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Now reading the the #TopolReview report - Preparing the healthcare workforce to deliver the digital future. It's an illuminating read topol.hee.nhs.uk #DigitalHealth
It's clear that a lot of effort has gone into the #TopolReview - it paints a glorious vision of what healthcare would look like over the next 20 years (for both staff and patients) - enabled by technology such as #genomics, #AI and #robotics
For me the #Topolreview has too narrow a focus. It's been commissioned by healthcare, yet we know that with an aging population, many people with long term conditions have to rely upon #socialcare as well. We need joined up thinking, imho.
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Last night I sat in front of 40 strangers and told them I’d had depression since I was 20. I also told them it became dangerously severe last March. I’ve written about it in a book that thousands of people have read so 40 is nothing, right? I felt good when I got home. It was...
...a full house, people said kind & encouraging things. I had something to eat then watched tv for a while. Then my brain capsized. I had told strangers about my mental illness. This has not ended well in the past. When I first became ill in 1992 some of the people I told....
...-the ones who might have helped-weren’t kind. I was too ill to continue my degree but couldn’t go home. Telling people resulted in a range of reactions:silence, anger, attempts to blame me, total withdrawal, coldness, but some understood and the understanding kept me going...
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1) I shared my experiences with sexual abuse and #PurityCulture in Christian schools, and a portion of that experience appears in this @nytimes article. Now I want to talk about recovery. nytimes.com/2019/01/29/us/…
2) Yesterday someone remarked that I’d “marched right over” these experiences, and turned out great. I guess it could loom that way. I’m thriving in school, headed to law school in the fall, I’m happy and healthy with a great support system and a clear sense of self.
3) But the way they phrased it, “marched right over,” took me aback. It felt so trivial. Now, anyone who has experienced trauma knows that the healing process is not easy, that it requires work and dedication and there are a dozen low points for every victory.
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It's #BellLetsTalk and for so many who struggle with #mentalhealth concerns, this day raises awareness and builds a culture of #compassion. Let's never again hear someone say, “just snap out of it” or “it’s all in your head.” @Bell_LetsTalk
Each of us may have different levels of understanding when it comes to #mentalhealth. Mental health is neutral. It’s not bad or good. It’s not necessarily positive or negative. It just is. #BellLetsTalk
A tooth ache will put you in the dentist’s chair. The flu is a reason to see the doctor. There’s no shame. Seeking help for #mentalhealth support must also be a safe experience. There's simply no other choice when your mental health is cast in shadow. #BellLetsTalk #EndTheStigma
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MP @TracyBrabin is speaking in Parliament on her proposal to make it illegal to smoke on NHS premises. I wonder if she's taken time to speak to folks with serious mental ill-health, most of whom are smokers? It's counterproductive to force temporary abstinence during detention.
Being a smoker is not a healthcare emergency. There is a difference between offering help to people who want to reduce smoking harm - & enforcing abstinence on people in #mentalhealth during detention. Other smokers can go home - we are locked in. @TracyBrabin
Of course MPs vote to move forwards with her proposed change to the law - because people living with serious #mentalhealth problems are just expected to fit in with measures that are applied to everyone else even though our situation can be very different. @TracyBrabin
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My latest in @sciam: How does #ClimateChange harm our #health today and threaten it tomorrow? Let me count the ways... THREAD (1/n)

#BeyondIceAndPolarBears
#TheFaceOfClimateChangeIsYouAndMe
blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/c…
1. The frequency, intensity, and duration of #ExtremeWeather events (heatwaves, droughts, wildfires, floods, storms) are increasing, with some of the first and worst impacts occurring in least-developed countries, whose people have contributed least to climate change. (2/n)
2. As average temperatures continue to rise, so will heat-related disorders. One shocking thing I've learnt is that an unforeseen example of human #ClimateCanaries has emerged in Central America , where 20,000+ sugarcane workers have died from chronic kidney disease. (3/n)
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On major initiative coming for @NevadaDcfs includes a conversion of behavioral health tx centers to Psychiatric Residential Tx facilities which allows billing to Medicaid and enhances standards of care.
@NevadaDcfs Current population of children in #mentalhealth facilities.
@NevadaDcfs The acronym list for @NevadaDcfs looks to be the longest of the day.
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Some common acronyms you might hear or see during the @DhhsNevada budget hearing at #nvleg
@DhhsNevada Right now we're hearing from @DhhsNevada Director Richard Whitley on the impact of the Government shutdown on SNAP benefits for Nevadans. Proper nutrition is one component to maintaining #mentalhealth
@DhhsNevada Assemblywoman @sandra4nv asks how many Nevadans receive SNAP benefits.
Whitley response: 433,000 Nevadans receive SNAP benefits.
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I have spent the last few years trying to rethink #mhealth. As we work to lessen #stigma and fear I ask everyone to keep an open mind, give feedback, and join me as I delve into some unique hypotheses. 1/
This started with my sphere of mental health. (Pinned) . I don’t believe true “normal” exists and feel everyone has issues that fit within the sphere. A dx comes because of observations that are inherently flawed & variable due to relative perceptions. 2/
I use the word “flawed” because none of us can read minds, therefore, there is no objective way to truly know exactly what someone is going through or how extreme their suffering is. This is one reasons #mhealth pros have such a difficult job. 3/
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#Academia is brutal if you have anxiety &/or depression. I doubt I'm the only one falling apart at the end of a long year

