Mental illness can be your very worst companion. It might keep you in your bed all day, coiling round you with its tight embrace and soft whispers, “Stay here. The morning’s past and you’ll never manage anyway. You can try again tomorrow but today’s already lost.” When bedtime beckons, you might not sleep. Your illness bothers you with its tears and its worries or its silence until morning returns.
Depression – I never believed in this word, especially not postnatal depression, how could anyone be depressed when they have a wonderful new baby, I thought?
My name is Stephen Valentine and I was born in November 1969. At the age of 18, I decided to enlist in the British Army as a driver in the Royal Corps of Transport (RCT). I completed my basic training in February 1988 and was then posted to eight Squadron, 27 Regiment RCT, at Buller Barracks in Aldershot.
Dr Norman Rosenthal is used to looking outside the box for answers to conditions such as seasonal affective disorder and post-traumatic stress. His work has sometimes put him at odds with a largely conservative medical establishment who forget that many of today’s procedures were themselves questioned in the past.
To coincide with World Mental Health Day, the World Health Organization have produced an animated video about depression. The short video by Matthew Johnstone, who has written, illustrated and narrated it, features a black dog which serves as a metaphor for the mental disorder.
Channel 4’s Mental Health season, the controversially titled ‘4 Goes Mad’ kicked off last night with ‘Ruby Wax’s Mad Confessions’.
What could trigger the Twitter tribute “Unbelievably brave. Kevan Jones MP is a hero!” from a rival Conservative MP? Tory Louise Mensch was praising the Labour MP’s courageous decision to share his experience of depression in last week’s House of Commons debate on mental illness.
Members of parliament gathered in the House of Commons today to discuss something which has, for far too many years, been sidelined, overlooked and if acknowledged at all, treated with a certain level of complacency; mental health.
A recent study at the Missouri University of Science and Technology found that students were more likely to use the internet, file-share and send emails when they were feeling blue – going as far to say it could be an indicator of depression.
Scotland has elevated far beyond Theresa May’s 40p proclamation then, with an impetus to enforce a minimum 50p per unit levy on alcohol prices. Nicola Sturgeon’s arguments are less annoying than Theresa’s at least; if we were to hear yet another tirade of ‘pre-loading’ nonsense I fear for my health for entirely different reasons.
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