mental illness

Crazy-Ex Girlfriend Shows Us the Dangers of Using Love as a ‘Cure’

This article contains spoilers for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend CW’s Crazy-Ex Girlfriend (streaming on Netflix for anyone in the UK) has been understandably praised across international media outlets for its great efforts to represent what life with mental illness is like, in an authentic way. Main character Rebecca Bunch (portrayed by writer …

Save the NHS, Without the Ableism

Hi, it’s Caroline, your disabled and chronically, physically, and mentally ill health editor! I saw more  NHS professionals during my three years of uni than the average person probably sees in their entire lifetime – GPs, physiotherapists, specialists, and so on. Since then, I’ve just continued to add to that. If I …

UEA’s New Medical Certificates Policy Creates More Hurdles for Students

At the beginning of August, the University of East Anglia announced that students who need a medical certificate to apply for extenuating circumstances or an extension for coursework will be charged £35 per certificate. This fee has been previously subsidised by the university, but they have decided that come September, …

Our Mental Health Campaigns Are Failing

Trigger Warning: This piece contains descriptions of eating disorders, and discussion of mental health and mental illness. — I was the perfect poster child for eating disorders. For a start, I’m a white, middle-class woman, and eating disorders are a luxury only privileged girls like me can afford, according to …

What Sinead O’Connor Can Teach Us About Mental Health

TW: Discussion of mental health, including suicide. — Today, Sinead O’Connor posted an emotionally fraught video discussing her current and ongoing struggles with mental health. She tells us that she is alone and fighting to stay alive, drawing attention to the fact the she is one of “millions” around the …

Why Pretty Little Liars Missed the Mark with Mental Health

Warning: This post contains spoilers for Pretty Little Liars, as well as talk of mental illness. — Pretty Little Liars was great at a lot of things. Namely transporting me out of my anxious brain and into a world of ridiculous drama and fantastic outfits. But it was also great …