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

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.

The Struggle of Mental Health: Watch the Ted Talks Playlist

TED Talks has put together a 7 film playlist entitled ‘The Struggle of Mental Health’ which addresses topics as diverse as depression, schizophrenia and suicidal feelings.  Recognising that all too often, these experiences stay private, the speakers who’ve struggled with mental illness bravely share their stories, in the hope that others don’t feel so isolated. … More The Struggle of Mental Health: Watch the Ted Talks Playlist

Looking Back In Time: An Institutional Insight Into Mental Health

Well, I finally managed to find the time to watch a documentary film I’ve been meaning to watch for some time.  The oddly titled ‘Titicut Follies’ is a 1967 American documentary film directed by Frederick Wiseman.  Centred on the patient-inmates of Bridgewater State Hospital for the criminally insane, a Massachusetts Correctional Institution in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Titicut Follies is … More Looking Back In Time: An Institutional Insight Into Mental Health

It’s Time To Talk: Ending Mental Health Discrimination

In the UK, 1 in 10 young people will experience a mental health problem.  Shockingly, out of every 10 of those youngsters, 9 will experience negative reactions from others because of their diagnosis; such reactions include friends avoiding them, rumours circulating through their peer group and misunderstandings as to the ramifications of their condition. When … More It’s Time To Talk: Ending Mental Health Discrimination

Exploring The Link Between Bipolar Disorder & Eating Disorders

I recently came across the very moving and informative US documentary on anorexia treatment entitled ‘Thin’.  Following the highs and lows of several women who were engaged in a desperate battle with a serious, but deeply misunderstood illness, made for difficult watching.  Many of these women were also fighting anxiety disorders and depression.  And so … More Exploring The Link Between Bipolar Disorder & Eating Disorders