I wrote this on mental illness & #TheConversation around #mentalhealth. About the complexities and contradictions of being ill, & the reality of #NHS70. Please read it, it turned my bones to dust writing it.
The Guardian’s Hannah Jane Parkinson () is awarded the coveted Journalist of the Year award for challenging the mental health conversation with her timely piece ‘It’s nothing like a broken leg’. Read it here > #VMGMindAwards
Comment: "One of the finest pieces of writing I've ever seen in the Guardian." I agree. Bravo . Screw The Conversation
Brilliant piece from ⁦⁩ on reality of mental illness despite all that raised awareness.
It’s #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek. Please consider reading this piece I wrote last year about, well...lots of things, but a key point is the discrepancy between many awareness campaigns & the reality of living with severe mental illness.
This is raw. I'm not going to condescend to Hannah saying she’s brave for sharing it (often this kind of language is unhelpful) but your tweeter today has experienced a small fraction of what Hannah has, I know it takes immense energy to be this open
This, by , on where the rhetoric meets the reality of mental ill health is an essential read and contains the fury of many unspoken truths via
Extraordinary first-person piece about the experience of severe #mentalillness - and why anti-stigma campaigns and bland help-seeking messages often miss the mark.
An important article by ⁦⁦⁦⁩ The need to focus on #mentalillness & the necessary levels of service too often not discussed or acknowledged. There must be a balance in discussion & provision for both #mentalhealth & #mentalillness
'It's nothing like a broken leg': why I'm done with the mental health conversation
Searingly honest & beautifully written on mental illness, stigma, celebrity, the NHS & the rise of hashtag healthcare. If you read one thing this weekend, please make it this. Thank you, .
“I will admit that I am not well. That writing this, right now, I am not well. This will colour the writing.’ A really brilliant piece about mental health - and the inadequacy of all our responses to it - by ⁦
Pretty sure it’s #WorldMentalHealthDay on Saturday, but given I have the attention span of a gnat, I’ll do my annual tweet of this piece I wrote two years ago. Diagnostically I am now more mentally ill (😒) & NHS mental health system still as broken 🙃 xx
Talking about mental health is good. Talking is important, but oh how I wish we replaced the #TimeToTalk campaign with #TimeToAct. Wrote this in 2016, but frankly was thinking about writing it for a decade before that. POSTING IT AGAIN, LADS. SO SORRY.
'It's nothing like a broken leg': why I'm done with the mental health conversation
"Don't conflate poor mental health with mental illness" Great article today by
“In recent years the discussion around mental health has hit the mainstream. I call it the Conversation. The Conversation is dominated by positivity and the memeification of a battle won.” A *lot* to digest here
Congratulations to for winning Mind Journalist of the year for this piece. If you haven’t read it, I recommend u read it now. “It’s nothing like a broken leg'
The reality. Still believe we need mental health campaigning but we also need services responsive to mental health needs. Poorly resourced services and ridiculously long waiting lists means too many people present in crises. This has to stop #morefunding
#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek2020 (re)READ this fantastic article. Wellbeing is important but not the same as mental illness. Especially the kind that lands you in hospital periodically. We need long-term investment in effective, compassionate care.
'Amy Winehouse, voice of a goddamn goddess. We’ll allow. Kathy, 54, works at Morrisons. Not so much" - this is a great article via
A few things to read for world mental health day, because I actually never talk about my mental health except constantly: by which never stops being important and gets me every time I read it this by
Read: 'It's nothing like a broken leg - why I'm done with the mental health conversation.' in the #mentalhealth #uk
We're so pleased for on winning journalist of the year 🙌 Read her outstanding piece "'It's nothing like a broken leg': why I'm done with the mental health conversation" on #VMGMindAwards
I think this, by , is the best thing I’ve ever read on mental illness. It’s properly brilliant.
This is so, so incredibly good by . What a seriously gut-busting feat. I am going to read it all over again tomorrow.
