Kelly's story: Overcoming depression
I have suffered from depression and anxiety since I was a teenager. As a teenager I had no idea that I had depression. I kept my feelings of deep sadness, loneliness and the feeling of being worthless to myself for many years. I coped with these feelings by cutting my arms and by keeping a diary of my thoughts. By the time I had reached the end of University I had taken an overdose of tablets which was a cry of desperation. I was hospitalised for the night but chose to discharge myself. It was only at this time that my family and friends began to learn of my illness. Still, I chose to try and...
Managing Anger and Learning Parenting Skills3 November 2012, Guest Blogger
Alexa is 17 and attends our Young Mums’ Support Group. Her daughter Ruby is 15 months old. She received little help during her pregnancy and has struggled with mental health problems - particularly anger management. Becoming pregnant caused her a lot of anxiety heightened by practical insecurities.
The Cost of Austerity28 August 2012,
We know that around half of adult mental health problems are first identifiable in childhood – so if we manage to create a nation of resilient, emotionally healthy children we will significantly reduce mental health problems later in life.
Peer support is a valuable mechanism for helping people with long term conditions19 July 2012,
There is a good argument to be made that approaches which support the mental health of people with long term conditions should be both encouraged and prioritised.
Exercise and Depression - A Cautious Approach15 June 2012,
A BMJ article on exercise and depression suggest to me that it's important to see more research in this area to give us a better idea of the relationship between physical exercise and its impact on the symptoms of depression, compared with standard care alone.
How we relate13 April 2012,
Employers often focus on making profit; but poor mental health is a prominent factor in costly sickness and absence.
To good health!21 February 2012,
We’d like to see increased education about the association between alcohol use and mental health in schools and youth clubs, and for health staff to advise patients about the dangers of excessive drinking to both their mental and physical health.
Our reaction to the the Fairer Care Funding report by Andrew Dilnot4 July 2011,
Today the Commission on Funding of Care and Support, chaired by Andrew Dilnot, publishes its final report, Fairer Care Funding. I was amongst those consulted by the commission.
Mental health in people with learning disabilities23 June 2011,
People with learning disabilities and their families tell us that they do not get support to think or talk about mental health problems in the same way that they get increasingly with physical health.
Our reaction to Geoff Boycott's comments on the depression of England cricketer Michael Yardy25 March 2011,
Depression can hit anyone, anywhere, even the most successful people, who are often vulnerable as traits like perfectionism and high ambition are associated with drive to succeed.