mental health

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, …

Book Review: Evening Primrose by Kopano Matlwa

Kopano Matlwa has been described as ‘South Africa’s Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’ for her approach to this heartfelt examination of xenophobia, South African society, mental health, family and hope. Set in post-apartheid South Africa, this 150 page four part novel is written as a series of journal entries by Masechaba, a …

I’m Not Sorry for My Mental Health

Trigger Warning: Discussions of mental health – depression and anxiety and also suicidal thoughts. — There have been quite a number of campaigns across all forms of media recently about ending the stigma associated with mental health. I am an avid supporter of getting people to talk, in order to …

Welcome to Movember

You’ve probably heard of the annual moustache-growing that’s currently going on – and if you’re someone who is into kissing men, you may have even felt it in previous years as well. The Movember Foundation are all about doing quirky things to raise money for three main areas of what they …

We Must Stop Listening to Royals Talking About Our Pills

Trigger Warning: Discussions of pills, mental health conditions and suicidal thoughts. — A recent Daily Mail headline ran with a quote from the British Prince that many of us hold dear shaming people that take medication. Yup, Prince Harry told doctors how to do their jobs when he said “we must stop …

Therapy: It’s Good to Talk, But It’s Up to You

TW: mental health, suicidal thoughts, counselling, therapy, abortion, sexual assault — When it comes to mental health, we’re always told to speak up. We’re implored to share our stories in the hope that it’ll make us feel better and allow others to provide us with the help we need. Of …

We Have a Responsibility To Talk About Mental Health Sensitively

In recent years, the topic of mental health has become increasingly popular and, subsequently, more visible in our media. Whereas previously discussions surrounding wellbeing or mental ill health were impeded by stigma, people now feel more able to open up. Gradually, we are also seeing a shift in understanding towards …

The Science behind Antidepressants

Trigger warning: This article discusses depression and suicidal thoughts. — There are lots of different drugs used to treat mental health conditions, and you may have (like I was several years ago) been handed a prescription and had literally no idea what the drug was or what it would do. …