I often have people ask me what it’s like to live with Bipolar Disorder; It’s hard to explain the feelings that accompany a catastrophic low or the euphoria that signals hypomania. In my opinion, the most realistic summary is written by Psychiatry Professor, Kay Redfield-Jamison, in her book ‘An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and … More Bipolar Disorder: Explaining The Reality
The Victorian-era poet William Ernest Henley. was no stranger to adversity and struggle. His father died when he was a teenager and struggled with his own serious health issues. At age 12 Henley was received a diagnosis of tubercular arthritis which resulted in partial amputation of one of his legs. Henley made his own stand … More Endurance & Resilience: The Gift of Poetry
In the UK, it is #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek. The Samaritans focus is on helping us to become better listeners and to be open to conversations about mental health and wellbeing. Here is their S.U.S.H listening infographic – a reminder that even by taking small steps, we can all do something to encourage others to open up and share … More Becoming a Better Listener – Mental Health Awareness Week
Yes, a diagnosis of bipolar disorder may place some limitations on the kind of employment you can take, social activities you can get fully involved in, and many other aspects of day-to-day life. But there are so many opportunities that present themselves too; think of those when you struggle to stay positive. And here’s a … More Accepting Who You Are: The Challenge of Bipolar Disorder
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TED Talks has put together a 7 film playlist entitled ‘The Struggle of Mental Health’ which addresses topics as diverse as depression, schizophrenia and suicidal feelings. Recognising that all too often, these experiences stay private, the speakers who’ve struggled with mental illness bravely share their stories, in the hope that others don’t feel so isolated. … More The Struggle of Mental Health: Watch the Ted Talks Playlist
Although newspaper and other media outlets have improved markedly in their reporting of mental illness over the last number of years, there is still a huge amount of work to be done. That is why the Joseph Howe Symposium, held yesterday in Halifax, Canada, was so important. The message that emerged is clear: journalists need … More Mental Illness & The Media: Time For Reflection?