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Sick! Zine workshop @ Wellcome Collection

We are very proud to announce that Zara and Xtina have been asked to run a version of the Sick! workshop at the Wellcome Collection in London, an organisation that we deeply admire and had hoped to work with, but are very pleasantly surprised that it has happened so soon. Details are as follows:

https://wellcomecollection.org/events/sick-zine-workshop

Join artists Zara Carpenter and Xtina Lamb from Sick! in a drop-in zine-making workshop exploring the experience of living with invisible illness. Create your own or be part of a collaborative zine using printmaking, mark making, collage and cut-ups.

Zara Carpenter is a multi-disciplinary artist and maker, and the co-founder of the project Sick! Living with Invisible Illness.

Xtina Lamb is an artist who teaches printmaking, organises creative events and runs a print studio alongside her own practice.

This event is FREE. Drop-in, no need to book. 

Tuesday 7 November 2017

12:00-18:00

Thursday 9 November 2017

17:00-22:00

hearing voices – a video about schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is still deeply misunderstood, even though it affects 1 in 100 people. Today we’re launching new research revealing that 42% of people don’t know what schizophrenia is – but that they are willing to know more. Here at Rethink Mental Illness, we think it’s time to Rethink Schizophrenia.

We’ve created an audio experience to help people understand what it’s like to hear voices – one of the most common symptoms of schizophrenia. Please watch, share and talk about this video to your friends and family – especially those less likely to know about this condition. Help us to challenge attitudes all of this week and beyond. Join us to campaign and changes lives for good. Visit https://www.rethink.org/rethinkschizophrenia

World Mental Health Day 2017

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Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, but 10 October is a great day to show your support for better mental health and start looking after your own wellbeing.

 

The theme for World Mental Health Day 2017 is workplace wellbeing. So whether you’re an individual looking to boost your own wellbeing or an employer seeking advice on supporting your staff, we’ve got a range of ways you can get involved.

Take a deep breath

Learning to breathe more deeply can make you feel a lot calmer and increase your sense of wellbeing. Take five minutes to try out this simple breathing exercise. Once you’ve got the hang of it you can use this technique anywhere – at work, at home or on the bus or tube – anytime you feel your stress level rising or need a moment of calm.

Tips for staying well in everyday life and at work

Living with a mental health problem can often have an impact on day to day life, making things that others might not think about a bit more difficult. We’ve put together some tips and guides to help you cope with everyday life.

Read our tips for everyday living

We’ve also got suggestions on how to stay well at work including reclaiming your lunch break, achieving that all elusive work-life balance and the five essential steps to improving wellbeing on a daily basis.

Read our tips for employees

Ways for your workplace to boost staff wellbeing

Order information packs

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Support your staff and managers by providing up to date, trusted information on mental health.

Our range of information booklets and leaflets are great for inspiring your staff to improve their mental wellbeing.

Order for your workplace now

Book a training course

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World Mental Health Day is a great time to book mental health training for yourself or your staff.

We have a range of courses for individuals or we can come to your workplace and tailor a course to your needs.

See our range of courses

Join our Workplace Wellbeing Index

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There’s just a few weeks left to join our Workplace Wellbeing Index for 2017/18.

The Index launches just ahead of World Mental Health Day which can help your start the conversation about mental health support in the workplace.

Register your interest now

Text ‘SUPPORTUS’ to 70660 to give £3

Texts cost £3 plus your standard network charge. Mind receives 100% of your donation. Obtain the bill payer’s permission. Supporter Services 020 8215 2243. We may contact you about our charity and ways that you can support us. To give £3 but opt out from any further contact by phone and text, reply ‘NOCALL’ to 70004.

Need help? We’re here for you.

Find out about support and treatment options and ways you might be able to help yourself or support others in our A to Z

Brandon Flowers Says The Killers’ New Album Is Inspired by His Wife’s Mental Illness

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this is a repost from themighty.com

The Killers’ much-anticipated sixth album “Wonderful Wonderful” comes out September 22, and in an interview with NME, frontman Brandon Flowers revealed that part of the album is inspired by his wife’s battle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

“My wife has PTSD. She has a version called Complex PTSD. It’s when a person has had multiple traumatic experiences,” he said. “Her whole life, she’s been covering it, pretending it isn’t there. For whatever reason, in her 30s, it’s decided to really manifest itself and that’s what I’m going through with my family.”

Those who have PTSD know that covering up trauma doesn’t make it go away — and that it’s not uncommon for trauma from your past to affect you later in life. Flowers said getting into counseling and getting a name for what was going on helped his wife.

