Lydia Smith is a freelance journalist with a focus on health, mental health, wellbeing and human rights who writes for national newspapers and magazines. Follow her on twitter @Lyd_Carolina.
How books and bookshops improve our mental health – and why we must protect them
‘Aren't bookshops wonderful, as if they were just a shop and not an entry point to 30,000 different universes?’
What happens when mental health professionals also get sick?
It’s no wonder that almost half of all psychotherapists in the National Health Service say they feel depressed.
Why we should all be concerned about musicians’ mental health
Music is crucial to everyone’s wellbeing, so when musicians suffer so does the rest of society.
Why mental health is the hidden cost of the housing crisis
Our homes are supposed to be safe and welcoming, yet one in five adults in the UK suffer from mental health problems...
Published in: Shine A LightIn Britain’s top security prisons, the mentally ill experience official brutality and neglect
Close Supervision Centres in three prisons hold Britain’s most troublesome prisoners. The partner of one inmate...
Published in: Shine A LightConsider the impact of rape on a child: paedophiles must spend longer in jail
The partner of an abuse survivor convicted of killing a suspected paedophile calls for longer sentences for sexual...