Techamphetamine

Are you an addict? Addiction is not just limited to drugs or alcohol. There are addictions known as ‘process’ addictions, such as sex, love, codependency, gambling – and social media. Addiction is defined by CAMH as having the four c’s: Craving Loss of control of amount or frequency of use Compulsion to use Use despite consequences Sound familiar?…

Popping Pills

When the topic of mental health comes up in conversation and I mention being on medication, I often get responses such as, “don’t you think medication is just an easy way out?” or, “I don’t believe in medication, if you’re sad you just need to get up and get on with it”. I have learnt…

Russia’s killer whales

There have been a few films based around the concept of challenge games such as The Game (1997) and Nerve (2016). As good as it is as a fictional plot line, what is a challenge based game like in real life? Blue Whale is an app through which the ‘moderator’ sends challenges to be completed every day for 50 days. The tasks get…

Canine Lifelines

We’ve all had that feeling when we’re stroking a puppy and for that one moment it feels as if nothing in the world matters, or when we see an old dog and our hearts melt. Having a pet around the house has been proven to increase general mental wellbeing, and most pet-owners will confirm this…

Ado-less-ents?

Almost a year ago I read an article on the BBC about mental health being denied to children, on the grounds that they effectively weren’t sick enough. Literally that same day, I found another article, also from the BBC, reporting a 14 year old girl had been found hanged after being turned away from treatment. In a journal article, Myron Belfer…

Idols and Demons

How well do you think you understand mental illness? This was one of the questions on a survey I recently conducted online. The answers were varied, with some participants suffering from a form of mental illness themselves, and some having no personal experience whatsoever. From non-sufferers, there was a similar theme running through the answers:…

Heads Together Runs the Conversation Around Mental Illness

The Royal Foundation has released ‘groundbreaking’ videos ahead of the London Marathon 2017 to raise awareness for Virgin Money’s Charity of the Year. In 2016, it was announced that Heads Together is the Virgin Money London Marathon 2017 Charity of the Year; runners can choose to either fundraise specifically for one of the eight involved charities,…

Keeping it Quiet

According to a Survey conducted by the National Health Service in 2014, 17% of adults surveyed met the criteria for a common mental disorder (NHS, 2016). So why, then, is mental health still an issue that is spoken so little about? Mental illness is ‘invisible’ in the physical sense, but for the sufferers like myself it is more visible…