Saturday 10th October is World Mental Health Day and this year’s theme is ‘dignity’. Can there be dignity in mental health? There should be, but a lot needs to change. For a start, mental health issues need to be put on an equal footing with physical health complaints and that means more than just throwing … More 11,840,000 lives written off. Anyone think that’s fair?
I’m about to give away one of the worst kept secrets in blogging history. I’m a private person and talking openly about my mental health issues isn’t easy for me. I do it because it needs to be done. Unless those of us who suffer from mental health issues are honest about what life’s like, a … More Out. Loud and proud.
Be afraid: I’ve started going to boxing classes. It’s all part of Mind’s ‘Get Set to Go‘ program, which aims to improve the lives of 75,000 people with mental health problems through access to sport in their communities. I think Therapist #1 might have been right when he kept going on about me having issues with … More Peace, prejudice and pugilism.
I’m not one to follow trends. I’m usually much happier doing my own thing, probably because I rarely feel accepted by society, communities or groups of people. It might be more accurate to say that I feel unacceptable but whatever the truth is, I’m definitely more comfortable walking my own path. Recently two events have challenged this view. … More Belonging and the power of punctuation.
There’s an American researcher who studies vulnerability, courage, authenticity and shame. Her name is Brené Brown and she’s responsible for one of the most watched TED talks of all time. Her quotes regularly do the rounds on social media and in her book ‘The Gifts of Imperfection’, Brown writes; “I now see how owning our story and … More The agony of untold stories
My last post touched upon the responsibility we all have in ending discrimination of any kind. The idea that each day we can choose either peace or prejudice, simply by the language we use has remained with me ever since. I’ve had long periods of frustration where I haven’t been able to put feelings into words … More Stigma is a four letter word.
Remember the mental health awareness course I went on last week? It was Part 2 yesterday. The same ideas about depression being more of a lifestyle choice than an illness were not only revisited but reinforced by the trainers. After one too many discussions about mental health issues as if the people affected by them … More Peace or prejudice? You choose. Right now.
I took part in a mental health awareness training course yesterday. It turned out to be a real eye-opener and I’ve spent most of today trying to process my feelings about it. We covered the symptoms and causes of depression and it was the latter that unsettled me the most. The trainer asked the group … More The Witch of Misery
I had to resign from my job last year, due to my mental health issues. It’s been a struggle since then but I’m getting back on my feet with a part time job at a local arts venue and increasing amounts of freelancing work. Although the future’s looking brighter, the next few months are looking … More Update – Looking for financial advice? Don’t bank on it.
Were you the clumsy kid that got blamed for every breakage? Maybe you were the class clown who always had the finger pointed at them when learning was disrupted (but thanks for the memories Jamie H – filling the geography room of our Catholic comprehensive with blown up condoms was outstanding). We always carry labels … More The realities of life with a label