Are You OK?

800,000. Forty Seconds. 135. 25 I will explain. 800,000 is the approximate number of deaths each year from suicide. This is the equivalent of one death from suicide every 40 seconds. For every death from suicide, an estimated 135 people are impacted, and suffer grief. For every one death from suicide, there are 25 suicide…

A ‘War on Obesity’…but Eat Out to Help Out!

In the UK, Boris Johnson’s Conservative Government recently announced a ‘war on obesity’. Is it a scapegoat for the governments handling of the COVID-19 crisis? A well-meaning attempt to improve the health of the public? A method of putting more responsibility on individuals if they develop coronavirus? Who knows! It certainly seems contradictory to last…

One Year…

One Year One year ago, Monday 8th July 2019, my day started somewhat similar to today. My alarm went off around 6am. I got myself washed and dressed, straightened my hair, did my make-up, and made some breakfast.  From there, everything else is very different.  One year ago, after I had made some breakfast and…

Quarantine: How the Diet Industry Takes Advantage of Health Crises

To preface this post: the severity of Covid-19 should not be understated. It is very important to follow the latest guidance from governments and medical professionals. This post is merely to highlight how certain industries will use any opportunity to profit, including international health crises.  The current health crisis regarding the coronavirus is incredibly unsettling….

How Are You? Really, How Are You? – WMHD 2019

“Fine Thanks“ “Good, how are you?” It is one of the most regularly used, go-to greetings, met by responses such as the two above. ‘How are you?’ has become synonymous with the likes of ‘Hello’, or more accurately, ‘I don’t really want to get into a deep conversation but am asking as a force of…

Please Do Not Comment On Appearance

When a compliment can do more harm than good, and why appearance does not determine disorder. People love the way I look in that series, but I was very ill. The reward for that illness was the part. And therein lies the perpetuation of the whole sorry situation Actor Christopher Eccleston in ‘I Love The…

How Is University Teaching About Eating Disorders?

We are just over half-way through eating disorders awareness week. Having been following many instagram accounts that discuss eating disorders and related issues, I am incredibly happy to see much more awareness of, what I personally believe, to be the key areas that need greater recognition (e.g. Health at Every Size approaches, the dangers of…

EDAW 2019: Breaking Down Barriers

Today, Monday 25th February, marks the beginning of eating disorders awareness week (EDAW) 2019. If you know me, or if you have read any of my posts, you will probably know that I am not one to restrict conversation about mental health to one set period of time- be it a day or a week….

Conversation Creates Change

Time to Change is a social media movement, set-up back in 2007, with the aim to raise awareness of mental health, as well as reduce stigma and discrimination that too often surrounds such issues. Part of the campaign involves an annual ‘Time to Talk’ day, which, as you may have guessed, is the focus of…

“Suicide is Not a Hashtag”

“Suicide is not a hashtag. It is an unimaginable, devastating tragedy.” These are the words spoken by suicide prevention charity, Papyrus head, Ged Flynn. I had not planned on writing a blog post on the topic of suicide. However, having spent the past week cramming for a developmental psychopathology exam – of which depression, bipolar…