How to Recover from Depression

Recovering from a mental illness like depression can seem incredibly daunting; there are no quick programs, which may be due to the highly individualised presentation of the disorder. Or this may be due to lack of available treatment. But everything is easier with a plan - even if that plan may be a very rough guideline.… Continue reading How to Recover from Depression

Forgiveness: A form of self-love

In life, we all come across situations that hurt us and forgiveness seems incomprehensible, however, holding onto such negative emotion is solely detrimental to yourself. To forgive is to rid yourself of pain. Harbouring hurt can impact your mental health which is dangerous; your health is everything you have. This is much easier said than done,… Continue reading Forgiveness: A form of self-love

Sadfishing: Are mental health issues attention-seeking?

In the past decade, we have seen an improvement in the attitude towards mental health issues, nevertheless, there is still a lot of stigma persisting. In order to raise awareness and promote acceptability of mental illness, those who suffer need to come forward and share their stories. This is a great comfort to sufferers who… Continue reading Sadfishing: Are mental health issues attention-seeking?

My Favourite Mental Health Quotes

Everyone needs some inspiration from time to time. You might watch Legally Blonde to get you motivated for your exams, or you may have started watching the "Tidying up with Marie Kondo" to encourage you to clean your house. Mental health recovery is no different. With the lack of resources for mental health recovery, I… Continue reading My Favourite Mental Health Quotes

Am I Pretty Yet?: Body Dysmorphia

Ten years ago, the glossy magazines filled with highly edited images of supermodels were considered very damaging to the self-esteem of women. Nowadays, with the advent of photoshop apps which are readily available for the regular girl to use, there is even more pressure to look perfect; skin is smoothed; teeth are whitened and body… Continue reading Am I Pretty Yet?: Body Dysmorphia

The Real Christmas Miracle: Depression Recovery

Last Christmas, I was battling very severe depression and it took all my strength to get through each and every day. I felt terrified at the thought of my family coming over for Christmas dinner because I just didn't want to socialise - I didn't think I actually could. But it was Christmas  so instead… Continue reading The Real Christmas Miracle: Depression Recovery

Sectarianism & Mental Health

An eye for an eye would make the whole world blind and this is exactly how the problems between Celtic and Rangers have escalated to this dangerous point. In the light of Leigh Griffiths' break from football, due to mental health issues, there has been some revolting messages regarding him on social media. When these bullies are challenged… Continue reading Sectarianism & Mental Health

Cocaine, Young Males & Depression

In 2017, 6213 people committed suicide in the UK and alarmingly, the suicide rate in Scotland for young males has been rising year upon year. Furthermore, death by drug overdose in Scotland has exponentially increased throughout the past 5 years. And whilst more and more people die from suicide or from abusing drugs, little is… Continue reading Cocaine, Young Males & Depression

Mental Illness: Break the Stigma

There is stigma everywhere - homophobia, sexism and racism - and luckily, this is declining, especially in Scotland. However, absent from the campaigns that banish stereotypes is mental illness and this is something I see everyday. Nowadays, it is socially unacceptable to use derogatory language, but I still hear "mental" everyday. Unfortunately, I have personally… Continue reading Mental Illness: Break the Stigma

OCD: Not an Adjective

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), affecting 1% of the population, is often used as a joke; "Sorry I'm so OCD". But, OCD is nothing to laugh at, in fact, this anxiety disorder is extremely distressing and can be debilitating as a result. The intrusive thoughts that OCD brings and the compulsions that you feel the need… Continue reading OCD: Not an Adjective