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Let’s chat about madness . . .

By poptop - 13 January 2009 34
    · Have you, a relative or a friend, experienced a mental illness?
    · Can you relate well to young people and work in a team?
    · Would you feel comfortable talking about your experience?

Mental Illness Education is looking for volunteers to give presentations about mental illness to high school and college students as well as to the general community.

All volunteers are fully trained, work in pairs and are reimbursed for expenses.

Come along to an information evening to learn more:
Thursday 12 February 7:00pm-8:30pm;
Tuesday 17 February 5:30pm-7:00pm

For more information or to book your place contact:
Lucinda or Gael on 6257 1195

Information is also available from the website www.mieact.org.au

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Let’s chat about madness . . .
peterh 1:36 pm 13 Jan 09

Aurelius said :

Gungahlin Al said :

I have been amazed by the high prevalence of people with mental health issues here in Canberra. I’ve come into contact with more people with problems in the last 4 years here than in the whole rest of my life. Is there something going on here?

Yeah there is, Al. Crazy’s the new black.

no, it isn’t. people are now being diagnosed correctly – conditions like depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, etc, etc were often confused by a bad diagnosis, and really bad treatment. There have been instances where manic depressive people have been provided with drugs that, unfortunately, interact badly with their conditions.

bi-polar people who have been led to believe that lithium is only a short term treatment, then relapse after they “decide” that they are better.

There are several genetic conditions that manifest themselves with both physical and mental identifiers, sometimes, the physical can be very hard to recognise, but the mental is far more visible.

Aurelius 1:00 pm 13 Jan 09

Gungahlin Al said :

I have been amazed by the high prevalence of people with mental health issues here in Canberra. I’ve come into contact with more people with problems in the last 4 years here than in the whole rest of my life. Is there something going on here?

Yeah there is, Al. Crazy’s the new black.

poptop 12:47 pm 13 Jan 09

Perhaps my relative tolerance towards what you regard as edgy language is because of my working with a number of people either in the sector or diagnosed with a mental illness/dysfunction.

It’s the gallows humour you get in most human services trades. I do note your concern and have taken it on board in the spirit it was given; I will try to not be too extreme with my headers. =-)

AngryHenry 12:42 pm 13 Jan 09

DJ said :

AngryHenry – calm down….

My pulse is actually at a resting rate of around 75 bpm, I’m pretty chilled right now.

AngryHenry 12:33 pm 13 Jan 09

Point taken poptop. And to a certain extent I appreciate what you’re saying too but it’s kind of like going…

“Sex,

– Oh now that I’ve got your attention.”

Mental health covers a broad range of things from depression to anxiety whereas madness is sitting in the middle of the road fingerpainting with your own faeces, or making dead-skin masks out of your victims.

Thanks for the stats too, and if you’ve got four friends that are okay, then it’s you with the problem right! ha-ha! But, given these stats, perhaps Mental Health has a bit more relevance to people than a Radiance Dance Company performance so again I do question the title.

I’ve got a few mates that suffer from mental illness, from very mild depression to full-blown bi-polar, and I can’t come at anyone who uses the word ‘madness’. I don’t think using words like that promote the ‘openess’ on the subject you desire.

It has however provoked some discussion so hey, who am I to say what’s right and wrong, maybe the headline is doing you more favours than I thought???

More people need to talk about this stuff, so good on you for highlighting it.

DJ 12:08 pm 13 Jan 09

ant said :

Well, some people start to amass cats, en masse, and it seems to signal some kind of onset of madness. Cats in the double figures. And I just wonder if there’s some kind of condition this signals?

Cat herding is an art isn’t it? Not an easy job…

AngryHenry – calm down….

BerraBoy68 11:56 am 13 Jan 09

Angry Henry and Poptop – I initially thought this thread was a retrospective of the original and excellent music written and performed by the original 80’s SKA band who had numerous hits with merry chart topping melodies such as ‘Baggy Trousers’ and ‘House of Fun’! Imagine my surprise when I realised it was really a thread about mental illness.

poptop 11:23 am 13 Jan 09

Angry Henry,

I hear what your saying; however when I posted a straight headline advising the Radiance Dance performance would be on; it got no discussion [other than Granny] and subsequently other posters commented they wished they had known about the performance.

If putting provocative headers on the article get people reading it I think they are doing the issues some favours.

National statistics suggest that one in five people will suffer from a diagnosable mental illness or dysfunction at some point in their lives. I think more discussion, understanding and openess on the subject is healthy.

BerraBoy68 10:52 am 13 Jan 09

Thanks Poptop for the thread and I agree with Gungalin Al and Peter, there are a lot of people in the ACT suffering various types of mental illness.

I had a breakdown early last year that really caught me by surprise. After examination by a psychologist I ralised that my levels of depression, anxiety and stress were extreme. In some ways the breakdown was one of the best things that could have happened to me as I now take to ‘stop and smell the roses’. Not all the problems and stresses I was dealing with in my life have gone away but I now know how to deal with them better.

I also understand the reluctance some people may have in discussing their own experiences but to my mind there can never be any shame in asking for help, or in discussing these issues. As I’ve always been open about what happened to me, what struck me as very curious is the amount of people I know that told me about their own battles with depression, anxiety etc. most of whom had experienced breakdowns of their own. And some of these people are, or have been, senior public servants.

Getting these messages into schools is a great idea. When I was invovled in Marist a few years ago, before the sexual abuse issues became public knowledge, I was staggered by the number of students and ex-students that were committing suicide. Something has to be done and this initiaitive of talking to students has to be a good start.

AngryHenry 10:38 am 13 Jan 09

Mental Illness does not necessarily equate to madness, I would be very careful about how you word stuff like that.

I understand there are good intentions behind this article but the headline really is not doing you any favours…

ant 10:26 am 13 Jan 09

Well, some people start to amass cats, en masse, and it seems to signal some kind of onset of madness. Cats in the double figures. And I just wonder if there’s some kind of condition this signals?

peterh 10:16 am 13 Jan 09

ant said :

Why do people suddenly start amassing cats? Just askin’.

why do you have to be mad to amass cats?

I thought talking to trees would have been a better indicator…

peterh 9:57 am 13 Jan 09

well done poptop, this is something that i believe needs to be raised with the young people of today, far too many people have left my life in the past due to misunderstanding or stigma based on their behaviours, no support and no options available. Many were depressed, when this wasn’t believed to be an illness.

Teenage depression is a killer. the new kids coming into this teenage experience need as much assistance and support as they can.

ant 9:46 am 13 Jan 09

Why do people suddenly start amassing cats? Just askin’.

Gungahlin Al 9:39 am 13 Jan 09

I have been amazed by the high prevalence of people with mental health issues here in Canberra. I’ve come into contact with more people with problems in the last 4 years here than in the whole rest of my life. Is there something going on here?

As a result we have been running a series of mental health articles in the Gungahlin Smokesignals newsletters to give the issues an airing. And it’s been surprising how well the articles have been received, with a number of supportive and even thankful messages coming back to us.

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