Mental Health

Mental health is just as important as physical health, yet somehow we find it harder to get help. Our writers however have been through it all - from depression and anxiety to bipolar disorder - and are here to offer tips and insights into their experiences to help us take care of ourselves a little better.
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Being unwell is hard enough. But the struggle of getting the support you need when your illness or disability isn’t able to be seen makes it even tougher.  One group of artists want to help make people going through this feel less alone.

These artists are using tattoos to talk about invisible illness

Being unwell is hard enough. But the struggle of getting the support you need when your illness or disability isn’t able to be seen makes it even tougher. One group of artists want to help make people going through this feel less alone.

My name is Ellen, and I have Alice in Wonderland Syndrome.  No, that doesn’t mean I’m trapped in an insane world of Mad Hatters and grinning cats. Or that I’m friends with a white rabbit.  It just means that now and again, parts of my body grow either very large or very small. I’m a giant who’s too big for my bed. Or a tiny person whose clothes are hanging off.  At least, it feels that way.

What it's like to have Alice in Wonderland Syndrome

My name is Ellen, and I have Alice in Wonderland Syndrome. No, that doesn’t mean I’m trapped in an insane world of Mad Hatters and grinning cats. Or that I’m friends with a white rabbit. It just means that now and again, parts of my body grow either very large or very small. I’m a giant who’s too big for my bed. Or a tiny person whose clothes are hanging off. At least, it feels that way.

Self-harm is a controversial subject, widely misunderstood.  As someone who has used self-harm as a coping technique in the past but has come out the other side, I feel I have unique insight into this unusual world.  Everyone is different, and they do it for all sorts of reasons.  There are a few simple things I’d like people to know before they judge someone who is or who has self-harmed.

7 things people should know about self-harm

Self-harm is a controversial subject, widely misunderstood. As someone who has used self-harm as a coping technique in the past but has come out the other side, I feel I have unique insight into this unusual world. Everyone is different, and they do it for all sorts of reasons. There are a few simple things I’d like people to know before they judge someone who is or who has self-harmed.

These tips aren’t a replacement for therapy. But they’re what I’ve been recommended as part of CBT, I’ve found them helpful, and hopefully they’ll be helpful for anyone else who’s struggling and needs techniques to deal with anxiety while they’re waiting to get professional help.

Genuinely helpful tips for dealing with anxiety I've learnt through CBT

These tips aren’t a replacement for therapy. But they’re what I’ve been recommended as part of CBT, I’ve found them helpful, and hopefully they’ll be helpful for anyone else who’s struggling and needs techniques to deal with anxiety while they’re waiting to get professional help.

For some reason, we can never get the balance quite right.

We need to stop making young women panic about healthy eating

For some reason, we can never get the balance quite right.

There are steps you can take to protect your mental health from modern technology.  We sought the professional advice from chartered psychologist Alan Redman, and here’s how you can combat the depressive effects of your beloved devices.

8 ways to protect your mental health from modern technology

There are steps you can take to protect your mental health from modern technology. We sought the professional advice from chartered psychologist Alan Redman, and here’s how you can combat the depressive effects of your beloved devices.

Self love is really hard. When it gets tough, it helps to have a little reminder of why you’re staying positive and working on self-acceptance – which is where gorgeous tattoos inspired by self-care come in.  Here’s some inspiration.

13 self-love tattoos that will remind you to take care of your mental health

Self love is really hard. When it gets tough, it helps to have a little reminder of why you’re staying positive and working on self-acceptance – which is where gorgeous tattoos inspired by self-care come in. Here’s some inspiration.

Contrary to popular belief, I am not entirely numb inside (I was when I was depressed, funnily enough), I still have a sex life, and I’m not a murderer. Somehow didn't think I would have to clarify that one.

Can we please stop demonising antidepressants?

Contrary to popular belief, I am not entirely numb inside (I was when I was depressed, funnily enough), I still have a sex life, and I’m not a murderer. Somehow didn't think I would have to clarify that one.

When should you take a mental health sick day?

When should you take a mental health sick day?

From Trump to Brexit, there's quite a lot of depressing news out there. So for those of you who are feeling battered and bruised by today’s news, here’s a list of a few little ways to take care of yourself.

15 ways to engage in some self care if you're feeling down today

From Trump to Brexit, there's quite a lot of depressing news out there. So for those of you who are feeling battered and bruised by today’s news, here’s a list of a few little ways to take care of yourself.

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