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Understanding Exclusion by See Change Ambassador, Sonia Moloney   As I sit down to write this, I feel a sense of discomfort. Because while I can say exclusion happens less and less, it still happens.   I’ve been through feeling excluded and, to be honest, it is one of the worst things you can go through. Exclusion in my...
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Understanding Exclusion by See Change Ambassador, Blessing Dada   What is exclusion and what does it mean to me? People (in general) with mental illness(s) have a high risk of living socially excluded from the mainstream society. In most developed countries, substantial disparities exist in access to mental health services for black and minority ethnic...
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Guilt by See Change Ambassador, Lucie Kavanagh “Guilt is not a response to anger; it is a response to one’s own actions or lack of action. If it leads to change then it can be useful, since it is then no longer guilt but the beginning of knowledge. Yet all too often, guilt is just another name...
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Shame: A distorted word with clear consequences by See Change Ambassador, Rick Rossiter Shame is a loaded word that can be implied, laid upon or self-directed towards a person for any number of reasons. It is a word that, by just adding one or more words within a sentence or extending the word itself, can bring its...
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Othering by See Change Ambassador, Sinéad Keating I used to think that stigma was clear, that it was saying that mental illness doesn’t exist, people should just make an effort, think positively, calling others with mental illness crazy etc. Over several years after my diagnosis of Bipolar 2, I began to realise that stigma was...
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  Stay in Touch by See Change Ambassador, Rick Rossiter   We have all heard the term, “Stay in touch”, and in these given times this term has become more relevant and meaningful than any other time in living memory. Another word that has become more relevant and has become a part of our everyday...
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    Mental Health is not to Blame By Lucie Kavanagh   “Mental illness and hatred pull the trigger, not the gun”  – Donald Trump   The above quote was said last year in response to the El Paso shooting in which 23 people lost their lives.  In response to the apparent determination to look...
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    Darkness By Lucie Kavanagh   Battle Cry    It’s like being firmly clamped  between the jaws of…not a monster.  (That might seem impressive)  but something dark and slug–like, heavy,  that can pull you down simply by existing.    A sea monster would be swirly and brave.  It would be an adventure to survive, a...
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  Mental Illness & Corona Virus By Jess McCaul Managing my mental health over the last few weeks has been nothing short of tricky. The coronavirus pandemic has come along and uprooted my life in a way that I only ever saw in my worst nightmares. Everything I was told could never possibly happen, has,...
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Stay Safe. Stay Connected.By Rick Rossiter Rick Rossiter See Change Ambassador, is a mental health advocate, a father and someone who experiences bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder. He dedicates his time to helping educate others on the experience of living with a mental health difficulty. In this video, Rick shares some important reminders as...
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