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  • Upbeat FM: Pop up radio station for World Mental Health Week: | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    Mental Health Services during World Mental Health Week Upbeat On Air will broadcast live from Monday October 6th and the final broadcast will take place on Friday October 10th which is World Mental Health Day The radio station will broadcast live from St Patrick s University Hospital Dublin throughout the week for over 70 hours between 7am and 10pm Tune in on 99 5fm in Dublin or online at Upbeat ie The station will be the first Irish radio station dedicated to promoting positive mental health and is staffed by radio professionals from local national and community radio have volunteered to service the station Listen out for shows anchored by well known broadcasters and interviews with Irish celebrities mental health advocates and See Change ambassadors 7 10 Theresa Lowe Alan Shortt 10 1 Shay Byrne Alison Canavan 1 4 Paddy Cullivan 4 7 Mon Ruth Scott Tue Geri Maye Wed Nikki Hayes Thu Eoghan McDermott Fri Sheana Keane 7 10 Karina Buckley 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

    Original URL path: http://www.seechange.ie/upbeat-fm-pop-up-radio-station-for-world-mental-health-week/ (2015-10-30)
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  • National Ploughing Championships 2014 | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    Sheep Farmers Association the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association the Irish Countrywomens Association and Teagasc will be distributing free wallet sized Talking Cards to the 200 000 Ploughing attendees that feature straight talking advice aimed at taking the fear out of talking about mental health and encouraging open discussion 3 days 200 000 attendees 7 organisations 1 message Print your own Talking Cards to cut out and hand out among your friends family and local community Find us at the National Ploughing Championships 23rd 25th September Ratheniska Co Laois Stand No 301 Row 21 Block 2 Health and Safety Authority tent Why are Irish Farmers a key target group for the See Change campaign Research commissioned by the See Change partnership in 2012 on Public Attitudes Towards Mental Health Problems identified farmers as a group where stigma is most strongly felt often to the extent that it prevents Irish farmers from seeking the help that they need Here are some of the key findings Source Millward Browne Landsdowne Public attitudes to mental health problems in Ireland A benchmark study See Change 2012 Stigma Discrimination What is stigma The effect of stigma What can be done Why is a stigma Research

    Original URL path: http://www.seechange.ie/national-ploughing-championships-2014/ (2015-10-30)
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  • News and Events | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership | Page 7
    Talk Officer Over 1 million conversations started by Green Ribbon ca Dublin Pride Feel Good About Yourself ser FAI ROI squad get behind Green Ribbon campaign Previous 1 5 6 7 8 9 29 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

    Original URL path: http://www.seechange.ie/category/news-events/page/7/ (2015-10-30)
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  • Equality Authority launches guides to tackle mental health | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    means for your workplace provides information for employers on their responsibilities towards employees and potential employees with experience of mental health issues This guide explains the legal requirement on employers to provide reasonable accommodation for employees and potential employees with experience of mental health difficulties It also provides some good examples of what reasonable accommodation measures can look like in practice so that people with experience of mental health difficulties can have access to employment participate or advance in employment and undertake training Angela Kerins Chairperson of the Equality Authority in launching the leaflets said People experiencing mental health problems are protected by equality legislation but too many people do not realise this These information guides are a useful starting point both for people who experience mental health problems and also for employers interested in finding out more about the law and what it means for them According to the World Health Organisation one in four people will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime Many of these people will be in employment at the time they experience mental health problems and so it is imperative that employers understand their obligations to employees who are impacted by mental health difficulties These guides give practical examples of measures to provide reasonable accommodation to people as required by law Susan Kelly said In my experience when an employer is not supportive about mental health difficulties it can shatter someone s confidence and self worth with very real personal consequences In sharp contrast a supportive working environment gives an employer a very loyal hard working employee and it can improve their health no end John Saunders Director of See Change said People with mental health problems face huge inequality on a daily basis and this can be especially damaging when it happens

