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Life expectancy and loneliness in later life – visually challenged policy making?
05 March 2014
We will be even more short-sighted if we don’t at least consider the possible associations between the age of austerity, loneliness, poverty and falling life expectancy.
Eating Disorders should demand respect from all of us
25 February 2014
Ilona Burton is a researcher and journalist writing on eating disorders and other mental health issues. As part of Eating Disorders Awareness Week, she writes about stereotypes and misconceptions around eating disorders.
The Power of Story
03 February 2014
Helena Taylor-Knox, Power of Story Project Officer at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, talks about her project sharing real life stories to raise awareness of the mental health of older adults.
Mental illness does not necessarily incapacitate someone
21 January 2014
Christopher Tolmie is a student film maker from Glasgow. His short film, ‘Mental: A Family Experience’, won best ‘Youth Perspective’ film at the SMHAFF international film awards in October 2013. Christopher talks about his film about his brother, who suffers from psychosis which he made to capture his families struggles but also to document how the experience.
Raising mental health awareness in Malawi will be a long difficult journey
16 December 2013
Last week I blogged about my recent experience of visiting Malawi to deliver capacity building training with disabled people’s organizations to increase their collective advocacy and participation skills. But why do work in countries like Malawi in the first place?
Living with stigma in Malawi
11 December 2013
Malawi can seem very different from the UK, and it can be hard to draw comparisons, but listening to peoples stories it is clear that the stigma and discrimination greatest problem that people face.
Some thoughts on stigma
06 December 2013
There is still great stigma in admitting to a mental health problem, particularly when you are male, and particularly in such testosterone-filled environments as the world of professional sport.
Debating dementia diagnosis – detecting differences
22 November 2013
An early diagnosis means that someone knows what is causing their symptoms or difficulties, enables them to plan ahead, and can provide access to care and treatment which may slow down the illness or make it more manageable. However, the opening debate at this year’s Dementia Congress threw the issue up in the air again.
It’s important for researchers to look for innovative ways to help people to manage their own mental health
18 November 2013
Marcus Munafò, Professor of Biological Psychology and Ian Penton-Voak, Professor of Evolutional Psychology at the University of Bristol talk about how their ground-breaking app, HappyPlace, helps people cope with low mood in an innovative way.
A diagnosis of schizophrenia set me apart from the rest of the world
15 November 2013
As part of schizophrenia awareness week, David reflects on the impact of receiving a diagnosis of schizophrenia.
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