Mental Health

PODCAST – Maureen Watt, Scotland’s Minister for Mental Health

PODCAST – Maureen Watt, Scotland’s Minister for Mental Health

Last week, Danny Bowman had the opportunity to sit down with Maureen Watt MSP, the Minister for Mental Health at Holyrood. The role was created by the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, in her second term reshuffle. Maureen Watt became a member of Scottish Parliament in 2006, making her maiden speech on the subject of drugs and rehabilitation. Prior to entering […]

by · 11th September 2017 · Mental Health
Aspire to beat the Haters

Aspire to beat the Haters

by Cllr. Richard Harris Ask yourself this; have you ever been bullied? Abused? Tormented? Tortured? Some of those words might seem a bit over the top, a bit extreme. As someone who has been bullied, as a child and as a young adult, I can tell you, this is not extreme, it’s the dark reality of life.The bullying at school […]

by · 7th April 2017 · Mental Health
My journey through mental illness

My journey through mental illness

As part of our focus on mental health we have invited our members to discuss their experiences with us, in the hope that it will help others. Today, our mental health spokesman, Danny Bowman bravely talks about his struggles with Obsessional Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).   When I started thinking about writing about my own mental health experience […]

by · 7th April 2017 · Mental Health
When is the right time to talk about mental health?

When is the right time to talk about mental health?

As part of our focus on mental health we have invited our members to discuss their experiences with us, in the hope that it will help others. Today, our research assistant, Alice Davison bravely talks about her struggle with depression and anxiety. When is the right time to talk about mental health? On many an occasion I have been accused of […]

by · 2nd April 2017 · Mental Health
It is time to make bullying an offence

It is time to make bullying an offence

As part of our focus on mental health and bullying, we have invited our members to discuss their experiences with us, in the hope that it will help others. Today, our disability spokesman, Cllr. Richard Harris bravely talks about his experience with school bullying and calls on the government to do much more to combat it. It’s not often that […]

by · 2nd April 2017 · Mental Health
Danny Bowman in New! Magazine

Danny Bowman in New! Magazine

Parliament Street’s Mental Health Spokesman, Danny Bowman, was featured in the March 27 2017 issue of New! Magazine, talking about his struggle with Body Dysmorphic Disorder and his work with Parliament Street.

by · 28th March 2017 · Mental Health, Press Room
EVENT REVIEW – A 21st century approach to mental health – part 2

EVENT REVIEW – A 21st century approach to mental health – part 2

By Danny Bowman After the success of the first event it was now time for the main event in the House of Commons with a sell-out audience of 200 people in attendance and an esteemed panel including the Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent, Matthew Scott; Leading psychologist and author, Rob Wilson; Director of Time to Change, Sue Baker and […]

EVENT REVIEW – A 21st century approach to mental health -part 1

EVENT REVIEW – A 21st century approach to mental health -part 1

By Danny Bowman As many of you know March is Parliament Street’s mental health month focusing on every aspect of the subject. With all that said Parliament Street decided to host one event that turned into two events due to the large amount of interest in the topic. We held both events at the Houses of Parliament with two days […]

Mental Health – A Professional’s Point of View

Mental Health – A Professional’s Point of View

By Dr. Rob Willson My main day job providing cognitive behaviour therapy to outpatients in North London. I’m also a trustee and chair of a mental health charity called the body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) foundation. BDD is a serious, common and potentially life-threatening condition affecting 2% of the population. I’ve written a few self-help books, four of which with one […]

by · 5th March 2017 · Mental Health
Mental Health – Rhetoric and Reality

Mental Health – Rhetoric and Reality

  By Danny Bowman In the first two months of 2017 mental health has been talked about more in parliament then in the whole of 2009. This would suggest that we are moving forward on this incredibly important issue. However, from the potential reduction in Personal Independence Allowance (PIP,) derogatory comments made by the head of policy at Downing Street […]

by · 1st March 2017 · Mental Health