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72% of people say they would not want to live with someone with a severe and enduring mental illness Almost three quarters (72%) of people say they would not want to live with someone with a severe and enduring mental illness, despite the majority (75%) saying they don’t know what a severe and enduring mental...
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Let’s talk about: Ridicule, judgement and rejection This week we are looking at the shame triggers that are ridicule, judgement and rejection. Shame triggers are moments that cause you to feel shame. They can be caused by another person or circumstance, or by perceived shame, which is when you believe that you have been shamed...
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There has been a large spike in the stigmatising language being used by the Irish media in the last month. That’s according to Headline, our sister project at Shine, and Ireland’s national programme for responsible reporting and representation of mental health.  Headline found that 44% of stigmatising language use since 24th February is related to...
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Shame, the constant companion  by Lucie Kavanagh One day last week, I was struggling with anxiety to the extent that I didn’t pick up the phone and organise my monthly prescription. I hadn’t run out yet and I told myself it could wait. Unfortunately, by the time I got around to it, my GP was...
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Shame  by Daniela Ferro   When I was 18, I went through an episode of Psychosis. I was in a mental health ward for two weeks and after a relapse recovered at my family’s house for a few more weeks. After that, I was in the great care of my Psychiatrist who explained to me...
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 Food By Lucie Kavanagh “Listen to the people who love you. Believe that they are worth living for even when you don’t believe it. Seek out the memories depression takes away and project them into the future. Be brave; be strong; take your pills. Exercise because it’s good for you even if every step weighs...
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     It’ a Shame By Adrian Yeates   Oh my God, how did it get to this? How did things get so bad, what did I miss? I can’t believe how quickly I’ve gone to pot, Why didn’t I do more to stop the rot? I’m a total failure, an imposter, a charlatan! To...
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    The Silence of Shame  By Lucie Kavanagh   I define shame as the intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love and belonging—something we’ve experienced, done, or failed to do makes us unworthy of connection. – Brene Brown  When I was asked to write this...
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How did shame and illness become linked? By Sonia Moloney
  How did shame and illness become linked?  By Sonia Moloney    When I read the definition of shame, a word stood out to me within it: wrongdoing.  As I read that, I wondered how shame and illness became linked. Nobody would link a physical illness and shame. But yet mental health conditions and shame...
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    A Day in the Life of My Self Care Plan by See Change Ambassador, Aisling For me, my self care plan is integral to keeping well. Over the holidays it’s easy to get out of the routine that keeps me well and although I’m learning to lean into the spontaneity and flexibility as...
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