If we could remove some of the hurdles that those within the criminal justice system face in order to simply access arts-based programmes, it would free up more time for the actual programmes to be run and therefore the support to be given to those who really need it.
It's up to the individual as to whether they want to seek therapy or medication but around that, there are little things that you can definitely do to help someone with depression. From my experience, and from the help of my wonderful partner, here are some things you could do to help a depressed lover.
The lack of urgency to make a positive change to the world of mental health treatment in this country terrifies me. Children's mental health cannot continue to be undermined or neglected. The government is failing our next generation, as well as the 1 in 4 adults who suffer from a mental illness. Change NEEDS to happen, not just talked about. After all, actions speak louder than words.
When this has been said to me on more times than I care to remember, it always sounds more like a statement than a question. OCD is one of the most misunderstood, stigmatised mental illnesses, and I think this is one of the things people say that gets to me the most.
Last week was #TimetoTalk Day. Mental Health Awareness Week is in May. In the autumn it's World Mental Health Day. Last year at school we used #WMHDay as an opportunity to raise money for mental health charities, talk about mental health and run a mindfulness taster session
Another key area which is undervalued, and often ignored, is research into mental health. As health budgets are squeezed ever tighter, funding for research into mental health is in peril. Research is always an easy candidate for cuts when it comes to making tough decisions about budgets.
Dear Prime Minister, I'm writing to you today as it's children's mental health week, and feels like an appropriate time to do so.
Children and young people's mental health is in the spotlight - a 70% increase in rates of depression and anxiety over the last 25 years, 20% of adole...
But when we are younger, a lot of pressure is placed on us to excel at everything. To keep all doors open, we need to be good at maths and English, geography and history, science and art. That and we have to be able to run a half marathon and learn to play the violin.
Lives today just seem so busy - so many pressures, so many draws on our time. And in the midst of all this, the very idea of how to go about supporting your child's mental health through a challenging time can sound daunting.
But what you don't know is that boy who just passed you on the escalator, he may look like any other teenager, shopping with his mates on a Saturday. But he harms himself in his room, when his parents think he is studying for his exams.
I am regularly talking to a widening circle of people about the importance of instilling positive mental health habits in children from a young age. ...
It's bad enough that Professor Bonnie Burstow at the University of Toronto is the head of anti-psychiatry and the purveyor of an anti-psychiatry scholarship, but it goes well beyond that. She is actively attacking research and proud of it.
Since this is my story, I will start with my name. You may have heard of me before. My name is Psychiatry. Yes, that Psychiatry. Although I admit I cannot read your mind, I can already see my tattered reputation precedes me.
I have always approached achieving a work-life balance like investing for the long-term. Just as market volatility means every day can't generate gains for your investment portfolio, you can't expect to perform professionally at peak levels all the time. Don't be too hard on yourself and expect professional perfection and growth all the time. Like successful, long-term investing, a life well-lived requires balance and consistency between home and office.
Over the years, I have noticed many instances where professionals felt that they were supposed to be above all of life's challenges and obstacles. Not just health care workers ignoring their own health; but leaders who feel stressed by circumstances beyond their control and who live in fear of being discovered so that they feel anxious and afraid.