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  • Reflection on my journey | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    felt so naked so vulnerable and ashamed My arm bore the marks of the battle I was so obviously losing The shame consumed me Although I felt so vulnerable when I reached out I was received with such compassion and empathy I was shocked someone actually wanted to listen to me and they wanted to hear what I had been battling Someone wanted to hear my voice it had a huge positive affect me on I spent many many hours trawling through my issues in therapy it wasn t easy and yes it was so very painful but this process changed my life I began a journey back in 2010 to save my own life and because of community and compassion I am surviving The biggest part in my recovery journey is community it is my fiancé who I proposed to in Paris last year it is my friends and it is my G P and the therapists I have come into contact with For some people it can include family but in my life that just is not possible and that is ok Using my voice to battle my way through the darkness through the quicksand and the strangling thorns of my demons I survived But recovery from self harm suicidal ideation depression anxiety and much more is not a straight road It sounds simple but it is not easy It demands a lot from me physically and mentally and when I finished therapy it does not mean that I am fixed but more along the lines of I am a work in progress Life is not as simple as tying all lose ends up neatly into a nice big bow but it is ever flowing ever changing Challenges will still meet me in my life but it is remembering that in times of struggle to reach out to the community that I have built around me it means talking using my voice It means at times still using the skills I have picked up to help myself through and sometimes it is still difficult I found that creating a purpose for my pain has really helped me I used my pain as fuel for a fire burning within me I don t want anyone to struggle alone in silence so I studied psychology counselling and psychotherapy I want to give back to people what I received which is a listening ear compassion empathy and safe place to talk I have accomplished many things on this journey I started 5 years ago and my passion for other people has driven me to open up my own counselling service in Clondalkin Village I have faced many challenges along the way from the mental health field some professionals and also from family Mental health and the battles I have faced are filled with stigma so much so that some people tried to silence me more than once But I continue to speak because I believe we who struggle have a right

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  • Bipolar opposites: his driving and my fasting | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    ceremony As you can imagine I was busy on Friday so now I don t eat on Tuesdays Nobody wants to be scary I am not a sociologist but I would venture to say that a society s relationship with a minority is affected by the most conspicuous actions of the minority s members If you are not of that minority or haven t had the opportunity to know members of that minority then chances are your knowledge of that minority has been unconsciously pieced together from the actions of its members that have made the news headlines It s human nature Bipolar woman loves her balanced peaceful life isn t likely to sell papers or to be heard on any radio news Bipolar woman eats nothing on Tuesdays to become less scary might catch a little interest or end up in an Our Mad World column alongside Hippo jumps from moving truck in Taiwan startles locals and UK man faked coma for two years to avoid court http timesofindia indiatimes com Your actions affect my reputation Twit Speaking of court and still not a sociologist nor ever a lawyer I would dare to assert that the following defence could be offensive to all responsible people with bipolar disorder On the day of his latest driving offences the defendant had not taken his bipolar medication the court was told Image Skyscrapercity com I am sure that I am not the only member of the population s bipolar 1 who is feeling indignant about this My objections are thus Your Honour Missing one day s dose of medication will not cause a reasonable responsible bipolar person to transform into a reckless maniac It would seem fair to assume that when that driver is well he must surely be aware that stopping taking his medication is to risk making his condition everybody s business I am of the opinion that ongoing bipolar disorder has no value as an excuse for irresponsibility on such a grand scale as his If this had been his first time showing symptoms of the condition I think he could reasonably be excused and one would take comfort that nobody was hurt if he were now seeking treatment However it looks to me like that driver knows better than to allow himself to get that way I am guessing that if he can afford cigarettes and a Mercedes he is able to afford medication and a psychiatrist I am proud to be a See Change ambassador to me it s an honour When I started work as a civil servant two months ago I assumed that any disclosing of information that I would do would arise out of increasing social comfort as I settled in I could not have anticipated the ill wind of media stories that would blow my disclosure plans off course A young man murdering his mother in Dun Laoghaire jesuischarlie and that bipolar driver who was intercepted cruising down the wrong side of a

