When Speaking About Mental Health, Language Matters

Why does language matter? What is the difference between describing someone as 'Is Bipolar' or 'Has Bipolar'? Firstly, language is a powerful tool of expression. We tell stories with language and these stories conjure up images and ideas in the listener. We can impact the way people think or perceive the world around them with [...]

Still More To Do To Tackle Mental Health Stigma

For mental illness sufferers, an underfunded NHS, discrimination against benefit claimants and a negative tone from the media is still creating a society that misunderstand and stigmatise. A lack of funding for mental health and parity of esteem in the NHS reinforces the view that mental illnesses aren't as important or as serious as physical [...]

Mental Illness and The Sometimes I Can, Sometimes I Can’t, High/Low Functioning Distinction

The first time I heard the terms 'high functioning' and 'low functioning' was when I first applied for benefits a few years ago. This is the idea that although you have a disability, such as a mental illness, you're either able or not able to look after yourself and live your daily life. I had [...]

What not to say to someone with Bipolar Part 2

Continuing on from the first part, which you can read here I've explored conversations I've had regarding bipolar. As I mentioned in part 1, many of the questions or statements are meant to help, but are things I have heard many, many times before. Sometimes they can be insulting, which is difficult to deal with. I have [...]