mental health

Ways I Have Called Myself Fat

Eat the Doughnut is a bi-monthly column by Becki Jayne Crossley, discussing body positivity, fatphobia in society and the media, and current events relating to the two! Content warning: this column will regularly discuss fatphobic comments, actions and ideas. – When I was a child, I called myself fat. I didn’t really …

The Taboo of Partner Postnatal Depression

Trigger warning: Postnatal depression, including mentions of suicide, self harm and abusive behaviours. — Coping with the huge life changes and emotions of becoming a parent is nothing new. The whole transition from a loving romantic couple to a family unit is both an exciting and daunting process. However, this …

Book Review: A Beginner’s Guide to Being Mental by Natasha Devon

“If climate change or capitalism doesn’t cause the apocalypse first, it might very well be heralded by the collective loss of our minds,” Natasha Devon states in the introduction to ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Being Mental’. “This book is therefore my attempt to save the world. No pressure then…” This …

It’s Time to Talk About the NHS’ Mental Health Crisis

Trigger warning: terrorism, suicide, mental health issues and treatment. — A little under a year ago, Manchester Arena was attacked by a suicide bomber, and 22 people died, and many more were injured. Money was donated to the survivors, and local and national government made all sorts of promises. But, …

Universities Need to Do More to Signpost Mental Health Services

Trigger Warning: This post contains talk of mental health issues, including mentions of suicide and hospitalisation. — For many people, memories of their first year of university are a hazy blur of nights out and late night study sessions; of laughter and freedom and incomparable joy. My memories of first …

Mental Health During Pregnancy

Trigger warning: Discussions of pregnancy including birth horror stories and possibility of miscarriage, mental health: anxiety and depression, and medication.  My first pregnancy came as a bit of a surprise, in fact I’d gone on WebMd and I had convinced myself that I was dying. Pregnancy never crossed my mind, …