I display symptoms that can be scary, bizarre, or unpalatable: why I felt excluded from WMHD
Few managed to avoid the social media frenzy that ensued on World Mental Health Day (10th October). But there are lots of us who felt excluded from the World Mental Health Day narrative: be it for reasons such as cultural or religious attitudes, being multiply marginalised, or having no support system to turn to when instructed to talk to someone. The “just talk” narrative seems deceptively accessible.
We must prioritise tackling racism to reduce ethnic inequalities in mental illness, a national consultation finds
Is school "refusal" really refusal?
I pull my own hair out as a post-traumatic response - and now I've made peace with it
This week is Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviours Awareness Week, otherwise known as BFRB Awareness Week. BFRBs are a cluster of conditions characterised by repetitive and compulsive self-grooming behaviours. In this article, Chloe Apter tells Mental Health Today about how she has come to terms with this condition through comprehending its traumatic origin.
We can discuss mental health care responses, but leave my personality out of it
Creating mental health crisis support plans for schoolchildren
Crisis support plans can prove useful in supporting schoolchildren to recognise and then plan for experiences or feelings that some are likely to already be finding to be regular and overwhelming occurrences. In this article Ann-Marie D'Arcy Sharpe, who lives with a mood disorder diagnosis, describes how she supports herself now and how it informs the ways she wishes she was supported during school. This article is aimed at teachers looking for support around how to shape their lessons.