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  • Get involved | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    and regional activities across the country to help change minds about mental health problems in Ireland See Change is all about bringing people together through social contact and breaking down the stigma associated with mental health problems By working together we can spread the messages of the programme throughout Ireland and involve local communities in the See Change movement Reducing stigma and discrimination associated with mental health problems is a huge task and will only be achieved by working together By becoming involved with the See Change programme your organisation community will Inform staff and members about mental health stigma and discrimination Raise awareness of stigma and discrimination in your community Empower people with mental health problems to share their experiences and take action to reduce stigma and discrimination Have the opportunity to work with a wide range of organisations to take action to reduce stigma and discrimination Benefit from the support and the resources of the See Change team Have access to campaign materials and resources Be associated with a high level national campaign See Change will help you out with your event in whatever way we can by providing the following Advice and tips on organising your event Promotional material for your event if required Promotion of your activity on the See Change website and Facebook and Twitter pages Key messages There are some key messages that the See Change campaign is trying to spread These messages should be a key part of the publicity for See Change activities and the event itself Mental health problems can affect anyone at any time during their lives People with mental health problems can and do recover People affected by mental health problems are entitled to the same human rights as everybody else in society without discrimination Every person whether you

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  • Lots in the news this week about mental illness and legal trials… | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    off the planet Hallucinations These are unusual or unexplained sensations that you may hear or less commonly see touch taste or smell For example lights and colours may appear brighter or noises louder than they are to others The way you experience the world may feel very different from how it usually does which can often lead to problems in communication and understanding Your sense of time may change so it feels as though times is standing still or racing by You may hear a voice or voices which are real to you but which other people can t hear They can sound like someone speaking or shouting although they may start as whispers The voices can talk to you or about you you may even recognise them They can be rude and abusive or more rarely positive and comforting These experiences can be distressing and frightening Delusions These are strongly held personal beliefs which are out of keeping with your background and your usual way of thinking To you they will be very real but they seem odd or bizarre to others They may make you think that you are being persecuted or singled out that you are famous or that you have special powers and influence These delusions can develop slowly over time or quickly in response to something happening or someone s actions Disordered thoughts This is a change in your pattern of thinking Your thoughts may seem to stop or it may feel as if some has taken them away You may believe your thoughts are being broadcast to others or that people know what you are thinking This can be embarrassing and frightening You may feel that people are talking about you or that the television radio and sometimes books and magazines are referring directly

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  • Threads | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    And you don t dare mention it at first You see it through other peoples eyes You throw hints at them But it s choking you too much and the options are getting scarcer and scarcer You save them for a rainy day even though you are already soaked to the very bones of you These days the cloak isn t choking me I pull it behind me Sometimes it drags in puddles so that the weight of it is unbearable Sometimes it gets caught in the clutter of each day so that I forget about it until it snags and pulls me sharply back The threads get caught and tangled I patch the rips together hurriedly and move away I only have to look around and there it is silently reminding me that it can at any moment rise up and fling itself elegantly around me It seems so tentative that mere chemicals are keeping something this powerful from enveloping me In the brief freedom I try to find a stronger foothold something to give me the strength required to banish it I fight with it Scream at it Hurt it I demand back what it s taken from me my feelings my tears my words my peace my ability to breathe freely and see the world in its wonderful everyday colour of normality Laughter footsteps radio noise coins footprints water tastes steam from hot food fingers around a warm mug sunlit leaves cold dry air pillows warmth firelight I forget that the cloak is part of me In fighting it I am sustaining all the injuries What else can I do Is it possible to change strategy Admit that I ve fought long enough Can I take the cloak on my knee and painstakingly pull out threads one

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  • Do we need to be afraid of people with mental health problems? Dr Jacky Jones Irish Times | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    that seems relatively constant remaining at an overall incidence of 0 2 0 3 per 100 000 population a year For Ireland this works out at an average of one death a year The incidence is so low that screening of possible perpetrators is not feasible Nearly 100 per cent of murder suicides are committed by male spouses partners and almost all victims are their spouses partners and or children Estrangement divorce or separation is a common factor as is depression Divorce and separation do not cause murder suicide any more than does depression Causation smoking definitely causes cancer and association low cholesterol may improve heart health are two different things A 2015 study on depression and violence published recently in Lancet Psychiatry found that the risk of violent crime was associated with depression The researchers studied 47 158 individuals with diagnosed depression between 2001 and 2009 and compared their history of violence to 898 454 general population controls with no depression diagnosis During a three year follow up 3 7 per cent of men and 0 5 per cent of women with depression committed a violent crime compared to 1 2 per cent of men and 0 2 per cent of women with no depression The study does not establish causation or that depressed people are three times more likely to be violent The findings mean that violent criminals are more likely to be depressed than the general population Blaming depression for violent behaviour does not help anyone and stigmatises mental illness See Change the National Stigma Reduction Partnership is an association of 90 Irish organisations including the Irish Farmers Association Mabs and the Samaritans working together to change attitudes to mental health Research carried out by See Change found that in 2012 the latest year for which figures are available stigma was still around and growing More than half of Irish adults would not want others to know about their mental health problems while 41 per cent would hide a mental health problem from friends up from 32 per cent in 2010 A majority believed that being open about a mental health problem at work would have a negative effect on career prospects up from 48 per cent in 2010 Almost a quarter believed that someone with depression would do something harmful or violent to others up from 16 per cent in 2010 Instinctively human beings want to blame someone or something when perpetrators commit heinous acts such as crashing aircraft into mountains People feel safer if they can pinpoint causes and avoid them in future Unfortunately the world would not be a safer place if everyone with depression was locked up as they were in less enlightened times As Prof Jim Lucey medical director of St Patrick s Mental Health Services said when interviewed recently on RTÉ by Seán O Rourke about the link between murder suicide and violence and depression human beings are capable of heinous acts and the the murderous act of harm to others

