A Leap Year Wish

It’s been inspiring and encouraging to see the publicity around the Young Minds Matter series launched by The Duchess of Cambridge when she was guest editor of the Huffington Post this month. Especially the theme of taking preventative action. At Mindapples, that’s obviously a theme that is close to our hearts. If you’ve come across…
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Stand to reason

Stand to reason: social justice in mental health are a charity tackling the mental health taboo.

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“In today’s world, in today’s language, that probably makes us “bonkers”, but we have a vision of a changed world, one in which it will be common sense or stand to reason that people who have experience of mental distress and ill health deserve the same respect and consideration as those with physical ill health and problems.”

“Serious mental health conditions may require particularly imaginative approaches by employers but is not an insurmountable problem”

A smile a day…

A model was actually seen smiling at the Paris fashion show this week. Please can we make it the start of something beautiful, says Laura Barton.

“The entire population of London, not known for its upbeat demeanour (with the notable exception of chirpy Cockney barrowboys) will be forced to smile during its morning commute or face a hefty fine.”

“The message we want to give out here is simple: in these times of financial collapse, war, environmental catastrophe, and sunless summers, Britain is a shiny, happy nation, one that will sustain itself on nothing more than strong tea, a wing, a prayer and a smile.”

We all need a little more smiling. It is good for the mind 🙂


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Suspicious Minds

Once it affected 1% of the population. Now more than a quarter of us suffer from paranoia, leading expert Daniel Freeman tells Sabine Durrant from the Guardian.

Paranoia, like depression and anxiety, can cause great anguish. “It’s a hierarchy of fear. It’s very common to think people are trying to irritate, or upset you. Less so is thinking there are coded negative messages about you in the press and radio.”

If you make the connection to things such as depression and anxiety, it really opens it up. “People with depression have higher levels of paranoia because of a sense of vulnerability and low self-esteem.”