Category: Mental Health

  Welcome to my new regular article, entitled Crip the Week, in which I’m going to tackle the most prominent stories from each week in regards to disability and neurodiversity. Within this writing space I want to tackle the larger issues within the disability community, which still seem a taboo subject even in the...

“Everyone gets depressed,” my dad would say, rolling his eyes at me and my mother when we spoke openly about our mental health. He didn’t understand depression; the closest he had gotten to mental disorder was in the long ago loving embrace of her arms, his fingers tickling the fine hairs on her pale skin. Dad never...

One of the constant struggles of being a bisexual person is the erasure that comes with it, be it in social situations where bisexuals are deemed either ‘gay’ or ‘straight’ depending on the perceived gender of a partner; or in popular media, where the word ‘bisexual’ is very rarely used, even to describe characters who are...

It’s World Mental Health Day. A day that I usually spend out on the streets campaigning or on social media encouraging people to talk about mental health openly. I’m a big fan of bashing the stigma, but we’re currently in a climate where the stigma attached to some conditions is being dismantled much quicker than it...

Lately, when I’ve been spouting excuses like “I don’t think I can make it out today”, what I really mean is “I can’t bring myself to leave my bed”. Every time I’ve told someone “I don’t know why I’m feeling so tired this morning”, what I really wanted to say was “I’ve hardly slept all week because I’m scared of being...

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...