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  • “Suicide Prevention Day is a day very important to me” Blog by See Change ambassador Mairead Carey | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    a way out I had great people around me but I didn t feel connected to them When they spoke it just hit an emptiness inside and there words got sucked into this black hole that was growing within me Eventually I let those closest to me know how I was feeling but I never fully explained just how bad it was The words just wouldn t pass my tongue I felt so alone I felt crazy I felt no one would ever understand Eventually the slow creeping ivy made its way to my heart to my soul it smothered me I reached out for professional help but I felt as though I could not let them know what was really going on So I sat in therapy in silence and my vocal chords were clawing at words I felt the words made no sense Every day things became this hugely tremendous task and in all of this I was trying my hardest to fight it but each day my strength was been taken away from me so eventually I just gave up It was a scary experience Eventually I ended up attempting suicide It was the darkest moment of my entire life I believed I was saving everyone from the my pain I believed everyone would be so much happier without me I believed what I was experiencing was dragging everyone else down but all of these thoughts couldn t have been further from the truth After that horrendous night and the few weeks that followed I decided I was going to fight but most importantly I decided to speak Those closest to me and my therapist were hugely supportive even in my silence they never gave up on me ever They encouraged me to write down the things that I found too hard to vocalise they provided a listening ear they provided encouragement and most importantly they provided compassion What I was going through was too heavy to carry on my own and once I began to share my experiences the load became lighter They waited patiently over months until I found my voice and I began to speak Once I found my voice I began to feel empowered I felt for the first time in life I was gaining a bit of control The supportive people around me in my darkest times helped light my way until I could find my own light When I went through my bad days there was always a hand waiting there for me to hold so they could guide me through Sometimes it was just so comforting when lost in the darkness to have someone come in and just silently sit there with me These were powerful experiences for me and ones that saved my life Today five years on I can say honestly for the first time I am glad I did not die that night I am living my life to the fullest and I am so very grateful

    Original URL path: http://www.seechange.ie/suicide-prevention-day-is-a-day-very-important-to-me-blog-by-see-change-ambassador-mairead-carey/ (2015-10-30)
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  • A Look at the portrayal of mental health and violence in the media | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    likely to be violent than anyone else The sad truth is that they are 11 times more likely to be the victims of violence whether by someone else or through self harm Your age sex social status and what s going on in your life are much better predictors of future violence than a mental health problem The reality is that graphic coverage of violent incidents can be really distressing to people who are going through a tough time Ask someone who s been through it and they ll tell you that often when you re in that dark place you re more sensitive and have the least appetite for dark stories which can really play on your mind The reality is that when mental health is misleadingly pinpointed as the reason for someone s violent behaviour it sets us all back on the progress we have made in starting to open up about our own and others mental health Every time that myth about mental health and violence gets spread around it closes the door for future conversations Think about the person who is now even more scared to reach out and ask for help Think about the employer who now doesn t want to take a chance on someone with depression Is letting this myth circulate good enough The reality is that experiencing a mental health problem is simply part and parcel of the ups and downs of life and can happen to any of us but it is the silence and myths around mental health that stop people seeking help and make the experience of being unwell much harder No one is to blame here The silence and stigma around mental health is not deliberate or malicious It s just as a hangover from centuries of silence we don t know what we should say or do We simply haven t talked about mental health enough but misleading stories like this are no reason to stop and need to be urgently challenged See Change is the national campaign to challenge stigma and we ve gathered ambassadors from across the country who are ready to fill that vacuum and share their stories of personal experience of mental health problems to paint a truer picture so that no one else feels they have to suffer in silence One of See Change s ambassadors Nicola Hynds put it best when she said Stigma has delayed my recovery many times I am okay with having a psychotic illness but sometimes other people s ignorance can change that When I hear someone describe Schizophrenia as a multiple personality disorder or use the word schizo it takes away a little bit of the resilience and self acceptance I have worked so hard to build up Every time I see my mental health problem used in the media as an excuse or explanation for a person s crime or wrong doing it can bring on feeling of shame and a need to justify my

    Original URL path: http://www.seechange.ie/a-look-at-the-portrayal-of-mental-health-and-violence-in-the-media/ (2015-10-30)
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  • So, my neurotransmitters are a bit out of whack….does that give you the right to stigmatize me? | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    hypo manic which are a whole other kettle of fish racing thoughts and ideas delusional thinking high energy inability to function normally Bipolar disorder is a genetic condition which can be aggravated by environmental conditions mostly obviously by stress It schizophrenia and autism have all been linked to an abnormal ratio inhibitory to excitatory neurotransmitters within the brain So I guess that s what I have Luckily the symptoms can be treated with pharmaceutical medication Sometimes it just takes a while to find the right medication Adjusting to this challenging illness has been difficult to say the least From the time of my diagnosis it took 4 changes in medication and one hospital admission before I really felt in control of my illness The type and level of support and understanding I have received from those around me has varied from unbelievable and brilliantly supportive to non existent support and blame I really don t feel I should be blamed for an illness that is out of my control What do you think For people battling with mental health issues one of the main things that can make that battle more difficult is stigma I recently heard a story about a lady who is worried about people with bipolar disorder because she had a family member with the same condition and this person seemingly caused a lot of problems within the family Do you know what you call this comparison STIGMA I am not that person Did that person receive the correct treatment Our personalities and how our illness affects us are probably completely different this type of storytelling stigma in this case makes it more difficult for others to get well My advice Treat everyone the same and treat their illness as a separate entity One depressed or bipolar

