Six Tips on Campaigning for Social Change by Shari McDaid

Six Tips on Campaigning for Social Change  by See Change Ambassador, Shari McDaid   What would it take to change Irish society so that everyone who had a mental health diagnosis could feel confident that they could pursue their dreams without fear of discrimination? How can you and I make a difference towards this vision? ...
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Exclusion by Sonia Moloney

Understanding Exclusion by See Change Ambassador, Sonia Moloney   As I sit down to write this, I feel a sense of discomfort. Because while I can say exclusion happens less and less, it still happens.   I’ve been through feeling excluded and, to be honest, it is one of the worst things you can go through. Exclusion in my...
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Understanding Exclusion by Blessing Dada

Understanding Exclusion by See Change Ambassador, Blessing Dada   What is exclusion and what does it mean to me? People (in general) with mental illness(s) have a high risk of living socially excluded from the mainstream society. In most developed countries, substantial disparities exist in access to mental health services for black and minority ethnic...
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Guilt – by Lucie Kavanagh

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 Rick Rossiter

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 Sinéad Keating

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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Being an LGBTQIA+ Ally by Jen Ronan

Being an LGBTQIA+ Ally by See Change Ambassador, Jen Ronan   When I sat down to first write this article, I had a severe case of melty-brain, because at first glance it seems like an ally and an ambassador are too similar to differentiate. But once I shut off the usual anxious sirens in my brain that kick off...
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One Dangerous Word

One Dangerous Word   Discrimination can be described as the act of making unjustified and often harmful distinctions between human beings based on the groups, class or categories to which they belong. It doesn’t have to be overt or done on a large scale. It can be as simple as saying one dangerous word.   The...
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Exclusion

Exclusion   “…I’d made myself believe that I was fine and happy and fulfilled on my own without the love of anyone else. Being in love was like China: you knew it was there, and no doubt it was very interesting, and some people went there, but I never would. I’d spend all my life without...
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