Bullying and Mental health

Bullying is verbal and mental abuse. It does not only happen to children, it happens to adults too! There are so many ways that could one bully can cause abuse to a victim. Young or old. Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behaviour among children and adults, that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behaviour is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.

The effects of bullying on mental health:

·         Depression

·          Anxiety

·         Bipolar in extreme cases

·         Development in split personalities due to abuse

·          feelings of sadness and loneliness

·          changes in sleep, may develop insomnia

·         Change in eating patterns

·         loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy

·         increased risk of suicide,


How to stop bullying:

·         Stand up for people who are bullied. Bullies often want an audience and approval. Let bullies know that you do not think being mean is cool.

·         Take an anti-bullying pledge. Print out our pledge to stand up against bullying. Share it with your friends, and let people know what you believe. And share our anti-bullying image  on Facebook too.

·         Take action. See if you can start an anti-bullying club or prevention program at your school.

·         Talk to other kids. Try to learn more about where bullying happens at your school. Talk about what might help. See if you and some friends can go together to talk to an adult at school.

·         Talk to your teachers or principal. Let adults at school know that you care about this topic. Ask the school to host an assembly on bullying. Ask for an anonymous survey to learn how many kids are being bullied.

·         Talk to your parents or guardians. Your parents or guardians can ask your school to focus more on bullying. We have information for adults on the bullying page in our section for parents and caregivers.

·         Speak (and write) up! Write a blog, or tweets to tackle bullying.

·         Get creative


Religion and mental health

Religion plays a significant role in people lives and minds. With mental health institutions making remarkable studies and methods of supporting people with mental health sometimes an individual’s belief can play a crucial role; negative or positive.

Positive ways religion could help mental health:

  • When a group of people unite, and come together this could have an impact on the psyche. With everyone that is important to an individual together and allow the person to have a feeling of purpose and belonging.
  • Depression is big word that has big consequences. With times like Easter, when many people have days off to spend time with family, religious or not.
  • Allows people to express themselves to their family or religious group
  • Brings people together
  • Eases stress about life overall
  • Gives opportunity to escape reality with religion
  • Allows a form of meditation

Negative ways religion could impact mental health:

  • Sometimes this is not the case unfortunately, people with mental health issues do not have the opportunity to do so due to religion.
  • Many religious parents, or family members sometimes leave the issues to god, and point the ill in that direction. However, it is crucial that people should appreciate that sometimes just a little bit of talk and time things could change.
  • Some religious people, even from my family do not believe in the whole idea and concept of mental illness, or learning difficulties.  This could cause more pressure on the individual
  • There is a stigma around mental health and religion yet it is important for people to realise that one should be supportive at all costs, even if it means to putting personal beliefs aside.
  • May become addicted to religion and not get in contact with wider society
  • May cause more pressure on the person due to stigmas around religion being outdated for instance.

Body image and mental health

It is not fair how much people experience discrimination because of their weight. People do not wake up thinking deciding to be fat. It is not a decision that people make in a day. It is something that people do, like eat cake for example because of circumstance that happen in their life. It may be a death in the family, or something simple like exams, or stress.

People who blame people for their weight is ridiculous, people go through horrible experiences that result to over eating. People with depression or anxiety may not be comfortable with going outside, myself as an example, I have not been diagnosed with any mental health issues but I don’t feel comfortable with going gym, or I feel really low and feel really bad when people comment on my weight. I am currently a size 12, which is not obese but I am gaining weight and it is because of my circumstance with my partner, at home and at university.

Anyone who suffers any self-esteem due to weight is an experience that effects their life in general as they feel as they do not comfortable going to the gym, or it may be difficult financially to eat healthy as frozen food is cheaper and eating fresh food is costly!

Mental health could get effected drastically due to weight. Not only obesity can cause mental health issues, it is a range of weight related disorders such as bulimia can cause people to take their life away, or not feel comfortable in their own ski due to all the people on the internet or the television which portrays women, men and children are being portrayed to be fit, healthy and happy but that is not true in real life. In reality weight disorders is common, and there should not be any prejudice towards this!


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Stress and YOUR health

stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behaviour. Being able to recognize common stress symptoms can give you a jump on managing them. Stress that’s left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

Common effects of stress on your body

·         Headache

·         Muscle tension or pain

·         Chest pain

·         Fatigue

·         Change in sex drive

·         Stomach upset

·         Sleep problems

Common effects of stress on your mood

·         Anxiety

·         Restlessness

·         Lack of motivation or focus

·         Feeling overwhelmed

·         Irritability or anger

·         Sadness or depression

Common effects of stress on your behaviour

·         Overeating or undereating

·         Angry outbursts

·         Drug or alcohol abuse

·         Tobacco use

·         Social withdrawal

·         Exercising less often

Stress can clearly effect you physically and mentally. During the fast-paced life of work, studying or/and the daily responsibilities people get caught up and become stressed which is natural. However, people often do not realize how much the stress can affect them thus it is very important for people to take a step back. To relax, to enjoy themselves. To remember to live, not just survive. To enjoy love and live fife to the fullest. Even if it is just taking a bath or buying new pyjamas, OR even put a movie on and lay in bed.


