Articles and blogs
Nicola hates smartphones. "The thought of social media posts, thousands and millions of social media posts start to float around my head and I wonder: "is it all just a terrible dream?"
Apparently, it's already time (it isn't) to start talking about Christmas. Here are some of my annual thoughts and fears my depression is making me face. Tra la la la laaaaa!
I was first prescribed antidepressants aged 15, then came off them at 18. I managed to ‘get by’ for several years, before I had a crisis which led to me being prescribed mood stabilisers. Living like a barely-animated zombie on the medication led me to think that drugs were not the final answer.
Sometimes I do want to talk, but I don't want to talk to YOU; "uncomfortable drinks party lady", or YOU; "boyfriend who thinks "it's overreacting"" or YOU; "friend who immediately tells me to get therapy".
We're encouraged to talk. Why is it still so hard?
Need some literary escapism, we've got you covered.
Talking about mental health, illness and feeling down can still be seen as taboo subjects. But research shows that around two-thirds of us will experience poor mental health in our lifetime and the more we speak about mental health, the less taboo it will become.
Are gluten and depression related? Do I really have to stop eating toast? I'm going to give it a go and see.
Living with BPD is exhausting - this article lays out one man's experiences.
This article relates the experiences of 7 people diagnosed with bi-polar. Read more to learn about their experiences.
Coronation Street star Beverly Callard expresses concern mental health issues will become "fashionable"
And to be honest, I think Bev's got a point!
I would never advise anyone to take herbal remedies INSTEAD if prescription medication. Medication works, it just does, If you can see your GP - DO IT! I've taken anti-depressants on and off throughout hard times and it has helped me immensely. That being said, I've also tried a few other things that also helped in a few "off times", I've mentioned them here.
Good employers are recognising it is in their interests to offer support services
We Can Do More To Protect The Mental Health Of Those In The Arts Risk of suicide is elevated in the performing arts:
Luciana Berger is the Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament for Liverpool Wavertree and President of Labour’s Campaign for Mental Health. She talks about the overwhelming statistics of mental health in the performing arts