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Self stigma
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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  As a Woman and the Primary Care Giver by See Change Ambassador, Sandra Dillon   Movement is incredibly effective at reducing symptoms of depression and its benefits to lifting moods but try telling myself that when I was experiencing mental health issues and anxiety.  Now I can acknowledge, I find just stretching my arms...
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  Why I Became a Volunteer by See Change Ambassador, Sonia Moloney   The reason why I volunteered as an ambassador was because in 2016, I was having extremely difficult time of it with my mental health. I was having daily panic attacks and feeling like there was little to no hope of me ever recovering...
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      The Feeling of Stigma by See Change Ambassador, Linda Garvin   Stigma hurts  Stigma comes in lots of forms, from many places. Stigma eats away at you from the outside world and from what you tell yourself. Your self-esteem and self-worth are wiped out. For me, overcoming stigma was often harder than overcoming my mental...
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  When I first began to struggle with mental health issues in secondary school, I was so scared that people would find out. So scared that I would be judged for this, as up until then, it had always been portrayed as something to be ashamed of, something that should be a secret. It was...
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  What’s the point? A look at Self Stigma Last week Adrian wrote piece for us on prejudice, this week he is sharing some thoughts on self stigma. It is important to recognize that with stigma, self stigma is something that a person can also experience. “There’s a promotion opportunity in my company, but there’s...
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See Change Ambassador Ellen Downey writes: There are so many support groups for people suffering with mental health difficulties in Ireland today. If you look, you’ll probably find one within a town radius….if you look… I often looked up support groups, would find one and then convince myself that if i went that the people...
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I don’t know why I am writing this but I just have it in my head I have to get it down on paper. Lately it has only truly dawned on me how little people know about mental illness. This has really struck me by something one of my very good friends said. We were...
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