Walk on by ?
He sits there with his head bowed with shame, people pass without knowing his name, he's not ignorant he's so messed up all he wants is a coin in his cup, some think he's to blame, a "junkie" an "alki" o what a shame, so they walk on by never looking back he was one of them but he got the sack, so remember good people the same could happen to me or you so ...read more
Identifying Justice For and In Myself
Making peace with all that is right in Man and with the Divine can be a daunting but rewarding life's work, spiritually. However, materially the mental health sufferer finds he is automatically at odds with the working world. He is viewed as “out of shape“, from the economic point of view and yet able to work. So how will he survive? How will he cope? Will his unique, personal work be recognized? Or will he ...read more
Voices we hear and the Voice we are
The general daily accusations that a mental health sufferer has to filter out of his hearing and not get depressed about are addressed to everyone. The accusations of idleness, laziness, bumming around, sky walking, dreaming, poor attitude, time wasting, avoidance etc. then there is the general anger towards these perceived faults. This makes us feel very poorly indeed. I understand why, having worked, that time is money. Being unproductive is a sin in the eyes ...read more
Not always "out there"
I had recently filled out a questionnaire by SRN and was wondering why I had stopped writing and using the site since the initial experience had been good for me. The truth is, after having written a positive upbeat piece about my hope of returning to work in an environment and in a role where my experience of mental ill health might prove a benefit or at least be understood. I was to be confronted ...read more
The Stigma of BPD - Seen in Professionals
I was initially diagnosed with depression and after a while borderline personality disorder was diagnosed too. This is how I experienced the change in attitudes when this happened. I am depressed - we are here at any time I have BPD - stop wasting our time I am depressed - we can see you are distressed I have BPD - you are not distressed at all I am depressed - we know self harming is ...read more
I have had experience of bipolar for nearly thirty years. My sister, Sheila, thinks that it started in my late teens. What seemed to trigger it were deaths in the family. I worked for 31 years and have been employed for the last six years. I initially worked in the offices but then worked as a cleaner and a catering assistant in a primary school. I worked there for 3 years I am good at ...read more
stigma about mental health
Stigma facing mental health Alot of young people are scared to talk to health professionals, this is not a surprise as i personally have been in the situation where going to doctor was more like a choir they would brush me off and blame hormones for any issue i had. They would give medication after medication where they made me feel worse off than without them. The fear of being judged affects many of us ...read more
Opening Up and Ending Stigma
*DISCLAIMER- I have no medical training and am not a professional or affiliated with any medical professionals, organisations or practises. All the advice I have offered below is anecdotal and comes from personal experience and is not advocated by any mental health professional or personnel. This is advice from one layman to another* I want to talk about a dirty word beginning with 'V'. The one that people use against you because having it makes ...read more