Tag Archives: mental illness

Mental health not just confined to anxiety and depression


http://www.irishtimes.com/student-hub/mental-health-not-just-confined-to-anxiety-and-depression-1.2592334

How People Treat Mental Illness Vs. How They Treat Physical Illness


Just because you can’t see the pain, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

Thanks to a commenter for sending me the link.  From Buzzfeed:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/kirstenking/have-you-tried-herbal-tea#.fml6oE1rbg

“Dignity In Mental Health” What It Means To Me – My post for World Mental Health Day 2015


Happy World Mental Health Day

The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day is “Dignity in Mental Health”  What does “Dignity In Mental Health” mean to me?  To me, it means lack of stigma.  It means not being treated differently because you have a mental illness.  It means not being looked down on, or treated as less than others because you suffer from a mental illness.  It means being treated with equality.  It means feeling that you are “good enough”  Most of us with Borderline Personality Disorder feel as though we are not good enough.  We have been made to feel that way by our parents or our peers or whoever.  It means not feeling ashamed of having a mental illness.  It means being strong enough to say “I have a mental illness and am not ashamed of it!”  It means being in therapy or taking medication or both and not being discriminated against because of it.

“Dignity in mental health” means talking about mental illness and not being shamed into silence.  It means making our voices heard.  It means talking about the issues that people are afraid to talk about.  Such as suicide.  Silence kills.  Talking about suicide does not put the idea in people’s heads, contrary to popular belief.  It lets people know that if you are dealing with depression or any mental illness and it feels like it’s too much to bear, that you can talk about it to someone and it can get you the appropriate help, and lessen the pain.  It means saving lives.

What does “dignity in mental health” mean to you?  Does it mean any of the things that I’ve listed here?  Did I miss anything?  What would you add to this list?

I look forward to hearing your comments.  Till next time,

— Joyce.

Time Magazine: Child Abuse and Mental Illness


I believe that these articles should include BPD:

http://healthland.time.com/2012/02/15/how-child-abuse-primes-the-brain-for-future-mental-illness/

http://healthland.time.com/2013/04/30/abused-children-may-get-different-form-of-ptsd/

#StrongerThanStigma :30 – YouTube


#StrongerThanStigma :30 – YouTube.

Does blogging glorify mental illness? – Musings of the Misguided


Does blogging glorify mental illness? – Musings of the Misguided.

Stigma and Mental Illness


A must watch:

Bullying Children with Mental Illness


Becky Oberg of “More Than Borderline” hosts this video on bullying children with mental illness.  Must watch:

Sorry, no room at the Inn!


I told you that I’d update you all on some information I learned at my shrink appointment Tuesday.  Well, here goes:

Where I live, they have hundreds of children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders.  How many beds to you think they have for the whole county?  SEVEN!  Or maybe eight.  Seven or eight beds for hundreds of kids who desperately need help!  This is unacceptable! Some of these kids are psychotic and have totally lost touch with reality.  Because they only have a few beds, many kids who really need help, like our daughter, are turned away.  They have to figure out who are the worst and give the beds to them.  I’m sure that many really need them, but they just don’t have the beds.  What happens to them?

We’ve tried to get our daughter help.  But she had to want help, and she doesn’t.  She’s missed a year-and-a-half of school.  I feel so helpless!  This is ridiculous!

Dr. P said that it’s because the government figures that it’s up to the families to look after their kids and pay for it, not them.  Bullshit!  Who else calls bullshit on this?  Are families equipped physically or mentally to handle psychotic kids because they don’t have a bed available for them?

We tried filling out a form to get our daughter admitted to the hospital.  We were told the police have to take her to the nearest hospital, which is the county hospital, which has no psychiatric unit.  Dr. P said that they have to take her to the nearest hospital with a psychiatric ward.  But it doesn’t matter because she wasn’t psychotic at the time and there are no beds available!

Who else is pissed off by this?

NAMI Blog: Ending the Silence of Mental Illness in High School


NAMI Blog: Ending the Silence of Mental Illness in High School.

Memphis program offers example for police and mentally ill


Memphis program offers example for police and mentally ill.

Crucial Turning Point After Mental Illness | Stuff.co.nz


Crucial Turning Point After Mental Illness | Stuff.co.nz.

There’s No Time for Whispering. Shout About Mental Health – Your Valley Voice: Education


There’s No Time for Whispering. Shout About Mental Health – Your Valley Voice: Education.

In my head, I’m normal – Expatlog | Expatlog


In my head, I’m normal – Expatlog | Expatlog.

Looking for Attention: Passing Judgement on the Mentally Ill | Elizabeth Hawksworth


Looking for Attention: Passing Judgement on the Mentally Ill | Elizabeth Hawksworth.

Local school recognized for breaking the stigma | News | St. Catharines Standard


Local school recognized for breaking the stigma | News | St. Catharines Standard.

Worst Things To Say a Person with a Mental Illness | Bipolar Burble Blog | Natasha Tracy


Worst Things To Say a Person with a Mental Illness | Bipolar Burble Blog | Natasha Tracy.

Mental Illness – What is “Normal” Anyway? | Bipolar Burble Blog | Natasha Tracy


Mental Illness – What is “Normal” Anyway? | Bipolar Burble Blog | Natasha Tracy.

New training approved for Mass. Police Officers. Training will focus on handling incidents involving people with mental illness. | NAMI Massachusetts


New training approved for Mass. Police Officers. Training will focus on handling incidents involving people with mental illness. | NAMI Massachusetts.

Mental Illness and School


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-23195837

http://www.edsource.org/today/2013/task-force-recommends-including-mental-health-training-in-teacher-credential/33503#.Ud5OyuzD9tQ

I Was A Violent, Angry Teenager; We’re Not All Lost Causes


I Was A Violent, Angry Teenager; We’re Not All Lost Causes.

Surviving the Fourth Cycle


By Nathan C. Daniels

non-fiction book on suicide, agoraphobia, anxiety, sexual abuse, mental illness.

Youth key to helping families fight stigma of mental illness, suicide – News – MSN CA


Youth key to helping families fight stigma of mental illness, suicide – News – MSN CA.

Common Myths about Mental Illness


Common Myths about Mental Illness.

End The Stigma: Prejudice Still Punishing The Mentally Ill | Depression Time


End The Stigma: Prejudice Still Punishing The Mentally Ill | Depression Time.