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THREAD. 🌹 Exhausted after today 😩 but relieved to have won recognition two HUGE victories in court today:

1. Recognition of the centrality of trauma & mental health support for Gaia's inquest (/all survivors). 🙌

2. Something we never thought we'd ask for...
...another delay to the inquest (now due May 2021) which given the current mess is essential to ensure the full & fearless investigation we need.

We are determined to do all in our power to make sure your family never has to stand where we stand today, fighting...
... justice for someone who’s been taken from you and who can never be replaced.

Huge thanks to our amazing legal team incl. @caoilfhionnanna & @HWistrich Sarah and Soohy for all their hard work, also @INQUEST_ORG, @RapeCrisisEandW England & Wales and @centreWJ as well as...
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PSA: You can love Jesus, be an incredibly devoted follower and see a counselor or therapist (in fact, you should).

You can bear the fruit of the Spirit in your life and take meds for mental health issues like anxiety and depression. #MentalHealthMatters
One of the most damaging lies perpetuated by the Church is that mental health issues, diagnosed or undiagnosed, come from a lack of faith.
Here’s the thing: prayer and other spiritual disciplines are critical to mental and emotional and spiritual health. But they aren’t the only tools.
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Triggerwarnung: Suizidalität, Depressionen
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Die Annahme, dass jemand, der Suizidgedanken oder Pläne äußert, sich eh nichts tut, ist leider immer noch ein weit verbreitetes Vorurteil nach dem Motto "Hunde, die bellen, beißen nicht."
In 8 von 10 Fällen kündigen Betroffene ihr Vorhaben an.
Ebenso falsch sind die Annahmen, dass man jemanden, der suizidal ist, nicht davon abbringen kann, und dass man jemanden auf diese Gedanken bringen könnte, wenn man die Sorge äußert, dass sich jemand etwas antut.
Und wenn ihr wirklich akut in Sorge seid, dass jemand sich das Leben nehmen möchte, dann setzt bitte den Notruf ab. Zwangseinweisungen sind nie schön, aber sie retten Leben! Und statistisch gesehen, sind durchschnittlich 6 Menschen direkt von einem Suizid betroffen.
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A thread on Islam’s response to mental health. (1/10)

#mentalhealth #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth #MentalHealthMatters
A thread on Islam's response to mental health:
What is mental health? (2/10)
A thread on Islam's response to mental health:
Some causes? (3/10)
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#India is among few countries of globe where #Policy, #Act & #Programme related to #mentalhealth exist. Whether are these inter-related or inter-depedent? Or Unrelated & independent with each other? Share your thoughts & experiences @IndianPsychiat1

#MentalHealthMatters
1/n National Mental Health Policy of India (October 2014): Vision-Promote mental health, prevent mental illness, enable recovery from mental illness, promote destigmatization and desegregation, and ensure socio-economic inclusion of persons affected by mental illness.@NHPINDIA
2/n National Mental Health Policy of India (Oct 2014): Goals-To reduce distress, disability, exclusion morbidity and premature mortality associated with mental health problems;To enhance understanding of mental health; To strengthen leadership in mental health sector @NHPINDIA
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In Uganda, we need to normalize visiting psychiatrists and other mental therapists. Mental health conditions can be diagnosed and treated just like any other condition. There is a boy whose parents were sure he's just stubborn and just doesn't want to study. #MentalHealthMatters
Unknown to them, the boy had been bullied at school for over a year, was fighting severe depression and was losing the battle. It's a counselor who met the child once that recommended a psychiatrist. Around 4-5 months down the road, the boy was back to full health. #mentalhealth
The parents had been using the wrong therapy for a wrong illness. They were caning the boy, teachers at school suspending him, insulting him and all. Until you get to know the illness, you can't treat the illness. Parents, before you punish children, study the problem fully.
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There has been an increase in self-harm and suicide ideation among people since #COVID19 pandemic hit, says a study 'COVID 19 Blues', conducted by Bengaluru-beased Suicide Prevention India Foundation. (1/3)
#MentalHealthMatters
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/77…
Key Points:

1. Therapists are observing an increase in clients who have self-harmed tendency and those who have expressed suicidal ideation or death wish.
2. The rate of relapse among people who had recovered from mental health condition has risen. (2/3)
Experts are saying teens are more affected with several reasons. One most common being copycat suicide especially influenced by celebrity suicides. (3/3)
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What is a sustainable way of ensuring quality mental health services for those living in semi-urban & rural areas in India? The answer is to go local! The Atmiyata project by @CMHLPIndia is a community-based mental health model serving 500 villages in Mehsana district Gujarat.
The Atmiyata project uses videos uploaded on smartphones to train volunteers as community mobilizers to promote well-being, detect cases of stress/ distress, provide counseling support, and apply referral and follow-up techniques. #mentalhealthmatters #communitymentalhealth
The model is replicable & can be adapted in every State in the country since the resources are being cultivated locally.
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CW: Mental Health

I'm not sure what's going on with my head right now, but I am fully aware of imbalances in my state of mind. Yesterday I was overcome with a great sense of sadness, despair and emptyness. I'm in a great place right now, with a woman that I love, yet I'm lost.
In these rational moments, everything seems clear. I can see the depression for what it is, I can fight it, I have the weapons to beat it back and deal with it.
Recently I've been tired, and find myself unable to focus properly. I believe this has given negative thoughts an entry
My guard has been low, much like my overall mood.
I'm lucky, I have @JessicaNellH who takes me in her arms and tells me that we will get through this together.

