Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Crying at work

This is a link to an excellent feature on Radio 4, in which a subject is discussed, which is very close to my heart.  I do have personal experience of crying at work, most notably a couple of extremely upsetting incidents, whilst I was having an emotional breakdown, at my last paid, full-time job, at the Intervention Board in Reading.  For now, I shall simply post the relevant link, although I don't rule out discussing the subject further, at a future date.  I hope that the link does work, and also realise that it may not remain active indefinitely.  I just really want to post this in multiple places.  I don't hear the topic addressed as often as it should be, and it would help so much, in so many ways, if it was.

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Visible mental health awareness

Not all mental illnesses are invisible.  Not all physical health issues are visible, either. 

I believe that we need to spread awareness about mental health issues, but most of the campaigns out there are selective.  They ignore the “not so pretty” aspects of mental illness, and this is unacceptable.  It does not lead to true awareness, and can actually lead to increased ignorance and discrimination.  It can do more harm than good. 

Handwashing in OCD can cause visible damage, which in some cases is long-term, and even permanent. 

Many forms of self-harm, ranging from cutting and other related forms of self-injury, to eating disorders, leave visible scars and effects, which may be permanent, to varying degrees. 

More understanding and compassion in society, and less shunning, would help.