Archive for October, 2006

World Mental Health Day

October 12, 2006

Did the earth move for you?   The Monmouthshire MIND Drop-In’s at Abergavenny and Chepstow did their best and everyone who came in enjoyed themselves – and in Abergavenny shared a range of international food.   Chepstow wanted to do the same but lacking facilities to heat food decided that cold onion barjees would be put aside in favour of something more acceptable.   People were not aware of any other events taking place in Monmouthshire along the world theme of Risk Management and Suicide Prevention – and this seems to have been an opportunity lost.   An increasing number of parents and partners have reason to worry about the rise in suicide attempts and could have received supportative information.   Why didn’t it happen?   Both the Day and the Theme should have been of interest to all mental health professionals and voluntary workers and provided a focus for media attracting events in the County.   Ask those who provide your mental health services what they did to publicise the day, and let me know.

Let’s plan now to make next year different and challenge stigma, isolation and discrimination in the community and at work.

heather-no-chips.jpg   Heather did it……….  



Child depression and suicide risk

October 10, 2006

A growing number of parents think their children are depressed and are turning to a mental health charity for help.Young Minds says one in five people who call their helpline are parents seeking advice about their children’s depression.

Figures suggest that for every child who takes his or her own life, 50 more will try.

If you are worried or have reason to be concerned about a young person, or yourself, have a look at the Young Minds website – listed on the right under Young People.

Employment and mental health.

October 10, 2006

Employers are far less likely to employ people with mental illnesses than those with physical ailments, a report shows. Just 20% of those with severe mental health problems have jobs, compared with 65% who have physical problems.

Employers, especially small firms, need more support and advice in helping employees with mental ill health

Confederation of British Industry spokesman

 We consistently fail people who have mental health problems
Jodie, Warrington

The government is launching an initiative urging employers to improve conditions for people with a mental health problem.   To read the full story click on the link below.   Please e-mail your comments/experiences if you have any.

World Mental Health Day

October 9, 2006

World Mental Health Day is Tuesday 10th October, although for some organisations it will be a week of events.   On the day Monmouthshire MIND have events at 3 C’s Centre, Abergavenny 1030 – 12 noon and MIND Chepstow – Boverton House – 10 -3pm.

Come along and see what is taking place. 

Schizophrenia-should this term be abolished?

October 9, 2006

At the start of World Mental Health week a debate is starting on the negatives and positives of using the term Schizophrenia.   You may have some thoughts about this.

To read the full story clickon the link below to the BBC site and read for yourself.

Richard Bentall, professor of experimental clinical psychology, from the University of Manchester, said: “We do not doubt there are people who have distressing experiences such as hearing voices or paranoid fears.

“But the concept of schizophrenia is scientifically meaningless. It groups together a whole range of different problems under one label – the assumption is that all of these people with all of these different problems have the same brain disease.”

He said this can misinform treatment, and has encouraged the widespread use of “drastic biomedical interventions” as the first-line of treatment, rather than psychological help.

Although drugs were useful for some patients, too often they were given at extremely high doses and had some dangerous side-effects.

Professor Bentall said: “Overall, I think the concept is scientifically meaningless, clinically unhelpful and ultimately has been damaging to patients.”

Robin Murray, professor of psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, London, said most psychiatrists accepted term schizophrenia was imperfect but warned that were it discarded another method of classification must be devised.

If you have a view of your own let us know what you think by sending an e-mail to 

Eating Disorders – Teenage magazines.

October 8, 2006

I have two teenage daughters who both feel under pressure to be stick thin. 
They buy magazines aimed at young teenage girls which use ads depicting well
known super thin models.  As a parent this really concerns me.  I believe that
such magazines should be promoting healthy eating rather than suggest what body
shape is the best (in their opinion).  However, I have found that peer pressure
can also be a factor.  Neither of my children are over weight and yet so called
friends have called one of them fat! It is time we started educating this
younger generation and my very small way of fighting back is not buying the
magazines in questions and reasurring my children that they are beautiful and
loved whatever their shape or size!!

Mental Capacity Act 2005

October 4, 2006

The MCA 2005 will come into force in Wales and England in 2007.   If you are someone whose illness affects their decision making at times, or always, you should have a look at it.   Also, if you are a Carer for someone in this situation.  Click on this link to read the information for yourself. 

Bullying in the workplace & elsewhere.

October 1, 2006

When talking with a friend yesterday about World Mental Health Day, I was told about the Andrea Adams Trust.   This Trust works with a variety of organisations and unions to stamp out bullying in the workplace.   As you will realise this form of bullying has a direct effect on mental and emotional health and can be the cause of considerable personal damage.   Have a look at the Trust’s website – and some of the links contained in it.