Is Facebook bad for our mental health?
19/01/2018 When Justin Rosenstein – software programmer and former engineer for Facebook – declared in October that “It’s very common for humans to develop things with the best of intentions that have unintended, negative consequences”, you’d be hard pressed to guess that he was talking about Facebook’s little ‘Like’ button. And I was surprised to learn recently […]
Posted on: 19th January 2018
New Year’s resolution? Make sure it is a mindful one
07/01/2018 As the Christmas period winds down, many of our friends, colleagues and family members will be preparing for the coming months by making pledges to change in various ways. It’s a tradition that many of us can feel pressure to take part in ourselves when the New Year comes around. There are trends in […]
Posted on: 7th January 2018
Why families are really intense on Christmas Day
08/12/2017 If two people meeting is, according to psychoanalyst Wilfred Bion, an “emotional storm” a whole family meeting over Christmas creates nothing short of an “emotional tornado.” You’re being buffeted by 100 mile an hour gales and there is no escape. Sorry. Its Christmas, and just when you need them the most, therapists are on holiday. […]
Posted on: 8th December 2017
6 easy things you can do for happy mental health this Christmas
07/12/2017 I’ve always been a big lover of Christmas, but even so, I find there can be quite a lot of pressure to get it ‘right’. A lot needs to be done in order to get that picture-perfect, family Christmas (which I’m pretty sure was created by the media hype). There’s also that need to […]
Posted on: 7th December 2017
"Mental health affects so many of us"
Posted 2nd August 2017 by Anna Stokes Anna explains how she aims to help support Lambeth and Southwark Mind and why. The last time I ran a half marathon was about six years ago, and I injured myself and swore I wouldn’t do one again… but I’ve been so inspired by the amazing work Lambeth and […]
Posted on: 2nd August 2017
"I arrived in London suicidal, lonely, weary and frightened".
Posted on 27th June 2017 by Tony. We are respecting this person’s wish to keep their full identity undisclosed. Tony talks about his struggles with loneliness and suicidal thoughts after moving to London and how our peer support groups have helped him overcome them. Open Minds has been a safe haven for me for several months. […]
Posted on: 27th July 2017
How I take care of myself
Lambeth and Southwark Minds’ CEO and qualified psychotherapist, Ajay Khandelwal, explains how he manages to balance his work life and look after himself. Posted 11th July 2017 by Ajay Khandelwal The founders of psychotherapy liked to puff on a big cigar to wind down. I know famous psychoanalysts such as Winnicott used to stock his […]
Posted on: 11th July 2017
"My anxiety had reached a peak"
Brenton explains how his addiction was the cause to his anxiety and depression, and how he L&S Minds support groups helped him overcome this. Posted on 29th June 2017 by Brenton Ettienne I believe my story might be helpful to others who have had similar experiences, similar challenges and similar problems – especially those who are going […]
Posted on: 29th June 2017