Rethink Mental Illness

News and views from national mental health charity Rethink Mental Illness

20/04/2018 01:00 AM
No Voice, No Choice - Making the Act person centred
While awareness of mental illness has increased in the past decade, the thirty year old legislation designed to protect people with mental illness has remained woefully unchanged. Today Rethink Mental Illness, together with Adelphie Research UK, have released a new report on how we can make the Act more person centred and fit for the future. In this blog, Jonathan from our campaigns team looks at the report findings.

17/04/2018 01:00 AM
My Marathon Journey
The London Marathon takes place this Sunday and this year we've got 22 runners taking part who've raised over £30,000 between them for us and each has their own story and reason for taking part. Nicholas Hough tells us about his recovery from ulcerative colitis and why he's running for Rethink Mental Illness.

12/04/2018 01:00 AM
Five Tips for Managing Stress
While stress is not widely seen as a mental illness, high levels of stress can exacerbate underlying mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression. In this short blog of Stress Awareness month, we asked our colleagues for their tips on managing stress.

29/03/2018 01:00 AM
Staying together: "Four things I've learned about relationships & mental health"
Claire and her husband have been together for nine years. In that time they've learnt a thing or two about relationships, bipolar disorder, and each other. Here Claire shares the key things that work for them...

08/03/2018 12:00 AM
Running in the snow and being my own inspiration
The entire of Friday night was spent reading over my fundraising page, looking at the comments from all the amazing sponsors and I woke up Saturday morning thinking “I’ve got to blooming run it!”. So I did!!!

02/03/2018 12:00 AM
Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2018: Why are prevention and early intervention strategies crucial?
Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2018: Why are prevention and early intervention strategies crucial?

01/03/2018 12:00 AM
Self Harm Awareness Day: How I cope with self harm
Today is Self Harm Awareness Day and we asked, Chris, from our campaigns team to give us her 5 tips for coping with self harm. If you'd like to learn more about self harm or how you can help yourself and others, take a look at our fact sheet here:

28/02/2018 12:00 AM
Our Top 5 Tips for Good Mental Health at University
Going to university can be a very enjoyable experience. There is no reason why going to university with a mental health issues should be any different, but it does mean that you have a few extra things to bear in mind when you go. Here are our top 5 tips on maintaining your mental health at university...

27/02/2018 12:00 AM
CQC report shows it's time we #actformentalhealth
Today, the Care Quality Commission released their annual Monitoring the Mental Health Act report and it highlights people with severe mental illness are still not being involved in their own care while under the act nor being advised on their legal rights.

26/02/2018 12:00 AM
What eating disorders are really about
Eating disorders are about far more than just food. I realized this as I started to let go of my eating disorder. The preoccupation with many calories I had consumed or restricted was simply a complex disguise. On a deeper level, my eating disorder was a safety net. Food was no longer food.

22/02/2018 12:00 AM
The Infinnity Project for artists enters second year
The InFinnity Project launched last year for the first time in memory of a young artist Finn Clark aged 25 who took his own life.

15/02/2018 12:00 AM
What next for ESA & PIP assessments?
Assessments for disability benefits should be transparent, timely and accurate. Our It’s Broken Her report, published in December last year, showed that the assessment processes for Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Personal Independence Payments (PIP) do not to pass these tests. This failure has damaging repercussions for claimants with all forms of conditions, but they are particularly acute for people affected by mental illness.

14/02/2018 12:00 AM
New report recommends recording face to face benefit interviews
In September 2017, the Work and Pensions Committee put out a call for evidence on the medical assessments for disability benefits PIP and ESA carried out for the Department of Work and Pensions by private contractors Capita, Atos and Maximus today they have released their report with the recommendation that they record face to face interviews.

12/02/2018 12:00 AM
Changes to PIP - what we know so far.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a benefit for people with a mental or physical health condition to help with the extra cost of living because of ill health or disability. In January 2018 the government announced huge changes to who recieves these benfits and how they are assessed. While the scope of these changes is still unclear, the links below offer a round up of what we know so far.

26/01/2018 12:00 AM
Time to fix a broken system
Our research found that 38% of claimants felt that delays in decisions led to deterioration in their mental health, and 19% had to take higher doses of medication in order to cope with the increased stress as a result.