Opinion

10 Keys to a Healthier Lifestyle in 2019

A little more sleep and exercise with a little more fruits and vegetables is a very good start to better health. A new year brings new promise. It brings hope and, inevitably, a desire to better [...]

We Cannot Ignore Wealth And Class When We Talk About Mental Illness

When you start talking about mental illness and class people start to get really uncomfortable, but that doesn’t mean we can ignore it People get defensive when you talk about class or wealth and mental illness. [...]

Diagnosing the mental health of celebrities like Kanye West and Amanda Bynes from afar is damaging and dangerous

In 2010, Amanda Bynes’ mental health started to become a major talking point in the media. “It definitely isn’t fun when people diagnose you with what they think you are,” Bynes said in a revealing interview [...]

“This is exactly what depression feels like.”

It starts out with a sense that something horrible is about to happen, which is true. Clinical depression distorts your normal thought patterns. Individual experiences differ, but your head might feel full of cotton wool, mud, [...]

Gemma McCaw on why you should make wellbeing your number one priority

It’s impossible to pour from an empty cup and when it comes to our wellbeing, we must continually replenish our stores and take care of ourselves to ensure we’re at our best. Self-care is all about [...]

Burn notice: How two-thirds of working parents suffer from burnout

More than 60 per centof working mothers and fathers have experienced burnout according to a survey of 2,000 people by the Business Performance Innovation Network (BPI) and PollFish. Of the parents who reported this, 40 per cent [...]

What To Say When Someone Is Struggling With Mental Illness

Recently I wrote the following essay: I Work In Suicide Prevention, And This Is What I Want Everyone To Know. The main take-away was: Check-in with your friends and loved ones, always, and ask the hard questions. [...]

He Wants To Encourage People To Talk About Mental Illness. So He Talks About His Son

A former New Hampshire Supreme Court chief justice is visiting schools in New England to talk about the darkest time in his life. Usually he ends up hearing from students about some of their dark times, [...]

6 Scientifically Proven Benefits Of Mindfulness And Meditation

Attorneys and meditators Jeena Cho (left) and Karen Gifford (right). Photo Credit: Natalie Jenks When I tell people that I’m a lawyer who teaches other lawyers and professionals to practice mindfulness and meditation, I get a [...]

Mental health labels can save lives. But they can also destroy them

Like an overbearing partner, a diagnosis sometimes stops the patient finding a voice of their own  An important Lancet Psychiatry paper has just come out. It is the largest review looking at service user, carer and [...]