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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Whether you’ve just been prescribed antipsychotics, know someone who is on them or just want to learn, here’s a quick guide to get you started. Antipsychotic sounds like a scary word. There’s already huge stigma around taking medication for mental health without a name like that being involved. Another term used for antipsychotic medications is neuroleptics, which when broken means something like ‘seizing of nerves.’ This helps to make the intention of antipsychotics a little easier to understand. What are they for? Antipsychotics, as you might have guessed from the name, are drugs which help to treat psychosis. Illnesses which…

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If you’re new to No Space for Milk then hello! But if you’re not then you’ll know that I write a lot about mental health. I’m so passionate about getting rid of the stigma surrounding mental health and getting people talking about it and supporting one another. But recently I’ve found myself at a crossroads. The mental health blogging community is incredible and I think it’s amazing that everyone shares their own mental health journeys so readily. But as much as I think it’s really important that we continue to share, I also just don’t want to share my own.…

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