Two news items of interest were sent to me over the past few days, both, it would seem, are aligned with one another.
First off, let's take a look out the worn out phrase that lots of mental health specialists and even celebrities seem to trawl out every 5 minutes or so.
The mental health stigma
This from the Mental Health Commission in Australia, I plucked the first one that appeared in a Google search, all mental health foundations say pretty much the same.
Three out of four people with a mental illness report that they have experienced stigma. Stigma is a mark of disgrace that sets a person apart. When a person is labelled by their illness they are seen as part of a stereotyped group. Negative attitudes create prejudice which leads to negative actions and discrimination.
There's not a day goes by when we hear the calls of organizations or celebrities calling for an end to mental health stigma. Canadian writer and actress, Mary Walsh, is one such celebrity.
Walsh is a spokesperson for Bell Let's Talk, an organization that has, according to their website, "Committed over $100 million to support a wide range of mental health organizations, large and small, from coast to coast to coast."
Bell Media is Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s number 1 television network.
Today, Today, Bell will donate 5¢ more to mental health initiatives for every:
- Text message sent
- Mobile & long distance call made
- Tweet using #BellLetsTalk
- Share of the Facebook image
After a year, she saw a psychiatrist for talk therapy. When her second son, Emmett, was born, and she had more symptoms, including fearing that she would stab herself with a kitchen knife, Ms. Mead tried several medications until one worked. She now volunteers for Postpartum Support International.
Ah, there's that word - "treatments."
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- Long bone immobility
- Cystic hygroma
- Unilateral cleft hand
- (Foetal death in utero) - drug related - possible
- (Pulmonary hypoplasia) - drug related - possible
- (Diaphragmatic hernia) - drug related - possible
- (Hand deformity) - drug related - possible
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