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Wednesday, 9 October 2013

A quick mental health news round up.

I have so many friends who have had a variety of mental health problems.  1 in 4 of us is likely to be affected by a mental health problem and, as a sufferer of depression and a Parent Advocate, I see so many crossovers across the Mental Health spectrum.  Perhaps it is time for us to stop the stigma and speak out?

The Sun Newspaper - OMG, what idiots. The bald fact is that you are more vulnerable and likely to be killed, as a mental health patient, than the other way round.  Please sign the change.org petition here and get them to retract.  This is irresponsible journalism at its worst and will only increase the stigma against MH patients.  

While you're at it, you can sign up for the Time to Change campaign.  Rethink, Black Dog Tribe, Sane are all part of this.  It is time us murdering  loonies with mental health issues stood up and were counted....

I have already blogged about Beat's campaign to get Treatment Time Parity for mental health patients. If you have not already signed up and shared, please do.

I  was interested to read this article this morning, especially as it is all about genetics and eating disorders.  I hope that perhaps Charlotte's Helix can play a part.  Perhaps the wonderful Cindy Bulik and her team at UNC can make contact..

I also want to give a massive shout-out to BEDA and darling Cheevese for coming on as one of our supporters on the Helix project.  

Well worth a watch, Laura on Huff-Po live on Childhood Obesity.  Particularly liking the last sentence of her blog - advice worth taking....

I also enjoy the Science of Eating Disorders blog and am working my way through this one - it's the genetics thing again. 

A quick reminder for those who haven't read it of Laura's article about "brain disorder", Ken Nunn's neuroscience explanation (waiting for the full text of this one to become available) and (grumpy?) Philip Graham's article about should we focus on the brain.

Meanwhile, an oldie but a goodie.  Dr Ramachandra, for those of you who have never seen him.  The Mirror Box guy, especially for M


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