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Acts of kindness, exotic animals and community spirit – a Thread.

This week a healthy Hornbeam tree was cut down in a deliberate act of vandalism in a Southampton cemetery. We were touched by the level of support on social media and have passed on intel to the police (1/12)
The story doesn’t end there however. After seeing our post, @MarwellWildlife got in touch about the tree… It turns out Hornbeam is a favourite food of their Okapi. They made the generous offer to pick up the felled tree and put it to good use in feeding their animals. (2/12)
The Okapi will share the tree with their taller friends the Giraffes. A huge thanks to @MarwellWildlife for this act of kindness. (3/12)
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Thank you @RoySocChem for the webinar : "Kindness begins with thinking about others, the translation of thoughts into the actions is more required which can be implied through small guestures of kindness." #KindnessMatters #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek2020 Image
Are women kinder at work than men? #KindnessMatters @RoySocChem #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
"There are physiological and neurological effects of kindness associating it to happiness and kindness is contagious" - @DrDRHamilton #KindnessMatters #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek2020 Image
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We're planting trees around UK hospitals to say thank you to @NHSuk key workers and to support their long term mental and physical health. We spoke to hospital staff about how access to nature is crucial for their wellbeing. A thread /1 #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek 🧠
“After a difficult shift I feel stretched, rushed and head buzzing with a million things to do before I finish.” - Rachel, wellbeing specialist at Cornwall Partnership Trust. /2 #nhsheroes #ClapfortheNHS
“Being outdoors in nature makes me and my family happier. I think this initiative is fantastic and will really support our staff, many of whom do not have nice indoor spaces for breaks.” /3 #nhsheroes #NHS
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We're holding a #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek raffle for @MindCharity.

Entries are £2 each via…

We have some awesome prizes (and more to come)

Watch the video 📺
And check the thread 👇
First up, @ShutoutCards has completely SOLD OUT of these @mlblondonseries 2020 balls in a presentation case.

But we have one. And you could WIN IT

Enter for £2 at… Image
Remember when we recreated Harper v Papelbon at London Stadium? 👇

You could own John's jersey from that video for - you guessed it - £2 to…

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Why are we planting trees around hospitals for our first UK tree planting project? A thread /1
Access to green spaces plays a key role in mental health and stress reduction. Our tree-planting partner @NHSForest and their mother organisation @SusHealthcare say this is important for both patients and key workers… /2
New research by @LungUK shows that 25% of hospitals in the UK have high levels of air pollution… /3
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1/ Q: Thinking about #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek: is there anything new I can try to improve my mental health during the #COVID19 crisis?

A: Yes, there is and there is hope! Read on
2/ Let's start with the facts. A recent report from @KFF estimates 45% of Americans suffered worse mental health since start of the pandemic:…
It appears that more than the 1 in 5 Americans struggle with their mental health in a given year.
3/ So perhaps the good news is that, because we are all experiencing this together, more and more resources are popping up every day. And for the #nerdygirls, this also means we will be getting more data (and hopefully more answers on what works/doesn't work).
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I only just now found out that it's #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek. My bad

So, in case it's useful during this difficult period, here's what I've learned about grief, as a neuroscientist dealing with the sharp end of it, in the month since my Dad's passing from #COVID19

Firstly, you can be highly 'aware' of mental health or psychology or brain mechanisms, but that doesn't shield you from the effects of grief. This, presumably, also applies to any other mental health problem you may encounter

Knowing how grief 'works' doesn't protect you from it. It's like being a mechanic in a speeding car with no breaks; you may know exactly why the brakes failed, but that information's not much use right now. You need to grip the wheel and avoid coming the harm as best you can

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1. It’s #mentalhealthawarenessweek so I thought I’d share some of the results of a survey I did with just over 100 #childlessnotbychoice people last year for a project I was working on. #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek2020. A thread.
2. Not that these results will be any surprise to those of us living with #involuntarychildlessness but judging by some comments I’ve seen on social media recently, they may be enlightening to certain other people.
3. 93% said they’d felt isolated or lonely socially as a result of their #childlessness.
Read 11 tweets… Very raw, but this is my reality still. Open some dialogues today :) #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #grief #dyingmatters #cptsd #ptsd #anxiety #anxietydisorders
i.e don’t just post a be kind pic 😜
Also share if you like, the subject and starting a dialogue around it is so important to me.
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9 months ago I told my doctor that I was struggling. I think the actual words were "properly fucked".
Permanently angry, the slightest triggers would send me into embarrassing and exhausting spells of rage. I also became cripplingly cynical, defaulting to the assumption that all other people were at best incompetent, or more likely out to intentionally fuck me over.
I was genuinely shocked when the simplest, most-routine happenings went according to plan.
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Today is the start of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.

Looking after your mental health is ALWAYS important, but during a global pandemic it really is vital.

Here are a few things that may be helpful if you feel like you’re struggling…
Our 5 Ways to Wellbeing webpage contains just that…

5 areas to concentrate on to help improve our mental health:

✅Be Active
✅Take Notice
✅Keep Learning

There are loads of resources and information under each area. Have a look:…
.@rdash_nhs have put together this brilliant guide to some top tips for spotting signs of mental health issues and looking after yourself.