Solidarity to everyone struggling with the remorseless criticism, crippling workload & systemic bullying. Hope you have a long & healing rest over Christmas
Academia harms mental health, & mental health harms academic performance. The two have become so difficult to separate that #HigherEd management can dismiss #MentalHealth problems as individual-level problems, due to 'overly sensitive' staff who can't cope.
But even if true - and academics are some unique brand of 'snowflakes' - what is done to help? Lunch time meditation? Resilience training? Visits from a 'therapy animal'? These are outrageously sticking-plaster solutions to a gaping wound.
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This is the face of #depression.
Today I'm going public in the hope that will help me to fight back.
No one can guess from that picture that I cried for hours that day and had dark thoughts.
It never stops.
#mentalhealth matters, even if not visible.
#MentalHealthAwareness 1/
No one can guess that I had to have medical leave and I am still followed by psychotherapists.
It's invisible, and I am good at hiding it until it becomes too hard. But don't be fooled by fake smiles.
Dig deeper. Listen. Be prepared to listen uncomfortable emotional stuff. 2/
It's been a year now, I begged for help and I realised now that it's hopeless and easier to discard victims than deal with #workplace #bullying. 3/
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I'm planning on carefully reading the new working paper on #mentalhealth of grad students in 8 top econ departments (including #UMich's) this afternoon. I'm debating whether to tweet while I read. Here's the link to the paper (by Barreira et al.) scholar.harvard.edu/files/bolotnyy…
Ooh, the recommendations in the executive summary (which are aimed at faculty/grad programs) for how to better support grad student #mentalhealth are really good. I'm going to tweet them in this thread. These are all from the Barreira et al. working paper scholar.harvard.edu/files/bolotnyy…
1. Encourage students to take on research or activities that provide a sense of meaning and usefulness to them in the short term. Help students hedge against failure.
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Depression is more than just feeling down.

It's a lack of motivation, increased negative emotions (anger, anxiety), a lack of concentration and memory, negative thoughts about oneself and the world (hopelessness, worthlessness), social anxiety, feeling trapped, dark imagery.
Fun not-so-fun facts about #depression:

Over 100 mil of us suffer from it.

It's existed as long as there have been human records.

Was first named as a condition 2400 years ago, by Hippocrates (in the West).

Non-human mammals can be depressed.

#mentalhealth #mentalillness
We often think of #depression as sadness, but the "two A's of depression" are very real: anger and #anxiety.

Other negative feelings that can increase are sadness, guilt, shame, envy, and jealousy.

#mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalhealthawareness
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Listening to those speaking at the launch of the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act #MHAreview 1/
Kate King opened w such a powerful and important elaboration of the traumatic effects of coercive treatment — gathering together other voices & memories of those who are no longer with her to speak alongside her — to amplify their voices
Lade Smith has emphasised how profound and embedded are the effects of racism — and how deeply they reach into so many aspects in and around the mental health system
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I'm proud to share that it's been six months since the last time I allowed my anxiety to take over. I'm at the healthiest place I've ever been.

By this age (pictured below) I was experiencing mild anxiety.
It was my anxiety that detached me from others, made me feel I didn't belong & It was my anxiety that made me hide who I was. Why did it take me 37 years to realize this? I used strength as a mask to hide my anxiety from others and myself. This realization was powerful for me.
In the beginning, my anxiety was mild & sneaky, so it wasn't easy to detect. It would come and go effortlessly. Then, my brother was murdered when I was 23. It was my very first experience with death. It was traumatic & devastating. Naturally,my anxiety& urge to hide got stronger
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We are excited to launch our network today! TRIUMPH is a @UKRI_news-funded #MentalHealth network that brings together young people, academics, health practitioners, and policy-makers to identify bold solutions to improve youth mental health. (THREAD 1/7 – continue reading 👇)
Many of the drivers of poor #MentalHealth sit at the broader social, environmental and cultural level and are affected by our relationships, and the settings & communities we live within. (2/7)
We believe that there's a different, solution-focused approach that seeks to understand young people’s strengths, assets & resiliences. Young people will be at the centre of the TRIUMPH Network. Read about network design ➡️ triumph.sphsu.gla.ac.uk/about-us/#desi… (3/7)
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Sharing #MyStory as an #international #immigrant a part of @IWS_Network #Voices without #Frontiers initiative! As a #scientist and an advocate for #workplaceequality, I believe in the power of stories. #IWS #VoicesIWS #SayItForward #WomenInspire #WomeninScience #WomenInSTEM
As a child, how would you have liked moving schools in new cities with different cultures every 2-4 years?

