Living With Psychosis – How Your Language Can Hurt

If you throw around the words 'psychotic' or 'delusional' to describe someone you disagree with, or roll it out when you've been hurt or upset - then you can't call yourself a mental health advocate, or say that you care about mental health. There, I've said it. People have said to me, "But surely delusional [...]

The ‘Mental Health Conversation’ Is Not Boring – And Still Relevant

The ‘Mental Health Conversation’ Is Not Boring – And Still Relevant

I've seen a shift recently in how people view advocacy and raising awareness around mental health and mental illness. To some it's now 'boring' or no longer necessary or needed. I think they're wrong. It should be obvious to anyone in the UK that mental health services are underfunded. Waiting times are atrociously long and [...]

We Need To Stop Using Mental Illness To Negatively Describe People

"They're mental" "So bipolar" "What a psycho" "That's crazy/insane" Lets be honest here; It's lazy and ignorant to use a mental illness to negatively describe someone. They're a myriad of words you can use to describe a situation, or person. It doesn't have to have anything to do with mental illness. What do you mean [...]

Unexpected Stigma

I have been very lucky with the care I've received from medical professionals in the past few years since my diagnosis of bipolar and psychosis. The two psychiatrists who've been charged with my care have been understanding and respectful. All good news. That is, until this week. I have a new psychiatrist. My first appointment [...]

Those of us with severe mental illness are here and should be visible in the mental health conversation

Self care, wellbeing, mindfulness, depression, anxiety. All words the general public are accustomed to hearing. They are part of the mental health conversation and have become integral to increasing understanding of mental illness.  What about psychosis, schizophrenia, PTSD, OCD BPD? These are terms that still make people feel uncomfortable and on edge. People still believe that [...]

A Life Lived Vividly Series – Psychotic Doesn’t Equal Dangerous

Evil Nasty Freak Bitch Jealous Dangerous These are all words that people relate to psychosis. We all need to stop using it as a derogatory term. So often I hear people described as psychotic when they're being cruel, or acting unpredictably. Recently I saw someone on twitter describing an ex as a 'psychotic nazi.' Politicians, especially [...]

The Problem With The Term ‘Mental Health’

I've lost my connection to the term 'Mental Health.' It means different things to different people, and that's a problem. I consider myself a mental health blogger, but I'm thinking of changing that. To be honest I'm a mental illness blogger. I'll explain why. For some people, myself included, mental health refers to mental illness. It's a term [...]