"If we don't act urgently, by 2030 depression will be the leading illness globally - Mental Health Foundation, 2016. As promised, I've written a blog post in honour of #worldmentalhealthday. Anyone who knows me knows that mental health is incredibly close to my heart having suffered with depression and generalised anxiety disorder since I … Continue reading We all have mental health.
What is depression? It is reported that globally 350 million individuals suffer from depression. There are two main types of depression; Recurrent depressive episodes; this is where an individual suffers from repeated depressive episodes, which can last for up to two weeks. Thier episode can be characterised as mild, moderate or severe, depending on the severity and … Continue reading The Brain, The Body, The Behaviour – Depression
Everyone knows the physical benefits of exercise. We're brainwashed about it from the age of 7 in P.E. lessons and after school clubs. Lots of us love it (including me, when I have the motivation anyway). However many are sickened by the mere through of exercise: Go to the gym? I bet you can think … Continue reading The natural antidepressant
A meta-analysis by University of Oxford has looked into the effectiveness of mindfulness as a treatment for depression, and found that the Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) prevented people relapsing back into depression withing 5 months as well as anti-depressants. However, what does this mean? And what even is mindfulness? And are you even aware that you're … Continue reading Are our minds more powerful than drugs?
I can remember, vaguely, being 9 years old. It was 2002, Enrique, Shakira and Atomic Kitten were dominating the charts. I was in year 5 (I was a baby of the year) and I was already excited to get to high school in two years time (God knows why, as soon as I started I … Continue reading We are failing the children