You Have No Idea What the Term 'Depressed' Really Means Until It Devours You
"Depression" was a just a word to me before, like "sandals" or "matinée". Now, I get a pang in my chest whenever I hear it and the memories of desperate, dark sadness flicker behind my eyes.
The Life, Death and Possible Resurrection of the Asylum
Half a century ago, state mental hospitals closed after a series of horrific abuses – but in the aftermath, many mentally ill people were forced onto the streets or into jails. Now some are arguing it's time to bring these institutions back.
Being Mindful of the Language Surrounding Mental Health Isn't 'PC Gone Mad' – It's Basic Humanity
Considering the tabloid headlines surrounding Andreas Lubitz's depression, how far have we really come since the Sun's infamous "Bonkers Bruno" splash in the way we publicly acknowledge mental illness?
LGBT Mental Health – Are We Doing Enough?
The results of a five-year-long study have found that 34 percent of young LGB people had made at least one suicide attempt in their lives.
What It's Like Recovering from a Suicide Attempt
More people below the age of 35 die from suicide in this country than any other reason. This is what it's like to reach a point where death seems like the only rational option, but also how the experience can be a catalyst for recovery.
The 'Hidden' Illness of Post-Natal Depression
Over 250,000 new mothers experience perinatal mental illness each year in Britain. So why did I find it so hard to get help?
How Do You Help Someone You Love When They're Depressed?
One in five of us will experience depression in our lifetime – here are some tips on how to help someone when they are unwell.
Female Hormones Can Make a Bloody Mess of Your Mental Health
It's time people took the mental repercussions of periods seriously.
These Are the Consequences of Being a Teenager On Drugs
Millions of us take drugs. But for those who aren't feeling great about themselves, the need for escapism can be stronger. Unfortunately, this chemical sanctuary can worsen people's mental health.
Where Did My OCD Come From?
There's always been a big part of me that wanted to believe that OCD is genetic, that my mum's DNA – rather than her behaviour – gave me OCD. But I've realised that pointing the finger isn't that important when you want to get well.
Why I'll Never Stop Taking Prozac
I've tried to come off Prozac in the past, but felt awful when I did. Does that make me an addict? I've given up worrying – as a depressive, life is liveable on them. That's all that matters.
How It Actually Feels to Live with Severe Anxiety
My anxiety disorder can make me feel like I'm trapped in a cyclone of negative thoughts and fear. But like many mental health conditions, with the right treatment and techniques, life is very liveable.