Rethink Mental Illness
News and views from national mental health charity Rethink Mental Illness
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.
17/01/2018 12:00 AM
The Abandoned Illness - Five Years On
In November 2011 Rethink Mental Illness set up the Schizophrenia Commission to review how treatment for people witch schizophrenia and psychosis could be improved. The Abandoned Illness shaped the campaigning agenda for Rethink Mental Illness in the last five years, and today we are publishing a report.
11/01/2018 12:00 AM
Five Ideas for a Bright Blue Monday
On Monday we’re going to see a lot of misguided articles using a a giddy mixture of pseudoscience and PR to claim that ‘today is the day you shall be depressed’ – ‘Blue Monday’ is coming.
10/01/2018 12:00 AM
Blue Monday is absurd!
Blue Monday is absurd – let’s be clear about that from the start. It is nothing more than pseudo-science based on one advertising agency’s desire to sell more cheap flights. We don’t need a special day to feel depressed. Some of us live with depression three hundred and sixty five days a year.
09/01/2018 12:00 AM
Improving London's Mental Health Crisis Care
Over the last few years, Rethink Mental Illness has been campaigning for better provision to support people who are experiencing a crisis and we are pleased to hear about some progress which has been made in the London area through the Healthy London Partnership programme
29/12/2017 12:00 AM
Together we are stronger: a year in campaigning
With mental health talked about more than ever, we’ve been pushing to turn words into action. And we’ve had success along the way. Whether you emailed your MP or signed a petition, you’ve made a huge contribution towards improving the lives of people severely affected by mental illness. Together, this year we:
22/12/2017 12:00 AM
The happy kitchen: Good mood food!
Staying well is key to living with a mental illness. When things feel difficult and everyday feels like an uphill struggle it is important to find something to help you stay focussed. In this special series for Christmas, writer and mental health campaigner Rachel Kelly looks at how what we eat can impact our mental health and the joys that can be found in cooking.
21/12/2017 12:00 AM
How drawing helped my recovery
Staying well is key to living with a mental illness. When things feel difficult and everyday feels like an uphill struggle it is important to find something to help you stay focussed. In this special series for Christmas, visual artist and mental health campaigner Liz Atkin explains how one box of charcoal has helped her start thousands of conversations.
20/12/2017 12:00 AM
Mental Illness is hilarious - because it's absurd
Staying well is key to living with a mental illness. When things feel difficult and everyday feels like an uphill struggle it is important to find something to help you stay focussed. In this special series for Christmas, writer, presenter and performer Juliette Burton blogs about how comedy helps her keep stay well and offers a light in those dark moments.
18/12/2017 12:00 AM
To be a happy writer, I need to write
Staying well can be key to living with long term mental illness. When things feel difficult and every day feels like an uphill struggle, it is important to find solace in something that helps break the daily cycle of worry and stress. Our friend, Carl Burkitt, from Time to Change told us how writing has been key for him whilst managing his experience with depression.
08/12/2017 12:00 AM
ESA & PIP - a broken system
We know that people with mental illness face enormous barriers in the welfare system. But the full of extent of these challenges has been laid bare with the publication of our new report 'It’s broken her: an assessment of disability benefit and mental health’