Blogging about mental health issues
Each week we publish blog posts on a whole range of topics, relating in some way to mental health.
We welcome comments and questions on our posts, but have a few ground rules to keep the site welcoming and interesting to every body. The first rule is the most important: be respectful of other commenters and bloggers.
"I am accepting that it isn’t selfish to want to be healthy." Katie blogs about what her bipolar disorder diagnosis means, and why she's realising that it's important to put herself first sometimes.
Bipolar away from home
Robin shares his experience of being diagnosed with bipolar disorder as a student, what it means for him and why he wouldn't want to be without it.
Telling the story of bipolar disorder
"It felt like I had picked up a book and read my own story inside – better, it was like having my own story read to me" today G J Davies blogs about his reaction to the Mindcast on bipolar disorder.
There's nothing mild about cyclothymia
Lizzie blogs about her diagnosis of cyclothymia, and why she feels describing it as a mild disorder is disheartening, distressing and ultimately inaccurate.
Mind, body & spirit
"I wonder just how many people with a mental health problem have a strong faith or spirituality". Today Sarah blogs about spirituality and mental health, and what it means to her.
I just wanted to be taken seriously
Kate blogs about her experience of approaching crisis and seeking support from A&E, she talks about her struggle to be taken seriously and treated with the reassurance and kindness she needed.
The importance of local crisis care services
Liz blogs for us about the need for better crisis care services locally. As part of our campaign, she talks about the difficulties for families and individuals when they're not given choice and control and when the nearest service is simply too far away.
Journalist of the year: Julia George, BBC Radio Kent
Sally Brampton blogs about Julia's programme on suicide: "I would tell Julia George how I feel, live, on radio. Why? Because I know, in her empathy and understanding, that I would be in a safe place.. ."
Carrie and me
Mary blogs about how she identifies with the character of Carrie in Homeland, last night's winner: "I would bet a significant chunk that the way I interpreted Carrie's actions was different from most people."
The Stephen Fry effect
Tracey looks forward to meeting Stephen Fry at our Mind Media Awards tonight: "What stuck out most was that he carried on; he wouldn't let it beat him."
Medication and stability - managing bipolar in a high intensity workplace
Mary sees similarities between her experience and Carrie's on Homeland: "[I felt as though] I had lost my edge and something was missing."
Do you watch Homeland?
Mary blogs about how she has used Homeland to explain her experience of bipolar. "I was trying to describe my latest hypomanic episode to my CPN and I found myself asking 'Do you watch Homeland?'"
I asked for help and was turned away
Liz blogs for us about her experience of being turned away from a crisis care service because she did not meet the criteria for treatment. She talks about the serious implications this had on her mental health and wellbeing.
Homeland - how I relate
Jules compares her experience of Bipolar to Carrie's in the first episode of the second season of Homeland, which has been nominated for one our our Mind Media Awards.
To begin this autumn's campaign for more and better crisis care services, Alicia blogs about why she feels crisis care saved her life.