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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....
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  A Study of Shame by Lucie Kavanagh   “Guilt, of course, is feeling bad about one’s actions, but shame is feeling bad about oneself.” ― Gregory Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion   Recently I told a friend who hadn’t known me at the time, about my mental health difficulties...
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B is for Brodie and Bisexual by Brodie Thompson PRIDE, what a beautiful time of the year. But all year should be just as beautiful, we can celebrate the diversity of the LGBTQIA+ community all year and it doesn’t have to just be when we don our rainbows. It’s great to see a celebration of...
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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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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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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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