“Usually I feel protective of her but I decided to take it head-on,” he said. “Now she submits to it – that doesn’t mean that she’s gonna let it beat her, but rather that she’s gonna finally acknowledge that it’s there and promise to break this cycle.”

He said writing the track “Rut” — inspired by his wife’s journey — helped him better understand what his wife was going through.

“It bonded me and Tana in a way that I never foresaw,” he said. “It helped me to understand her better and be more compassionate.”

Flowers also revealed this month that back in 2005, he had to cancel solo shows because his wife was dealing with suicidal thoughts.

“I canceled that tour because she got to a point – this is really hard for me to even say the words – but she was having suicidal thoughts. That was as bad as it got,” he said. 

We’re so thankful to Flowers to being open about his wife’s struggles, and will keep his family in our thoughts.

Talinda Bennington Shares One of the Last Photos of Chester Bennington to Make an Important Point

this is a repost from themighty.com

On Thursday, Talinda Bennington shared a photo of her husband Chester Bennington and their family, taken just days before the Linkin Park singer died by suicide.

“This was days b4 my husband took his own life,” Bennington shared on Twitter. “Suicidal thoughts were there,but you’d. Never kmow.”

This was days b4 my husband took his own life.Suicidal thoughts were there,but you’d. Never kmow. 

The photo shows Chester surrounded by his children and smiling. He does not look “depressed” or the stereotype of what a suicidal person is “supposed to” look like. The thoughts were there, as Bennington said, but no one knew.

Since Chester’s death, Bennington has been incredibly active on Twitter, sharing tweets from others talking about Chester and using hashtags like #FuckDepression and #MakeChesterProud. The later hashtag was started by Chester’s Linkin Park bandmate Mike Shinoda, who was inspired by a similar hashtag created by Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, after her husband died.

“Do something great / kind / generous to ,” Shinoda tweeted, inviting fans to honor Chester’s memory with kind acts.

Bennington’s first message came a week after Chester’s death. In a letter to fans shared on Twitter, she spoke about her grief, and closed with a message for those who were grieving as well. She wrote:

May God Bless us all and help us turn to one another when we are in pain. Chester would’ve wanted us to do so. Rest In Peace, my love.

MIGHTY PARTNER RESOURCES

If you or someone you know needs help, visit our suicide prevention resources page.

If you need support right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “HOME” to 741-741. Head here for a list of crisis centers around the world.

Lady Gaga talks about her chronic pain

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Update: Lady Gaga has confirmed that her chronic pain is caused by fibromyalgia. (original article from themighty.com)

In Lady Gaga’s upcoming Netflix documentary “Gaga: Five Foot Two,” viewers will get a glimpse of Gaga’s life away from the spotlight — including her struggles with chronic pain. While promoting the documentary, Gaga opened up about why she included these difficult scenes in the film and the support she hopes her fellow pain warriors feel while watching it.

At a press conference with the film’s director, Chris Moukarbel, in Toronto ahead of the premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival today, Gaga reportedly became teary-eyed as the conversation turned to why she chose to document her struggles with chronic pain. She said it’s “hard, but liberating,” and explained that she believes pain is a “microphone.”

“My pain does me no good unless I transform it into something that is. So I hope people watching it who do struggle with chronic pain know that they’re not alone. It’s freeing for me… and I want people that struggle with it to hear me,” Gaga said.

She also acknowledged the shame that is often associated with chronic pain, but that struggling with something doesn’t make her “weak.”

There is a degree of self-deprecation and shame with feeling in pain a lot. And I want people that watch it — that think there’s no way I live [with chronic pain] because they see me dance and sing and don’t think that could possibly be — to know I struggle with things like them. I work through it and it can be done. We have to stick together. I don’t have to hide it because I’m afraid it’s weak. It’s a part of me, and I’m grateful to Chris for caring. The compassion is overwhelming. That’s why it makes me emotional. It’s very touching.

Moukarbel said it was “incredibly hard” filming Gaga while she was in pain, but said she still wanted him to keep shooting. “I think she was very aware of other people who struggle with similar chronic pain. She is not even sure how to deal with it, and that’s a reality,” he said.

Last month, Gaga released a series of short clips from the documentary, including one that showed her at a doctor’s appointment discussing treatment options for an unnamed health condition.

Gaga has spoken about her health issues before — in 2010, she revealed she had tested “borderline positive” for lupus, the autoimmune condition that led to her Aunt Joanne’s death before Gaga was born.

