How To Sensitively Talk To Someone Having Suicidal Thoughts

It can feel incredibly tough to talk to someone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts, but it's so important to have these conversations. We often worry about making the situation worse if we talk about it, but actually, we could just end up alienating that person by not talking about it. Language is a powerful tool, [...]

Managing Sleep

I know a ton of us, especially right now when we're under lockdown, are struggling to get a good night's kip. How can a lack of sleep affect us? I'll also look at some tips and advice that have helped me along the way. Why is sleep so important? Sleep refreshes us, it keeps us [...]

We’re being told to ‘reach out’, but what does this mean, and how do we do it?

We’re being told to ‘reach out’, but what does this mean, and how do we do it?

When you live with mental illness you're often told to 'reach out' for support. But how do you actually do this?  I'm a mental health writer and advocate, and often find myself telling people to 'reach out' when they're struggling. I stress how honesty and openness is important, that you can't move forward without sharing [...]

No, that person you disagree with isn’t delusional

No, that person you disagree with isn’t delusional

As someone that experiences actual delusional thinking, it's difficult to hear people using the word to describe someone they disagree with. By using this term all you're doing is insinuating our symptoms are synonymous with badness.  I live with Bipolar disorder, with psychotic symptoms. When I have an episode of bipolar mania, I might become delusional. [...]

How to help someone before and during a manic episode

How to help someone before and during a manic episode

Make a Plan. Before an episode of mania starts, make a plan together. First off, they'll be more receptive to your ideas. They'll be more in control and be able to look objectively at previous episodes of mania. Decide together what will help them, and what support and help they want when they are seriously [...]