I generally write a short reflection for our (Cliftonville Moravian Church) newsletter. Here is the May instalment: Quite a few years ago now, when I travelled extensively with work, I would often pick up items of interest from the countries, town or cities I visited. One of my favourite items is a Malaysian painted face … More Beneath the Facade: Honesty in Suffering
Friday past marked Holocaust Memorial Day in the UK, and the International Holocaust Memorial Day across the globe. Each year people come together, from across religious and cultural divides to remember the genocides that have scarred humanity deeply and irrevocably. Many moving commemorative events have taken place; some have been very public events, whilst others … More Holocaust Memorial Day & Mental Health
Prof. Jim Lucey, Medical Director at St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin, has more than twenty five years’ experience in his field of specialisation. Lucey has used this experience to pen a thoughtful and compassionate look at the varied experience of some of the patients he has … More Book Review: In My Room – The Recovery Journey as Encountered by a Psychiatrist.
The mental health provision in North Korea is truly shocking. In my bipolar blog – ‘an uneasy awakening’ I explore some of the issues that confront those struggling with mental illness in this isolated country. Bipolar In North Korea: A Frightening Prospect?.
Vikram Patel MSc MRCPsych PhD FMedSci is Professor of International Mental Health & Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In his recent TED talk, Patel presents the shocking statistic that nearly 450 million people are affected by mental illness worldwide. In wealthy nations, just half receive appropriate care, … More Vikram Patel On Democratizing Mental Health Care
Bipolar disorder can cause suicidal ideation that leads to suicide attempts. The statistics show that one out of three people with bipolar disorder have either attempted suicide at some point, or have been successful in taking their own lives. With an annual average suicide rate of 0.4%, bipolar sufferers are 10 to 20 times more likely to … More Talking Suicide – Another Perspective
As I’ve made reference to in the last number of postings, as part of my treatment, I’ve engaged in some ‘art therapy’ where I attempt to express my emotions without words. For some reason, the end result tends to be what could loosely be termed as ‘abstract art’; I’m not quite sure why that’s the … More The Three Faces of Bipolar Disorder
This graphic (courtesy of NAMI) speaks for itself:
‘Flight from Darkness‘ is an excellent documentary on bipolar disorder. Charting the Canadian mathematician Percy Paul’s battles with the debilitating symptoms of bipolar disorder, the film-maker presents an intelligent, well-balanced and informative overview of the course of one man’s illness. The protagonist in the film is a very bright, articulate, well-educated and compassionate character. He … More Flight From Darkness…A Bipolar Journey
McAleese makes plea over suicide – Republic of Ireland, Local & National – Belfasttelegraph.co.uk. Once again, Mary McAleese reminds us that as outgoing President of the RoI, she’ll be a hard act to follow. In this piece in the Belfast Telegraph, McAleese laments the toll that suicide has on families and society at large. She … More McAleese makes plea over suicide – Republic of Ireland, Local & National – Belfasttelegraph.co.uk