Living With A Black Dog by Matthew and Ainsley Johnstone After the success of I Had a Black Dog, Pan MacMillan Australia approached me to see if I’d be interested in doing another illustrated Black Dog book. Initially I said ‘no’ because I didn’t feel like I had another book of that nature in me. One night, however, I sat down with Ainsley (my wife) and together we started scribbling some thoughts on a book aimed at sufferers and carers. Very quickly we realized that we had a lot of fresh thoughts and that indeed this ‘woof book’ had to be given legs. Carer’s in any illness are often like a moon orbiting a dying sun; they have to keep everything going; jobs, households, children, while looking after those who suffer. Parliament: New measures to boost mental health in the community, Politics News SINGAPORE - Frontline staff from government agencies, including the police, will be trained to spot and respond to mental health cases in the community. Social service and community agencies will also receive basic training to identify and respond to people with mental health issues, and refer them to the Agency for Integrated Care for help. These are among the objectives to boost community mental health care that wereannounced in Parliament on Thursday (March 9) by Senior Minister of State for Health Amy Khor. "We will expand mental health and dementia services in polyclinics, to make care more accessible," she said. "Our target is for one in two polyclinics to implement mental health clinics by 2021."
Why what we think we know about schizophrenia is wrong I remember the first time I forcibly medicated a person against his will. It was 13 years ago, not long after I’d qualified as a mental health nurse, and I had started my career working on a psychiatric ward providing assessment and treatment for adults in acute phases of serious mental illness. There was a patient (or service user or client or son or brother or friend, depending on who you ask) whom I’ll call Amit. Amit had been refusing any medication for nearly three weeks and with good reason. The medicine we were offering him contained a poison.
13 blunt truths to hopefully wake your ass up You ready for some motherfucking motivation? But hold up, this isn’t the kind of motivation where I spur you on with some awesome quotes or stories or whatever. In fact, these may just get you down altogether. Why? Cause these are all truth baby. Family, bomohs and why mentally-ill aren’t seeking help While treating mental disorders is in itself a challenge, encouraging access to the treatments has proven to be the bigger challenge. The reality is, a majority of those who suffer from mental disorders here do not seek or receive help – which is surprising for a country like Singapore, where modern mental health programmes, services and platforms are readily available. There have been increased efforts to provide such services and programmes especially in light of the ageing population, and pressures from work and family. Such efforts, identified in the National Mental Health Blueprint for 2007-2012, include (among other things) public education, outreach in schools, workplaces, integrated programmes such as the Community Mental Health Team and Mental Health-General Practitioner Partnership, and mental health research. Most also face financial constraints accessing health care services. As such, it is important to understand the cultural background of patients.
The diagnosis question Mental health diagnoses can help people understand their experiences and access help. But some practitioners have raised queries, too. Photo: Prospect composite What is mental health? 12 ways to Just DO Good for the Joy of it “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. More kids in Singapore seeking help for mental health issues SINGAPORE: Depression, relationship issues, bullying, family problems – kids as young as five years old are seeking help for these problems. Suicide prevention centre SOS told Channel NewsAsia last week that it received about 1,900 calls from those aged five to 19 last year – an increase of 70 per cent compared to 2012. Another helpline Tinkle Friend, which caters to primary school students, saw a 50 per cent increase in the number of calls and messages on its online chat service from 2012 to 2016. Some of the questions stemmed from boredom and loneliness - “What can I do when I’m bored?” or “How do I make more friends?” But some children in more distressing situations asked questions like: “What will happen to me after my parents get a divorce?”
55 Steps: A Battle Cry Against Forced 'Treatment’ For us All - Mad in the UK Editor’s note: This blog originally appeared on Rai Waddingham’s Behind the Label. Last week I emerged from hibernation (life is a bit tough right now for lots of reasons) to attend a ‘Psychology at the Movies’ screening of 55 Steps – an important and hard-hitting film based on a true story of Eleanor Reise (a lady repeatedly drugged against her will, played by Helena Bonham Carter) and Collette Hughes (her lawyer, played by Hilary Swank) that has been effectively buried. What I write here is based on a series of tweets I made, trying to explain why we need to work together to resurrect it. The opening scene was far more familiar than the 80s US asylum should be.
New? Start here! » Hey folks! Glad you made it. If you’re new to Zen Caffeine, welcome! This is a great place to start. If you’re not, and wanna dive into my latest content, click here to get to the good stuff. It Changed My Life: How a mother lost her 11-year-old son to depression, Singapore News The three notebooks are filled with doodles, comic strips, riddles and little stories, rendered and written in pencil. One quirky drawing has a parrot mouthing its response to the poser: What do you get when you cross a centipede with a chicken? Answer: Drumsticks for everyone. The illustrations spring from the fertile imagination of Evan, the eldest of Doreen Kho's four children. The 43-year-old businesswoman says her son once asked her: "Mom, do you know why I started to draw comics? Because my comics will make people smile and laugh."