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@Asda spine-chilling unawareness is no ‘real’ surprise. #mentalhealth #whatstigma #ukmh


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Asda’s spine-chilling unawareness of how people who have encountered mental ill-health would react upon seeing themselves portrayed in a freaky Halloween costume with the phrase “Everyone will be running away from you…”, is hardly that surprising, surely?  Is anyone honestly ‘that’ surprised that this visual representation of the mentally ill is alive and kicking, despite years of anti-stigma campaigning by those affected, carers and the Time To Change campaigns?

I caught up on this ‘saga’ this morning, I’ve been ill, not ‘mentally’, just a regular tummy bug, like the viruses everyone gets, and everyone recovers from…… a bit like depression, or anxiety or bi-polar, we get ill, and then we recover and life goes on, EXCEPT no-one ever made a ‘Tummy Bug’ costume which when you think of it, a diarrhoea and vomiting virus is something ‘most’ people would actually want to run away from, because it’s horrible, it…

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‘Our Encounters With #Suicide’. The ‘true’ rhetoric of suicidology. #WSPD @openmindscwp @UcanCope @AlysColeKing



The collection brings together a range of voices on the theme of suicide — those who have been suicidal, alongside the friends, family and staff who have lived and worked with them.  Too often the rhetoric of ‘suicidology’ is occupied only by those who have never had personal experience of suicidality. The first-person voice is strangely absent.  These frank accounts go some way to correcting the balance.

We hope that these narratives will be helpful for people who may have had similar encounters, or are harbouring future suicidal intentions, and for those who care for them personally or professionally; that readers can use the stories in the book to make better sense of their own experiences and decisions. Ultimately we hope that the book will facilitate a more empathic understanding of the experiences of others generally, and of people who were close to and have been lost to suicide.

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Our Encounters With Suicide (PCCS Books) Edited by Grant, Haire, Biley, Stone



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