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“IF PEOPLE KNEW WHAT SCHIZOPHRENIA WAS THEY WOULDN’T BE SCARED OF IT”

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Originally posted on All The Young Blues:

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Education and awareness is the key to preventing the stigma attached to those who suffer from their mental health.

That is the viewpoint of Nicola Hynds – a young woman in her mid-twenties who suffers from schizophrenia and is an Ambassador for the mental health organisation See Change.

See Change is a national mental health programme working to changing minds about mental health problems in Ireland. May is See Change’s Green Ribbon month. More than 500,000 green ribbons will be distributed nationwide free of charge to spark a national conversation about mental health in boardrooms, break-rooms, chat rooms, clubhouses, arts venues, college campuses and around kitchen tables throughout Ireland. See Change’s aim is to make the month of May every year synonymous with promoting open conversation of mental health and challenging the stigma of mental health problems.

Nicola is one of the many people you will see handing out…

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102-Year-Old Woman Watches Herself Dance In The 1930s For The First Time [VIDEO]

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Quinonostante:

and because it’s just awesome!

Originally posted on Black America Web:


Alice Barker is 102 years old and she used to be a dancer in the chorus line in the 30s and 40s.She would dance on stages with greats like Frank Sinatra and up until now, she believed that all the footage of those performances had been lost. Thanks to the amazing David Shuff and the help of Jazz on Film’s Mark Cantor, Barker was finally able to see herself dancing as a young woman for the first time. Can we just all collectively say, “Awww!”

Shuff owns a therapy dog and he would visit Barker at her nursing home in Brooklyn, New York when the dog was just a puppy. Someone who works at the nursing home tried to find Barker’s videos, but had no luck, so Shuff stepped in, tapped Cantor–who happened to have a stockpile of the earliest music videos ever made (soundies). And guess what?…

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Grieving the crucial healing needs, never met.

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Originally posted on Healing From Complex Trauma & PTSD/CPTSD:

I’ve come to realise that severe prolonged trauma, in childhood and then it continuing into adulthood, is a level of suffering no-one understand unless they have endured it.

And for many who have endured it, they are still suppressing, minimizing, in denial. And many do not have insight into the trauma and it’s consequences.

This leaves very few people, who will truly understand the suffering, the many prolonged & severe trauma’s, the many painful consequences… or where I am at.

And I am not angry, or upset with all those people, at all. And for all those who have never endured this level of trauma, I am so thankful they haven’t. But, I am angry and upset that I have no-one physically in my life who ‘gets it’. Or ‘get’s me’. And angry and upset about what and who caused this.

It’s like I am still being punished.

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What are YOU looking at?

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Originally posted on Christopher John Ball:

boots_2015_MINI_3“Asylums with doors open wide,
Where people had paid to see inside,
For entertainment they watch his body twist,
Behind his eyes he says, ‘I still exist.’” – Atrocity Exhibition – Joy Division

It is sad to say that many of us who have a disability or impairment will be able to recall experiences of having been bullied, picked on, singled out and abused, both verbally and physically, as we go about our lives. Would it be fair to say that we often take this abuse as being a ‘normal’ part of our daily routine, experiences that we have perhaps come to expect and, in the eyes of many as I will explain, something we should ‘put up’ with?

The ‘incident’ that inspired this article occurred on Saturday 14th March 2015. My partner and I were waiting to catch a train to Euston from Watford High Street Overground Station…

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Dylan Myers

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Originally posted on Same Difference:

Dylan is nearly five but Syndrome Without A Name (SWAN) means he has the mind and body of a baby.

His mother Danielle Myers, tells Victoria Derbyshire what life is like for her son, who is in constant pain and the frustration of not knowing what is medically wrong with him.

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Killing Me Softly: On the Power of “No”

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Originally posted on WOMEN. HEALING. VIOLENCE.:

By Fiona Helmsley

When it comes to sex, “no means no” has entered into mainstream thought as a concept; hopefully, in a much more effective way than the last big no-should-be-enough campaign. That one just led to a lot of kids seeing Nancy Reagan’s face in their weed the first time they smoked pot. But what about the smaller nos in the lives of women, and the consequences to us when we demur?

Click here to read the article at The Feminist Wire.

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Week Of Action Against Workfare And Sanctions Begins Tomorrow: Events Announced So Far

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Originally posted on the void:

Boycott-Workfare-action No workfare. No sanctions. Whoever wins we will resist!

Latest details at: http://www.boycottworkfare.org/?p=4239

25th April, London – Sanction Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice Shops: http://www.boycottworkfare.org/?p=4298

25th April, Chingford – IDS – the Butcher of Benefits must go! DPAC action: https://www.facebook.com/events/630040803794662/

25 April, Leeds – Leeds Welfare Fightback will be out in Briggate throughout the week with stalls and leaflets.
https://www.facebook.com/events/695030883952537/

29th April, Edinburgh – Demonstrate at High Riggs Jobcentre, by Tollcross, Edinburgh: http://edinburghagainstpoverty.org.uk/node/165

1st May, Bristol – Bristol May day demo – Combat Workfare: https://www.facebook.com/events/1578782925705919/

2nd May, London – Sanction the Salvation Army: http://www.boycottworkfare.org/?p=4281

Daily leafleting in Haringey, London: email info@haringey.org to get involved

Actions in the Netherlands: http://www.doorbraak.eu/25-april-to-2-may-international-week-of-action-against-workfare-and-sanctions-come-join-us/

Disabled People Against the Cuts have called for a “Revenge Tour” in the same week: https://www.facebook.com/events/726806607436136/

Please share, tweet, blog and help spread the word about all events!

