Right message; wrong language Tomorrow is the last day of Children’s Mental Health Week. It ran from the 7th to the 13th of February and yet I only just found out about it today. I watched a video of a young teenager speaking about mental health, specifically his own mental health. As an Award winning actor…Read More
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through the tunnel, endlessly seeking
historical accounts of mental health, 1960s-70s From my searches the majority of historic information is from the medical profession perspective, with commentary from those who look upon these medics as saviours of society, taking on these societal misfits. Keeping them off the streets. I have found very few accounts from patients and service users, telling…Read More
Mental health: a personal view in verse
I wrote this verse during my first hospital admission, two weeks before I was to turn 19. The structure and language are self-conscious, embarrassingly so, but it held enough truth for one of the ward sisters to keep a copy. About 40 years later the same sister arrived to work the night shift on the…Read More
Mental health treatment: a personal history
Last weekend I watched the film ‘Mad to be Normal’, the story of Scottish psychiatrist Dr R D Laing, starring David Tennant. Laing trained and worked at the Glasgow Mental Hospital before travelling down to London, where he founded a therapeutic community, Kingsley Hall in 1965. The community remained open until 1970. His radical approach…Read More
How do we naturally integrate environmental sensory inputs?
Sensory integration. What on earth is it? It could be just one thing, or it could be many. It can be experienced as an under- or over-sensitivity to sensory experiences, like touch, hearing, smell, and sight. And it probably affects most of us in some way, at some time. Perhaps you cannot bear the labels…Read More
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – is this really the best we have?
According to articles from reputable publications cognitive behaviour therapy has been found to be an effective treatment for: alcohol and drug use dependency, anger problems, anxiety disorders, bipolar affective disorder, depression, eating disorders, hoarding, marital problems.Also: obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic attacks, perinatal mental health problems, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), psychosis.As well as: schizoaffective disorder,…Read More