Mental Health

Mental Health Problems

Definitions of common mental health disorders

Self-harm

Self-harm seems to be increasing as amounts of stress increase: some facts and some suggestions for helping.

Speaking out on schizophrenia

A personal account by someone who says we should listen to those with direct experience, not the scaremongers in the media

You're not alone

The first step to getting better is accepting that you need help - a young man's experience with depression.

Why we need to talk about OCD

A sufferer explains the torment of not being able to stifle her thoughts and rituals.

Social anxiety at school: the best actor in the world's worst play

Sarah disguised her anxiety behind a smile. But breaking down and speaking to someone was the first step in dealing with it.

'I feel like I'm dying'

The overwhelming effects of panic attacks - and how to deal with them.

'Black dog's' return doesn't scare me as much as it did

Actress Denise Welch is a spokesperson for the mental health charity, Mind. Here she explains how you can't simply 'snap out of' depression

Freddie Flintoff: the hidden pain of sporting stars

The pressure sports stars are under can contribute to depression - yet they need to hide their self-doubt if they are to succeed

A moment of kindness

A simple act of kindness by a stranger made all the difference to this writer's life and mental health

No wonder our ex-soldiers are looking for a fight

A survey reveals disturbing truths about members of our armed forces

How do you feel?

Unemployment, underachievement at school or growing up in poverty can have a big impact on well-being.

Someone to talk to

Most children and young people have some aspect of their lives they worry about ... but most have relationships in their lives which support them

10 things I wish I'd known when I was a teenage girl at school

Emma Barnett, a former stress-head, gives her younger self a good talking to.

What bothers young people?

Young people are having to deal with serious issues

In need of support?

Most teachers have encountered students with mental health issues

Social media is harming the mental health of teenagers. The state has to act

The pressure to be perfect and always available is overwhelming many young people.

School stress

Young people feel under pressure at school and many don't know where to turn for help.

Why are men still ignored when we talk about miscarriage?

While it is couples who are 'having a baby', miscarriages only happen to women. But minimising the grief of fathers is damaging.

Benefits of exercise

Physical activity and mental health

Toddlers are becoming so addicted to iPads they require therapy

Children as young as four are becoming so addicted to smartphones and iPads that they require psychological treatment