Tag: Mental Health

My Thoughts On The Political Parties For GE17

Is it wrong of me to think that only the middle class virtue signalers and disillusioned poor people are the ones to vote for Labour? I’m sorry if that was rude to say, I don’t mean it in a horrible way, and I am not trying to put people down.

I still do not know who to vote for, and the more I look up each party, the more and more confused I am.

To be truthful, I don’t trust any of them not to make things any more worse than they are now. It’s just so hard not to just go for Labour, since my MP is pretty good, and I’ve spoken to her a couple of times about my mental health hub.

Most of all I do not trust myself in voting for the right person, the simple fact of the matter is, I know I will punish myself either way. So, does one go with their gut feeling, or does one go with their mind?

All I know is that none of them really cares about mental health problems, they will all still cut funding to Mental Health Trusts one-way or the other, they all will.

I know that sounds horrible to say and I feel awful for saying this. However In politics, no one keeps their promises, not even the ones who have the best intentions.

Take for instance Corbyn, how do I know he isn’t going to turn the UK into a Communist Utopia? Are we going to have 1984? Are we going to be dictated to as to what to say, think, and act? This scares the living hell out of me; I think it comes from being sexually abused and bullied so unable to speak up about what was happening.

Then there is the Tories and Theresa May, How do I know she isn’t going to stiff my parents out of their pensions? My dad is already retired, and we just about cope on his money. My mum is worried that Theresa is going to up the retirement age even further, and my mum would like to stop working, I think working as hard as she does makes her mental health worse.

Thirdly, there are the Lib Dems, who from what I can tell cannot make up their mind as to what they want to do. Their Election advert is long and pointless, to the point where I want to turn it over because it is boring and time consuming without saying anything at all.

UKIP aren’t very popular in my area, might be because I live in London and we have a ton of immigrants and refugees here. I don’t go out enough into the world to notice much, though when I do go out, they’ve been pretty cool. Nigel the French yogurt as I like to call him scares me. Though he brought up about Brexit, which I did not vote because again I knew I would be beating myself up the whole time. He hasn’t really done anything, and his policies are pretty much for people who hate people. I hate people, but this is the kind of hate where you feel the need to tell people, not the kind where you want to hide away. However, both could be the same thing if you think about.

In addition, feminists and social justice warriors would kill you if they found out you did, and there would be the same kind of protests and fights that are going on right now in America over Trump.

So who should I vote for?

The answer is not UKIP and Liberal Democrats at least.

Mental Illness Made Up For Attention?

Mental Illness and the Ego

She raises the same points I feel about people making up mental illnesses, especially the people on Tumblr.

Source: Mental Illness Made Up For Attention?

When You Start Recognizing That You’re Having Fun, Life Can Be Delightful – Jane Birkin | TheSeeds4Life.com

Excellent post about taking time to have fun, though I think I am never going to be able to be happy. But we can always try to be happy.

Source: When You Start Recognizing That You’re Having Fun, Life Can Be Delightful – Jane Birkin | TheSeeds4Life.com

I would like to get everyone who works in mental health and businesses to work together in the local community. Part 3

This is the third part, which I would like to start by talking about resources, workbooks, and worksheets.

I will be providing links to websites that provide worksheets and workbooks, as well as direct links to the relevant worksheets that are utilized in groups. As well as providing worksheets and books from my own sessions in groups and therapy, where the therapists have agreed I can share their information.

The Emotional Wellbeing Group I have been attending, the therapists involved have given me permission to share these, and to be able to reword their worksheets as well. I have made some worksheets for myself, as I felt these would help me and made it easier for me to do the homework on some weeks. I think it would be nice for anyone to change the worksheets for their own needs in any way they like, and share them on their blogs, or have them displayed on The Hub for other people to use.

At the same time, I have some email addresses of therapists who have allowed me to contact them for help with The Mental Health Resource Hub, because they think it is a thoroughly beneficial idea for me to do for other people too. My support worker calls me a contractor, she feels this is a genuinely helpful ambition, and suggested that I should share my mental health story for people, as well as in NHS Conferences.

This means that I can take this to the NHS Trusts themselves and show them how this is going to work, and how it will help educate the public, people with mental health problems, and most of all help with the stigma of mental health.

