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June 23, 2010

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Young Brits at Art

June 19, 2010

and now for something completely different – with thanks to the Equality and Human Rights website…

The final 100 shortlist in the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Young Brits at Art awards paints a telling picture of what young people think ‘a world without prejudice’ would look like. Unity, freedom and body image dominate the shortlisted artworks of the 11 to 19 year olds.


Equality and Human Rights Commission


What would the world look like if we lived without prejudice? We asked you to show us.!v=mao8FdVMaKU

Freedom of expression is a common theme; freedom to choose one’s own religion, freedom to express one’s sexuality but most importantly, freedom to be who you are. Essentially the budding young artists see a world without prejudice as a world where people are bound by their similarities and celebrated for their differences.

The shortlist was whittled down from a record 1,700 youngsters who entered the award, which challenged them to ‘imagine a world without prejudice’.

Entrants were given the opportunity to express their ideas on prejudice and equality using various art media including but not limited to digital animation, sculpture, film and more traditional forms such as print and oil painting.

Neil Kinghan, Director General of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said;

“Young people too often get a bad press.  We sometimes forget the great array of talent in our schools and youth clubs and the contribution which the vast majority of young people make towards making our society more tolerant. Young Brits at Art gives them an opportunity to have those talents recognised; and if we happen to unearth the next Oliver Payne it would be a fantastic bonus.”

Ten overall winners will be selected from the shortlist of 100 and revealed at an awards ceremony on 22 June. A judging panel, consisting of several prominent arts figures and equality champions, will select the winners with all 100 shortlisted pieces displayed at the awards ceremony at the Southbank Centre.

For the ten winners, a month of being an exhibited artist is in store. The Saatchi Gallery, one of the most celebrated art venues in the country, will exhibit the ten winning artworks for the whole of July.

Men’s Advice line.

June 7, 2010

The Men’s Advice Line is a confidential helpline for all men experiencing domestic violence by a current or ex-partner. This includes all men – in heterosexual or same-sex relationships. Talk it over We want to give all men who experience domestic violence the chance to talk about it. We provide emotional support, we can give you practical advice and we can inform you of specialist services that can give you advice on legal, housing, child contact, mental health and other issues. Call us on freephone number 0808 801 0327 0808 801 0327 – free from landlines and most mobile phones. We are open: Monday – Friday 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm If the lines are busy or if you are calling outside of those hours, please leave a message with your name and a safe number and we will call you back as soon as we can. You can also email us: Remember: our priority is your safety. If you are in immediate danger dial 999 to speak to the Police.

To visit the site please click this link:

My Eating Disorders….

December 9, 2008

….is a  website is put together by a group of young women with eating disorders.  Each post is reflective of a constant struggle with body image and self esteem.  This blog also contains informational posts.

If you want to look at it, follow this link:

Men ‘unhappy’ with their bodies…….

December 9, 2008

The following article is provided by the BBC and relates to the programme  Manorexia which was shown on BBC2 on Saturday 13 September, at 13.45pm.   You may be able to get a repeat on IPlayer.   ED in boys and men is often ‘not seen’ as families are often unaware and don’t ‘look’ for it. 

By AnthonyBaxter.   Revealed Presenter.

One of Britain’s leading eating disorder experts says as many as one in five young men are deeply unhappy with their body image.

Dr John Morgan said that for every man with an eating disorder there were 10 more who desperately wanted to change the way they looked.   “One in five young men have some degree of quite extreme distress,” he said.  Dr Morgan said he had also seen a big rise in the number of men with anorexia and bulimia.  Dr Morgan, who runs the Yorkshire Centre for Eating Disorders in Leeds, told the BBC’s news programme for teenagers, Revealed, that men who were unhappy with their bodies would like to change them.

Eating disorder

While the official estimate for the number of men with an eating disorder stands at around 10-15% of all sufferers, the real figure is much higher.   “We know that 1 in 20 young people suffer from some degree of disordered eating and that at least 15% of them are men and yet that’s a tip of an iceberg,” he said.   “There are men who have problems with compulsive exercise and excessive bodybuilding who have an illness, but we haven’t defined them. Our definitions of illness have been focused on women, rather than men.” 

In 2000, a report for the Eating Disorder Association found that not enough was being done to help care for men with eating disorders.   Eight years on Dr Morgan says the situation is now worse.   “When the report was written there were some units that had dedicated expertise in male eating disorders. A couple of these have now closed down,” he explained.   “There’s a lack of funding, a lack of interest. You’re dealing with a situation where you’re trying to develop a national service for men across the country, but the Health Service is now more focused on the local.”
Seriously ill

At 13, George became seriously ill with anorexia. He says initially doctors didn’t spot the problem.   He said: “The diagnosis is very vague, especially in boys. It’s not something that someone would presume was the case.  “I was tested for cancer, Aids, gluten allergies, and all various things like that, which really, I knew deep down, were completely irrelevant.”  George was eventually admitted to a clinic where he was told he had just four weeks to live. His body had started to eat its own muscles and organs to survive. 

