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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest nonprofit, grassroots mental health education, advocacy and support organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness,...
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An exploration of psychological health and the obstacles to it.
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Austerity and a malign benefits regime are profoundly damaging mental health | Letter

Austerity and a malign benefits regime are profoundly damaging mental health | Letter | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it

442 psychotherapists, counsellors and academics condemn government plans and call on Labour and other parties to denounce anti-therapeutic practices

 

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That is an impressive list of signatories, to which I would gladly add my name 

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Mental health and the death of the "headclutcher" picture

Mental health and the death of the "headclutcher" picture | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
A campaign backed by Stephen Fry has been launched to try and change media portrayals of mental health. But what is wrong with the ones currently used?
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An interesting read and a good initiative.

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Southern Health NHS Trust secure hospital 'unfit', says CQC

Southern Health NHS Trust secure hospital 'unfit', says CQC | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
A secure hospital building is "unfit for use" and poses a danger to suicidal patients, according to a Care Quality Commission report.
Kevin Friery's insight:

"In common with some other mental health and community health trusts, Southern Health is struggling to recruit good staff." Blame it on the staff, never on the management.

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'Skype plan' for mental health care

'Skype plan' for mental health care | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
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Jaw dropping. Remember this when the general election comes around - the Tories have done everything they can to sell off the NHS  

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Norwalk 'spiritual healer' convicted of sexually assaulting client

Norwalk 'spiritual healer' convicted of sexually assaulting client | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
A Victorville man who identified himself as a "spiritual healer" was convicted of sexual assault Tuesday.
Kevin Friery's insight:

Felix had advertised in Spanish newspapers that he was a "spiritual healer" who could solve women's love issues, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. 

 
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Nigeria atheist 'ruled mentally ill'

Nigeria atheist 'ruled mentally ill' | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
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Atheism as a mental illmess? And how exaclty do the doctors square this with their medical ethics?  Barbarians.

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Gloucestershire child neglect couple not sentenced after overdosing

Gloucestershire child neglect couple not sentenced after overdosing | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
A couple who admitted neglecting their nine children have their sentencing delayed after taking an overdose.
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A tragedy at every level. 

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Autism linked to 'male hormones'

Autism linked to 'male hormones' | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
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"A fascinating first step."  It seems like science is building a grand staircase towards a better understanding of Autism - there have been a lot of 'first step' papers in the last couple of years so it will be interesting to see where they take us..

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Government to dock £40 from everyone who loses their job

Government to dock £40 from everyone who loses their job | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it

From this Autumn anyone who loses their job will receive £40 less as a result of government plans.

Kevin Friery's insight:

"The government plans to make all new claimants for Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment Support Allowance (ESA) wait seven days before they are eligible for help (at the moment they have to wait three days). The committee’s consultation reveals that, according to the government’s own assessment, JSA claimants will lose £40 on average, while disabled people claiming ESA will lose £50."   This will certainly impact badly on people when they are at their lowest - a cruel move.

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One month's domestic violence death toll

One month's domestic violence death toll | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
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"On average about seven women and two men are killed by their current or former partner every month in England and Wales.

Campaigners have called this death rate a "scandal" and say victims' appeals for help are too often met with apathy, disbelief and even hostility by police."

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'Depression is my coffee stain'

'Depression is my coffee stain' | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Depression tore Martin Ling away from football management, and he admits it would take a "brave person" to re-employ him
Kevin Friery's insight:

"I see depression as a coffee stain I need to get past. And it may take a brave person to re-employ me,"

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Swindon mayor apologises for 'mongols' comment on disabled having sex

Swindon mayor apologises for 'mongols' comment on disabled having sex | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
A Tory town mayor has been ordered to apologise after he called disabled people "mongols" during a council meeting about abuse they might face. Two colleagues claimed Nick Martin, 62,...
Kevin Friery's insight:

even though he is a Tory, surely he has stretched even their deficient moral code? 

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Fatal silence: Why do so many fortysomething men kill themselves?

Fatal silence: Why do so many fortysomething men kill themselves? | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Men are much more at risk of suicide than women in the UK. Simon Jack, whose father killed himself, has tried to find out why.
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"We think that most people who die by suicide have a mental illness but less than 5% of people with a mental illness take their own lives."

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Edwin Mee: Serving British soldier 'raped and molested young female recruits' on three military bases

Edwin Mee: Serving British soldier 'raped and molested young female recruits' on three military bases | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Edwin Mee, 45, is accused of targeting 11 victims, aged between 15 and 25, on bases in Cheam, Surrey and Croydon, south London
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Imagine how the victims are further traumatised when they see him responding like this.....

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Drowned author Stephen Foster failed by NHS trusts

Drowned author Stephen Foster failed by NHS trusts | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
A critically acclaimed author who drowned three days after he was discharged from hospital and told to seek counselling was "let down" by the NHS, a report finds.
Kevin Friery's insight:

Tragic. But many other suicidal people have similar experiences. 

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I didn't care if I died - Thomas

I didn't care if I died - Thomas | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Ex-Wales captain Gareth Thomas was close to suicide after his wife left him following his decision to reveal he was gay.
Kevin Friery's insight:

"It is difficult for people to realise what is on the mind of someone who wants to die. For me, I had so much pride, but so much hatred for what I was."

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Mental health work scheme piloted

Mental health work scheme piloted | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
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Kevin Friery's curator insight, July 13, 2014 8:10 AM

"The Department for Work and Pensions said treatment would not be mandatory in the pilot scheme but that remained an "idea" for the future."  Mandatory counselling and/or psychotherapy.  Unethical, impossible and I hope no therapist would touch it with a bargepole.

 
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Yo! Sushi boss who beat depression

Yo! Sushi boss who beat depression | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Kevin Friery's insight:

"I look back on myself full of admiration. I'm not sure how I did it, but I did, I climbed back out."

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How Twitter voted #survivorprivilege off the island

How Twitter voted #survivorprivilege off the island | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
George Will, the tribe has spoken.
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Calling out #survivorprivilege 

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250 cyclists on cross-country trek for suicide awareness

250 cyclists on cross-country trek for suicide awareness | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
250 cyclists are taking on a 200km journey across the country today in aid of suicide awareness - among them is Celebrity chef Derry Clarke.
Kevin Friery's insight:

"We all experience crisis in our lives - it's part of our shared humanity.

The important thing is not go get stuck there - to seek help"

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Vulnerable man 'left without bathing facilities'

Vulnerable man 'left without bathing facilities' | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
A vulnerable Plymouth man was without bathing facilities for six months because care providers failed to monitor him, say two ombudsmen.
Kevin Friery's insight:

Dire. But a failure of joined-up services is far too common in England. 

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Sum 41's Deryck Whibley: Hard drinking nearly killed me

Sum 41's Deryck Whibley: Hard drinking nearly killed me | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Deryck Whibley posts pictures online of himself in hospital after collapsing from alcohol abuse.
Kevin Friery's insight:

YOLO has a downside too - physical and mental health problems can escalate as people chase freedom and fun..

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Exeter stalker guilty of scissors attempted murder

Exeter stalker guilty of scissors attempted murder | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
A man who repeatedly stabbed a woman with scissors in Exeter after he stalked her for five years is found guilty of attempted murder.
Kevin Friery's insight:

125 separate complaints to the police about him stalking her. We need far better legislation to enable the police to act. It is a vile behaviour and her mental health clearly suffered enormously. As things stand it seems the victim has to suffer life-changing injury before the police can act. 

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