The conferences will be a good place to network with professionals, and get more psychologists and psychiatrists to come onto the project, as well as come onto livestreams to talk about what they do, and answer questions like Katie Morton.

An opportunity for local council members, MPs, Job Centre staff to discuss relevant information on via livestream could be good too; I hope to do the same with people in those sectors in other countries.

Just as I would at the community hub, people would also be able to share their experiences, and provide information about how they were able to get certain things to make life a bit easier and more manageable.

I will be trying to do an undergraduate in Psychology with the Open University, and do some of their free courses as well in certain sections of psychology and health. This way I can be more help to people, but also it might help me with speaking to psychologists and other mental health professionals.

The plan is to contact other charities, psychology experts, and people whom I have thought to ask for information about start The Hub, YouTube, and selling handmade gifts online.

The I hope will happen is that this will help with more networking and providing me with some help, as well as being some kind of support system that I can contact when I need to.

Another thing that I am looking into is the NEA known as the (New Enterprise Allowance), which I am unsure, will be around since Brexit and leaving the EU. As well as the Access to Work grant, as I may need to in getting out, and need that extra support with motivation on bad days, and other things. Again I am unsure whether this will be around by the time I want to start The Hub, nor am I sure that they will award me with these, since I am on ESA WRAG and doing this as a business would seem viable to the government and DWP, another issue is that I am afraid of asking.

Then there is the fact I will probably be working from my own bedroom mostly, and how do I actually know that this is going to make enough money to keep it running. That worries the life out of me, I mean; I do not wish to make thousands, which was never the intention I wanted. I just want to be able to cover things, such as materials for cards and gifts, the ink for the printer, and being able to the rent and bills when I am able to get a place for The Hub and the activities I want to provide.

There is also the charity route, which I am going to try to get the courage to go to my local Voluntary Action Group, and have a talk to one of the advisors there. Where there are grants and funds, but there is also the selling stuff part that has me confused.

Is there a way to do my project without the consequences jeopardizing the help I want give for people, and keeps The Mental Health Resource Hub running?

I know there are some projects in my area that are community based, and sell to local businesses their products.

Sorry for the long and arduous rumblings, I know these posts probably seem very boring to you by now.

Thank you for reading, if you would like to donate (no pressure at all): http://goget.fund/1VwETTO

I would like to get everyone who works in mental health and businesses to work together in the local community. Part 2

This is a continuation of yesterday’s blog, where I was talking about my Mental Health Resource Hub, and how it will be working in the community in the draft stages. I would like to add to this, as I have many more ideas in my mind for helping people in the community, as well as describe the other parts of The Mental Health Resource Hub Network.

With the whole community involved, this should help with the stigma on people with mental health problems, as they will be able to demonstrate how they are just regular people too.

The website will be full of information, resources, and helpline numbers for people with mental health problems. This will include news on mental health, technology and mental health, and medicine and mental health where I will also be doing the same on the YouTube Channel. This is where I will be talking about the history of psychology, history of Mental illness, treatments, how mental illnesses are diagnosed, medications, book reviews, etc.

At the same time, I would like to empower people to find the help they need but also to encourage people who would like to help others too, to start their own hub. I will also be providing local information, legal, medical, charities, and governmental information to benefit from becoming a hub though never in a forceful way.

Meaning more people will understand mental health problems, more advocating, and more pressure on the government as they would see the results and see that these projects need more money.

As I said before in part one, I do not know if this will actually work. However, there is no harm in trying projects to help people in your community with mental health problems.

There is also the chance to raise money for charities, and local charities with events taking place in the local community, where people with mental health problems can get involved. Whether that will be by art, or cooking, or anything creative, it would be good to have the community stand together to help one another and charities.

With the online part of my Mental Health Resource Hub, I plan to do monthly streams to raise money for mental health charities, as well as try to do things for local charities as well. Though the logistics of that are not very clear at this very moment, I will be making cards and gifts to sell for charities, as well as a way to raise money for The Mental Health Resource Hub.

Sorry this is short, I cannot think of anymore to write in this part, however when I do I will be posting a part 3.

