Rethink Mental Illness

News and views from national mental health charity Rethink Mental Illness

11/07/2018 01:00 AM
Our response to Matt Hancock being appointed as the new Secretary of State for Health & Social Care
Yesterday (10th July 2018), Matt Hancock replaced Jeremy Hunt as Secretary of State for Health & Social Care. We asked our Senior Public Affairs Officer, Louise Forsyth, to set out what pressing issues will be in his in-tray.

09/07/2018 01:00 AM
Living with Bipolar: Robert's Story

09/07/2018 01:00 AM
How Mollie got back on her feet with Rethink Mental Illness

06/07/2018 01:00 AM
Living in the 90s: A World Cup Special
It's one of the most unique fundraising ideas we've ever had. Stuart Clayton from our Flyde Family Support Group has decided to restrict his media intake to what was available to him in the 90s in tribute to England's 1990 World Cup squad. It's bought some unexpected benefits to Stuart's wellbeing so we thought it best to relay a 'letter' (email - he's allowed 15 minutes of emailing once a day at the local library) sent by Stuart to describe just what life is like living back in the 90s.

05/07/2018 01:00 AM
#NHS70: Together we can achieve our goals
Every day, our work brings us into contact with the NHS. Every day, our supporters are aided by the tireless efforts of those on the frontline. It is only fitting then that we show our appreciation for their hard work on the 70th birthday of the NHS.

18/06/2018 01:00 AM
Getting out of bed was difficult... facing the day was even worse

14/06/2018 01:00 AM
Carers Week 2018: Six tips for carers
For over forty years our network of support groups and services have been an invaluable resource for thousands of carers across the UK. With an estimated 1 in 8 adults caring for a loved one, we asked our Bristol Carers Service for their tips on looking after someone living with mental illness.

13/06/2018 01:00 AM
How Paul found belonging by caring for his wife
It wasn’t until Paul retired that he became aware of his wife’s struggles with bipolar disorder. Feeling let down by the health care system, Paul turned to a Rethink Mental Illness carers group for help. After finding a sense of belonging he and his wife have helped the group go from strength to strength. Paul is currently our Member of the Year. This is his journey.

12/06/2018 01:00 AM
Carers Week 2018: Caring for my brother
When you look after someone with mental illness it can be easy to get caught up in the day to day duties of being a carer and forget the person underneath the diagnosis. In this blog, Yasma from our North West Regional Committee discusses her relationship with her brother and how a shared love of travel has been key to helping him find his confidence again.

08/06/2018 01:00 AM
Rethink Remembers - remembering Harriet
Mental health can strike anyone, anywhere- that’s a fact. I have four amazing daughters but a mental illness took one away. Harriet, or Hat as we liked to call her, was clever and kind, the sort of person that “wouldn’t harm a fly”.

02/06/2018 01:00 AM
Cycling did not save my life, it changed it immeasurably for the better…

23/05/2018 01:00 AM
Susan's Story - How Rethink Mental Illness saved my daughter
I have absolutely no doubt that, if I had not found the Rethink Advice and Information service in 2001, my daughter would be dead. One night, she was, sectioned under the Mental Health Act, and detained in hospital. She was prescribed some medication we had never heard of, and dumped back on us with no explanation, no help and no support. We had no idea what to do.

14/05/2018 01:00 AM
Increase support for carers and families
We know that lots of people who look after a loved one with a mental illness don’t always see themselves as carers. But if you are helping to support someone then you should be entitled to an assessment and extra support from your local authority. Here, Lauren shares her experience of getting the right care package in place for her daughter.

14/05/2018 01:00 AM
Time to Change's mission to end stigma and discrimination
In spite of great progress, there are still many myths and preconceptions about mental illness. Ten years ago Rethink Mental Illness together with Mind set up Time to Change, our anti-stigma campaign. In this blog, Jo Loughran, Director of Time to Change, looks at how Time to Change has captured the public's attention, and how we still need your help to challenge the public discussion on mental illness.

14/05/2018 01:00 AM
Tackling the link between Mental illness and Money Problems
Mental Illness and money problems can go hand in hand. That’s why we set up the Mental Health and Money Advice service. Thanks to our new website and telephone hotline we are able to offer confidential support before debt becomes a problem. In this blog Sarah from our Advice and Information Service looks at the link between debt and mental illness and how you can take control of this.