In today’s metro: Tips to help someone withdrawing from social contact 

Following on from the article yesterday in the metro about living alone; an article anout those who live alone and due to mental health withdraw from social contact. Some good tips to help a person withdrawing from social contact.

http://metro.co.uk/2017/11/10/how-to-help-a-friend-whos-withdrawing-from-social-contact-7057265/amp/

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Mental health awareness month: Virgina Woolf’s suicide and Welldoing.org

Virgina Woolf’s Suicide

Does this sound like a suicidal person? No because no one is born suicidal and continues their life suicidal. 

When mental health spirals out of control the result can be suicide.

Virginia Woolf committed suicide at 59 years. I read her suicide note in book of Letters compiled by Shaun Usher. In it she does acknowledge that she had been happy, yet could not see a way to continue.


Welldoing.org

I heard about this website at the weekend, it has various articles on it and also a directory to find therapists in the UK.


An extract from an interview with the founder.


See full interview here:

http://www.fireflycomms.com/2014/01/23/louise-chunn-interview/

May Mental Health Awareness Month

A good article about exercise. When feeling low we may know exercise is a good idea but motivating self can be so hard. As the article below suggests accountability can help with exercise. The article suggests a buddy to do exercise with and writing it down as a task to do. I also find booking a class and having to go at a certain time and pay for it even if do not go helps as opposed to aiming to go to gym or swim etc at somepoint as then you just keep putting it off and have hours of trying to guilt yourself into it so an hour in gym becomes something that occupies mind all day. I like 45minute classes or when I play badminton the court sessions are 45minutes. 45minutes is enough time to feel like some something but does not drag.

I also think Fitbits are good to motivate. As they are recording what you are doing they hold you accountable. If you set step targets you literally get a buzz when you achieve them. You can also set them to buzz every hour, which is good at work to remind you to get up from screen. But I think would also be good for a day when doing anything i.e getting dressed is too much and all you feel capable of doing is being g curled up in a ball. You could at least one or two hours force, yourself to get up when buzz you get then get it to buzz again if do 250 steps before end of hour. Bonus if you manage whilst doing steps, to get dressed or have shower or move something back to where it should be.

This week’s Guest Post (I plan on publishing one every Sunday, from now on) deals with an issue that is close to my heart. Suffering from depression, one of the recommendations I get most often, both from doctors, fitness experts and even random people, is to include exercise into my routine. The relation between exercise […]

via Guest Post Sunday – Depression and Exercise by Fitness and Fueling — Pink For Days

May is Mental Health Awareness Month (Daily Word Prompt is Control)

Are we stigmatising by only talking about mental health in terms of those who have problems with mental health?

This article defines mental health as follows:
Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.

In that case everyone has mental health. Why do we act like only those with problems have mental health. Would there be less stigma if we acknowledged that everyone has mental health? Then if same way someone can talk about physical health like my leg hurts today they could talk about mental health? Sometimes mental health can be fine and sometimes in life it is not.

My Loud Bipolar Whispers

Hurray! It is May!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month where we increase awareness of mental illness and mental disease by education and through many open discussions and activities throughout the world.

Even though everyday is mental illness or mental health day, May is a very important month for all of us

It is time to wear your green ribbons or just wear the color green.

Mental Health Awareness Month is also referred to as “Mental Health Month” and has been observed in May in the United States since 1949, reaching millions of people in the United States through the media, local events, and screenings.

Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.

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There should be no stigma to reaching out for help whether for mental health issues, life’s traumas such as deaths including miscarriages and also accommodation issues.

This article from the guardian raises stigma to speaking out about miscarriage.

https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2017/mar/27/why-can-women-be-so-mean-to-each-other-miscarriage.

Apparently some young people rely on what they call sleepovers rather than admitting they do not have a home because of the stigma of being homeless.