Once I have edited these into a main document, I hope to post the whole document into a blog post.

I hope this is not too confusing or boring, I am hoping this is going to go towards a business plan, so I can make the Mental health hub happen.

Posted on The Mental Health Resource Hub https://thementalhealthresourcehub.wordpress.com/2017/04/23/i-would-like-to-get-everyone-who-works-in-mental-health-and-businesses-to-work-together-in-the-local-community-part-2/?preview_id=219&preview_nonce=6438de8cac

If you would like to help me to do this work and you have some shekels to spears, you can donate here: https://gogetfunding.com/computer-for-working-at-home-and-to-help-people-with-mental-health-problems/

No pressure to donate, these are just my ideas.

 

I would like to get everyone who works in mental health and businesses to work together in the local community.

I’ve been thinking about for a while, especially when I was at Maximus under the ESA WRAG programme the government and DWP felt I was capable of work. I have also seen how stretched the Mental Health Trust in my area is, and how long people have had to wait for therapy services, add to that the amounts of cuts the government has made to the services as well.

My idea is to have all the charities, businesses, and departments work together so that people with mental health problems could get help, but also bring more to NHS Trusts. I know this is something you are working on at the moment, and it is great to see that local places in the area are trying to help. Therefore a lot more people could get help during waiting for treatment from local community centres, and community therapies. As well as having other service users, help other service users, or peer to peer, which would be good for people who find it hard to go outside to make a friend and go to places. Key workers and social workers could pop into these places to have a chat about what is going on, and keep an eye.

People with mental health problems do not like to go outside, maybe have to live off food banks because of benefits being sanctioned, and are deeply depressed. This could be applicable for some elderly people who live alone, do not have family, or their family live far away from them and have mental health problems, dementia, and Alzheimer’s.

To me this would take a lot of pressure off NHS Trusts, who already find it hard to fund therapies and new therapists for their communities, which sometimes are linked with more than one.

The DWP could be involved, and should be connected with charities like Shaw Trust, Remploy, and others in the community. There should be more contact between the DWP and Mental Health Trusts and GP’s, where there is more contact between the concerning benefits, especially those on WRAG and JSA. The Jobcentre is very good at pressuring and treating people with mental health problems terribly and it would be nice if these people were treated better by the staff of the DWP.

I don’t know if this would be possible, but starting slowly might be the key to start and see what does happen with this idea, and the fact it needs to be talked through with the relevant people and organisations to see what they think.

It would also be helpful to consult clients on this, to see how they feel about this prospect. Whether they feel it would be too much, or far too little, and if this will need funding, or if clients will need to pay a small fee for these services.

This would also be good in keeping people well, benefiting the patients and helping the Mental Health Trusts with their waiting times, the same with GP’s, although there should be more check-ups on people. While people with severe mental health problems get the help they need quicker, and would benefit from the community centres too.

The Mental Health Resource Hub would be a nice place to add to this, I plan on providing a space where people can meet people, classes for those who want to learn new things. Whereby they can learn about their mental health problems, get help looking for a job, have crafting and art, provide trips to the supermarket, have professionals come in and talk about mental health, psychology so people can ask understand. Leading to having doctors and nurses come to do check-ups on people who are scared of going to the doctors, haircuts, massages, and ways for people to look after themselves. People will get used to the people and are more likely to go spend time there and look after themselves, or go to places that they would not usually spend time going. People will recommend going, and businesses and charities will get more trade and people using their services in the community.

I would also like to provide food for people, especially those who are not getting the money they need from their benefits, or are on a low wage, so at least they can have a good meal. Have coffee mornings, take people to the movies on quiet days, have movie nights at the Hub, take clients on trips, and maybe have a comfort animal come in to give people comfort and to also let clients come on walks with me and other staff members.

With the job recruitment part, I would like to be an advisor, or at least have advisors to help people with mental health problems find the job that will fulfil them, as well as be flexible and understand mental health problems. There needs to be more training for local businesses and employers to understand mental health problems, and be more willing to be flexible and understanding.

I know Shaw Trust do something like this, but when I had it, nothing happened and I was just left to fend for myself. This would be a great opportunity to ask people what they would think of these subjects and to contribute their ideas, ideally in a place where they do not feel pressured or influenced by other people.

