Don’t call me crazy, call me mad…

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David Crepaz Keay is Head of Empowerment and Social Inclusion at the Mental Health Foundation and works to develop, deliver and evaluate things like service user involvement, carer involvement, peer support and self-management training.  David also has a truly unique perspective on mental health – he has lived with hearing voices since adolescence. His experiences have shaped his attitude to labels …

What is mental health?

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Being mentally healthy doesn’t just mean that you don’t have a mental health problem. If you’re in good mental health, you can: make the most of your potential cope with life play a full part in your family, workplace, community and among friends. Some people call mental health ‘emotional health’ or ‘well-being’ and it’s just as important as good physical …

Podcast: Turning to nature – Kas’ story

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The MHA recorded this episode in April 2021, over a year when we experienced many lockdowns during the Coronavirus pandemic. Throughout this time, many people turned to nature to help manage their mental health – whether that was a walk down the street, a swim in the sea, a run in the countryside, or nurturing a house plant.  On the …

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021…

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Our hospital team and our patients are all getting involved with this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week. We’ll be posting some news over the coming days. If you’d like to learn more just follow the link below: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week

Why does good mental health begin in infancy?

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Good mental health starts in infancy and research shows that a baby who doesn’t get to feel a healthy bond with a parent is at much higher risk of developing mental health problems than a child with a strong connection to the person who cares for them. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/podcasts-and-videos/why-does-good-mental-health-begin-infancy

Getting through covid – tips from a key worker…

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Suba is a doctor, humanitarian and podcaster who has worked in A+E departments, ITUs and now the Obstetrics & Gynaecology department of an NHS hospital in London during the Covid-19 pandemic. Suba has an interest in women’s health, improving access to healthcare for immigrant communities, and the wellbeing of doctors. Here Suba shares her five top tips for maintaining good …

What is self-management?

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Self-management helps people with mental health problems take more control over their lives.  David Crepaz-Keay explains why self-management is important in helping individuals to have the kind of life that they want. We provide self-management courses for people with mental health problems, which enables people to get support from other members of their course as well as from mental health …

Coping with unemployment – Michel’s story…

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Michel shares his tips on ways to look after your mental health and wellbeing while unemployed. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/stories/coping-unemployment-michels-story Michel Syrett is co-author of How to Survive Unemployment: Creative Alternatives, published by Penguin. He is also a founding member of The Lived Experience Research Collective, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, a collective of researchers with lived experience of mental ill-health who conduct …

Raising awareness of the reality of living with dementia…

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Patricia, Diane and Deirdre are Dementia Peer Support Workers at the Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster Memory Service run by Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.  They all have dementia and help other people to understand their diagnosis and learn how to live well with dementia. This is their story. We want everyone who is diagnosed with dementia to …

What is mental health?

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Being mentally healthy doesn’t just mean that you don’t have a mental health problem. If you’re in good mental health, you can: make the most of your potential cope with life play a full part in your family, workplace, community and among friends. Some people call mental health ‘emotional health’ or ‘well-being’ and it’s just as important as good physical …