We're Mind, the mental health charity. We're here to make sure no one has to face a mental health problem alone.
We're Mind, the mental health charity. We're here to make sure no one has to face a mental health problem alone.
This #WorldBipolarDay we're thinking about how we can support a friend or family member who has bipolar disorder. Do you have any tips of your own? Let us know. For more information, head to mind.org.uk/bipolar
Why might the diagnosis of a personality disorder be seen as controversial? We explore some possible reasons, with more information at mind.org.uk/personality-disorders
Physical activity can help relieve anxiety and boost your wellbeing, but if you’re unable to leave the house, staying active can feel like a challenge. Here are some tips that might help. See mind.org.uk/staying-active-at-home for more.
‘I fell pregnant and realised I needed to change. I needed help. This was the first time since my very first panic attack that I admitted to myself that I need to get professional help. I started to have weekly sessions with my community psychiatric nurse (cpn ) and realised I had also developed agoraphobia. It was hard, but with my cpn's help I started to admit what was going on and she helped me find my own ways to cope. I found that physical grounding techniques help me for example when I’m walking.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ‘Becoming a mum for a second time gave me the push I needed to get better. Yes I wanted to get better for my eldest and my sake but I had a baby that solely depended on me and she wasn’t even here yet, I needed to make a change.’⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ On Mother’s Day Chelsea blogs about how becoming a single parent of two children pushed her into getting help for her panic attacks and turning her life around.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ You can read her full blog at mind.org.uk/Yourstories ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #MothersDay #agoraphobia #panicattacks #mentalhealthawareness
'The first seven miles went by in a blur and I loved every second. My sister and best friends were there to cheer me on while I soaked up the crowds and the atmosphere. Mile eight was my downfall. The heavens opened, my legs began to seize up, and I felt like the bottom half of my body was made of lead. I started to slow down and had to walk mile eight to nine. I felt like a failure, but I kept reminding myself why I started this and thought of all my friends and family who donated and supported me throughout this journey. I made it to mile 10. “Come on, it’s just a park run left!” I told myself repeatedly. It might have only been a park run, but it was the longest three miles of my life. I was cold, wet, and everything hurt, but I could see the finish line (although I’m sure it was slowly moving further and further away from me as I ran towards it ).⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ‘I crossed the finish line and collected my medal. I made my way over to where friends and family stood eagerly awaiting their loved one’s post-race. I saw my sister and disappeared into a hug; I began to cry. Everything I had been working towards for the past 7 months, the reasons why I started running, the personal battles and mental mountains I had to climb to get myself there. I had done it.’⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Lia, who suffers from poor mental health, blogs about how doing the Royal Parks half-marathon gave her a reason to get up, get out and raise money for better mental health.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ You can read Lia's full blog at mind.org.uk/YourStories ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #Royalparkshalf #mentalhealth #Mind #Stayingfit ⠀ ⠀
There are a lot of misconceptions about psychosis, and those of us who experience it often face stigma as a result. We’ve put together some tips that we hope will increase understanding, with more information at mind.org.uk/psychosis
The Mind Walk is being postponed until Autumn to help keep us all safe during the coronavirus outbreak. Everyone signed up, on the waiting list, or volunteering at The Mind Walk will be automatically transferred to the Autumn event, and we'll be in touch to confirm the date for this as soon as possible. For more detail on this head to the webpage: mind.org.uk/TheMindWalk
‘My goal was to regain the confidence I had lost in the past few years. I was sceptical that the project would help me in the beginning, and was starting from scratch in terms of self-belief. Rhiannon and I met every couple of weeks to discuss my aspirations, my interests, and how I was feeling. I was focusing on everything to help myself, but wasn’t socialising. I missed being able to connect with people without feeling like an outsider.⠀ ⠀ ‘The first activity I tried as part of the social prescribing project was a local meditation group. I’d been regularly doing fitness, meditation and yoga before suffering with my mental health, and it was great to be a part of that again. Meditation was probably the best thing to try first anyway, as I came out of the session very calm and relaxed!’⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Sam, who suffers with depression and anxiety, blogs about how social prescribing re-connected her to the world. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ You can read Sam's full blog at mind.org.uk/YourStories ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #socialprescribing #depression #anxiety #meditation #mentalhealthawareness
Many of us with mental health problems face invisible challenges in our day to day life which can feel draining. But getting moving can improve our mood, raise our energy levels, and boost our confidence. We believe there's an activity out there for everyone. Head to https://www.mind.org.uk/Undefeatable #weareundefeatable
Are you worried about how you're feeling? Got questions about mental health? Our Infoline can help you find answers and get the support you need. Find out more at mind.org.uk/mind-infoline
Food is a popular topic of conversation among friends, family and colleagues, but for those of us with an eating problem, food-centric activities and conversations can feel difficult. Here are some ways you can help. For more information about helping someone with an eating problem, see mind.org.uk/eatingproblems #EDAW