There should be more information provided about people with mental health problems setting up their own businesses, what support they will get from different sources. It would be great for people with mental health problems to have the freedom to work for themselves and be supported as much as they need or want to be. But also be there for other people when they first start on the road to self-employment, acting like mentors and such, and can bring to the hub to talk to groups or individuals.

Another sector which might be good to bring into talk is local council members and our local MP, where they can explain their jobs and departments, as well as troubleshoot problems in private for people who are unable to talk on the phone, or go to the council themselves. Either this could be a weekly thing, or a monthly thing, but at least people would have more of an understanding of what goes on at the councils departments, and feel assured they will get problems dealt with. The Jobcentre, Citizens Advice, and other places could do this with people, it would give people reason to feel confidence in going, and the willpower to get problems dealt with.

I would like to try and help people write letters to people such as landlords, DWP, etc. As well as providing help filling in forms, such as job applications, and application forms for benefits.

Otherwise ask a Key Worker to try and help.

As there are some people need more help, and knowing they will be understood and served in a respectful manner will help people with mental health problems know they will be in safe hands, and encourage them to go to the offices themselves, giving them confidence and some kind of independence. This would be particularly good for people with severe mental health problems, severe anxiety, and severe depression to work to go to important places and get their needs taken care of.

There is also the opportunity to work with people using CBT Techniques to use for everyday real life things, rather than just in a classroom, to change some things, and make a start to be independent. As well as other psychological techniques that could be used to help people with their daily living.

I don’t know if this is going to work, or if this is a good idea, it is just something that has been going through my mind for a very long time. This is also a work in progress, so I will be adding to this from time to time too, because this is just a draft.

Please let me know what you think, and feel free to comment and add points, or ask me to change parts, I am very open to ideas.

Also posted on https://thementalhealthresourcehub.wordpress.com/2017/04/22/i-would-like-to-get-everyone-who-works-in-mental-health-and-businesses-to-work-together-in-the-local-community/

If you would like to help me to do this work and you have some shekels to spears, you can donate here: https://gogetfunding.com/computer-for-working-at-home-and-to-help-people-with-mental-health-problems/

No pressure to donate, these are just my ideas.

 

11 Things People Don’t Realize You’re Doing Because You’re A People-Pleaser | Thought Catalog

Great article, I am a people pleaser, and can see myself doing all 11 things. I hate being that way, I hate that I always try and make everyone else happy and not myself.

Like I am self censoring myself to please others, just what the social justice people want.

Please read this, and know there are probably a lot of people like this out there.

Source: 11 Things People Don’t Realize You’re Doing Because You’re A People-Pleaser | Thought Catalog

Other People Aren’t Responsible For Your Mental Health: Why ’13 Reasons Why’ Is Pretty Much Bullshit | Thought Catalog

Other people can’t save you, and you shouldn’t want them to.

This Netflicks show sounds like it is taking mental health advice from Tumbler, where they romanticize and lie about having having mental health problems constantly.

I hate that we have programmes and films pandering to them, we need more programmes and films telling the truth, and empowering people to want to get better for themself.

Great article.

Source: Other People Aren’t Responsible For Your Mental Health: Why ’13 Reasons Why’ Is Pretty Much Bullshit | Thought Catalog

Microsoft sued by staff traumatized by child sex abuse vids stashed on OneDrive accounts • The Register

Document police with ‘god-like’ access denied therapy – claim

Two former Microsoft employees have sued the Windows giant seeking compensation for the mental trauma of screening child sex abuse photos, murder videos, and other extreme content flowing through the company’s online services.

Source: Microsoft sued by staff traumatized by child sex abuse vids stashed on OneDrive accounts • The Register

Gaming is not as addictive • The Register

The first large-scale research attempting to measure the extent of internet gaming addiction has found … not very much. An Oxford University study suggests that playing online games is not as addictive as gambling.

I know this is an old story, but I found it interesting. And since feminists and social justice warriors are always complaining about computer games, I thought I would add it to my blog.

Plus it under mental health, so that’s another reason why I thought I would add it too.

Source: Gaming is not as addictive • The Register