Smoking stress away


My great nanny smokes weed. Living in a society that causes so much stress, we are almost forced to turn to anything that will calm us down and allow us to sleep at night. Weed, has shown numerous of times to help with mental health issues and let me not forget about stress relief. I mean when I ask people why do you smoke they say to kill the pain, and smile.

How has weed been proven to help mental health?

1. Insomnia

Those suffering from insomnia should consider ingesting medical marijuana. A cookie or brownie can be taken before bed with a glass of milk, and should ensure good sleep throughout the night. Users should be aware that the effects of medical marijuana will not be felt for up to an hour. Medical marijuana is a desirable alternative to addictive drugs such as Xanax, and is not habit forming. Many users report feeling clear-minded and relaxed, sleeping through the night, and having more pleasant dreams.

2. Migraines

Migraines can also be treated with medical marijuana, sometimes better than actual migraine medication. When consumed or smoked, retrograde inhibition will help to slow the rate of neurotransmitters in the brain. This is wonderful news for people who suffer from migraines—all too often, these horrific headaches are due to an overload of neural stimulation. Retrograde inhibition also relieves the pain and other symptoms which attend a full-blown migraine, including nausea and sensitivity to lights. Additionally, migraine medication has been flagged for dangerous side effects, including increased blood pressure. Migraine medication can also be rather debilitating to take, as it makes the user feel very tired and only want to sleep. Medical marijuana can make some users feel slightly sleepy but the doze can be adjusted so that the migraine sufferer will still experience relief from pain, nausea, and hyper-sensitivity, while not becoming as drowsy as they would with the alternative.

3. Anxiety

Mild anxiety is sometimes a side-effect for users, but some people experience mood-elevating effects, as well as a relaxing experience, allowing anxiety sufferers to have a normal life. Medical marijuana can also cause a desirable “slowing” down of thought processes, which can help to break up some of the upsetting cyclical thought patterns which plague anxiety sufferers.

4. Depression

Those who use marijuana once or more weekly have long reported fewer episodes of depression than the rest of the populace, but medical marijuana can also be smoked or ingested to elevate the mood and relieve those who specifically suffer from depression. As in anxiety sufferers, the lasting effects of medical marijuana help to break characteristic unproductive or negative thought cycles which so often spiral out of control for the sufferer until they hit “rock bottom.” Marijuana is not a miracle cure for depression or anxiety – it would not be healthy to mask the root problem instead of treating it – however, it can help one to live a happier, more fulfilling life while the patient works with a therapist to treat the root of their symptoms.

5. Bipolar Disorder

The friends and family of those with Bipolar Disorder will welcome this news as much as the sufferer – medical marijuana can significantly calm the mood swings exhibited by those with Bipolar Disorder. Cannabis works as a mood stabilizer for sufferers. Lithium, which has traditionally been diagnosed for sufferers, takes several weeks to begin working and also causes damage to the heart, kidneys, and thyroid gland. Often sufferers do not like to take their lithium, as it reins their emotions in to an unpleasant, deadening degree, an unpleasant effect not experienced by those who use marijuana instead. The marijuana smokers report feeling a pleasant effect long after the “high” itself has dissipated – this is the mood stabilizing effect of the drug.

In conclusion, medical marijuana should be of note to all those who are suffering from mental disorders, particularly the above mentioned five. Medical marijuana provides us with a safe, natural alternative to dangerous, habit-forming drugs. Many medicines traditionally prescribed by doctors actually damage the body and mind with long term use. Additionally, most people suffering from one health condition or another take more than one medication, and all too often these medications interfere with each other, exacerbating health problems, especially when the patient’s physicians are not in good contact with one another. Of course, when considering any sort of medication, be it marijuana or otherwise, you should be sure to consult with your physician first.

In conclusion, medical marijuana should be of note to all those who are suffering from mental disorders, particularly the above mentioned five. Medical marijuana provides us with a safe, natural alternative to dangerous, habit-forming drugs. Many medicines traditionally prescribed by doctors actually damage the body and mind with long term use. Additionally, most people suffering from one health condition or another take more than one medication, and all too often these medications interfere with each other, exacerbating health problems, especially when the patient’s physicians are not in good contact with one another. Of course, when considering any sort of medication, be it marijuana or otherwise, you should be sure to consult with your physician first.


