Category Archives: Exploring Mental Health

The Link Between Spirituality and Mental Health

“Spiritual people are more likely to be mentally ill (but at least they think life has more meaning)”, cried the Daily Mail as we entered 2013. I was surprised and saddened when I read this article. Surprised, because my spirituality forms an essential part of my own mental health and emotional wellbeing toolkit, and saddened…

Psychiatry Conference Explores Huge Increase in Bipolar Disorder Diagnoses over the Last 15 Years

A psychiatry conference this weekend has looked at the reasons for – and legitimacy of – the huge increase in diagnoses of bipolar disorder over the last fifteen years. In this post for The Mind Sanctuary, founder Tina Gibbons explores the explosion of bipolar diagnoses and shares her own experience of receiving a diagnosis and…

Mental Health now and then…the last Victorian asylum in Suffolk

140 year old St Clements Hospital in Ipswich, the last Victorian asylum in Suffolk, will be closing its doors for the final time later this year, making way for the new state of the art wards at the Heath Road site of Ipswich Hospital. To conserve the heritage of St Clements and to commemorate this…

Finding Hope in The Darkest of Places

When the World says, “Give up!”   Hope whispers, “Try one more time!”  ~ Anon Hope has played such an enormous role in my life journey. My darkest days all have one thing in common – they all lack hope. Hope is like a bright light twinkling at the end of a long dark tunnel. Hope…

The Power of Kindness

One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the…

What Is Mental Health And Why Does It Apply to Everyone?

As you can imagine, I spend a lot of time talking to people about mental health. Something that has become clearer and clearer the more people I talk to, is that as with the term “recovery”, the term “mental health”, means different things to different people. To me it’s a very simple concept. We all…

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