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.
Paul Scates and his fiancé Rob Flux talk about bipolar disorder, the couple appear in the new Time to Change advert encouraging the nation to talk about mental health.
Blueprint Theatre Company are staging his arguably most successful play, 25 years after it was written. Such a revival begs the question of how far we have moved on from the England in which it was first staged, and asks whether a play that seemed just right for its time is still relevant a quarter of a century later.
Pivotal legislation before parliament could free a swathe of “mental health” outcasts to serve as MPs, jurors and company directors. A private members bill from Tory MP Gavin Barwell seeks to roll back decades of discrimination against those who may have been diagnosed as mentally ill, yet are competent to play a normal role in “civil society”.
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.
The Children and Families Bill expected to be introduced in 2012/2013 sets out plans to speed up adoption and care proceedings.
If ever there was a reason to emphasise the desperate need for early intervention, greater awareness and compulsory education on the subject of eating disorders, this is it.
The British often make a fuss about nothing, and sometimes we’re afraid people will think that’s what we’re doing, but conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can legitimately command our sympathy.
Channel 4’s Mental Health season, the controversially titled ‘4 Goes Mad’ kicked off last night with ‘Ruby Wax’s Mad Confessions’.
Laurie Penny and Martin Robbins are both writers, both feminists and both happened to be sitting alone at their computers on a Friday night when the question of ‘how to talk to men about sexism without scaring them off?’ came up on Twitter. Reasoning that the best way to encourage conversation is to start one, they did.
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