There is no doubt that coverage of mental health stories has grown in recent years. With an economic cost set at £105bn in the UK, and one in four adults estimated to have a mental health problem, it has become a greater feature on the political agenda. In news reporting, this has provided a powerful opportunity for responsible and informative journalism that may, in turn, reduce stigma and misconceptions about a subject laden with stereotypes.
Coming off or reducing your dose of antidepressants can be an experience like no other. I have experienced these changes several times before so fortunately am more aware of what to expect. So how can I describe it?
When you think about the daily commute, what images come to mind? A jam-packed Underground train where personal space is a rare commodity, and if you’re under 5”5 – like me – then you may become good friends with someone’s rucksack, stretching without hope for a rail to hold onto.
So how can you be mindful during the morning commute?
Chapter 1.7. Money Matters: Funding Care.
Authors: Martin Knapp, David McDaid and Emma Wilson.
Wilson, Emma and Roger, Kris and Ney, Sarah (2017) The Clement House rotunda project: an evaluation of six informal learning spaces at LSE. Learning Technology and Innovation,
Commissioning Cost-Effective Services for Promotion of Mental Health and Wellbeing and Prevention of Mental Ill-Health
Policy report for Public Health England.
Living in a busy city like London can be exhausting. Whilst I am lucky to work freelance and avoid the daily commute, during work projects and training days, I’ve been keen to look for an energy drink that’s an alternative to those with a high sugar and artificially high caffeine content. It was great timing when the guys from FLYTE came along and asked if I’d sample their new clean energy drinks.
Have you ever felt like you’re living in a dream, feel numb and can’t quite focus on objects, conversations and people? Almost like you haven’t woken from the temporary groggy state that happens after hitting the snooze button on your alarm?
If you have a history with anxiety, trauma, depression or stress, there’s a chance you’re struggling with a type of dissociative behavior, such as derealization or depersonalization.
It is estimated that 50% of long-term mental health problems start by the age of 14, and 75% by the age of 18. At £105bn, the social and financial costs of poor mental health on the economy are vast. This includes lost productivity – absenteeism and presenteeism in the workplace – as well as welfare costs and lowered quality of life.
If you’re anything like me, there is a tendency to place a lot of pressure on ourselves at the start of a new year. We might make Resolutions about what we eat, how much exercise we do, or how we navigate our daily lives.
This blog post focuses on a new concept - Positive Habit Resolutions.
When combined with a history of eating disorders and anxiety, any form of addiction that impacts levels of stress hormones and blood sugar are a terrible mix. We often talk about addiction to substances, such as alcohol or cigarettes, but one just as addictive – and easily assessable – drug is caffeine.
This blog post is one of a series on phase two of LSE 2020, a student-focused project that has engaged with 440 students in 2017. It is written by Emma Wilson, Graduate Intern for LTI. You can find her on Twitter (@MindfulEm).
In this post, we discuss an issue that was frequently brought up by students: the impact of technology on society and our emotional wellbeing in an era of ever-increasing interconnectivity.
As Policy Assistant for Mental Health Foundation, I spoke at a Youth Select Committee hearing on young people's mental health.