    Original URL path: http://www.seechange.ie/equality-authority-launches-guides-to-tackle-mental-health/ (2015-10-30)
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  • Understanding recovery and mental health problems | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    with their own experience of mental health problems and their own journey to recovery But what do we mean when we talk about recovery There is no one size fits all recovery model Different approaches work for different people and the concept of recovery is not necessarily a clinical term in the case of mental health problems This article from Shine supporting people affected by mental ill health describes recovery as an individual journey Mental health recovery can be described as a journey of healing and transformation enabling a person with a mental health problem to live a meaningful life in the community while striving to achieve his of her full potential The concept of recovery from mental ill health has been the subject of much discussion over the last fifteen years It is a wide subject and each individual has to find their own entry point and plan or map their own journey One central principle of the concept of recovery is that the person s own unique experience is the starting point for all actions It is therefore very important to begin to learn about and understand what the experience is what the feelings are and what the effect is on day to day life from the person s own point of view Recovery Shine 2010 Similarly Seaneen Moloney writes about her own unique journey in the excellent and UK based One in Four magazine a publication written and produced by people with their own experience of mental health problems When people spoke to me of recovery I struggled to understand what they meant I had heard of clinical recovery getting rid of the symptoms of a particular mental illness As some mental health difficulties such as bipolar disorder depression and schizophrenia can be episodic and recurrent the statistics can make for grim reading When recovery is judged upon the clinical definition of freedom from symptoms around 60 of people with schizophrenia had a medium poor outlook Bipolar disorder fares better however with 40 of people who have been hospitalised for mania experiencing another episode within two years I had certainly expected too much from clinical treatment I thought the second I took medication I would be cured Pop All gone Social workers and mental health nurses expressed the idea of recovery differently Throughout my time with them the focus was on helping me do more with my life Like charities such as Mind they espoused the Recovery Model see box which promotes the view that to recover from a period of mental illness one must step out of the sick role to make goals and empower yourself to live a meaningful life It is a journey not a destination Developed by mental health service users this to me at the time smacked of will to power and the idea that you could get better if you really wanted to It still does sometimes Such a mantra can be downright dangerous There are people who are incredibly unwell

    Original URL path: http://www.seechange.ie/understanding-recovery-and-mental-health-problems/ (2015-10-30)
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  • Spotlight on two See Change ambassador blog pieces | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    that I was a bad person that if I hurt myself those feelings would stop Sylvie Reuter At first I blamed my mood on the cold How could anyone function during the frosty winter But it persisted Towards the end of my time in Monaghan I had an appointment with my Doctor I brought up how I hadn t been sleeping with her and then the tears started And once they started I couldn t get them to stop Tearing up when you try to pay for something in a shop for no immediate reason is probably the most embarrassing thing that can happen And you re feeling awkward and the shop assistant is awkward and the whole situation sucks That was my Christmas My GP described my home as an unstimulated environment Not in a bad way but for my mental illness the biggest coping tool I have is keeping busy And that s the problem I ve created an environment in Dublin where I m comfortable where I can manage my depression Most of the time But you can t live in two places and have everything you need in both I feel very isolated in Monaghan The internet sucks We don t have public transport and I don t drive another issue I might get into some day And I haven t stayed in touch with many people from there And that was mainly by choice I isolated myself because that s what I needed to get better at the time to be distant But that s not something you can get back easily My home is now somewhere that I feel like I can no longer return to At least not without issues arising So after seeing my GP I did start trying harder She told me I needed to be productive to remember the mindfulness and CBT skills and techniques I had once sworn as lifesavers I made more of an effort to try and craft I was also extremely lucky that I was to see a friend the very next day and that greatly cheered me up I didn t have to fain excitement or interest and it was such a relief to just feel normal again Honestly it was a really difficult time I don t think I have felt as low as I did over Christmas in almost 3 years And it was really scary I was reminded that those dark thoughts are still in there They do come out every now and again Sometimes when I m drinking because alcohol is a depressant no matter how much I convince myself it ll be fine I am filled with all of my fears and insecurities and I become the crying drunk girl everyone hates And I think it scared my family As much I try to keep my feelings bottled up they always come out eventually and my parents were surprised to see me so visibly upset I believe that they thought