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  • National Time to Talk Day 2015 | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    space for conversation about mental health We often hear that we need to talk more about mental health and the simple and free Green Ribbon provides a practical way of turning that into action For someone who might be going through a tough time just knowing that they don t have to avoid the subject with you can make all the difference Tips for starting a conversation on mental health Understand that you don t need to be an expert Sometimes the most helpful thing you can do is to let someone know that you are there for them You do not need to have all of the answers Talk but listen too Simply being there will mean a lot Take your lead from the person As a first step ask them how best you can help Avoid the clichés Phrases like Cheer up I m sure it ll pass and Pull yourself together definitely will not help Being open minded non judgemental and listening will Keep in touch There are lots of small ways of showing support You can send a text or just ask someone how they are doing Don t just talk about mental health Just be yourself chat about everyday things as well Green Ribbon Campaign 2015 During the month of May hundreds of local and national events will take place as part of the Green Ribbon Campaign to encourage a national conversation about mental health The initiative is led by 90 partner organisations hundreds of volunteers and more than 60 ambassadors who are prepared to share their own stories to help others and end stigma Stigma Discrimination What is stigma The effect of stigma What can be done Why is a stigma Research Get Help News and Events See Change Workp Mental Health in The

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  • 8 ways to show your support during Green Ribbon month May 2015 | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    place your order through this form https docs google com 1MQj2Z5g5LEg9j viewform Below you ll find lots of images to download and deck out your profiles and websites in green for May If you can t download these images they are available online at http www greenribbon ie show your support Here are 8 ways you can show your support and help get the message out to your contacts 1 Add the Green Ribbon logo to your websites pictures and correspondence Download here Green Ribbon logo 2 Wear the Green Ribbon on your profile picture Add a ribbon badge to your social media profiles in 3 clicks here http twibbon com support green ribbon 3 3 Book in advance to speak with one voice on National Time to Talk Day Count yourself into this year s Thunderclap challenge to build our impact throughout the month We have set ourselves the goal of having over 500 social media users simultaneously posting about the Green Ribbon campaign on May 15th National Time to Talk Day https www thunderclap it projects 25702 national timetotalk day 2015 4 Get a Green Ribbon banner for your own Facebook page Download here FB Individual colour jpg 5 Get a Green Ribbon banner for your organisation s Facebook page Download here FB Corporate black jpg 6 Get the Green Ribbon email signature Download below or or If you re using Gmail simply add this URL to your signature settings http i1028 photobucket com albums y350 SeeChangeSorcha Email 20Banner 201 zpsc39xxpga jpg Email Banner 1 jpg 7 Add the Green Ribbon bloggers badge to your blog Download here Blog badge gr jpg 8 Check out the green ribbon events nationwide http www greenribbon ie news and events Many thanks for your support The See Change team Stigma Discrimination

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  • Blog | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership | Page 4
    with the See Change blog where we ll be talking about how the campaign is going research on stigma and discrimination and our events and initiatives We ll also be posting stories from people with their own experience of mental health problems If you d like to contribute contact sorcha seechange ie Spotlight on two See Change ambassador blog pieces Posted January 26 2015 Let s be Frank Posted January 8 2015 I know I am too scared to tell people what s rea Posted November 3 2014 Ciara writes about Then Now Posted October 30 2014 Sarah speaks about using crutches for strength Posted October 24 2014 Documentary on Newstalk WRAP Radio Ireland 82 Posted October 10 2014 Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 16 Next Stigma Discrimination What is stigma The effect of stigma What can be done Why is a stigma Research Get Help News and Events See Change Workp Mental Health in The Green Ribbon Walk in My Shoes See Change in yo World Mental Hea South Tipperary Our Initiatives Irish football s News from the Pl Dublin Park ing Time to Talk Clo Green Ribbon 201 Become a See Cha Silver Linings P Blog

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  • Diagnosis | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    rules new memories new perspectives new insight new can be the best thing that ever happened O One life still ongoing don t waste valuable time waiting for the meds to kick in a watched pot would be much better off going for a walk or making a milestones of recovery plan S Serialised like all the best stories the box sets anyway your path from diagnosis to liberation will happen in stages but there will be some undeniably solid satisfaction climbing every step on that stairs I Don t even think about being an island You might believe the thoughts and feelings you re having right now are so loathsome and pathetic that surely nobody can relate but they can and you guys should be talking to each other Support groups online chat groups out patient courses there are people you can laugh about this stuff with S Strength racehorses trained at altitude runners with weights on their ankles burden carrying is a challenge that increases strength and performance so get ready to recognise a better you than ever before as you make your way up that stairs Faith is taking the first step even when you can t

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