Category: Mental Health

Warning: this post contains reference and descriptions of suicide 13 Reasons Why – A Netflix original series that has brought bullying, rape and suicide into the limelight and got people talking. It hasn’t all been good talk; mental health professionals have uttered their concerns over the messages that the show may...

I‘m Laura, and I have major depression and generalised anxiety. For the past few years, my illness has defined both myself and my educational experience, to the point of having to repeat my final year of university. Below I talk about attempting to balance my mental illness with my education, how I fought (and lost)...

I told him. I didn’t say the word, abortion, but I told him. In that moment it felt like, by just telling him, he would understand. To me, when I hear that word, there is a myriad of locked-in memories, emotions, gut reactions, tensions in my body. My breath catches; I feel and hear my heart beating. For the first...

Dear Anxiety and Depression, As the two of you live together, I hope you don’t mind that I don’t write to you both separately. I also apologise that it’s taken me so long to reply to your messages. You get in touch so often and yet I don’t ever get the opportunity to respond. Well today that changes. We’ve had a very...

Dear Sophie, Life doesn’t go the way you’ve planned it. Life is a rollercoaster and you’ve just got to ride it with the strength you’ve developed over the years. Things change and dreams grow bigger. You won’t be ready to go to university at the age of 18 and that scares you. You question why, but deep down you know....

I doubt very much that you remember me – it’s been 14 years, and you’ll have had hundreds of thousands of house visits since then. But I’ll remember you forever. Let’s refresh your memories – it’s Boxing Day 2003, and you’re called to a house in the early morning, perhaps around 8am. It’s light and crisp outside and...

Journalism. By its very nature is busy. It’s hectic, pressured and unrelenting at times. That’s what my mind is like too – daily. I have thoughts of death, injury and harm racing through my head constantly. Thoughts that I don’t want and can’t stop no matter how hard I try. That’s just the voice of my Obsessive...

During my first year of junior school I decided I wanted to put rockets into space. I quickly realised that being an astronaut was a huge cliché, so I asked my mum what other jobs there were to do with space – she diligently plopped me on the chair in the computer room and let me type an email to her academic friend...

  Outside a drab building on Gateshead Quayside, home to one of the North East’s most infamous call centres, there’s an ambulance parked up on the kerb. Inside the entrance hall, staff from the surrounding offices are eating their lunch. Two paramedics emerge from the lift with a young-ish looking man in a clunky,...

It’s no lie that this year, like every winter, the NHS is feeling the strain. Every winter we have more patients and less funding to contend with, and that is manifesting as longer A&E waiting times, but should we be worried about using the health service when we need it? The short answer is no. The big secret is to...