Thank you to all those who reached out yesterday, your love was felt, your words were heard.
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Privacy of #mentalhealth status
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I was working for some people from. the #DisabilityRights sector in India and had disclosed about my long-term #depression and #fibromyalgia to them (I have done it publicly too but that is besides the point here). 1/n
The lady incharge there started coercing me a few days later to accept that I have Bipolar Disorder and that she will help me get a diagnose and prescription, so that their venture appears "inclusive" for the records. When I refused harassment began. 2/n
My work that was applauded till then suddenly was labelled substandard and anything I said was called tantrum or disorder. Details about my health were shared with other colleagues without my #consent and was used as a slur against me in work spaces. 3/n
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.@mann_org works with young adults with intellectual disabilities by training them & helping them seek employment. Over 80% of Mann’s students are from low-socio-economic and marginalized communities.
.@mariwalahealth is supporting a year-long caregivers’ support program that includes counseling sessions & transition plans, to equip family members and caregivers with information about available resources and beneficial coping strategies.
As leaders in organizations, if you would like to hire some of these talented resources, write to contact@mariwalahealthinitiative.org.

#MentalHealthMatters #Youth
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My thread from early 2018 popped up on my TL. Even more relevant today. #COVID__19 #MentalHealthMatters

Thread on #MentalHealthAwareness

Approximate number of psychiatrists in Pakistan is around 400 (yes. That's not a typo). 70-80% of these live in or around large cities.
It works out to about 1 psychiatrist/500K people. International standard is 1 psychiatrist for 10-15K people. There are almost no recognized Psychiatry sub-specialty training programs in Pakistan in psychiatry which means we are not training
We are not training any child/geriatric/addiction/forensic psychiatrists. In addition, many psychs are over 55 or 60 meaning they will retire soon. @WHO
has predicted a sharp rise in the incidence of depression and mental illness over the next decade (this is Pre-COVID)
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“Election Year Stewart" is trying to rewrite his record, to distract & appear more moderate than he has demonstrated himself to be -- in his own words & through his voting record. Let’s look at some recent issues... #utpol
The Chris Stewart Political Rap Sheet

COVID: Chris Stewart underplayed the risk, big time, & is now trying to avoid the topic entirely. Tens of thousands of Americans have died & many, many Utahns. For a long time, he couldn’t even be bothered to wear a mask. #MaskUpUtah
SUICIDE HOTLINE: Chris Stewart has voted repeatedly to defund & undercut the Affordable Care Act -- historic & popular legislation that has done more for Utahns' & Americans' mental health coverage than any other single piece of legislation. #MentalHealthMatters
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The way in which the DJs at @BBCR1 have facilitated massively important conversations across the last four months has been genuinely inspirational - not a tweet I thought I would have written 6 months ago!
This week's #lettertomyself with @scott_mills has used journaling techniques to help people respond to an unprecedented, unpredictable change in circumstances when young people are unsure about exams, university, work, and general life
The beautiful and incredible vulnerability @claraamfo showed in using her platform to educate a nation that hasn't learnt our history was inspiring (and everyone should listen to bit.ly/2CCmLXO)
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Some alternatives to self-harm...
1. Go for a walk
2. Allow yourself to cry and let it all out (music helps)
3. Distract yourself with videos
4. Re-organise your room
5. Write your negative thoughts on paper then tear them up
6. Talk to your friends about your emotions
7. Call a crisis line
8. Hug a pillow
9. Have a cold shower
10. Repeat a positive affirmation (e.g “I am enough” “I deserve love not pain”
11. Watch your favourite show
12. Journal your thoughts
13. Count tiles on the floor
14. Squeeze a stress ball
15. Blow up a balloon then pop it
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Let’s talk about mental health. And today, I want to focus on depression. Depression is a common mental health problem that involves a low mood and a loss of interest in activities #MentalHealthMatters #DepressionIsReal
A common type of depression is the High Functioning Depression. It's the term that has been adopted to describe those living with a mental illness that is almost undetectable. It isn’t an actual diagnosis, it’s just more catchy than the real diagnostic term, “dysthymia” is.
Dysthymia (also called Persistent Depressive Disorder) is described in the DSM as “depressed mood for most of the day, for more days than not, as indicated by either subjective account or observation by others, for at least two years
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Shared with permission.
The year: 2011. A young #Pharmacist, career-focussed, is part of a thriving business. She stands on her own two feet.

