Folie à Deux

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Most people recognise ‘Folie à Deux’ as Fall Out Boy’s fourth studio album.  However the album is named after a rare mental illness. Folie à Deux is french for “shared psychosis”, and in this blog post I’m going to explore what this means, what it involves, and some cases of this strange phenomenon.

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We all have mental health.

mental-health-begins-with-me-world-mental-health-day-picture“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 was 16. I also know many people who have suffered/do suffer with their mental health, I work in a children’s and adolescents mental health hospital, and have worked and volunteered in care homes and mental health forensic services in the past.

 

I know firsthand that mental health illnesses do not discriminate; they can affect anyone, which is why it’s important that it’s something that everyone is aware of and open to talking about.

 

This blog post will explain what mental health is and how everyone has one, and as a result of this how mental health affects everyone. I’ll also briefly go over the signs and symptoms for poor mental health in general (however plenty of my other blog posts have the symptoms of specific mental health illnesses written in detail), i’ll talk about mental health first aid and how you can be the first point of contact for help for your loved ones, and then i’ll list several ways as to how you can help your mental health stay as healthy as possible.

Today is world mental health day, so if you haven’t before, today is a good day to start talking, to start listening, and to start breaking the stigma.

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