Movement Is Stillness: Mental Health Awareness Week 2024
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by Juliette Burton
1w ago
This Mental Health Awareness Week 2024, the theme is Movement for Mental Health. In this article, MQ Ambassador, athlete, LGBTQ advocate and author Amazin LeThi shares with our staff writer how movement has been an integral part of her mental health journey.   Moving Through Childhood   Like a lot of kids, I started moving and doing athletics at a very young age, I must have been about five. But I found team sports very hostile. I was picked on for being Asian. But I instantly realised the power of movement and how it made me feel inside it was like a fire had ignited inside of me a ..read more
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Movement Is Hope: Mental Health Awareness Week 2024
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by Juliette Burton
1w ago
This Mental Health Awareness Week 2024, the theme is Movement for Mental Health. In this article, MQ staff member Juliette Burton (pictured above) explains why her mental health lived experience has led to her movement – running to raise money for mental health research and why it matters so much to her.   Research is Key   Movement starts with hope. My mental illnesses led me to some hopeless times. But research gives me hope, which is why I want to give back and raise money for research. I hope to do that with my own movement. I’ve been called crazy many times. Some might fear me ..read more
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MQ named one of the best places to work by The Sunday Times
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by Bryony Doughty
1w ago
The Sunday Times, powered by WorkL, has revealed the Best Places to Work in the UK for 2024, and has included MQ Mental Health Research in the small organisations category. This nationwide workplace survey honours and celebrates Britain's top employers - which number over 500 organisations across industries and sizes - and acknowledges the best workplaces for women, LGBTQIA+ community, disabled employees, ethnic minorities, younger and older workers, and wellbeing.  “We are so proud to have MQ recognised as a fantastic place to work. It is testament to the positive culture created by ..read more
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Time To #DumpTheScales For Eating Disorder Treatments
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by Juliette Burton
2w ago
Cross party MP’s and lawmakers call on the government to improve services for eating disorders in a letter, sent to Secretary of State for Health and Social care MP Victoria Atkins. The letter, which has been signed by 23 MP’s and a member of the House of Lords, raises concerns about the palliative care pathways being used for patients with severe eating disorders. This letter also follows the recent #DumpTheScales march in London, organised by MQ Ambassador and campaigner Hope Virgo (pictured above at the march in April 2024). ““The figures alone are not creating action. This is where we ne ..read more
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What’s It Like To Attend A Data Science Meeting?
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by Juliette Burton
2w ago
Last week, the MQ and DATAMIND Data Science Meeting took place in Swansea. The DATAMIND Hub expands the benefits of data by safely and securely combining data from multiple sources, such as health records, schools, administration, charities and more. Then, through the UK Health Data Research Innovation Gateway, researchers can discover the data and use it most effectively so that eventually we can together make the next breakthroughs in mental health science leading to a mentally healthier future for us all. Bethan Reeves (pictured above) is an early career researcher who attended the event i ..read more
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COVID-19 Inquiry: The Missing Mental Health Impact
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by Juliette Burton
2w ago
Last week, a ruling was published rejecting calls from over 30 organisations to look at the impact the pandemic had on the mental health of children and adults as part of the Covid-19 Inquiry. The ruling, announced by Baroness Hallett, chair of the Inquiry, means that Module 3 of the Inquiry will look only at children’s inpatient care and not at other aspects of mental health in our communities during and post-pandemic. This means only a very small aspect of mental health services will be included and not adult community, adult inpatient treatment nor Children and Adolescent Mental Health Ser ..read more
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Mental Illness: What’s Data Science Got To Do With It?
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by Juliette Burton
3w ago
On Thursday 25 April 2024, the DATAMIND and MQ Data Science Meeting took place in Swansea. The DATAMIND Hub maximises data's value by safely and securely uniting data from many sources, including health records, schools and administrative data, charity data, research trials, genomics, longitudinal studies and cohort data. DATAMIND ensures data can be found through the UK Health Data Research Innovation Gateway, meaning researchers can use the data to help address complicated questions about mental health. This in turn holds the potential to improve diagnosis, treatment and, ultimately, psych ..read more
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Stress Affects Different People Differently
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by Juliette Burton
3w ago
Whether it’s age, gender, neurodivergence, genetics or environments, stress affects different people differently. There are contributing factors that mean certain people are more likely to experience the effects of stress than others.   Defining Stress   Stress is not a mental illness but it can be the cause of or the symptom of a mental illness. Around the world, stress is viewed differently in different cultures. In some Eastern cultures, stress is seen as an absence of inner peace, in other more Westernised cultures, it’s the loss of control. Biologically speaking, stress is a ne ..read more
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Mental Health Community Reacts: The Government Cause Concern
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by Juliette Burton
3w ago
One week ago, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak gave a speech causing concern when it comes to words he used about mental health. Language can be powerful, particularly in regards to mental health conditions. During this election year (2024), when party leaders want your votes, mental health has been thrust to the forefront of certain political policies. The Conservatives recent rhetoric has provoked a strong response from charity sector leaders and health organisations. In a previous article, we looked more closely at Rishi Sunak’s speech given on Friday 19th April to separate the science from t ..read more
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Continuing the momentum: Honouring the legacy of Lea Milligan
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by Bryony Doughty
1M ago
Following last weeks sad news of the passing of MQ’s CEO Lea Milligan, MQ’s executive team have vowed to maintain the momentum he built.  The executive team, made up of Director of Finance and Operations Jey Balakrishnar, Director of Research Partnerships and Development Emily Wheeler and Head of Marketing Bryony Doughty are jointly leading the organisation for the interim.      "Whilst many will have known Lea for his passion, amazing energy, strategic thinking, public speaking and general impressiveness, they may only have guessed that he teamed that with being not ..read more
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