Supporting someone with Bipolar Disorder


When someone you care about has bipolar, a condition that affects moods, it can be difficult to know how to support and be there for them. People with bipolar disorder (formerly known as manic depression) will experience extreme mood swings, going from depression to mania. During depressive episodes, they’re likely to feel very unmotivated, very […]

World Bipolar Day


World Bipolar Day (30th March) is a day designed to raise awareness of a condition that affects around one in every 100 adults. As with many mental health conditions, bipolar disorder can often be misunderstood. Stereotypes and myths can lead people to believe those with bipolar are completely erratic, wildly productive, or even have ‘split personality’. […]

It’s okay to ask for help


We all need a bit of help sometimes, but it can be difficult to know when exactly help is needed, who to ask, and how exactly to ask for it. Life can surprise us. Unexpected things may happen, or perhaps you just have a lot going on. Whatever it is, sometimes things can seem overwhelming. […]

Mental distress – an overview


How common is mental distress? According to the mental health charity Mind, one in four people in Britain are affected by or living with a mental health problem.  People with mental distress may experience problems that affect the way they think, feel and behave. The term ‘mental distress’ is used to describe a range of […]

Sadness or Depression?


Everyone will experience feelings of sadness from time to time, and there isn’t always a reason. People will sometimes say they’re depressed when they’re having a bad day or something hasn’t gone right, but depression is more than that. Depression is a serious mental health condition that can have a big effect on a person’s […]

Heads Together Campaign


Heads Together are the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Charity of the Year. Through their work with young people, emergency response, homeless charities, and with veterans, they have seen time and time again that unresolved mental health problems lie at the heart of some of our greatest social challenges. Too often, people feel afraid to […]

One in Four


According to the mental health charity Mind, one in four people in Britain are affected by or living with a mental health problem.  Estimates also suggest around 25% will not visit a GP to discuss their concerns Worldwide, the number of people who are affected by mental health is rising. In 1990, 416 million people […]

Women ‘nearly twice as likely to have anxiety’ as men


A report from Cambridge University says that as well as women, young people under 35 and those with health problems are particularly affected by anxiety. Published in the journal Brain and Behavior, the global review of 48 studies found that more than 60 million people were affected by anxiety disorders every year in the EU […]

Men and mental health


Mental health problems can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, race or social background. However, studies have shown that certain mental illnesses affect men and women differently. While on average more women are diagnosed with common mental health problems than men, the rate of male suicide is significantly higher. This suggests that men are suffering […]

Living in an age of anxiety


Anxiety is becoming an increasingly common concern in the 21st century. In the UK, 19% of people suffer from depression and anxiety, according to the Office for National Statistics. Anxiety is a normal response to stress or danger and is often called the ‘flight or fight’ response. This process involves adrenalin being quickly pumped through the […]