Archive | May, 2016

On gendered responses to suicidality

19 May

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Gendered responses to suicidality – or, In mental health services that prioritise risk (of physical harm) rather than (mental) distress, and where more men than women take their own lives, is women’s help-seeking for the mental distress caused by suicidal thoughts and plans dismissed as unnecessary to alleviate because only male suicidal thoughts and plans are seen as putting patients at high risk of physical harm?

Gendered responses to suicidality (2)

Gendered responses to suicidality (3)

Gendered responses to suicidality (4)

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Here’s the piece that started the train of thought on the day, though for some time all the news pieces I’ve seen on twitter on suicide have been about male suicide so it’s the first time it’s occurred to me the focus on male suicide may have an adverse impact on the help and support offered to women struggling with mental distress.

Guardian Have men been let down

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I really need a good GP on Team Sectioned

18 May

Good GP lifeline

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After having been shafted twice in one week by the mental health team in my new area (see here and here), now it’s my new GP who’s let me down.

What next? It’s hard to know: for the past 5 years, I’ve had an excellent GP on Team Sectioned to help me manage my health day to day, despite what mental health services threw at me. It’s hard toknow where to turn now it’s been made clear the new GP just wants to bump me back to mental health services rather than have to deal with him himself.

I really need a good GP on Team Sectioned.

 

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That Eurovision straitjacket ‘joke’

16 May

Eurovision rubyetc

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Some thoughts on that Eurovision straitjacket ‘joke’ and on ridiculing and demonising folks with serious mental health problems for fun and profit in front of 200 million people.

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On twitter

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Mainstream media

Eurovision Guardian newspaper

Eurovision Huffpo

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Eurovision

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Dustbin patients

11 May

 

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Dustbin patients

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Another day, another diagnosis

10 May

Or, High-handed psychiatrists who don’t know the meaning of patient-centred care

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Put on hold

8 May

It seemed care was ramping up, but now it’s been put on hold due to “circumstances“.

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