I am pleased to present this guest post by the Mental Health Advocate Charlotte Underwood (@CUnderwoodUK). __________ When we talk about something that is toxic, we talk about a poison. We can say that the air is toxic when polluted and that alcohol is in fact toxic etc. but have you considered that people can … Continue reading Guest Post: ‘Poisened By Those You Love’
So, you're in the PhD, you've worked so hard to get here, you've worked for years and years to get here, you were overjoyed to finally see a dream come true, and for some worries to resolve themselves (yay, funding!) - but, it is not having a positive effect on your mental health. It's not … Continue reading Impostor Syndrome & Mental Health: Hiding or Beginning?
I started my PhD looking at mental health and (un)employment at the University of Glasgow in October of last year. I'm lucky that I have a great office space, on the main campus, and with great (and very friendly office-mates). I have been enjoying the process, and have been taking the time to realise what … Continue reading Reflection: The PhD Three Months In
The festive period takes it's toll, there's no doubt about it - and when you're dealing with poor mental health that can be up and down on the best of days, this time of year can seem especially hard. The need for perfection, often exacerbated by the seemingly endless stream of 'perfect' lives and holidays … Continue reading Christmas: Your Best is Enough
This summer, while interviewing individuals for my Masters dissertation, I was sexually assaulted. It was a sunny, and warm early afternoon in Glasgow – a relative rarity, even in the summer – and I had just finished up some work on campus to meet with someone interested in taking part in an interview for … Continue reading Sexual Assault by a Participant: A Postgraduate Researcher’s Experience