There’s also LOADS of useful contacts for people to get in touch with for further help.
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1/10 An #immigration and #nhs thread. This govt the two have linked the two and this week sees this link leading toward further disaster:

The NHS is short of psychiatrists, esp child psychiatrists - the Home office during #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek…
2/10 Meanwhile in the wake of #brexit, with a govt insisting on an arbitary salary threshold for immigration policy an NHS already short of 100000 staff looks set for a worsening staffing crisis

credit @HSJAnnabelle…
3/10 The govt insistence on using the #NHS as a means of immigration control continues, with the news of sharing of patient data with credit firms - a story with implications well beyond ill advised border control

credit @ShaunLintern…
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1. For #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek I’m going to post some ways I know of to resolve common mental health complaints like anxiety, depression, addiction, and self esteem.

(I am not a licensed medical professional or licensed therapist, so this should not be thought of as such).
2. I am, however, a hypnotist and I speak from both personal experience and from helping others that these work.

These are advanced protocols, so you won’t find them in any university setting or from PhD’s who take your insurance as a subscription.
3. Ending Anxiety and Panic Attacks

1) No caffeine. Zero. Nada. Zip. Caffeine causes anxiety so end it. Decaf only. Unless you like your lattes with extra panic.

2) Anxiety-Free listening session. Enough listens to this session ends most panic attacks.…
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A few weeks ago I noticed that one of the on-call doctors didn't seem quite himself.

We're not friends outside of work + I'm not his supervisor, but he works in an acute specialty so is regularly in the ED seeing patients + that day something just wasn't quite right.
I asked him if he was ok and he replied, "Yes, I'm fine", but I wasn't convinced.

Later on I spoke to him again - I said that I had noticed a change and was worried about him.

This time he told me everything... things he hadn't told his colleagues, his friends or his GP.
Reframing the question really changed the response I got and we then spoke about what had been happening, how he was feeling + how it was affecting him and his work.

Together we were able to make a plan to help him move forward.

#OneTeam #Wellbeing
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It's a cliché, but "be kind to yourself" remains one of the best pieces of advice. It's been transformative for me.

With that in mind, I just want to expand a little on the much-misunderstood topic of 'self-care'.

For many of us, who have to monitor our mental health closely, it's not optional or a 'nice-to-have'. It's the difference between getting ill and staying well.
What self-care looks like varies from person to person, and it doesn't have to cost anything. For me it's the following:

- A warm bath
- A walk in the park
- Exercise
- A long sleep
- A good book
- Meditation & mindfulness
- Seeing friends and familly
- Taking time to enjoy food
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It's hump day in #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek and I haven't talked about my issues yet. Time to change that, I think...
I have a chronically misunderstood condition called Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) or Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD) depending on where you live.
Reading the wikipedia page, you could very well think us BPD sufferers are awful people. We're not, but our condition really can make us suffer quite intensely sometimes
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On Friday night, a family friend looked me up and down and said, “You? You don’t have an eating disorder! You look FINE!”
I tried to explain that eating disorders don’t have a look, that you can suffer in ANY size body, and the media portrayal of an ED is far from accurate but he just laughed and said, “I see you eat and you’re not emaciated.”
First of all, eating a crap ton of lettuce only isn’t actually ok in any way & people with Ed’s obviously eat SOMETHING or we’d die within a week. Obviously we eat (a lot of us are really good at hiding it) but it’s often not enough & with no flexibility & a ton of rules.
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tw: suicide

A lot of mentally well people seem to be under the impression that #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek is about sharing hotline numbers and flooding time lines with horrendous suicide statistics and no trigger warnings.

Fun fact - mentally ill people are ALREADY AWARE.
In many respects, awareness of mental illness in general has never been higher here in the UK.

Sure, most employers are still prone to firing you for ~unrelated~ reasons 😒

But we've been told over and over again to "reach out".

And you know what? It's BULLSHIT.
tw: suicide

What is the POINT in being aware of mental illness, of being told to reach out

... when GPs still aren't trained to handle suicidal patients?

... when NHS cuts have hit mental health provision so badly that it legitimately barely exists?
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Seeing as it's #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek - a brief thread on being a late-diagnosed autistic woman....
First of all, autism isn't a mental health condition. However, being autistic in a society that prizes 'normality' leads many of us to suffer from various mental health issues #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
Many autistic people (and perhaps women especially) learn to conceal the outward signs of their autism (for example, compulsive physical movements and ways of communicating) in order to fit in. I certainly did #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
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1. I recently started #victimstigma after professionals I’ve never met in my field of psychology & CSE found out that I was raped 11yrs ago & used it to send hundreds of pages of disgusting emails claiming that I am mentally ill & unstable.
2. And they tried for MONTHS to protect their identities and silence me - hoping that I would never go public about what they had done because they have used mental health stigma to try to discredit years of my work. They work in mental health, yet did this to me.
3. Mental health issues affect every single one of us. These so-called professionals in my field must have never experienced a single trauma or experience in their whole lives, which makes them immune from mental health issues and able to take shots at others
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It's #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek so I thought I'd lay out some personal truths based on my experience of nearly a decade as a PhD student, part-time worker, and academic early career researcher (ECR). Let's talk stress, anxiety and depression. #phdchat #ecrchat #phdlife (thread)
First off the disclaimer: I'm playing life on its easy setting, I'm white, male, a British citizen, cisgendered, roughly middle class. I make no claims to authority on the topics I'm about the talk about, nor that my experiences are exceptional. I am privileged in many ways.
(second disclaimer: I haven't really given this much thought beyond the decision to do it, so there's no guarantee anything here is going to be worth reading, but I think - I hope - it might be useful for someone to get a sense of "it's not just me", which might help)
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