Exercising consistently is tough in itself, we’re not going to lie. But trying to stay (or just be!) active when we’re struggling mentally can feel near impossible. Feeling depressed can cause us to completely withdraw from the world - our friends and relatives, our jobs, and our social lives. It can result in us neglecting any form of self-care, and inevitably we find ourselves feeling worse. So how can we keep ourselves moving when we just want to curl up under the duvet fo
Dr Alex George, the UK’s Ambassador for Mental Health, presenter and author (you might know him from Love Island 2017) posted a picture of the medication he takes to help him manage his mental health on Instagram. And what a brilliant use of a platform with 2 million of us following him He’s been on a mission to tackle the stigma around mental health that, despite great efforts from many, sadly does still exist. As part of his efforts, he posted a photo of the medication he t
This week is World Suicide Prevention Day and one of our Beingwell family members shares their vulnerable personal experience. Trigger warning: This blog contains references to suicide and suicidal thoughts. My nervous breakdown wasn’t spectacular, it wasn’t urgent, or explosive, nor full of frothy emotions. It was a gradual, terribly slow, falling over sidewards. So slow in fact that I barely registered it until I had a few dozen paracetamols in my hand and suicide in my tho
When it comes to talking about our mental wellbeing, opening up can feel daunting and difficult. Many of us worry that the conversation will be awkward and uncomfortable, we’ll say the wrong things, or we’ll come across as rude. Some of us often feel we are burdening another with our woes. Being open, and having a support system in place for when things do get tough can be so beneficial for everyone, and especially those struggling with their mental health. When we talk about
1.3 million people in the UK have bipolar. That's 1 in 50 people.  Bipolar is one of the UK’s most common, long-term conditions. There are almost as many people living with bipolar as cancer (2.4%)! It’s also more than twice as common as dementia, epilepsy, autism, arthritis, and learning disabilities.  It takes on average 9 years to get a correct diagnosis of bipolar and there is a misdiagnosis an average of 3.5 times. Shocking, eh?  So, what is bipolar disorder?