TOP MENTAL HEALTH BLOGS 2017

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Talking about mental health is hard.

When it comes to getting help for a mental health issue, many people find that the first hurdle is the biggest. It can seem scary to share your feelings with others, whether it's a loved one or a doctor.

Fortunately, there are many blogs out there that seek to address the stigma around talking about mental health.

We've picked out some of the best examples, from powerful first-hand accounts of mental health issues, to medical advice from mental health experts. Their insight will help get the conversation started.

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PURPLE PERSUASION

This award-winning bipolar disorder blog will improve your understanding of a complex mental health condition and how it can affect your life.

Writer Charlotte Walker doesn't shy away from revealing some of her most challenging moments and crucially, offers an insight into how she deals with her feelings.

Her valuable insights have led to appearances on BBC News, Radio 4's Woman's Hour and articles in The Lancet and Stylist Magazine.

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SECTIONED

Inspired by the author's story of being admitted to a psychiatric hospital in 2011, this is a fascinating read for anyone wanting to know more about a poorly understood area of mental health care.

The detailed first-hand accounts of mental health treatment will be invaluable, both for those considering their own treatment options and people supporting friends or family members through their treatment.

You'll also find balanced analyses of media articles on mental health, as well as information about what your rights are during mental health treatment. 

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NATIONAL ELF SERVICE

If you're curious about the science behind mental health, the National Elf Service is perfect.

Its contributors include university professors, doctors, researchers, PhD students, pharmacists and mental health charity workers, so there's a broad range of perspectives here.

The writers review research papers, identify trends, look at why mental health issues occur and suggest ways to deal with them.

Their in-depth accounts will ensure you come away with plenty of useful knowledge.

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MIND - YOUR STORIES

MIND is one of the country's leading mental health charities, so you'd expect them to have a strong blog. And they do!

Its 'Your Stories' section gives people the chance to share their personal experiences of mental health issues. Reading about how they've successfully managed their symptoms could prove the perfect inspiration for anyone facing their own difficulties.

There are numerous blogs and vlogs that offer ideas and strategies that could apply to your situation, while it's easy to filter down your search to the topic of your choice, such as depression or grief.

You can even contribute your own blog, too.

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STUDENT MINDS

Being a student is a uniquely challenging time.

On the one hand, it's a new and exciting adventure. On the other, you're a young person away from home for the first time, and not everyone finds this easy.

Student Minds is dedicated to helping with the psychological challenges of university life, from homesickness and making new friends to the stress of exams and finding a job after graduation.

You can sign up for their monthly newsletter to get regular updates.

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THE MIGHTY

US-based The Mighty provides mental health advice from across the pond.

It's an interesting perspective on the differences in mental health care between the UK and the US, while you'll also receive plenty of practical tips on how to care for yourself and others.

Posts are ranked according to 'most-read', so you can easily dive straight into the posts that other users have found most useful.

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DAISIES AND BRUISES

Any mental health expert will tell you that bottling up your feelings is not the way to deal with your symptoms, but many people are put off talking about their mental health by the supposed stigma around it. 

Daisies and Bruises goes a long way towards removing that stigma, with a very frank and honest account of day-to-day struggles with mental illness.

If someone can share their thoughts and feelings in this way, perhaps it'll help you feel comfortable enough to do the same?

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