We have had a surge of creativity this year so far, with a short film about OCD towards the end of the planning stages and planning for an animated short to show how Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) work!
One of the characters we’re working on is Sarah Tonin the neurotransmitter (serotonin).
We’re also working on The Catecholamines:
Nora Drenaline – (Noradrenaline or Norepinephrine)
Addy – (Adrenaline)
Dopey – (Dopamine)
Above is Addy! The roughly animated version.
As the photo above shows, a lot of people in the UK experience Seasonal Affective Disorder in the Autumn and Winter months. It’s impossible to control the cold weather and the Winter darkness, but there are some things you can control. It’s quite a good idea to have a self-care regime in place for when things become difficult.
Regular exercise is a good part of a self-care regime. Exercise improves mood and, if outside, can get you spending more time in daylight.
Make sure you have a regular sleep routine! Good quality sleep helps mood and stress levels.
Some recommend light therapy for SAD – this is supposed to help encourage Vitamin D production, which can improve energy levels and mood.
These are just a few examples of self-care for SAD. However, when experiencing issues with your mental health, you should always visit your GP first.
Here’s a short segment of a programme that will soon be available on our site. It’s about Trichotillomania. The NHS Definition: “Trichotillomania, also known as trich, is when someone can’t resist the urge to pull out their hair. They may pull out the hair on their head or in other places, such as their eyebrows or eyelashes.” Watch the video if you’d like to know more about trichotillomania.
For 2019 we have lots of new ideas for projects and programmes. We’re thinking of podcasts, short films and documentaries.
One thing we’re working on in particular is a fictional short on obsessive compulsive disorder. We’re in the pre-production stages now, with a finished script.
We’ll see you soon! 🙂
The run-up to Christmas can be difficult for some. Organising Christmas dinner, and other family events during the festive season, can cause a lot of stress to build up. The pressure to purchase gifts for family and friends adds to this. Most people find themselves at least a little bit stressed at some point during the festive period.
Christmas is a time that people are encouraged to be overindulgent when it comes to food and alcohol. Although alcohol is often associated with fun and partying, it’s important to remember that it is a depressant. This means that it can cause dips in mood, especially when you have a lot of it.
Eating unhealthy food in large amounts can cause feelings of lethargy and discomfort. The best way to counter this is to make sure you have a healthy and balanced diet throughout the year. Maintaining a healthy weight for you and having a healthy diet helps to prevent these feelings when you do over-indulge.
Another way to counter low mood around Christmas time is exercise. It doesn’t have to be anything ridiculous – even a walk after Christmas dinner would suffice. The endorphins released when you exercise should help you to relax. This also may help to improve sleep, which can also help improve mood.
Happy Holidays to all from Mental Health TV – we’ll be back in the new year producing more content!
We’re currently brainstorming a few ideas for some fresh, new content!
We’re working on some short-form material on managing depression, as well as a more ambitious project about obsessive-compulsive disorder, which is still in the pre-production process.
Ideas for a regular podcast are also in the air.
We’ll have more details soon.
May is also known as ‘Mental Health Awareness Month’ – we have seen a lot of social media posts specifically to raise awareness for mental health as a result of this.
Simple information has been shared, that could make a huge difference.
For example, “forgetfulness can be a symptom of depression.” Information like this can help others to look out for their friends, as well as also becoming more aware of their own mental health.
There was also ‘World Schizophrenia Day’ – posts on this day aimed to change any misconceptions about schizophrenia. One of the most common misconceptions about Schizophrenia is that it means you have a ‘split personality’.
The film ‘Tully’ was also released. The main character in this film has just had a baby and is dealing with the strains and stresses of being a mother. It tackles the issue of post-partum depression/other mental health issues.
We’ve also been working on re-vamping our programme, ‘Two Cases of Schizophrenia’ and have released lectures on Anorexia. Currently we’re working on getting subtitles in Mandarin onto our PTSD programme.
Overall, a great month for mental health awareness and productivity!