Our blogs offer a longer look at some of the most pressing issues facing mental health policy and practice, written by people with lived experience and practitioners.

From time to time, we're delighted to publish blogs written by selected guest authors to generate debate and discussion on key topics. All guest blogs represent the authors’ views and are not necessarily those of the Centre.

Last updated 09/12/2018


Early help for children’s mental health: implications of the Children’s Commissioner’s report

Andy welcomes an increase in funding but highlights the wide variations in investment between local areas

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Can social media help young people’s emotional wellbeing?

Andy asks whether we are missing an important opportunity to use social media as an ally for young people's mental health

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Living with bipolar 1 disorder: Eleanor's story

Eleanor reflects on her diagnosis as a teenager and what has helped her to manage her mental health

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The mental health impacts of divisive policies in schools – learning from the past

David looks back at the damaging impact of Section 28 on young LGBT people, and calls on the system to learn from its past

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Mental health support for veterans – why we need evidence-based solutions

Harry Palmer responds to the Commons defence committee's report on mental health care for veterans

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A slow emergence into something new - life after cancer

David reflects on his gradual psychological recovery from cancer

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Mental health in fashion

Natasha Vinnikova reflects on the impact of working in a pressured freelance fashion environment on her mental health

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Why the messages in ‘Filling the Chasm’ need to be heard right now

Lucy Marks highlights the importance of treating primary mental health care as a team sport

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Best time of your life? Managing mental health at university

Thea looks back on her experience of university whilst navigating recovery

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Why disinvesting in mental health rehabilitation services is a false economy

Rajesh argues that the NHS Long Term Plan must address neglected rehabilitation services and a rise in out of area placements

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Resetting the rules for primary care and mental health

Dr Paul Turner highlights a fundamental need to challenge prevailing assumptions in mental health care

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The children’s mental health survey and its implications

Lorraine takes a longer look at yesterday's children's prevalence survey and its key findings

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