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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
March is Mental Health Month

March is Mental Health Month

By Danny Bowman I am pleased to announce the start of Parliament Street’s mental health month starting 1st March 2017. Mental health has become one of the most important issues that our country needs to deal with in the 21st Century and has long been the poorer relative in our NHS and beyond. Throughout this essential month Parliament Street will […]

by · 1st March 2017 · Mental Health
Challenging Perceptions in Society

Challenging Perceptions in Society

By Richard Harris I sit with certain family members, watching TV and cringe every now and then at their reaction to people and situations. For example, I have noticed, recently that the BBC has begun to deploy disabled news readers and weather presenters. We have a generation or two of people in this country who will see the difference between […]

by · 22nd February 2017 · Disabilities
OPINION: Why John Bercow is wrong to try and ban Trump from the Houses of Parliament

OPINION: Why John Bercow is wrong to try and ban Trump from the Houses of Parliament

By Sofia Geraghty When I was about five, my parents decreed that my elder brother could go to be bed later than myself owing to the fact he was older. Outraged at their assumption that age should dictate how many hours of daylight you are entitled to, I immediately fled their oppressive regime and went to start a new life for […]

by · 21st February 2017 · Blog
NEW RESEARCH – Free Schools for a Free Society

NEW RESEARCH – Free Schools for a Free Society

A new research paper, prepared for Parliament Street by Tom Burkard and Colin McKenzie. In England, good teachers are leaving the profession at the same time that school rolls are increasing.  Even good schools often have difficulty filling vacancies.  Workload and poor discipline have made teaching a highly stressful occupation—and school improvement programmes can add substantially to workload.  The problem […]

by · 8th February 2017 · Education, Research
Carney Bonner’s Story

Carney Bonner’s Story

As part of our focus on mental health we have invited some mental health campaigners to discuss their experiences with us, in the hope that it will help others. Today, Carney Bonner tells us about his struggle with cyber-bullying and the impact that it had on his mental health.  Carney’s story is truly inspiring. Hello, My name is Carney Bonner. […]

by · 3rd February 2017 · Mental Health
Danny Bowman on Time to Talk Day

Danny Bowman on Time to Talk Day

By Danny Bowman Imagine a day in the year where millions of conversations are triggered about mental health. My younger self at the age of eleven when I was diagnosed would not have believed you if you had told me this would be a reality by 2014. Time to Talk Day was created in 2014 by the Time to Change […]

by · 2nd February 2017 · Mental Health
How bullying can affect your mental health

How bullying can affect your mental health

by Devan Witter The aim of Time to Talk Day is to get as many people talking about mental health as possible. At the moment, people with mental health problems are made to almost feel isolated because of their condition. They are made to feel worthless about themselves just because of how other people react. Time to Talk Day is […]

by · 2nd February 2017 · Mental Health
How will Brexit affect disabled people

How will Brexit affect disabled people

By Richard Harris Few years will be as memorable as 2016; it was a truly momentous year in world politics. Britain made the decision to leave the European Union; David Cameron resigned as Prime Minister; Theresa May became the second female Prime Minister in British history; Nigel Farage resigned as UKIP leader…twice, and Donald Trump defied the odds and defeated […]

by · 31st January 2017 · Disabilities, Blog