A diagnosis does not always answer the question “Why?”. by Nick Groome, See Change Ambassador A diagnosis does not always answer the question “Why?”. I don’t believe, and this is my own personal belief and experience, I don’t believe that EUPD is a mental illness. What I have come to understand through...Read More
Living with BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) by Lucie Kavanagh, See Change Ambassador “Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a type of personality disorder. You might be diagnosed with a personality disorder if you have difficulties with how you think and feel about yourself and other people. And if these difficulties make it hard to...Read More
How Shame Shows Up by Aisling Heavey “The moon has nothing to be sad about, Staring from her hood of bone.” Edge, by Sylvia Plath Shame can show up in society in many ways. We often find others whispering about experiencing a mental health difficulty. We see people dismissing mental health issues as weakness....Read More
Having the hard conversations by Lucie Kavanagh “Such she often felt herself—struggling against terrific odds to maintain her courage; to say: “But this is what I see; this is what I see,” and so to clasp some miserable remnant of her vision to her breast, which a thousand forces did their best to...Read More
Discrimination by See Change Ambassador, Lucie Kavanagh The Doctor : Don’t challenge me, Harriet Jones. ‘Cause I’m a completely new man. I could bring down your Government with a single word. Harriet Jones : You’re the most remarkable man I’ve ever met. But I don’t think you’re quite capable of that. The Doctor : No, you’re right. Not a single word. [pause] The Doctor : Just six. Harriet Jones : I don’t...Read More
(audio recording of piece below) Covid-19 By Nick Groom “When we suffer from poor mental health, one of the last things we sometimes want to hear is, “Sure there are a lot of people feeling like that…” Not only can it feel very isolating, it can feel very dismissive too; that somehow what we are feeling...Read More
“I can remember the frustration of not being able to talk. I knew what I wanted to say, but I could not get the words out, so I would just scream.” – Temple Grandin I worked for almost 20 years as a social care worker. Despite what people tactfully call the...Read More
Ambassador Lucie Kavanagh took part in a series of workshops as part of our “Growing Conversations” campaign in sponsorship with Janssen and in partnership with Aware. Growing conversations was a collaborative project, presenting a show garden in Bloom focused on mental illness literacy. We are hoping when enjoying with the garden, people will get an...Read More
A few words from See Change ambassador, Lucie K, on World Mental Health Day, 2018 There’s a lot I could choose to write about for this year’s World Mental Health Day (October 10th). I could write about stigma. I could write about lack of services. I could write about the gap between private and public...Read More
Written by See Change Ambassador Lucie Kavanagh: Dealing with myself this morning was like bargaining with a small child. I’ll get up…in five minutes. I’ll get dressed…only if it can be a tracksuit day (actually scratch the small child bit-they at least would care how they look). Today is also Mayo Day. I had decided...Read More
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