Severe Mental Illness: Perspectives on Recovery

I’ve recently watched this fascinating documentary called ‘Take These Broken Wings’ based on the experience of two women diagnosed early in life with Schizophrenia.  Why is it fascinating? Well, firstly, those women went on to make a full recovery thanks to intensive and long-term psychotherapy with skilled therapists; they explore this in great detail.  Secondly, … More Severe Mental Illness: Perspectives on Recovery

Becoming a Better Listener – Mental Health Awareness Week

In the UK, it is #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.  The Samaritans focus is on helping us to become better listeners and to be open to conversations about mental health and wellbeing.  Here is their S.U.S.H listening infographic – a reminder that even by taking small steps, we can all do something to encourage others to open up and share … More Becoming a Better Listener – Mental Health Awareness Week

Understanding Bipolar Disorder: Spreading the Word

The Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK has just produced this excellent short educational animation on bipolar disorder; share it with your friends and family, or anyone else, to help them understand the condition! Have a look at their website too: http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/healthadvice/problemsdisorders.aspx. It contains up-to-date and easily accessible/readable information on bipolar disorder and other conditions.

Media Perception of Mental Illness: Lessons Not Learned?

The unfolding horror and uncovering of the facts relating to the Germanwings flight that crashed in the French Alps yesterday is deeply disturbing.  The first officer of that flight, named today as Andreas Lubitz, has been under intense scrutiny following analysis of the cockpit voice recorder; the stark reality is that Lubitz appears to have deliberately … More Media Perception of Mental Illness: Lessons Not Learned?