Bipolar, to have or to be?

BipolarUK, the national charity which supports touched by manic depression as it was once commonly called, recently launched the I am/I have campaign.   Tuesday, 3 October, is Bipolar Awareness Day.   The stigma surrounding mental health is gradually lessening. However, there is a still long way to go. BipolarUK estimates that more than one million people… Continue reading Bipolar, to have or to be?

Touched by suicide? You are not alone

Mental health is still far too often seen as a taboo subject. Suicide is, it could be argued, the biggest taboo under the wider umbrella of mental health. Suicide is the single biggest killer of men and women in the UK under the age of 35. Papyrus, an organisation dedicated to suicide prevention among young people,… Continue reading Touched by suicide? You are not alone

Save the Millbrook Unit at Macclesfield Hospital: psychiatric units are necessary

I have a huge amount to be thankful for in life. I have a beautiful baby daughter, a wonderful fiancée, a loving family, some great supportive friends, a job and a roof over my head.  And my health.  However, life has not always been so good… Great progress has been made in the bid to lessen the stigma surrounding… Continue reading Save the Millbrook Unit at Macclesfield Hospital: psychiatric units are necessary

Receive free confidential mental health support with Self Help

Feeling alone, depressed and shorn of hope can be debilitating and destabilising. Accessing appropriate mental health support can be challenging.  The purpose of this post is to signpost readers to support that Self Help, @WeAreSelfHelp on Twitter, can provide for people suffering from mild to moderate depression through face-to-face talking therapy to the safe places… Continue reading Receive free confidential mental health support with Self Help

CIPD Manchester branch event: ‘Lived perspectives on mental health and wellbeing’

One in four people suffer from mental health problems at any one time in the UK.  There is a growing recognition of the stigma that is attached to mental health issues through campaigns like #timetochange and the Talking Heads charity, which has received prominent media coverage thanks to the support of Princes William, Harry and… Continue reading CIPD Manchester branch event: ‘Lived perspectives on mental health and wellbeing’

Mindful souls feed on autumn leaves

Some things can not be summarised succinctly even for those blessed with the knack of being brief. Mindfulness seems to boil down to being able to appreciate the here and now. Enjoying the dawn’s early light, sunshine shimmering on water, the smile of an infant, the embrace of a loved one…        The modern workplace and… Continue reading Mindful souls feed on autumn leaves