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About mental illness
Here you can find information on different mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, depression and eating disorders. This section also includes symptoms of mental illness and how to cope with suicidal thoughts and self-harm.
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Living with mental illness
With the right support and treatment, mental illness doesn't have to be a barrier to a fulfilling life. In this section find out more about medication, treatment options and how to look after your physical health and wellbeing.
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Rights & benefits
It’s important to know your rights when living with a mental illness or caring for someone who does. This section has information on mental health laws, rights and restrictions, social care, welfare benefits, employment and health care. It also includes resources on the police, courts & prison service.
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Information for carers
Our Carers Hub has lots of resources to help carers of people living with a mental illness. This section includes information on social services support for carers, mental illness running in families, confidentiality, supporting someone and what to do in a crisis.
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"A perfect fit" - Maria and Roy's supported housing journey
Roy was contemplating taking his life as Maria was thinking about applying for a job at Rethink Mental Illness. They met, became friends, bonded over dogs, and the rest, as they say is history…Read more Read more
“It is still ok not to be ok, even as a parent,” Chloe’s story
With a diagnosis of bipolar affective disorder and psychosis, Chloe assumed motherhood was not for her, but in 2018 she found out she was pregnant. On Mother’s Day, she discusses experiencing psychosis after her daughter’s birth, and how it’s crucial to seek support.Read more Read more
Our three recommendations for the government to improve support for people experiencing psychosis
To mark our 50th Birthday, Rethink Mental Illness has launched a national campaign to raise awareness of psychosis and the importance of early intervention. In this blog, Eva Bell, our Policy and Research Officer, explains the three recommendations we have for the government to improve support for people experiencing psychosis.Read more Read more
From severe mental illness and blindness to being a CEO with vision: Carolyn's story
After experiencing psychosis and becoming temporarily blind, Carolyn hit rock bottom. But with help from an Early Intervention team and her own resilience, she became a campaigner, gained a degree and is now a successful CEO.Read more Read more
The long road to DID diagnosis - Vanessa's Story
51 year old Vanessa had a “long road” to reach her diagnosis of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), but is passionate about guiding others who suspect they have DID to seek advice.Read more Read more
"The character I play has such similar lived experience to me"
Rethink Mental Illness ambassador Juliette Burton is currently on stage in Measured, a new play examining the hidden consequences of living with an eating disorder. Both Juliette and the writer of the play, Emma, bring their lived experience to the production and we caught up with them to find out more.Read more Read more
Let’s make people experts in their own mental health
Jessica, who experiences Schizoaffective Disorder, discusses her idea of creating distance learning courses for mental health conditions so that people can become experts in their own illnesses.Read more Read more
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We care and support
For nearly 50 years, we have supported thousands of people every year to get through crises, live independently and ensure they don't face mental illness alone. Our network of 140 peer support groups offer a listening ear, practical help and social support. Our 200 plus services include everything from supported housing, one-to-one help for carers, to group activities for people leaving hospital.Read more about what we offer Read more about what we offer
We listen and advise
Our website provides advice to millions of people through over 200 award-winning factsheets. Our trusted advisors are also on hand to provide advice on the phone on living with mental illness, medication, care and treatment. They can be called as often as needed and will take time to explain and set out options about what to do next. If you are looking for support, you can trust us to get it right.Read more about our advice service Read more about our advice service
We campaign and influence
Driven by people with personal experience of mental illness, we campaign nationally and locally to push mental health up the public agenda and change government policy for the better. Join our movement of passionate campaigners and help us make sure that everyone has access to high quality health care, no matter where they live or what their personal circumstances are.Read about our campaigns Read about our campaigns