Experiencing stigma of mental health
The other month, I was in a meeting of a social group. One member (who I shall call Katie) was told the group that they were physically unwell. The general response from the group was advising Katie to take it easy with a few people offered to help her out with her set tasks. Another member (Harriet) mentioned they suffered from anxiety. Alarming, than rather asking Harriet how they could best support her with her anxiety, a member suggested that they should put themselves in a situation where they feel anxious to help them overcome it Continue reading
What is poor mental health?
About a quarter of the population experience some kind of mental health problem in any one year (www.mind.org.uk). People who are diagnosed with poor mental health or distress often have feelings or behave in ways which are unacceptable to themselves or others. It also makes them think and feel in a different way.
Some of these people are treated with drugs but it is felt that seeing people problems with feelings and behaviours as illnesses that require medical treatment is too narrow a view. It discourages us from thinking about the many influences on person’s life, which can cause this distress. And it stops us exploring the various non-medical options open to people for overcoming their difficulties.
As an ex-aid worker, I have read the article on Aid workers and post-traumatic stress disorder with interest. I agree that being an aid worker is a stressful job and I can identify with the burnout and traumas you can experience. Continue reading
My psoriasis journey Its psoriasis awareness week and thought it would be timely to share my journey with the skin condition. I know psoriasis can bring anguish, stress and often depressive thoughts. My psoriasis journey has not been an easy one and often has had its emotional and depressing times. My journey started when I was 13 after my BCG injection. The psoriasis started on my hairline and soon spread over my scalp. That’s when the jokes at school about my dandruff started. Continue reading
Words can hurt…
Remember the saying ‘Sticks and stones will break my bones but calling names won’t hurt me?’ If only it was true. Words can hurt us. The way people deal with us can make us feel bad about ourselves and can upset us. Continue reading
what is counselling?
Help! I’m feeling low.
Mental ill-health can happen to anyone. Perhaps you are faced with a difficult situation that you feel unable to resolve yourself. You might have had opportunities to talk with friends, but somehow it hasn’t quite worked. Or maybe it’s just too personal. Sometimes friends or family are unable to help us Continue reading