    Original URL path: http://www.seechange.ie/spotlight-on-two-see-change-ambassador-blog-pieces/ (2015-10-30)
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  • Let’s be Frank | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    times in order to wrap their heads around it fully because words alone will fail to capture the depths that are portrayed in this movie Hi my name is Seán O Reilly im 23 turning 24 next month I have Asperger s Syndrome and im also a mental illness survivor and I live in Knocklyon Dublin On Saturday the 22nd of October I attended a See Change training day in UCD on that day I officially became an Ambassador for See Change and I also met some of the other Ambassadors who are an awesome bunch of people I must say As part of that training day we were treated to a free screening of the movie Frank which is the critically acclaimed movie that See Change have chosen to do a national cinema tour with in January as part of the First Fortnight Mental Health Arts and Film Festival calling at Dun Laoghaire Bray Portlaoise Thurles Galway Waterford Limerick and Kildare It was my first time seeing Frank and I thoroughly enjoyed it it was nothing like what I expected and I recommend it highly When the movie was over we had a discussion about the movie and what thoughts or opinions it invoked in us I listened intently to what everyone said everybody s opinions were interesting When we were asked if any of us were interested in putting our thoughts and feelings about the movie into a small written review for See Change to use in reaction to the movie for local media and online I decided I would like to do that The first thing I will say about the movie Frank is people need to see it and possibly see it a few times in order to wrap their heads around it fully because words alone will fail to capture the depths that are portrayed in this movie In my opinion it is a powerful thought provoking film that s full of emotion and is the perfect platform to start conversations about mental health The story is centred around Frank Michael Fassbender who is recognisable by his big fake head which he wears all the time he is the lead singer of the experimental band in the movie called the Soronprfbs though arguably he might not be the films main protagonist but that s a matter of opinion In Frank s first appearance in the movie he is silent which can be perceived as intimidating but when he started to sing he blew my mind into orbit I had never witnessed anything like Frank singing it was powerful and epic on levels I can barely comprehend it sent static up and down my spine As the story develops we are guided deeper into Frank s world by the narrator Jon Domhnall Gleeson who is the bands new keyboardist and arguably the main protagonist we discover new levels of the secret genius that dwells within the big head aswell as the complex personalities of the other

    Original URL path: http://www.seechange.ie/lets-be-frank/ (2015-10-30)
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  • “I know I am too scared to tell people what’s really going on” | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    to cds reading books you name it but I have realised lately just I will never be rid of this illness I have a work colleague who has a problem with her joints We know her story and although she rarely shows her weakness she tells us about it More importantly we ask her about it I know she needs to heat up the bed before she can get up in the morning that she must take injections regularly and sometimes go to hospitals for infusions She is tired sometimes It s an illness We know she has it but we will never truly understand the suffering she has but we do try to understand and we do ask her about it she is not embarrassed and either or we My illness is different It is physical emotional and mental It includes sleepless nights crying for hours feeling sick to your stomach paranoia panic attacks irrational and suicidal thoughts Less than a handful of people ask me how I am have I been sleeping or up all night again thinking completely irrational thoughts have I been able to eat my breakfast or have I still got such pains across my stomach from anxiety that I feel sick at the thought of it Was the drive to work ok or did I have to pull over again because I couldn t see past the tears that just kept flowing or even worse pullover because I feared my car swerving over bridges or into ditches And you know what a lot of that is my fault I know I am too scared to tell people what s really going on I m scared of what they will think ashamed that I ve had no traumatic events in my life to lead to

    Original URL path: http://www.seechange.ie/i-know-i-am-too-scared-to-tell-people-whats-really-going-on/ (2015-10-30)
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