Lithium toxicity

Lithium toxicity is a bitch and all I did was take my meds. I didn’t know what was happening at the time but for a few weeks before I was having severe memory… Continue reading

‘Hooked on happy pills’? How the media demonises mental health medication

By Rachel Whitehead Working in a busy press office for a major mental health charity Rethink Mental Illness, I often get calls from journalists asking if I can put them in touch with someone… Continue reading

Mania come down

My mania appears to have burnt itself out. Now I am left in some kind of limbo where I am feeling slightly depressed but nothing to write home about. The thing that bothers… Continue reading

MPs get mental health clinic after rise in cases of depression and anxiety

I am not impressed. I feel like some groups of people get special treatment and extra money spent on them. The government is spending all this extra money on the mental health of… Continue reading

‘Failures by mental health staff’ the root cause of patient Sally Ann Vye’s suicide, Leicester inquest told

‘Failures by mental health staff’ the root cause of patient Sally Ann Vye’s suicide, Leicester inquest told By Tim Healy The “failure of a number of specific” mental health staff was the root… Continue reading

Mum blasts mental health teams after young son was found hanged with xBox cable

The mother of young father Ben Harding, who was found dead in the back garden of his family home, has condemned the support her 21-year-old son received from mental health teams. The body… Continue reading

Crazy soup for the soul

Crazy Soup for the Soul I hear voices telling me to kill myself. They won’t go away, they tell me that I am worth nothing, that there is no point in me being… Continue reading

Hearing voices is just madness

I am totally crazy at the moment. The voices won’t leave me alone and I feel surrounded by madness. I’ve been seeing things too, particularly when I’m trying to get to sleep. I… Continue reading

Mental health patients are being ‘detained in all but name’

More people are being sectioned under the Mental Health Act and too many of those detained are subjected to unnecessary restrictions and get too little help to recover, the NHS watchdog reports today. The Care Quality Commission’s… Continue reading

Coercion in mental health services

The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) annual report into the working of the Mental Health Act reveals disturbing trends in coercive practices by psychiatric services. Compared with the previous year, 2012 saw a 5% increase… Continue reading