‘Like most things, recovery from an eating disorder isn’t short-term. It takes hard work every day. it’s a journey that evolves and changes with self, experiences and time. I started to use what I had been through to strengthen myself. I knew that I could be determined, motivated and achieve what I put my mind too. I wanted to flip the anorexic energy into the recovery process. ‘Moving away from the identity of being ill was one of the hardest steps. I threw myself into experiencing six months of real recovery with the thought that if it was really terrible, I could go back. Every six months I reapply the rule and keep going. During this time throw yourself into fresh starts, try new things, pick up hobbies, meet new people, join new clubs. Opportunities hold the keys to the future.’ At the start of Eating Disorder Awareness Week Mellie blogs about how positive thinking has helped her recovery from anorexia. You can read her full blog at mind.org.uk/Yourstories #EDAW #anorexia #positivethinking #recovery #mentalhealth #EDAW2020 #EatingDisordersAwarenessWeek
Those of us who identify as LGBTIQ+ are more likely to experience a mental health problem, because of bullying, rejection, stigma and discrimination which can lead to low self-esteem, depression, anxiety and isolation. For more information head to mind.org.uk/LGBT #LGBTHM #LGBTHistoryMonth #lgbtq 🌈
Attitudes towards mental health problems are improving, but some conditions like schizophrenia, personality disorders, and bipolar are still often misunderstood. It's time to See the Bigger Picture. Head to: time-to-change.org.uk/biggerpicture @timetochangecampaign
"I wish I’d had the support and the knowledge I have now when I was growing up, and it’s for this reason that I want to share my story. If, by sharing my story, I can give some strength to just one other person, putting myself out there will be worth it. This is why taking part in The Mind Walk is so important to me." Jo is one of our many amazing fundraisers who'll be taking part in #TheMindWalk . In her blog, Jo tells us about her history of anxiety, how opening up to a therapist has helped, and why she will be walking for better mental health on 4 April. Read her full blog at mind.org.uk/yourstories
‘The problem was being alone because that is when the thoughts would start. I would forensically take apart every interaction I'd had that day; what had I done wrong? How much of a fool had I acted? Who hated me and how much? Had I showed my anxiety to anyone? This level of analysis and self-loathing inevitably led to depression and emotional isolation. I convinced myself that friends didn't really like me and I was better off without them. I would move on and try to start again. I had lived in six different countries on three different continents by the time I was 26.⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ‘But I couldn't outrun myself.’⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Catherine blogs about how she started to make sense of her life when she found out about avoidant personality disorder. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Read her full blog at mind.org.uk/YourStories⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #avoidantpersonalitydisorder #selfloathing #selfawareness #selfconsciousness #hope #mentalhealthawareness
The Mental Health Act is no longer fit for purpose, our understanding of mental health has changed radically and our laws haven’t kept pace. Right now more than 15,000 people are detained in hospital under outdated and discriminatory legislation. Over a year ago the UK Government promised to act on recommendations to give us more choice and control over our own treatment, and to protect people’s rights. We’re still waiting. Sign up for updates on the Mental Health Act and all our campaigns. mind.org.uk/MentalHealthAct
Trauma can cause strong feelings and difficult experiences, and it can take time and support to be able to cope. We've put together a few suggestions of things that could help if you're struggling. You can find more info at mind.org.uk/trauma Do you have a question about trauma? Head to our story later this afternoon for an "Ask Me Anything" with our Information team. #MentalHealth #advice #AMA #AskMeAnything
"Exercising is one of the five ways to wellbeing, and for me, with schizoaffective disorder, it enables me to give my mind a rest while I push myself physically and concentrate on something else. For me it’s a form of mindfulness and a break for my brain. I didn’t believe exercise could positively impact me to the level it does when I am down, but I now vouch for it and would encourage everyone who can to exercise to improve their mental wellbeing." Diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder while at uni, Alexis found that exercise helped with her mental wellbeing. Now she's encouraging other students to get involved in our 27 27 running challenge, and raise awareness for better mental health. To read Alexis's full blog, head to mind.org.uk/yourstories
If you raise over £250 at your wedding by asking for donations as gifts we would love to show our gratitude by giving you wedding thank you cards to send to all of your guests. Tick one thing off your post-wedding to-do list and tell your guests that by supporting Mind's vital services you've together made a difference for all of us experiencing a mental health problem. mind.org.uk/WeddingCard #wedding #WeddingPlanning #marriage #WeddingInspiration
#ValentinesDay can be hard for many reasons. For some of us, it’s seeing so many portrayals of ‘perfect’ relationships, making us feel like we aren’t good enough. If you’re feeling this way, it may help to explore ways to boost your self-esteem and be kinder to yourself.💙 For more tips, head to mind.org.uk/self-esteem #Valentines #ValentinesDay2020 #SelfCare
We’re excited to see so many @coopuk staff across the country coming together to raise money for better mental wellbeing as part of our partnership. Head to your local Co-op store until 14 Feb to show your support. Find out more about our partnership at mind.org.uk/co-op #itswhatwedo #beingcoop