The encouragement & support from her parents is all she needs. They've always supported her. Nothing can shake her resolve. Can it?
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One Saturday morning she rushes down the stairs to get ready for work.

The sound hits her first.

It’s guttural. Choking. Someone can’t breathe.

She’s bleary-eyed from the long workdays, 6 days a week.

She’s not complaining. It’s necessary

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She steps into the bathroom & that’s where her brain tries to correlate the image with sounds.

‘Is she gargling? Is she choking?

What is her mum drinking out of a 2-litre bottle at 5am?

Why is the mouth frothy?

No answers avail themselves.

3/
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Ahead of #wecops tonight, in order to raise #PoliceFamily #MentalHealthMatters: here is my PTSD adventure (in 6 parts). It is brutal, very honest and possibly going to get me in trouble! It was my life and I suspect similar to thousands of #cops. Thanks to @GorillaoJustice.
Part 1
Part 2
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#MentalHealthMatters, especially in the time of Covid-19. While we're working from home, many are apart from their colleagues, loved ones and family. For some, including myself, it's been incredibly hard to remain 'functioning' and admit to yourself that things are not ok 1/?
In late March, I fell in a period of massive depression; couldn't focus, everything I did seemed rubbish. As the days progressed, things got progressively worse and I just became more and more negative about myself, my work, and started to shut myself off to the world 2/?
I kept posing questions to myself: "Why cannot I not get 'good' work out; why am I being rubbish..." I kept pushing and searching *why*. The concept that I was severely depressed was still too hard to swallow. Like anyone, I have my ups and downs, but nothing like this 3/?
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Mental health matters.
It affects not just the person suffering, but ripples extend outwards.
If you are the child of someone with mental health issues, or someone who ultimately takes their own life, you carry that with you forever - no matter your age when it happened.
A person who is drowning in the depths of the darkness in their own mind, is almost certainly not capable of reaching out for help. So we must be vigilant and reach into their lives and drag them to the surface so someone else can perform mental health life saving on them.
Saving that person could save their children (not to mention their partner) from so many layers of trauma:

1. Bereavement- nobody really understands death and what happens afterwards, for children this is exacerbated. There are no goodbyes, no answers. Only bewilderment.
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People make comments like "let's do X it'll make everything fine". This sort of half assed understanding of mental health is why suicides and self cutting incidences are higher than ever.
#mentalhealth #neurodiversesquad
Thanks @SNeurotypicals for creating a safe space for those of us who don't have a space to feel seen and understood. We need more champions of mental health like this.
I don't have the skills for this yet, but I'm hoping that by the end of the year, I can ship a open source product that'll enable more productive management of mental health modalities.
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👋🏽 We're excited to launch #Therapy4ThePeople!

Our country is facing multiple #mentalhealth crises that require immediate action. We're especially concerned for the emotional well-being of #POC (esp. Black/African American) who are unfathomably carrying the burdens (1/7)
of #COVID19, a deepening economic recession, police brutality, racism, and centuries of systemic oppression. Black, Indigenous, People of Color (#BIPOC) and people experiencing financial hardship are less likely to access mental health support due to a wide range of (2/7)
barriers such as the cost of services, difficulty with navigating the mental health system, and a lack of culturally competent providers in the mental health system. Our mission is to reduce these barriers to help people get support when they need it. (3/7)

#MentalHealthMatters
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Who is a psychologist? Why do we need one? I'm not crazy, why should I visit a psychologist? I would rather talk to a friend instead of talking to a psychologist. Approaching a psychologist puts my honour at risk, and also my family's.
Several questions of such kind always occur in our mind, when it is suggested to us to visit a psychologist. We need to understand why it is important to talk to a psychologist when in need. We need to understand the importance of being aware, and taking care of our mental health
And before that, it is important to understand what a psychologist is and how he or she can help us when in need.
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So here’s a classic example of Monkeys winning the cake in the battle of cats! A moral story #righttolearn will impart!

Parents opting for sessions in other states as a solution to Karnataka’s ban!
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Online overtakes geographical boundaries, parents opt for sessions offered by other states.

Gainers - Schools outside Karnataka
Giants like BYJUS, Hobby classes

Losers - Kids put through re-settling & Karnataka registered schools
#righttolearn 2/7
Multiplying Parents Loss:
- Paid school fee
- Paying whopping subscription fee to online learning giants
- Resettling Children to new curriculum and Teachers
- Will have to resettle Kids back in Karnataka school
- Kids being dodged
#righttolearn 3/7
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