Category: Mental Health

The dating world is notoriously hard to navigate, with a language all its own. It’s filled with hidden rules and regulations that none of us seem clued up on. Figuring out if our date is actually interested can be a skill all on its own, but what if you already have a mental illness that makes it difficult to connect...

According to the Guardian, ‘mental illness is estimated to cost the UK economy as much as £100bn a year in terms of healthcare, lost jobs, unemployment benefits, homelessness support, police time and prisoner places.’ A shocking statistic, perhaps – but how much is depression, anxiety or other mental health problems...

We’ve all been scared of something. I’m scared of spiders and heights. But there’s one thing that scares me the most: not being good enough. Not being good enough for a job or not being good enough for someone else to love or even not being good enough to even bother. I think this is something that we’ve all suffered...

With the challenge of doing something along the theme of ‘Mind over Matter’ Liz, Emily and Errol headed to a local climbing wall to overcome some personal (and physical) hurdles.   First of all… Why climbing? Liz: I just like climbing things. I’m literally an anxious primate. Errol: Three reasons: I’m a glutton for...

Warning: this post contains discussion of anxiety and depression, abuse, suicide, and self harm University is an extremely tough time for a lot of people. Whether you suffer from mental health issues or not, you’re almost guaranteed to suffer from various symptoms of common mental health problems. Whether its sleep...

  I’m sure if you’re reading this, I don’t need to tell you that being mentally ill, or having a mental health issue is expensive. And not just expensive, it’s expensive. Even in England, a country in which there are a number of ways to get free or (relatively) low-cost help for mental health issues, that are more...

The first step of overcoming an eating disorder is when you decide you want to recover from it, and I have been told time and time again that is the hardest step. It’s what we’re told when recovering from anything: addiction, grief, mental health issues… Accepting the issue is the most difficult thing you have to do....

It is a truth universally acknowledged that jokes about trigger warnings intend to mock the perceived ‘sensitivities’ of others: people have to be exaggerating, when they disclose triggers that only means they will feel slightly upset or frustrated or awkward if the subject arises, right? As a student living with...

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)...