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The mission of Mind Your Head is to promote understanding of mental health, to ensure that students have access to information about finding support, and to combat the stigma that surrounds mental health difficulties.

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So far Michelle Ang has created 49 blog entries.

Why every workplace needs mental health training

When you look at the facts about how 1 in 4 people will experience mental health problems each year, you’d think more workplaces would be more accepting of it. There are employee rights in place to protect people with mental health problems from discrimination in the workplace, but stigma is still common.

From speaking to other […]

February 28th, 2017|

Acceptance

by Amy

I have muscular dystrophy, a condition that slowly causes your muscles to waste away, so, whilst my brain is often running at 100mph, my body feels 100 years old and is quite happy spending the day in bed. Through this experience I’ve learnt how inextricably linked your mind and body are.

Mental as well as […]

February 14th, 2017|

What’s the plan?

by Abigail Alberti

Being a student at a University, I think we all face this question: “What’s the plan?”. Plans are almost essential. Having a plan for your day or week or month is just the start. I’ve found that we’re always expected to be making the plan for our life too! I know that plans […]

February 7th, 2017|

More than “time to talk”

by Gina Wieringa

Theresa May has recently pledged to tackle mental health stigma as part of her vision to transform the way mental illness is viewed. She has announced plans to change how mental illness is dealt with in schools, hospitals, employment settings and communities. Initial reception to this was extremely positive, finally it seemed like […]

January 31st, 2017|

Unrealistic expectations

‘You look too tanned and healthy to be a researcher’.

This was an innocent remark from my lovely co-worker but it got me thinking about the expectations that research students face.

When did 15 hour days become something that you have to accept you will have to endure as part of your research degree? Why do we […]

January 24th, 2017|

Mental health needs good deeds more than good speeches

In less than 12 months, two prime ministers have chosen to start their year with major speeches about mental health, committing themselves and their governments to a transformation of the mental health landscape. But as so many of the statistics and personal stories bear witness; the landscape is not changing fast enough.

In her speech earlier […]

January 18th, 2017|

The mystery of BPD

I am becoming frustrated with my understanding of my Borderline Personality Disorder.

I am a huge advocate of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy as a means of learning about, and managing BPD on a daily basis. I have spent several years learning the techniques and applying them regularly, and I am a particular fan […]

January 10th, 2017|

Tips for your New Year’s Resolutions

Eating healthily, exercising and giving up smoking and heavy drinking can have a real positive impact on our mental and physical health and are central to many people’s New Year’s resolutions.

We have some tips for achieving your goals this year, and how to stick to your resolutions to avoid disappointment:
Be realistic
Unattainable goals are often the […]

December 30th, 2016|

You are stronger than your depression

After that title I’m sure you want some kind of encouraging words or something of that manner telling you how to fight your depression or other mental illness. I am sure that that will come into this blog post, but really it isn’t down to me (or anyone else for that matter) to tell you […]

December 27th, 2016|

Christmas Blues (how to avoid them, pt.1)

‘Tis the season to be jolly…

That’s how it goes for some, but not all of us.
Indeed, loneliness is extremely common over the holidays – we’ve hyped ourselves up for it and your friends and families may be constantly talking about it. We have expectations. Big ones. And we compare ourselves with others – how many […]

December 20th, 2016|