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What do you read to help improve your mental health?

It is not often I sing the praises of any one magazine – apart from of course  The Grocer, where I was news editor for a few v happy years.

There are of course a  huge number of great journos (and I know lots of them) and publications around … but it is just not my style to ‘big them up’ (not English as we know it). Until I started reading Uncovered magazine.

Ignore the fact that the editor has this week run a feature on Borderline Personality Disorder and asked Kayla Kavanagh (a great ambassador for PD and the service user and carer group Emergence) to tell her incredibly inspiring and uplifting story.

But Uncovered is taking the lid off mental health (in a way no other consumer magazine does in my view) and helping those who need it (it is packed with information) and educating those who most definitely need to be educated… as long as they read it of course.  The magazine sits on the shelves alongside other publications as bold as brass and tackles some v thorny issues …it also has an online presence.

The relative newcomer to the retail shelves is rapidly becoming another great tool in an armoury which works to rid this silly world of the stigma associated with mental health.

Perhaps I am just naive … but there really is no health without mental health … and every single person knows this at some level, but might not necessarily face up to it or can’t face up to it…. which must be even worse.

Launched in October 2010 Uncovered puts the health of the mind on the shop shelves alongside physical health and fitness titles.  So, any magazine, which alongside such organisations as Emergence, works to educate about personality disorder, is my newest best friend.

ps my sister is about to have a book published with loads of practical advice on how to cope with all sorts of destructive feelings … but unless you can read Spanish … you will need to wait until it is translated!

jag is proud to work with organisations in the PD world, supporting them, through strategic and hands on communication, to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with personality disorder. Follow jag on Twitter @jagpr and on Facebook www.facebook.com/jagpresspr

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