Tag : mental health

Why weight gain needs more respect

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Weight gain is still such a sensitive, vulnerable aspect of our lives. It’s seen as a negative thing, a promotion of obesity, a reflection of an unhealthy lifestyle, a symbol of greed… And the list goes on. But weight fluctuation is in fact a normal process of human life. Factors … Read More

Mental Health Awareness Week 2016: Relationships and Mental Health

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I was first diagnosed with depression at the age of nine, and the diagnoses of anxiety followed quickly after when I was 11. My early teenage years were difficult, to say the least. At the age of 12 I was self-harming nearly everyday, and I felt hopeless. I didn’t want … Read More

Silencing the Truth: Why Natasha Devon was Right to Speak out Against the Government

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At the beginning of this month, campaigner and entrepreneur Natasha Devon was dropped as the Conservative government’s ‘mental health champion’ in the Department of Education having only been appointed to the role in August of last year. The role was created to raise awareness of mental health problems, particularly among … Read More

A Russian roulette: Depression or Anxiety?

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In challenging the stigma associated with mental illness, I’ve vowed to be as open and honest about my very real battle with it. I should not be ashamed, although it does make me want to crawl into a corner and hibernate sometimes that my brain’s wired a bit funny. The … Read More

Fry’s Crusade for Free Speech Falls Flat Over Sexual Abuse Comments

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Stephen Fry, sometimes referred to as one of the UK’s ‘national treasures’, has always been one for speaking his mind, even if this entails offending people. As a champion of free speech, it is at the very least admirable that he is a man who puts this principle into practice. … Read More

The Depression Diaries: An apology to my body

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Dear Body, I’m sorry that I still don’t love you. I’m sorry that sometimes I can’t bear to look at you. As summer approaches, and everyone shows more skin, it makes me wonder what everyone else thinks of you. I’m worried they’ll laugh and point, or snigger at the roundness … Read More

Mental Health A-Z: T is for Top telly to watch when you’re depressed

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As I’m curled up on the sofa in the clutches of depression once more, in the onesie that I haven’t got out of for three days (yes, onesies are back – spread the word (did they ever leave?!)), I got to thinking what else I would do when I felt … Read More

I Won’t Apologise for the Side Effects of my Mental Illness

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My mental health was undoubtedly at its worst when I was about 15 or 16 years old. I’ve deleted virtually any evidence, and tried to repress the memories of my existence from around that time because I was an overweight emo kid with red hair and red skinny jeans to … Read More

The Depression Diaries: The secrets of self-harm

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If I could go back a change one moment of my life, it would be the first time I self-harmed. If I knew at the time that this one small cut would be the start of, what I’m starting to see as, a life-long battle, I maybe would have thought … Read More

The Sugar Tax: not the sweetest of ideas

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With the Sugar Tax placed upon fizzy drinks, many members of the parliament, dentists and Jamie Oliver enthusiasts alike are all rejoicing. It has been politically decided that sugar must equal obesity, rotting teeth and a general lack of health. Making people pay a little extra is therefore, from the … Read More