We shouldn’t shy away from the ugly side of mental illness

1 in 4 of us experience mental illness at some point in our lives – but its prevalence doesn’t make it an easy ride. We have the US president tackling the ‘stigma’ of guns by blaming mass shootings on mental illness instead. But the image of violent mentally ill people is untrue. According to Time … Continue reading We shouldn’t shy away from the ugly side of mental illness

EastEnders: Is it wrong to portray somebody with mental illness talking to themselves?

This will probably go down like a lead balloon....and I will state right away that I am completely happy to be challenged on this - you might even change my mind...but here goes... I know that there has been upset regarding the Lisa Fowler storyline in EastEnders. Her character returned to the Square and within … Continue reading EastEnders: Is it wrong to portray somebody with mental illness talking to themselves?

Celebrities speaking out can make a real difference in mental health

As published in the i Newspaper - 21st January 2017 When people speak out about cancer or heart disease following news of a celebrity’s struggle with the conditions, we don’t accuse them of trying to make the illnesses “trendy”. However, those who speak out about mental health are sometimes criticised for that very reason, as … Continue reading Celebrities speaking out can make a real difference in mental health