This week is mental health week. I am hoping the more this is spoken about the less taboo the subject is and the more awareness everyone has.
Its time to use my blog as a voice for those who don’t use the internet and experience such debilitating symptoms from their mental illness. It’s also time to provide a place for all people who are passionate about mental health and/or who have experienced their own difficulties with mental illness to feel supported but also to connect with others going through the same experience.
Personally, I am a psychologist. I’m not into listing all that I’ve done but to ensure you of my capabilities I have over 12 years experience working in mental health. Mostly in psychiatric settings within hospitals and their outpatient services or more recently in private practice. Although I have had experience and contact within the education and employment sectors briefly.
I have worked with babies and their parents right through from children and adolescents to adults. I have worked with people who have encountered most disorders.
I am passionate about keeping my own mental health and wellbeing. Thankfully I am a fairly optimistic person and this helps life greatly. I have had a mild experience of panic attacks and anxiety whilst I was in my 3rd year of university, looking back it all related to future job prospects and further study.
Sometimes I feel I need to catch myself in relation to psychological information, strategies and intervention. I don’t like to write too many posts or share too much of my professional opinion as I don’t want to appear that I am forcing information down people’s throats. I feel that most people know information I would share as its fairly logical. Most psychology is logical. I also believe that people have their own answers within them and I help to guide that during a session. Therefore a blog post giving tips or information at times appears condescending when I would never have that intention.
This week though I am going back to basics and giving tips and information in case there is something you or a family member may not have thought about.
Now that I’ve explained a little about myself, Back to mental health week. This week is important to knock down the stereotypes, the stigma and the taboo. I will talk about mental health and wellbeing until I lose my voice, this will take a long time I assure you.
For this week I am providing a blog link up / blog hop for any blogger to link up and share ANY post that relates to mental health, mental illness and mental wellbeing. (see below) The link is open the whole week and will close on Saturday night.
For those who don’t have a blog put a mental health status on your facebook account or tweet about it on twitter. The more people know that its ok to talk about this the better.
Most of us have been touched by mental illness in some way I am sure of it. People may not call it that but they have. Either personally or a family member or friend and to varying degrees. Let us be proactive and be the change we want to see in the world as Gandhi implores.
Me: I’ll be in your face about mental illness and mental health 365 days of the year but this week I’m talking with a megaphone.
World Mental Health Day: MONDAY 10TH OCTOBER, 2011
2 other lovely bloggers who I know are blogging about mental health this week are:
As always I recommend visiting Madam Bipolar
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