Walking down to Primark I saw a five tents, children, women and men. Thinking that we are in a society where a man with millions can walk past this unfortunate event and not do nothing. We’re in a society where people don’t give a fuck about people, it seems ridiculous that this is the society that I will potentially be raising my children. Capitalism has forced people out their homes for another person to have the life of luxury. Why is this? Many argue that an individual gets what your work for, I’ll tell you what I think… BULLSHIT!

 Most homeless people are without the privilege of a roof over their head due to some sort of mental health issue. A drunk woman which I see almost everyday on my way to university, I found out that she is in the state she is because she lost her family, and promised her daughter to stay alive. Her children were taken away because as a single mother she did not provide them with suitable living standards. Ok, I see where people can be getting angry because some may argue that she could have had an abortion, or give the children to foster care. BUT the twist to this story is that she got abused by her boyfriend. Emotionally and physically. She did go to the police, guess what, they didn’t care, not a single action because of insufficient evidence. She could have had depression, anxiety paranoia or several different or multiple mental health issues. She’s homeless because of a mental illness. Despite many arguments that could be given that she was irresponsible or did not do enough to help her situation with her children or getting abused but she had a mental illness that forced her into homelessness.

 She gave up. As she told me. She does not beg. She does not ask for sympathy. She is a human like me and you that has given up.

Although there many places to go for help some people just will feel ashamed in going. The stigma around mental health is getting worse. Yeah, I must believe that there are campaigns to raise awareness but are they really working? Look around next time. Spikes on floors, benches as poles, parks closed, gates everywhere. This is all for homeless people not to have anywhere to lay their head, only a hard-cold floor that you step on.

  People have to admit to it sooner or later that we are in a society where mental health is forcing people into homelessness. Living in a society where not having nothing to eat, or living in a mental state where you don’t have control is a norm; is really scary!

 There are many opportunities to lead people into the right direction. Job enter for example provides workshops to help build confidence experience, and income if someone is not successful. There are schools to help build education for free, there are universities like the open university not allow people to get up and do something with their life, even if they have no experience, are old, Ill or didn’t get the opportunity to fulfil their dream. Many would turn around and be like its their fault their homeless. I used to think like that. Me and my family were homeless, I came from a background where money was always low and I was the first to go university. My nanny has depression and anxiety she dealt with homelessness too.

 Don’t judge anyone as everyone has their own battle.

The mind of suicide.

What goes on in the head of an individual who experiences suicidal thoughts? Well it all comes down to the person.

There is no single trigger to suicide, if that was the case, hopefully our corrupted government would fix the issue!

Mental health is one of the major causes of suicide. Many people who suffer mental health problems go through an abhorrent, ashamed, and secretive experience(s). Theresa May proved this with her speech on injustices (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-38548567 ). tm-speecchh

Many people who have mental health issues are not provided the right facilities. The independent found that many students who experience mental health disorders will have suicidal thoughts, however many universities such as York, or Essex provide facilities such as; the Samaritans, or a 24 hour and confidential calling services within the universities that allow students to call and speak about stress, anxiety or other problems that the student may be feeling. Despite providing support for students, this is clearly not enough, as student my feel embarrassed or simply my not be willing to talk to an untrained, and unprofessional person, that might be sitting next to them in the next lecture. There is evidence supporting my claim as student suicides at their highest level since 2007, according to Office for National Statistics (http://www.independent.co.uk/student/student-life/health/student-suicides-at-their-highest-level-since-2007-according-to-office-for-national-statistics-a7049916.html#r3z-addoor).


Although there are prescribed drugs to help stabilize attitudes, I honestly think that this shouldn’t be the case. In my belief, I think that it is absurd to deal with something mental with something physical (medication). This labels people, by labelling people with mental disorders they turn abnormal to society, this consequently forms a stigma. People thus, bully, and treat them differently I contrast with the rest of society. If an individual is experiencing suicidal thoughts, they should receive confidential therapy as in my case for example. medication does more harm than good. The National Health Institute notes that only roughly 60 percent of people on antidepressants note a significant change in feeling. Antidepressants and anxiety medications are required by the FDA to carry a “black box warning,” the highest warning available to prescription medications, due to the increased risk of suicidal thoughts that some patients experience while taking the medication, particularly in the first few weeks of adjustment. How are we going to stop suicide when suicide is literally being given to people to consume in prescription form…?

Overall, it is fair to that there are services that provide support, despite them having some problems, they are available to everyone! for example look at this picture of the princes and the princess supporting heads together campaign to  if you or someone that you know is having problems as well as raising money for the charity.