“Anorexia dictates everything you do,” George said.  “Everything that your healthy mind says is right, ‘You can eat this, it wont make you fat at all, in fact, it’s completely healthy, it’s what normal people do’.  “But then anorexia would jump in straight off and be like – ‘What are you doing, this is terrible. You’re driven by an evil, deceiving affliction that’s not good, it’s really wrong’.”Dr John Morgan said he believes images of male beauty in the media are part of the problem, and that there’s now just as much pressure on young men to look slim as there is on women.   “The ideal male body image has changed into quite an unhealthy shape,” he admitted.

Huge pressures

In the past blokes have been comfortable with beer bellies. Now, men and boys are under huge pressures to look good.”   He explains that while the slim but muscular look, a six-pack, big arms, and a slim waist, has become the cultural ‘norm’, it’s not a naturally obtainable figure.  Dr Morgan added: “It’s completely unhealthy, and to achieve that sort of shape you’ve got to be either working out for hours in a gym, making yourself sick, or taking certain kinds of illegal drugs.”

While it’s often actors, models and celebrities who are blamed for putting pressure on the rest of us to look slim, it seems stars are under an equally intensifying amount of pressure.

Marcus O’Donovan is an actor who’s been in Holby City and the recent Narnia film, Prince Caspian.  He said getting in shape for a role and enjoying a normal life is very difficult.  “The pressure is increasing on everyone to look better and better and better,” Marcus said.  “I like to eat, it’s that simple, I love my food, and I do find that I’m quite worried. I have to watch what I eat and make sure that I train. It’s quite difficult to balance that and a really happy lifestyle.”

The Eating Disorder Charity, BEAT says that since May this year, it’s seen a huge increase in the number of men coming forward and asking for help.  The charity says it thinks high profiled cases of eating disorders, like John Prescott’s battle with bulimia, encourages more men to seek help.

Revealed… Manorexia is on BBC2 on Saturday 13 September, at 13.45pm.

If you’re worried about any of the issues raised in this report and want to talk to someone about it you can call the BBC’s Action Line on 0800 110 100 which is free from UK landlines.





Published: 2008/09/12 06:32:23 GMT



Grey Thinking…

December 4, 2008

….is a mental health blog written by someone with experience of the issues raised, who has a particular interest in eating disorders, and who would like to share positive thinking, ideas and research with others with similar life experiences.   Some interesting thoughts here, written in a direct and open way.   Well worth a look if ED is your interest.

This is the link:

Book Prescription Scheme

October 17, 2008

Updating the Book Prescription Scheme

 I recently had the opportunity to talk to Dr. Neil Frued at a conference in Powys. I provided him with some feedback on The Book Prescription Scheme – a scheme that many people have benefitted from, some whilst on a waiting list for counselling.

I stated that although the scheme had received lots of positive feedback in terms of GPs, many people found that some of the books were too complicated, or that they were not very easy to read. I also talked to him about the lending library in the Monmouthshire Mental Health Resource Room, where service users and carers can borrow many books, videos and DVDs. I proposed that videos and DVDs would be a good idea for people who have lower levels of literacy, and also people who find concentrating for a long time difficult.

Dr. Frued took these comments on board and asked me if I would help him to get feedback from service users on books which they felt had helped them in their understanding of mental health and illness. He said he was currently in the process of looking at updating the Book Prescription Scheme with the Welsh Assembly Government, and would welcome the views of service users to guide him to the most appropriate materials.

I have send Dr. Frued a list of the current resources available in Monmouthshire, but would like to take people’s individual recommendations on what has been useful for them.

Please can you either reply to this thread via the SpeakEasy in Mons web-blog, or by e-mailing   

Many thanks in advance for your help.

Kind regards,


Andrew Pugh

Senior Mental Health Development Officer

 Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations (GAVO)

Ty Derwen, Church Road, Maindee,

Newport, NP19 7EJ.

Tel: 01633 241572




BBC – ‘Mental risk’ of Facebook teens

September 11, 2008
Any comments from Facebook users on the following report? 

Children growing up alongside the rise of social networking websites may have a “potentially dangerous” view of the world, says a leading psychiatrist.

Dr Himanshu Tyagi said sites such as Facebook and MySpace may be harmful.

He told the Royal College of Psychiatrists annual meeting people with active online identities might place less value on their real lives.

And the West London Mental Health NHS Trust expert added this could raise the risk of impulsive acts or even suicide.


