change throughout the day/you don’t have mood swings”– this is probably one of the biggest misconceptions… Continue reading Myth-busting (World Bipolar Day 2017)

Bipolar Affective Disorder · Mental Health Awareness

Bipolar Awareness Day- 4/10/16

This day last year, I remember scrolling through the twitter hashtags for World Bipolar Day. The theme was something about people’s experiences with bipolar, and a lot of people were talking about how they came to be diagnosed. I remember reading those tweets and relating to the things people were saying and I felt like… Continue reading Bipolar Awareness Day- 4/10/16

Mental Health Awareness · Mental Health Services · NHS

A year on a waiting list-getting treatment for the most stigmatised illnesses

The other day, I met with one of the psychologists from the Personality Disorders Service. When I first met with the PDS in October 2014, they had been waiting for funding to start a DBT programme. It had been due to start in September 2015, but, due to funding, I was told it would more… Continue reading A year on a waiting list-getting treatment for the most stigmatised illnesses