When I think about films about mental health I think One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Next, Hannibal and Psycho. Although I’ve read the former, I haven’t seen it, however I have seen and loved the latter two. These are great films, classics and in different ways, they are scary. Scary because of institutionalisation, insanity and confused identities. I watched these two films before I had a real interest in mental health, before my views had been changed my research and making an effort to find things out myself. I think these films are wonderful, they are some of my favourites,…

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Trigger Warning: Suicide Disclaimer: Even though it’s going to be very obvious who I’m referring to in this post, I don’t want to name names because I don’t think it’s necessary. Recently a high profile singer committed suicide. In the days that followed there was an outpouring of grief across social media and seemingly an increased awareness of depression and mental health. It appeared that something good had come out of such a tragedy. All over social media, people were actually talking about depression rather than shying away from it. There were statuses from people letting others know that they…

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When someone confides in you that they have a mental illness, it can seem insurmountable. What can you say to make anything better? What can you do? Sometimes the answer is nothing. But here are some teeny tiny suggestions to make things that little bit easier for them: Listen Don’t judge Make sure they have food in Make a cup of tea Be patient Ask what you can do to help Attend an appointment with them Ask if they need any phone calls/appointments arranging If someone you love has recently been diagnosed with a mental illness, then you might not…

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If you’re not of school/university age or if you don’t spend your whole life on the internet then maybe you don’t know that it’s Mental Health Awareness Week. Apologies in advance if this post gets a little bit (a lot!) ranty but really I just want to take the chance to hammer home just how important Mental Health Awareness Week for the people who aren’t aware. So here are just a few of the reasons why we need Mental Health Awareness Week: Because everyone has mental health. Because the 1 in 4 statistic is actually more like 1 in 3. Because…

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It’s no secret that mental illness makes it really difficult to concentrate. It’s easy to find your mind wandering when you know you need to focus, and that kind of pressure only exacerbates the anxieties that you’re already feeling. Being unable to focus means that you might struggle at work or school, feel overly anxious when making decisions or be unable to concentrate on hobbies that you used to enjoy. Whilst struggling to focus isn’t an easy symptom to eliminate, there are ways that you can make things simpler for yourself. Carry a Notebook If you remember something you need to…

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We’re told time and time again that talking about mental health is fundamental as a first step to recovery. But talking about mental health isn’t as easy as just telling someone to do it. So here are a few ways to open up the conversation about mental health, whether it’s to help yourself to open up or encourage a friend to do so. Send a text Whether you’re feeling uneasy about opening up to someone about your own mental health, or you want to encourage a friend to talk more easily about their own, speaking face to face isn’t always…

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