    Original URL path: http://www.seechange.ie/so-my-neurotransmitters-are-a-bit-out-of-whack-does-that-give-you-the-right-to-stigmatize-me/ (2015-10-30)
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  • Come downs… | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    now I am on my come down and because of it all I feel is guilty for these people in my life having to put up with me Having to reassure me every two minutes and listen to me crying I am on my come down where I feel they are better off without me All I do is cause negativeness and nothing seems to be going right I think they are all talking about me probably giving out about how I am moaning again and would I ever just cop on trying to remind themselves why are they bothering with me at all But then I try my hardest to make myself think rationally It is so hard Try to make myself remember four little words There are no stairs I was told a story before to remind me how to think rationally when I am like this A girl goes into her councillor Third door on the left on the bottom floor of the clinic Same room she has always gone into While in the room she begins to panic she is being chased people are sick of her tired of her and want her gone She s panicking and crying and keeps saying to her councillor they re chasing me they want me gone they chased me from the car up the stairs and into this room The councillor listens doesn t want to startle her but finally makes her realise this is not happening She needs to think rationally There are no stairs to get to this room There are no stairs I am trying to keep telling myself this as I try to get back up There are no stairs I have great things happening in my life yes I have negatives but so many

    Original URL path: http://www.seechange.ie/come-downs/ (2015-10-30)
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  • See Change End of Year Reports | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    yours See Change achieved many firsts in 2014 the first national Time to Talk day the first community led Time to Talk pop up cafe and the first dedicated mental health broadcast on national radio with Global Village on Newstalk FM during Green Ribbon month See Change 2014 End of Year Report 2013 was massive for See Change and the year we credit with the campaign becoming a fully fledged grassroots movement Our partnership grew to 90 organisations our army of volunteers and ripple makers was activated and communities all across the country turned green in May for the first and extremely successful Green Ribbon campaign We also developed a suite of activities and projects that anyone can run and make their own to try and encourage conversation about mental health See Change End of Year Report 2013 2012 marked the successful completion of phase 1 of the See Change movement s second year After an initial period of national consultation attitudinal research and ideas generation the campaign quite literally hit the road to bring the See Change message of openness and understanding around mental health problems to communities around Ireland See Change End of Year Report 2012 2011 brought us into the second year of the See Change campaign We kicked off with a period of analysis and national consultation along with attitudinal research and ideas generation before travelling throughout the country to host our town hall meetings From there we carried on with a series of workshops gigs documentary screenings attended occupational and agricultural shows and even managed to break a Guinness World Record all with the aim of challenging the stigma of mental health problems See Change End of Year Report 2011 Stigma Discrimination What is stigma The effect of stigma What can be done Why is

    Original URL path: http://www.seechange.ie/see-change-end-of-year-reports/ (2015-10-30)
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  • See Change video archive | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    about positive attitudes and behaviours towards mental health problems in Ireland Record Attempt to Break the Stigma of Mental Health Problems Successful Guinness World Record attempt for Most People to Write a Story achieved by See Change in partnership with Union of Students Ireland Trinity College Students Union and Fighting Words Grace started a conversation so can you See Change ripple maker Grace tells us how mental health affects all of us and how you can show your support by wearing the green ribbon Let s get Ireland talking about Mental Health this May 2013 You don t have to be an expert to talk about mental health sometimes it s just important to let someone know you are there for them and simply listen Green Ribbon Animation Changing minds about mental health one conversation at a time Why not upload your own youtube video to See Change s online story sharing portal Make a Ripple show your support for the campaign share your story or simply speak out against 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

    Original URL path: http://www.seechange.ie/see-change-video-archive/ (2015-10-30)
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  • About See Change | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    more open and positive in their attitudes and behaviour towards mental health greater understanding and acceptance of people with mental health problems greater understanding and knowledge of mental health problems and of health services that provide support for mental health problems and a reduction in the stigma associated with mental health problems and challenge discrimination Our messages Mental health problems can affect anyone at any time during their lives Mental health problems are part and parcel of being human 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 have been personally touched by mental health problems or not has the power to help stop the stigma and discrimination of mental health problems Our target audiences Our key target groups for phase one of the campaign 2010 2012 were determined by the findings from our benchmark study public attitudes to mental health problems See Change 2010 Those key target groups are young males 18 24 people in the workplace farmers and people living in rural communities Where we work To achieve our objectives See Change works within a number of inter related settings See Change is about finding the conversation joining in and working with people and communities to change minds about mental health problems in Ireland We take an approach that includes the following grassroots activity like town hall meetings community events supporting local groups partner activity where we work with over 70 organisations to share capacity and mobilise change online through campaigns like Make a Ripple our social networks and our e news service workplace settings where we train employers and employees to promote positive attitudes to mental health Stigma Discrimination What is stigma The

    Original URL path: http://www.seechange.ie/about-see-change/ (2015-10-30)
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  • Funders | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    Schizophrenia Lucia Foundation Development Co Irish Farmers Association The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Small sundry donations 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

    Original URL path: http://www.seechange.ie/funders/ (2015-10-30)
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