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  • College life and it’s aftermath | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    stigma Stigma was an awful thing I endured in college Stigma I attached to my problem but one I also found others attached to it I will never forget getting a taxi one day from the gates of Mary I after a lecture to a psychiatric hospital in Limerick The taxi driver turned and asked were Mary I students doing work experience there now I suppose why else would a healthy looking primary teaching student need to be going to a mental health problem facility I would go to college and have the laugh with my friends then go home and go straight into my bedroom sit on the floor with my back against the door and cry and panic and worry anxiously After an hour or two I would go downstairs full of forced smiles and watch Home and Away as if I had not a care in the world The nights were the worst I would stay up for as long as I could convince my housemates to and then reluctantly go to my dark room The minute I closed the door it would start paranoia feeling of sickness the unstoppable tears and never could I understand why At weekends Deborah my rock used cry with me but out of worry for her best friend out of frustration I wouldn t seek help but I couldn t figure out what help I would need I had a great life If one thing was for sure I had absolutely no reason to go throwing around a word like depression because Jesus my life was great For me nights out in college were not how most students have it After a certain point in the night when my friends got to their jolly stage I would slip off the bathroom cubicles and there I would sit for the night crying silent tears listening to girls outside have the chat and laughs as I felt like the loneliest person in the world On Easter Sunday of my second year of college after months of self harm sleepless nights panic attacks paranoia and never ending tears I took an overdose I could literally see no way out I remember the morning clearly Thankfully I was saved Jesus that word saved I ve never thought of it like that I am 27 now Did I continue my denial of mental health problem Yes for many years I did I would take my medication decide I am perfect once I had any sort of balance and come off them only to spiral out of control shortly after again People talk about seasonal depression My down season is summer Summer brings holidays and free time to think To worry To cry This year after yet another awful summer of panic attacks crying sessions suicidal thoughts I have realised only now that this is it I have an illness A life long one An illness that will consume me if I let it And I m

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  • The Power of a Single Voice | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    and I cannot think of anything better to be part of In 365 Days I have being left with a feeling of being so empowered I am sharing my story I am using my voice I am taking small steps to make big changes This is what being an Ambassador is all about I am passionate about making positive changes in the area of mental health and I have realised the most important thing anyone can realise what is this One small act can effect so many things Last year I took to my laptop and with a million butterflies in my belly and two shaky hands I started writing my story i wrote about my battle i wrote about my war And with every word i wrote and every paragraph i finished I felt more and more nervous about sharing it online Why I was so scared that people would act differently towards me I was afraid I would loose some friends I was afraid that people would call me crazy selfish and worst of all I was afraid people would think I was looking for attention But something deep inside my heart told me to share this so I did I had just let Facebook The world and everyone i knew know about the war i was battling against my mind and what i did and didn t do Everyone would now know that I had attempted my life on numerous occasions Everyone would know that I used to sit and cry and not know why Everyone would know that I had depression But deep down i thought if i can help ONE SINGLE PERSON with this If I can help someone realise that if they open up and speak about their thoughts and feelings then it would change their life Then i d be happy Within 24 hours I had received so many messages texts comments etc from so many people that wanted to pass on words of encouragement words of thanks and most of all i had people talk to me about their struggles and how reading my story gave them hope Yes I did also have people leave negative comments but there will always be those people who belittle you and try weight you down but i had helped someone realise there is hope My small little voice had created so many ripples and was helping so many people and this gave me such a sense of happiness i couldnt begin to try put into words and i discovered that i had the power to change things and make a positive impact in peoples lives and this is why being involved in See Change was such a great decision My story began to not only make ripples but create waves I spoke with Ryan Tubridy on RTE 2FM Limerick Radio Tipp Fm and I appeared on the MIDDAY Show with SYBIL on TV3 I hosted two successful Colour runs with SeeChange with over 900 Partipants

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  • Facebook Free February | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    why she deleted her profile http facebookfreefebruary com blogs stephanie preisner blog html To find out more about the movement click here http facebookfreefebruary com index html 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

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  • Blog | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership | Page 5
    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 Deux jours une nuit the reviews are in Posted September 5 2014 We need movie reviewers to write about Two Days Posted August 28 2014 See Change ambassadors respond to the death of Robin Wi Posted August 21 2014 Genuine fear The realities of living with anxiety 82 Posted July 9 2014 The power of the mind Fiona Posted July 7 2014 Calling Firewalkers to spark discussion Posted June 10 2014 Previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 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

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  • 004A0613 | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    Email Website Comment 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

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  • 004A0617 | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    Comment 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

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