  It may be possible that young people who have no experience of a world without online societies put less value on their real world identities
Dr Himanshu Tyagi
West London Mental Health NHS Trust

Dr Tyagi said that people born after 1990 did not know a world without the widespread use of the internet.

He warned that the current crop of psychiatrists were perhaps not fully prepared to help young people with internet-related problems.

While social networking sites offered great benefits, he said, there were potential pitfalls.


“It’s a world where everything moves fast and changes all the time, where relationships are quickly disposed at the click of a mouse, where you can delete your profile if you don’t like it, and swap an unacceptable identity in the blink of an eye for one that is more acceptable.”

He said: “People used to the quick pace of online social networking may soon find the real world boring and unstimulating.

“It may be possible that young people who have no experience of a world without online societies put less value on their real world identities and can therefore be at risk in their real lives, perhaps more vulnerable to impulsive behaviour or even suicide.”

He called for more investigation and research into the issue.

However, Graham Jones, a psychologist with an interest in the impact of the internet, said that while over-use of social networking sites could lead to problems, the risks posed by them had been overplayed.

He said: “For every new generation, the experience they have of the world is a different one.

“When the printing press was first invented, I am sure there were crowds of people saying it was a bad thing.

“In my experience, the people who tend to be most active on sites such as Facebook or Bebo are those who are most socially active anyway – it is just an extension of what they are already doing.”

Published: 2008/07/03 12:30:52 GMT


Bullying in the workplace – YouGov poll result for the TUC.

September 5, 2008

According to a YouGov poll, published on Friday 5th September, and carried out on behalf of the Trades Union Congress, 1 in 7 employees, or 3.5 million people, say that they have been bullied in their present job, and I in 5 say that bullying is an issue where they work.   Although this Blog often receives interest from people who are being bullied at work, the number of people claiming to have this damaging experience is greater that was expected.


The General Secretary of the TUC, Brendan Barber, commented that the percentage of people being bullied at work is ‘completely unacceptable’.  Mr Barber also said that it is particularly worrying that the greatest number of people complaining are employed in the public sector.  And the urgent action that Mr Barber wants to see implemented now?   ‘ Every organisation needs to have an anti-bullying policy, and every manager should ensure that there is zero-tolerance of bullying either by line managers or workmates.’      Well said, but will it become reality?

So, what are the figures for different groups of employers?    The research shows that while about 8% of workers in the voluntary sector complain, it is 12% for the private sector, and a whopping 19% in the public sector.   Gender is also a factor, with 16% of men complaining as opposed to 12% of women.  The relationship with age is that 19% of 45 – 54 year olds and 17% of 35 – 44 year olds are the most likely to be bullied.    Perhaps surprisingly only 8% of the 25 – 34 age group complained.  Could it be that the source of bullying lies more heavily with the younger group in relation to older colleagues?     The research also claims that the people most likely to be bullied are in professional and similar jobs.   It also points out that there is a large professional grouping in jobs such as teaching and health services which may influence the figures obtained.   So what about salary influences?  Well, it may surprise you to know that 17% of those earning between £20 – £60k report bullying or, again, is this the largest responding group?

Whayever, bullying in the workplace, at school, at home and in the community is totally unacceptable and that message needs to be endlessly repeated for those with cloth ears.

Elsewhere on this Blog, under Links, I have previously provided a link to the Andrea Adams Trust – which campaigns ceaselessly against the bullying issue and also offers help and support to those who are suffering.   This year the Ban Bullying at Work Day will be held on 7 November.   Also, if you use the link to the TUC website you will find resources and encouragement to take part in activities of 7th November, and to challenge the bullies who may be making your lives a misery.

Here is the link:

September 4, 2008



Are you a young person who has experienced depression?

Or do you know a young person who has?


YouthHealthTalk is part of the UK health charity DIPEx that produces the award-winning website for young people;;   On the site you can watch, listen or read young people’s real life experiences of health, illness and lifestyle and find reliable information about different health conditions. The site gives a VOICE to young people and helps them know they are not alone with their concerns.

(Sorry but I just cannot get this link to ‘work’  No matter, just type or copy and paste it into the address bar and all should be well.  Let me know if not.)


We are now looking for young people help us put together a new site on YOUNG PEOPLE & DEPRESSION. We’d like to hear from young people who are: aged 16-25 have experienced depression or ongoing low mood and would like to share their experiences through an interview or a video or photo diary.  Every individual  can choose whether they want video, audio or anonymous text version of their interview. They can even have an actor speak their words!


For more information about the project, please contact Ulla.  If you then decide you don’t want to take part – no problem!  Sharing your experiences can help others in a similar situation to know they are not alone.

Thank you!



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