Last year, Gaga posted on Instagram about her chronic pain and shared the methods she uses to treat it. “Having a frustrating day with chronic pain, but I find myself feeling so blessed to have such strong intelligent female doctors,” she wrote.

Earlier this year, Gaga appeared on the cover of Arthritis Magazine. She told the magazine that she had been dealing with chronic pain due to a broken hip and synovitis, an inflammatory joint condition.

“Gaga: Five Foot Two” will begin streaming on Netflix on September 22.


Dr Chris on This Morning explains all about chronic pain condition fibromyalgia after Lady Gaga postponed her European tour due to her health problems:

M.E. Meant This Blog Took Me Several Months To Write

This is a re-post from an original article, which can be found here

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On holiday in the Peak District in June 2007, three months after being diagnosed with ME, I sat down one afternoon with a pile of postcards and discovered I could no longer write. The words were clear in my head, but the pen in my hand made only meaningless scribbles, empty scrawls. The connection between them had been severed. It was many terrifying hours before it returned.

This episode was my first real experience of the cognitive dysfunction that’s a core symptom of ME. ME (also known as chronic fatigue syndrome, or CFS) is a neurological disease affecting 250, 000 people in the UK, that impairs both body and brain. It’s a 360 disability. Since 2007, my health has deteriorated – by 2009 I was using a wheelchair, and in 2013 became bed-bound – and as my physical functioning has declined, so too has my cognitive capacity. I have problems with memory, attention, concentration, comprehension and language. I can’t listen to the radio, watch TV or use a computer, can’t hold a conversation for more than a few minutes or read more than a couple of sentences. If you know me, you need to know I’ll forget your birthday, or your married name, or that this time of year is difficult for you because it’s when you lost your father, not because I don’t care, but because my illness makes me someone I’m not. While I was still well enough to go outside, I couldn’t work out money in shops, or judge speed and distance to safely cross a road. These days I can’t coordinate a knife and fork; my husband has to cut up my food.

“Brain fog”, as it’s colloquially known, can be funny. People with ME post comic stories on web forums about slathering themselves in shampoo instead of sun cream, or going to the supermarket without a purse. LOL. Except no, not LOL. For me, the loss of cognitive functioning is the most distressing and debilitating aspect of my illness. There are no aides for this kind of disability, no walking sticks or wheelchairs for the mind. No one can see it. And no one understands it. When I try to explain that I can’t follow what’s being said, that I shouldn’t be trusted with figures, that the internet is beyond my grasp, I hit a wall of blank incomprehension. I want people to know I’m not going crazy, or being rude; I’m just struggling to remember, to form words and sentences, to add things up, to process, in the same slow, stumbling way I struggle to walk. I used to be smart and quick-witted. I worked as an academic. I have four degrees. My brain, and its intelligence, were my main assets. Now I don’t recognise myself. It took me several months, and my husband’s help, to write these 800 words; when I was well, I’d write 1,000 words a day. I bargain with the gods, tell them I’ll stay in a wheelchair for the rest of my life if they’ll only give me back my mind.

It’s the loss of language that’s hardest; being unable to express myself or communicate in the ways I want or need to. I can only talk for ten minutes a day, and when I do I quickly misplace the thread of my argument, or forget what I set out to say. Even simple instructions to my carers can defeat me. I lose words, everyday words. Dressing gown is a favourite. Duvet, my brain suggests. Duffel bag? Duffel coat. Definitely duffel coat. You could take an interest in this, in the way words are indexed and shelved in the library of your mind. But I can’t escape the fear that, somewhere in the basement stacks, a quiet fire is burning, and I’m losing words for good. And with them, I’m losing a sense of who I am.

I thought writing could be a way around this. I have glimpses of myself, moments of clarity, perception, articulation; I can write, longhand but lucidly, for a few minutes a day. I started a website to patch together these fragments, to try to explain my ME to the rest of the world. But I can’t stitch these pieces of myself into a coherent whole, a meaningful narrative. Again and again, my illness silences me.

These kinds of problems with cognition aren’t unique to ME. They’re common after stroke; in certain illnesses such as multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia; and among people undergoing treatment for cancer – so-called “chemo brain”. Yet in my experience almost no one recognises or understands this kind of disability. When my walking stutters and slows, I’m met with wheelchairs, disabled access and smiles. When it’s my speech and comprehension that falter, I find only confusion, impatience, even disbelief. We need to find ways of talking about and explaining these kinds of disability, too. A new language: one that might begin to replace the one I’ve lost.

Isabel’s website can be found here