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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Mental health in academia: After the PhD.

Note: This is part 2/2. Part 1 deals with mental health during the PhD, while Part 2 deals with life after the PhD.

Two weeks ago I wrote about my experiences of trying to maintain good mental health while working on my PhD. As I hope was clear from that post, I got away rather lightly […]

December 13th, 2016|

Mental health in academia: The PhD.

Note: This is part 1/2. Part 1 deals with mental health during the PhD, while Part 2 deals with life after the PhD.

It’s World Mental Health Day today. This week, it’s a year since I handed in my PhD. The two things feel strangely connected, partly because, since handing in my PhD, I’ve gained new […]

December 6th, 2016|

High-Functioning Depression and Anxiety and the PhD

In September 2016 I submitted my thesis. It was a huge moment, representing ferocious graft. Then, for the first time in years, I stopped. The period after handing in your thesis, before you undertake your viva, is an odd time. There is the excitement and relief of having completed the thing, the exhaustion of the […]

November 29th, 2016|

Mental Health and PhDs

I’ve been kindly asked by the MYH team to write some thoughts about looking after my mental health and doing a PhD. I’m writing them as a relatively high-functioning individual with a history of depression and anxiety who is just over half-way through a part-time PhD in Sociology.  I also have quite a lot of […]

October 4th, 2016|


When people say ‘self-harm’ it is usually met by images of someone cutting themselves with a razorblade. But it comes in many forms and has many possible causes, and at the end of it is a person in distress trying to cope with very difficult feelings, experiences or situations. Self-harming does indeed include cutting yourself, […]

March 1st, 2016|

Being an Advocate

Being an advocate can be confusing and stressful, with many unanswerable questions constantly running through your mind. It can be hard to put yourself in the shoes of your friend that is dealing with a mental illness. Why are they feeling this way? Why don’t they just do ______ and ________ and get better? How […]

February 9th, 2016|

Eating disorders: information & advice

It’s a sad fact that eating disorders claim more lives than any other mental illness, either from suicide or the physical consequences of the disorder, yet these illnesses are not talked about enough.

Eating disorders include anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder, which anyone can develop at any age, but are more common in young women […]

February 2nd, 2016|

Solidarity as therapy

We’re all very aware of our current situation in Britain. Government austerity – a project which began under the coalition government in 2010, aimed at reducing welfare spending and cutting public services – has had far-reaching impacts on the lives of the unemployed, the short and long-term sick, disabled people, and those in receipt of […]

January 25th, 2016|

MEDICATION – some facts and a personal experience

Medication is a very individual matter. Some people take medication for their mental health while some prefer other types of help, such as talking therapy. However, many people who have been diagnosed with a mental illness find that a combination of medication and talking therapy works best.

Why is medication sometimes necessary?

There are many reasons, […]

January 18th, 2016|

A tribute

Last week, the world lost a kind-hearted, honest, funny and selfless woman. She was someone who always prioritised the happiness of others, and although impassioned often, made a point never to disrespect others. Sadly, she was also someone who spent much of her life battling with mental health problems and last week lost the fight […]

November 10th, 2015|