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We screwed up & we’re sorry

Hi everyone,

it has been brought to my attention that earlier during the #doublediscrimination discussion I retweeted a tweet suggesting cyclic dysthymia isn’t a thing. This was wrong and I am genuinely sorry for this.

Many thanks to @GustyFlawless for calling us out on this. Below is her email to us which eloquently outlines the problem.

Sorry again,

Zoé Continue reading We screwed up & we’re sorry

‘Psychotic’ used to mean evil

Dear Mr Elliot,

I am writing to express my concern at the phrase: ‘For the sudden eruption of trolling, rape threats and 24-hour psychosis into my timeline has been a reminder that evil exists in the world’, in this article by Paul Mason: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/19/leave-twitter-facebook-paul-mason?CMP=twt_gu

 

Psychosis is a serious medical condition, which carries a heavy burden of stigma. I have repeatedly faced unwarranted exclusion and discrimination because of my own diagnosis. Equating psychosis with ‘evil’ is profoundly unhelpful.

 
I and others tried asking @paulmasonnews about this on Twitter, he responded with phrases such as ‘[psychosis] unleashes ppl into manic verbal attacks’ https://twitter.com/paulmasonnews/status/370195102637240320

but this is not a symptom of psychosis. In fact psychosis is more likely to occur with symptoms like formal though disorder or thought withdrawal, which tend to cause people to talk less.

I would appreciate it if you would please consider appending a note to the article correcting this misuse of a medical term, in view of the damaging effects of stigma and discrimination on people who experience psychosis.

Thank you,

Ceri/@tiredlegs

This Week in Mentalists – The Fementalists Take Over Edition.

The World of Mentalists

Hi, Zedkat (@stfumisogynists) from The Fementalistshere! I’m an intersectional feminist and full-time mentalist. I also write at my own blog (occasionally), which can be found here. As I discovered when I was writing this, this week’s unofficial theme is the impact of marginalisation on mental health. Hope you find it interesting! And thanks for having me.

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People with mental illness are capable

Ceri tweets at @tiredlegs. Here she write to the York Post with regards to a letter they published about mental illness.

 

Ken Holmes’ letter of the 19th July about Members of Parliament with
mental illness displays only his own ignorance and bigotry. About a
year ago, four courageous MPs, from both the Conservative and Labour
parties, stood up in Parliament to talk about their own experiences of
mental health problems, including obsessive-compulsive disorder,
anxiety, depression, and post-natal depression. Parliament has a
specific budget dedicated to supporting MPs with mental illness. I
personally know doctors, nurses, teachers, probation officers, church
ministers, and many other people who take responsible roles within
their communities, despite having mental health problems.

In York, almost 14 people in every hundred have depression each year,
significantly worse than the England average of below 12 in each
hundred. York also has significantly more hospital admissions for
mental illness per head of population than the England average. The
York Press should support the many York people who experience mental
illnesses, not publish poorly informed letters mocking a group of
people who are protected by Equalities legislation.

May God grant Mr Holmes wisdom to understand what mental illness
really means, and compassion for those affected by it.

Source for statistics about York:
http://www.nepho.org.uk/cmhp/index.php?view=E06000014

It is because I feel

Sam blogs at Left at the Lights and tweets at @SamAmbreen

[Content note: Discusses child abuse and racism]

It’s been a while since I locked my bedroom door. There really is no need with just the two of us in this big house but not so long ago, this didn’t matter.  When I was in the room, the door was always locked. I spent 23 hours of a day in this room, the window barely open to let in some fresh air. I knew my aunt was downstairs, running her business, pottering about and this gave me a little comfort, sometimes. Mostly though, I was in on the inside, counting as I inhaled, holding briefly, exhaling for a set amount of time. I spent most of this time trying to remember how to breathe. Continue reading It is because I feel

Dear York Press

Below is a copy of a letter sent to York Press regarding a letter published in their letter section. It was emailed to newsdesk@thepress.co.uk. If you feel strongly about this issue, I would encourage you to write to them yourself. Feel free to use the below as a template letter. – Z

Dear York Press,

I write with regards to a letter published in your letter section on Friday 19th July 2013. In it the writer, Ken Holmes, details apparent statistics that mental illness will affect 1/10 people in this country. Aside from this statistic being incorrect – actual estimates put the number somewhere between 1/4 and 1/6 – he then goes on to infer that this means that approximately 65 MPs are suffering from some form of mental illness. This is where the problem lies. The implication that he seems to be making is that suffering from a mental illness would in some way (unspecified) make a person unable to perform the duties of office as an MP and help run the country. He provides no evidence for this assertion and so one can only assume that this conclusion is based on pure prejudice against those with mental illnesses.  In fact, many people with mental illnesses are highly successful and perfectly capable of running homes, lives, businesses, and, indeed, the country. Prejudice against those with mental illnesses still runs rampant in this country, despite the best efforts of mental health activists seeking to humanise and de-stigmatise those with mental illnesses. You have done nothing to assist these efforts and have in fact chosen to publish something that simply furthers bigotry and prejudice. This is an awful shame.

It is hugely disappointing that you felt this was an appropriate letter to publish. I hope that you will do something to rectify this situation as soon as possible.

Best,

Zoe

Welcome to The Fementalists

Hello and welcome to The Fementalists, a blog for women with experience of mental ill-health to discuss their experiences and the intersections of feminism and mental health activism.

We’re still in the process of getting the first posts polished off but they will be coming to you shortly!

In the meantime, check out the submissions page for how to get in touch with us if you want to be involved and write for us, we’d love to hear from you!