Raw, honest, moving, brilliant: on mental illness
On #WorldMentalHealthDay, here’s a piece I wrote a little while ago on, (with apologies to Carver), what we talk about - or don’t - when we talk about mental illness. It’s raw as sushi but hopefully also a bit funny. Based on a life time’s research. 🤕
It's a year since this piece came out & I was humbled by the response. Thank you everyone who read it / got in touch. I've had people ask why I've not expanded on it, & well, it's basically cos I'm still quite mental & it's still quite hard. But one day mb
This is good. Very good. If you read one thing about mental ill health today... 'It's nothing like a broken leg': why I'm done with the mental health conversation
'Amy Winehouse, voice of a goddamn goddess. We’ll allow. Kathy, 54, works at Morrisons. Not so much.' One of the best accounts of mental illness you will ever read, by
There is so much courage in this essay and there is so much courage in everyone who daily combats mental illness. On our journeys through life we are all such fragile, beautiful creatures. Be well
I’ve read hundreds of great pieces on mental illness but I think this, by , might be the best. A personal story told with gripping honesty
This is a harrowing and heartbreaking but also deeply informative essay about living with mental illness.
In love with this writing on #MentalHealth - ‘It's nothing like a broken leg': why I'm done with the mental health conversation
This is important. We need to acknowledge the emptiness in the “ just ask for help” narrative, the exclusion of severe and enduring mental illnesses from the picture, and the confusion of “normalising” with “minimising”.
“I was ill enough to be sectioned, but well enough to have therapy discontinued. I was put on an 18-month waiting list for therapy. I called iCope...but because I was on a waiting list, I was ineligible.” #NHS #MentalHealth #MHA #TimeToTalk #SelfHarm
[self harm (right at the start), sectioning] this is the best thing I think I've ever read about mental health. ever. this should be printed out and given to everyone who's ever said 'just ask for help'. read. this. now.
"Don't conflate poor mental health with mental illness" Amazing piece of writing from
This article is VERY worth a read. It captures so much of the bankruptcy of the whole “we just need to talk about mental illness” discourse so popular just now.
So many wonderful points eloquently made with great depth and wisdom of experience by ' It's nothing like a broken leg': why I'm done with the mental health conversation
Brilliant article calling for better mental health services for serious mental illness, not just awareness campaigns. (Based in UK but still relevamt here)
One of my absolute hero writers ⁦⁩ - read her on the banality of the mental health conversation and feel-good campaigns and the reality of a service starved of resources.
'It's nothing like a broken leg': why I'm done with the mental health conversation
Insightful, angry, emic piece by Hannah Jane Parkinson on mental illness - she wants us to move beyond destigmatizing, to stop conflating poor mental health with mental illness and ramped up investment in mental health & social care provisioning
This is an important read...
TW - discusses self harm and suicide. Brilliant article by - telling it as it is - “don’t conflate poor mental health with mental illness, even if one can lead to the other”
Brilliant article on living with a mental illness, NHS, waiting lists, work & stigma. ‘Then , action- donate, volunteer, vote’.
Mental illness is nothing like a broken leg
'It's nothing like a broken leg': why I'm done with the mental health conversation
This is beautiful and painful and sad. This is about all the conversations we need to have. Thank you
"don’t conflate poor mental health with mental illness" Painfully real article that everyone should read.
'It's nothing like a broken leg': why I'm done with the mental health conversation - powerful writing that will stay with me for a long time from ⁦
Journalist who struggles with bipolar moods pens a poignant piece on her frustrations about the #mentalhealth system. ( And no, this isn’t an article about whether it’s an illness or not).
"Enough awareness has been raised. We – the public, health professionals, politicians – need to make our actions count"
An MH article in The Guardian today. My reply: Be angry. Be resolutely, fiercely and righteously angry at overstretched staff levels, (often) low pay, long hours and the telling impact that has on those staff and their ability to care, be angry at...
Honest, clear, brilliant. We must do better.
'It's nothing like a broken leg': why I'm done with the mental health conversation
Easily the most powerful piece I read all year (or any year for that matter) on the realities of living with mental illness: "It's nothing like a broken leg" by #NYE2018
This is an extraordinarily good article.
Fully sliding into Emily’s mentions again to plug a piece I wrote on exactly these sorts of things that happen in #mentalhealth on the regular, at the same time tragic & absurd.
This. is. amazing. Everyone should read this!! Why mental illness ISN'T like a broken leg
Quite possibly the best article on mental health I've ever read in my life.
'It's nothing like a broken leg': why I'm done with the mental health conversation
'It's nothing like a broken leg': why I'm done with the mental health conversation
“...thousands of people saying all you need to do is ask for help - when you’ve been asking for help and not getting it.” If you only read one thing today, make it this article by
Powerful piece on the broken leg analogy of mental illness. There’s no easy way to describe an individual’s experience.