Growing up in the #IndianArmy, I absolutely loved it! By the time I was 18, we had moved over 9 times across 9 states! #Diversity #India #TravelTuesday #IWS #VoicesIWS
My #memories of #India include sunny days, welcoming people, rich heritage, vibrant colors, abundant fruits and mouth-watering street food! #IWS #VoicesIWS
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#BullyingAwarenessWeek

The year is 2002-2003 I am 17 turning 18 yrs old & it’s my @NHL draft year

I moved away from home, family & friends, to play hockey in the @OHLHockey for the @StingHockey
I endured daily bullying/abuse at the hands of veteran players

Below is my story...
2/ Moving away from everyone you’ve ever known is hard

Living with strangers is, well, strange

Going to a new high school isn’t easy

Daily practices, workouts, long travel times for games are grueling

Playing against 21 yr olds when you are 17 is intimidating

Having your...
3/ teammates beat you on a daily basis with the sawed off paddle of a goaltender’s hockey stick, takes both a physical & mental toll on a teenager

I remember being so confused at the beginning of the yr

I remember thinking to myself, “If this is part of the process, just shut
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It's #zumba time
#mentalhealth 3 years ago I suffered my first #anxiety attack. I thought I was dying. Every #negative thought I believed would happen. With many forms of help I am finding ways to manage it. One way is #dance Teaching #zumba gives me such #joy
What's your #happyspace
The #zumba community is vast just like the #theatre community. So if you are looking for more things #dance or #fitness related in Ireland chat to the folk @MoveMeIreland

So much #positive energy with these guys you could probably light the theatre with it 💥
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I’m not judging the person that posted this. Psychopaths don’t like the fact that I see who they are the moment I meet them.

This is a great example of normal psychopathic thoughts control, fear, management, CONTROL.

Things will get worse B4 getting better.

#MentalHealth
I pray all stay safe. What will come will be done in the lords name. God Bless.

✝️
If you want to be a fly on the wall and listen to psychopaths talk to each other it’s always good to learn everything about anything.

quora.com/What-do-psycho…
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Hi tweeps! Remember back in March, I made a mega-thread of amazing #WomenInSTEM that you should follow, especially for #IWD2018? If not, here's the 'moment' I made from it twitter.com/i/moments/9718…
Well, today (19 Nov) is #InternationalMensDay #IMD2018, and I wanted to mark the occasion. So here are SIXTY men working in STEM who also happen to be some of my favourite tweeps. This is by no means an exhaustive list - please don't be offended if you're not on it!
PS: I have some actual (paid) work to do today, so I'll update the list when I can, in between all my other commitments. Please be patient 😊
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"The Government’s place is not to be assisting people who think they can’t make it on their own, it’s an absolute last emergency order” --> the words of UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty & Human Rights @Alston_UNSR should shame Britain & need to be publicised. My THREAD:
Professor Philip Alston said that 14 million people are in poverty in the UK (a figure the Government disputes) and that child poverty rates are “staggering” and are predicted to go up significantly over the next couple of years. #poverty #humanrights #austerity
The UN Special Rapporteur said he saw “a lot of misery” during his trip to the UK & met “a lot of people who feel the system is really there just to punish them”. People who could have gotten help in "yesterday's Britain" can no longer count on it #poverty #humanrights #austerity
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Today, after extensive @NIDAnews research and @samhsagov support por favor funding for programs and research, there is still #Stigma about #addiction. I still hear people affected by SUDs refer to themselves as “addicts” “junkies” “bangers.” I get the culture, but there is more.
This keeps our loved ones and community members who struggle with #addiction locked into an old pattern of #stigma. We are repeating a process that has never worked. This only helps the heart wrenching results stack up as more and more die from this chronic disease.
72,000 mothers, daughters, sisters, fathers, sons, brothers and more died last year alone from an overdoson drugs. Many of those deaths were related to opioids, and let’s not forget that alcohol is the cause of so many deaths as well. This world needs to get woke about #addiction
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When I started chronic medication for #depression , I was started on:

• Fluoxetine/ Prozac : antidepressant
• Clobazam/ Urbanol : anti-anxiolytic
• Trazodone : antidepressant
• Lamotrigine/ Epitec : mood stabiliser
• Loprazolam/ Dormonoct : sleeping tablet
The cocktail of medication you're started on will depend on the severity of your #depression . Your psychiatrist and psychologist monitor side-effects and response to medication closely and make the necessary adjustments.

I needed Bupropion/Wellbutrin to be added on
The side-effects can be hectic. Forewarned is forearmed. My main side-effects were mucosal dryness and night sweats. Everything was dry - eyes, mouth, vagina, everything. Then I'd have night sweats. Because I knew what to expect, I wasn't alarmed
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