Self-compassion and self-care: being as kind to yourself as you are to other people

We thought we’d lead on from the mental health theme by making November ‘self-care’ month on DPSN. We’ve asked our bloggers to talk about the stress of modern life and what they do to take care of their physical, emotional and mental well-being. From what they are doing when things go right, to how things change when things go wrong! As always, we’re keen for you to be part of the conversation, so let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or jump over to our Facebook page to join the conversation.

Models of madness – why does the media still frame mental health in medical terms?

I think that experiences like depression and anxiety get called “illnesses” as a way of signalling the vast difference between someone when they feel mentally “well”, compared to when they don’t. Indeed, most of the diagnostic criteria for mental “illnesses” include the fact that the symptoms either cause significant distress to a person, or significant impairment in their day-to-day functioning.