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For nearly fifty years we have been the voice of people severely affected by mental illness. Every year thousands of people see our media coverage, read our blogs and share the stories that matter to them. Take a look around our news and stories archive and be inspired today.
Latest Press Releases
Increasing number of young people struggling with their mental health
We comment on the increasing proportion of 17-19 year-olds struggling with their mental health.Read more Read more
Rethink Mental Illness comments on Autumn Statement
Rethink Mental Illness has commented on the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, calling for further detail on how funding increases will be used to improve the lives of people experiencing mental illness.Read more Read more
Charity warns that nation’s mental health has failed to rebound since the “dark days” of the pandemic
New online research by YouGov for charity Rethink Mental Illness reveals people more likely to report that their mental health has worsened since start of year, when the nation was in the midst of the Omicron wave and Plan B pandemic restrictions were in place.Read more Read more
People living with severe mental illness need more support and care to join workforce
Rethink Mental Illness has commented on new data from the ONS focusing on the number of people out of work due to long-term sickness.Read more Read more
Open letter to Jeremy Hunt, Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mental health service providers, practitioners and service users are anxious about the prospect of cuts to mental health and NHS funding. The Mental Health Policy Group plus some of our wider sector partners have written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer ahead of 17 November budget statement to urge him to protect mental health.Read more Read more
Rethink Mental Illness concerned at deep inequality in Mental Health Act detentions
New data has shown certain groups continue to be detained in hospital at a higher rate than others when experiencing a mental health crisis.Read more Read more
Latest Blogs and Stories
Living with BPD - "Don’t let anyone make you feel inadequate"
In this blog, Kerry tells us about her experience of living with borderline personality disorder (BPD). After moving from England to Spain, Kerry talks about the impact of trying to settle in to different Western cultures whilst being from a Punjabi family. She also describes the ways in which her diagnosis affects her, and gives advice for others who are having a tough time with their mental health.Read more Read more
Alcohol: the bad medicine - Natasha's story
From seeing drinking as harmless fun as a teen, to experiencing crippling anxiety and negative thoughts. Natasha tells us about her experience of alcohol addiction and explains the huge impact it had on her mental health.Read more Read more
Involving people living with mental illness in the creation of their own services
Involving people who live with mental illness in the design and delivery of their own services is undoubtedly vital to the future of mental health care. But how can we work together to ensure that co-production and efforts to address systemic inequalities can keep pace with the rapid pace of system change?Read more Read more
OCD needs a clean-up
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can have a profound effect on the 1 in 50 people who live with the condition - and while most people associate OCD with order and cleanliness, the truth is - it's way more debilitating than that. In this blog Shaun talks about his experiences and discusses how we must look beyond the stereotypes.Read more Read more
Gaming together for mental health
In this blog, Tom tells us about his love of gaming and the positive impact it has on his mental health. Tom is taking part in our Gaming Get Together virtual fundraising event. Feeling inspired? Sign up today.Read more Read more
Black History Month must not be a symbolic gesture...
Since 1976, Black History Month has celebrated the successes of Black people globally. However, since the senseless murder of George Floyd in 2020, Black History Month has become an even more powerful call to action for us all to address the racial disparities within society so that all Black people are celebrated and treated with respect and fairness.Read more Read more
"Anorexia is not only about weight management" - Victoria's story
Victoria has lived with anorexia for 25 years, and has noticed in that time that the media’s portrayal of her condition doesn’t even come close to what it is really like. Her anorexia impacts her life in lots of different ways, every day. But, after a quarter of a century, she has developed numerous techniques that help her to cope with her diagnosis. Here’s her story.Read more Read more
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