There’s so much going on in the world of mental health. Here’s what items have caught our eye this week.
- Log-in treatment; ‘Beating Bipolar’ is a web-based education programme that has been launched in Wales as a way for people with bipolar disorder to learn about their symptoms in real-time. It is also hoped that the online service will promote confidence in diagnosing and treating those with bipolar disorder among doctors. http://www.guardian.co.uk/healthcare-network/2011/sep/06/wales-courses-websites-bipolar-disorder?intcmp=239
- What’s in a name? Clinical psychologist and someone with her own experience of manic depression, Kay Redfield Jamison writes on how she is personally affronted by the term “bipolar”. Written over 16 years ago, the memoir of her unquiet mind remains unrivalled by others who have explored the world of manic depression. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/aug/14/unquiet-mind-redfield-jamison-review
- Man’s best friend; You’ve heard of the Black Dog Campaign by SANE, now meet Miki the Pomeranian who has become a popular symbol for mental health awareness. His family, founders of Attitudes in Reverse, have brought him to communities around Jersey as they build awareness of mental health and teenage suicide. Perhaps we should ask him to become an ambassador for See Change? http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20110928/NJNEWS/309280016/Dog-raises-awareness-about-mental-illness