Join me on facebook or follow me on twitter @johnnyvoid

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The future of mental health care is now

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Originally posted on Beyond Meds:

DinaTyler1701Dina Tyler is making it happen in the system right now. This is what a peer specialist looks like. We are the ones who can make the system transform. We know, better than anyone, how to help one another and, more importantly, how to help ourselves.

Dina Tyler is working in the system. Anyone who thinks change cannot happen from within hasn’t met people like Dina. I’m for change happening wherever the movers and the shakers dare to go. Inside and outside…there are no rules for us! The only rule is to deeply and profoundly become ourselves.

The video is 4 minutes that is very much worth your time.

Dina Tyler accepts Peer Specialist of the Year award from National Council for Behavioral Health at NatCon15 in Orlando, FL

Congratulations to Dina!

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For more about Dina you can listen to the interview on Madness Radio: Communicating With Psychosis

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Recovery

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Have felt for a long time that ‘recovery’ in mental health was hijacked by Government with the sole purpose of getting people affected by mental ill health back into work – and lost the essence of what individuals wanted to ‘recover’ to, not everyone wanted to return to the life they had before they became unwell and ‘recovery’, to me, means finding yourself in a position where you feel able to a mange something you couldn’t before you were unwell.

For many ‘recovery’ can simply be being able to walk to the shop and buy some groceries, or pop to a cafe and enjoy a cuppa. For others it can be the achievement of building a new future and recovering from what they felt contributed to their mental ill health.

Wholeheartedly support the concept of taking back the word from the corporate decision makers and handing it back to those who are recovering and know themselves what truly works for them!

Originally posted on seed of hope:

A much misused, abused, sometimes maligned word and concept.

Recovery is about getting on with life despite mental distress, in our past, present or possible future.

“At Seed of Hope we believe it is possible to live life with hope and aspiration, with experience of mental distress. “

In this video Pat Deegan, a leading international expert on Recovery, talks about Recovery. At time reference 2.50 she says-

You can’t organise a Recovery around a vacuum…

We need to organise our recovery around something. Something that has meaning, Something that has purpose, something that gives us a sense that we can begin to move

We want SoH to be that something for those experiencing mental distress in Somerset.

Recovery is not a gift from clinicians, but the responsibility of us all. We must become confident in our own ability to change our lives, we must give up being reliant on…

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Kim Wilde supports Thrive

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Originally posted on seed of hope:

Seed of Hope is a member of, and supporter of Thrive.

Thrive is a charity that:

Uses gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people living with disabilities or ill health, or who are isolated, disadvantaged or vulnerable.

Thrive not only provide direct support to people in need, but also provides research consultancy and training in Social Theraputic Horticulture. So we find we have a lot in common with them, and would like to take this opportunity to promote their BBC Lifeline appeal.

Kim Wilde describes how gardening helped her through difficult times.

Kim says “I really believe in the benefits of being outdoors in a living, breathing garden. That’s why I think the work of Thrive is so important.

When I was 30 I was enjoying a successful music career, with platinum records and a European tour with Michael Jackson under my belt. I decided the…

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Sad but true: Childhood bullying is a good preparation for cycling on England’s roads

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Originally posted on Helen Blackman:

As a schoolchild I was subjected to some horrendous bullying for the crime of being (drrrrumroll) ginger. Explaining this, as an adult, it’s not unusual for other adults to ask why I didn’t just dye my hair, which amazes me because even at the age of 11 I had worked out that the problem wasn’t me being ginger. The problem was other people’s attitudes to me being ginger and those attitudes would have become more entrenched, not less, if I had dyed my hair brown. By the time I was in my teens I had worked out that it was important not to change but to maintain my appearance. If people rejected me because of the colour of my hair they weren’t worth knowing. As a reason for discriminating against someone, this was less than skin deep.

There is no doubt that the bullying scarred me. I attribute much of…

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Letter from 140 doctors: NHS “withering away” under Cameron government

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Originally posted on Pride's Purge:

(not satire – it’s the UK today)

Here’s the full letter signed by 140 doctors on the destruction of the NHS over the last 5 years under the Cameron/Clegg government:

After five years of a government which pledged to protect the NHS, this election campaign makes it timely to assess its stewardship, since 2010, of England’s most precious institution. Our verdict, as doctors working in and for the NHS, is that history will judge that this administration’s record is characterised by broken promises, reductions in necessary funding, and destructive legislation, which leaves health services weaker, more fragmented, and less able to perform their vital role than at any time in the NHS’s history.

