Who am I? I’m Jude or Judith Critchley. I have a passion for life, for mental health for speaking out. I have a good life now. It can be variable depending on my stress levels. With Bipolar, stress can adversely affect me more quickly than other people. However I can still function and enjoy life.
Topics: Bipolar Disorder
Our long-time supporters know us as a devoted follower of the methodology of partnership working. One of the main reasons for adopting partnership working is that it allows us to reach a greater number of people with a more holistic service.
Bridge believes that a holistic approach to wellbeing is required for tackling the UK’s wildfire of chronic illnesses. As Dr Brock Chisholm, the first Director-General of the World Health Organisation (1948–1953) famously said, “without mental health there can be no true physical health.” While mental and physical health are important elements of...
Outside the usual gloom and crisis of global politics and war there seems to be a steady stream of talk in the media in the UK, and arguably around other Western nations, of the need for us to focus on our mental health and happiness.
Topics: Bridge Blog
Few, if any, modern-day healthcare professionals in the UK would refute the intimate link between depression and chronic physical illness.
The UK health sector is fighting a runaway fire in treating the soaring number of people with long-term medical conditions. Dr Martin McShane, NHS England's director for long-term conditions, warns that the challenge of treating patients with chronic mental and physical illnesses is so great that it could be viewed as the "healthcare equivalent to...
Community health care programs in the UK are becoming increasingly aware of the need for a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. While stories of the short- to medium-term successes of holistic intervention programs abound, the long-term impact of health care projects and policies can only be known years from now. Or, can it?
Mental health recovery is not an overnight matter. After a diagnosis, a journey begins. This may involve hospitalisation before discharge into the community. However, once in the community what then? Many people who receive a mental health diagnosis find themselves at sea navigating ‘the system’. Mental ill health affects every area of a person’s life...
The symptoms of depression in children vary. It is often undiagnosed and untreated because they are passed off as normal emotional changes that occur during growth. The primary symptoms of depression are sadness, a feeling of hopelessness, and mood changes.