Massive congrats to the amazing for winning 's Journalist of 2018 for this superb piece. Read it, share it: 'It's nothing like a broken leg': why I'm done with the mental health conversation
'It's nothing like a broken leg': why I'm done with the mental health conversation
A really powerful piece and a reminder to all those working in mental health on how our actions and decisions affect parents/families every day. We MUST improve! Thank you
This is the best and truest thing I have ever read about mental illness. Worth reading.
'It's nothing like a broken leg': why I'm done with the mental health conversation This is so authentic and accurate #overawareness
'It's nothing like a broken leg': why I'm done with the mental health conversation this is the most accurate thing I believe I’ve read about MH in a long time it gets near to the heart of the issue.
Great argument against all the 'let's be positive' Panglosses who sugar coat mental illness
'It's nothing like a broken leg': why I'm done with the mental health conversation
'It's nothing like a broken leg': why I'm done with the mental health conversation
Really, *really* important read: ''It's nothing like a broken leg': why I'm done with the mental health conversation' via #MentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #stigma
'It's nothing like a broken leg': why I'm done with the #mentalhealth conversation, by via
This is a beautiful, personal, piece of writing about mental health, by About the most moving and honest I've ever read. Stop and read, if you can spare a few minutes.
'It's nothing like a broken leg': why I'm done with the mental health conversation Bravo!
'It's nothing like a broken leg': why I'm done with the mental health conversation
'It's nothing like a broken leg': why I'm done with the mental health conversation
‘Don’t conflate poor mental health with mental illness, even if one can lead to the other… Don’t pathologise normal processes such as grief, or the profound sadness of a relationship breakdown’: Tough, important read from
To anyone who thinks we've sorted the stigma of mental illness, please read this. Says everything about what's still wrong and why mental illness is like no other. Thank you . I wish you love xxx
Touching. Funny. Sad. Amazingly well written. Thanks Hannah Jane Parkinson ! 'It's nothing like a broken leg': why I'm done with the mental health conversation
Important, very honest and well-written piece by on mental health and mental illness
“Must read” is usually overused and you’ve all probably seen this recommended many times today anyway... But this, from , really is superb. An actual must read.
'It's nothing like a broken leg': why I'm done with the mental health conversation “I want to get better. I want to live”. Powerful
I’ve never had a broken leg OR a mental health diagnosis, but I had been totally wondering about the posters and posts. Also, amazing piece of writing. Thanks &
This extraordinary piece by ⁦⁩ describes most of what’s wrong with adult mental healthcare at present. Lack of capacity in core services (community, crisis & inpatient teams) and lack of continuity of care.
Late to this but it’s a searingly honest account of living with mental illness.
Yes! What a stunningly honest article about mental illness. We are told to not stigmatise mental ill health while all too often the more scary, challenging symptoms are largely erased from The Conversation.
I will make this paper 96 in my #365papers challenge as it is so relevant to my research interests right now: on mental health and the ‘conversation’.
A powerful article by on mental illness, and why normalising mental health disorders is not necessarily constructive - essential reading.
Just re-read this. A brave honest piece by which is what I probably said the first time. 'It's nothing like a broken leg': why I'm done with the mental health conversation
'It's nothing like a broken leg': why I'm done with the mental health conversation
Raw, powerful, important piece on #mentalhealth (tw: self harm, suicide)
'It's nothing like a broken leg': why I'm done with the mental health conversation. Brilliant article by
finally got round to reading this stunning piece of writing. "why I'm done with the mental health conversation"
Brilliantly written. No words. 'It's nothing like a broken leg': why I'm done with the mental health conversation
'It's nothing like a broken leg': why I'm done with the mental health conversation
This is your long read for the day. Take the time. A blisteringly raw and honest personal description of one individual's mental illness and the stuff that surrounds it.
'It's nothing like a broken leg': why I'm done with the mental health conversation
'It's nothing like a broken leg': why I'm done with the mental health conversation | Society | The Guardian
Here is ’s remarkable award-winning article: “It's nothing like a broken leg': why I'm done with the mental health conversation via #Suicide #mentalhealth
great text by Hannah Jane Parkinson "It's nothing like a broken leg': why I'm done with the mental health conversation "