In short, the coalition has failed to keep its NHS pledges.

The 2012 Health and Social Care Act is already leading to the rapid and unwanted expansion of the role of commercial companies in the NHS. Lansley’s Act is…

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British children are living in Victorian conditions – it’s an inequality timebomb.

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What does it mean to be one of the richest countries in the world? I wondered this as I read through the report by the Children’s Commission on Poverty (CCP) at the end of last year, in which British children describe the hunger that comes with not being able to afford lunch, or the wait for a “good day” when their mum has 25p spare for a snack. I wondered again this week when the teaching union NASUWT’s warned that there are children in this country living in “Victorian conditions”, turning to charity for regular meals and going without a winter coat.

Britain’s economic recovery can be felt in the lives of “hardworking taxpayers”, David Cameron claimed at a rally on Easter Monday. Children are coming to school in dirty or fraying clothes, eight in 10 teachers surveyed report. Other children are vanishing halfway through the term, evicted and without a…

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Personal independence payments are a punishment of the poor and ill

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Originally posted on Britain Isn't Eating:

Personal independence payments are a punishment of the poor and ill

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How not to do trauma therapy: A tale of two misconduct hearings

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Originally posted on The Not So Big Society:

I must be spending too much time reading the various hearing outcomes on the UKCP and BACP websites. A year ago I posted about the case of Sue Clancy, where a client had been left traumatised in a therapy session gone badly wrong. I criticised the outcome, because despite finding that Clancy had committed misconduct and harmed the client, the UKCP declined to issue a sanction. Not even a warning.

Earlier this week, another sanction notice went up, this time on the BACP website. There were a lot of similarities between this case and Clancy’s, which seemed seemed to suggest it was the same incident. It gives more information about what has happened here, and it’s a disturbing tale.

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IDS knowingly lies over HB as his own figures reveal bedroom tax et al COST £440m more per year

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Originally posted on SPeye Joe (Welfarewrites):

Housing Benefit in real terms has increased by £1.2 million PER DAY under the Tories.  Housing Benefit in real terms has cost the taxpayer £50,000 more PER HOUR under Iain Duncan Smith.  

Yet IDS said again yesterday the bedroom tax has saved £1 billion so how can that be?  There is only one answer to that which is IDS is deliberately and knowingly telling lies as below are the official HB figures that were released by ……Iain Duncan Smith.

A simple comparison between the inherited position in May 2010 and May 2014 reveals the following facts:

  1. Inherited was 4.75 million claimants receiving £84.24 per week for a total bill of £20.86 billion
  2. 4 years later it was 4.88 million claimants receiving £92.59 per week a total bill of £24.04 billion.

The total bill has increased by £3.18 billion in actual terms yet we need to compare like for like and account for two…

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Delusional David Cameron Insists Tories ‘Protected The Poorest’

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Originally posted on UNEMPLOYED IN TYNE & WEAR:

Delusional David Cameron has insisted the Tory-led coalition government “protected the poorest” in society, in an interview with the Independent newspaper.

“I haven’t changed. I am a compassionate Conservative”, he told the journalist, whilst travelling from Belfast to Cardiff during a four-nations tour to promote his support for the union.

“We had to make difficult decisions”, he says. “I would argue that this has been done in a compassionate way. We protected the poorest, the pensioners, the NHS. We had a balanced plan.”

When pushed to explain why a “compassionate Conservative” would push for a further £12bn in welfare cuts after May’s general election, he replied: “There is nothing compassionate about leaving people to live on welfare when they could have the dignity and security of work”.

He claims that the coalitions welfare reforms have led to 900,000 fewer people claiming working-age benefits.

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Fast food workers to protest against zero hours contracts in Darlington

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Originally posted on UNEMPLOYED IN TYNE & WEAR:

Fast food workers will be calling for an end to zero hours contracts at a protest next week.

The Darlington Trade Union Council (TUC) is backing a global day of action on Wednesday, April 15 in support of fast food workers across the country.

Organised by the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union, the protest will see fast food workers calling for a £10 per hour minimum wage, and an end to zero hours contracts.

The action is also being supported by the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC).

Alan Docherty, the party’s parliamentary candidate in Darlington, said:

“The message is clear – join a union and get organised.

“In the USA fast food workers have organised successful strikes and won. Members of my party have been instrumental in winning victories that have brought about a $15(£10) per hour minimum wage.

“This was first enacted into legislation in…

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People with mental health conditions are being denied the opportunity to complete an application form for sickness benefits.

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Originally posted on Benefit tales:

An investigation by Benefits & Work found that Maximus – who is one of the private contractors replacing Atos – are not sending application forms (ESA50) for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) to some claimants with mental health conditions.

Benefits & Work say that the forms are vital for understanding how a claimant’s health effects their ability to work, prior to being asked to attend a face-to-face assessment – otherwise known as the Work Capability Assessment or WCA.

read the rest of this story here: http://www.welfareweekly.com/mental-health-claimants-denied-chance-to-complete-sickness-benefit-form/

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