The campaign, run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness aims to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination. Time to Talk aims to get us all talking more sensibly about mental health issues: one in four people will experience a mental health problem in any given year, ranging from anxiety and depression (most common) to suicidal thoughts – and the figures don’t include those in prisons or hospitals, and have changed little over time. One in six of the adult population will have a significant mental health problem at any one time. We probably all work with someone experiencing a mental health problem.
According to the campaigns statistics, people with a mental illness are more likely to be a victim of violence than to commit it. The majority of violent crimes and homicides are committed by people who do not have mental health problems – 95 per cent of homicides are committed by people who have not been diagnosed with a mental health problem. In just three months, 74 Tv soaps contained storylines on mental health issues including 33 instances of violence to others and 53 examples of self harm. Whilst most were sympathetic portrayals, the characters were, according to MIND, portrayed as “tragic victims”, and 63% of references to mental health in TV soaps and drama were “pejorative, flippant or unsympathetic” terms included: “crackpot”, “a sad little psycho”, “basket case” , “where did you get her from?”, “Care in the Community?” and “he was looney tunes”.
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It’s hard to believe that we’re at the end of January already, and I look at my blog in despair for the little progress that I’ve made changing it! And my New Year’s Resolution to not over-serve clients and to make more time for myself has long since fallen alongside those promises to visit the gym more regularly.
I did, however, succeed in staying ‘Dry’ for January, and not a drop of alcohol has passed my lips, as I undertook the Dryathlon for Cancer Research. It was received with great humour, with people I work with suggesting that an investment in keeping me dry might save on the bar bill. I’m somewhat partial to champagne so they may have a point! Anyway, Cancer Research is a great cause, one that’s close to my heart, and if you haven’t already, it would be great if you could consider dropping a few pennies in the hat: http://www.justgiving.com/Claire-Thompson-dryathlete2015
In other fields there is lots of progress too.
I was lucky to have worked for Wendy Hall in then computing department at Southampton University. She was one of my unsung heroes for Ada Lovelace Day in recent times. Her work has had huge significance for the semantic web, digital libraries, and more, and she has now been nominated as an inspiring leader for education. Her work lead to my first encounter with technology, and subsequently to my first big break in PR with technology PR consultancy Arrow (now Kaizo). She inspired me, and has done the same for countless others, and if you have a moment to vote, here’s where to do it: http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/competition/2014/jan/14/higher-education-inspiring-leader-vote.
Well, having aimed for a trouble free time, and resolved one problem, another has reared its ugly head!
For some inexplicable reason, out of the blue, my emails have stopped working.
I am assured by the hosting company that this is a Microsoft problem. I’m currently braving Microsoft’s customer service, but in the meantime if you need anything urgently, please call me on 07771 817015, and I will provide you with an alternative email address.
(I’d post it here, but the blog had over 5 thousand (unpublished) pure spam comments cleared off it yesterday, so I hate to think what would happen if an email address was available too!)
Please note: problem now resolved!
A quick round up of some things that should have made blogposts over the period:
- Women’s canoe will be in the Olympics! The work that Samantha Rippington and her colleagues have been doing have mean that both women AND men will be able to compete in future – I hope to catch up with Sam for another blog on the subject in the new year.
- Early next year, Global Integration will be running a campaign to stamp out dreadful meetings. I shall enjoy blogging a little more about that one when the time comes.
- I’ve been doing some work with Topspin Digital. They do great digital work and have a great work ethic – do look them up!
I wish you a really happy 2014, when hopefully I shall be back with a complete new look – on the blog at very least!