The Mental Health Digest (05/11/17)

This week, the ‘Age of Anxiety’ is declared at the same time Emma Stone opens up about her therapy as a child to beat that exact thing. The modern world once again shows its true colours when researchers have to prove that hitting children is in no way beneficial and surprisingly affects (amongst other things) their mental health. In a short video, we also hear how suicide rates are on the rise in the shipping industry, and one man discusses the conditions which made him consider jumping overboard. If you’re unsure as to the importance of this, 90% of all global trade is carried by ship. And finally, police in Canada are showing that investing in mental health is a good thing – who knew?

‘We live in an age of anxiety’ (Independent)

Well, we have had the dark ages, the stone age, the iron age, the bronze, the digital age and now we appear to be in the ‘extremely overstressed, overpressured, damage our mental health anyway we can, age’. Mental illnesses are rising faster than any other illness, however, this revelation does have to be tempered by the fact that mental illness stigma is reducing and therefore more people are coming forward with their illnesses. If that is true though that means people have been hiding a lot of illnesses, which just goes to show how bad our mental health has been (and for longer than we thought). The doctor in this article really sticks his neck out and says patchy mental health care coverage is not helping.

La La Land star Emma Stone reveals she began therapy for anxiety at age seven (9 News)

Anxiety can be a lonely affair filled with dread, but now you can share the burden of the dread knowing even an Oscar-winning actresses needed therapy for the condition. If anything she has shown that anxiety doesn’t have to win and you can still achieve – if you can get help. Ah shit, that is the bit that costs money again. Sorry, what I mean to say is if you have money and can afford to get access to therapy then you might be able to win an Oscar one day. If you don’t have money then like always you just have to self-medicate, hide your feelings, pretend the symptoms are from something else and all in all lead a miserable life. One day I hope to bring the news that countries will offer therapy to both rich and poor people, until then you will just have to take heart from knowing it is treatable. Emma’s story is genuinely helpful and takes another step towards smashing the stigma though.

Why parents should never spank children (The Conversation)

Now, there will be people reading this headline and coming back with things like ‘I got spanked and it did no harm to me’ or ‘I spanked my children and they turned out fine’. That is all well and good but this headline is weighted with 88 independent studies over a 62 year period – your narrow view is irrelevant here. If anything it just goes to show how lucky you were. That is because, amongst other things, spanking children damages their mental health. That is not opinion or speculation, it is demonstratable fact over a very long period of time. Not to mention it contradicts the UN Convention on Children’s Rights (not to be hit).

Suicidal thoughts – a seafarer’s story (BBC News)

With 90% of trade done via the shipping industry, it is important to ensure we have a healthy cohort of workers to supply the thing we need and want. The BBC reveal that this much used but little-known industry is having a mental health crisis. Workers are often in cramped conditions without natural light and working long hours. People will say that is what they signed up for, and they did. I would say why not create working conditions which are not harmful to anyone who does them? Easier said than done on a ship, especially in an engine room which is under the water line and has no windows. It is not easy but getting to the moon wasn’t easy and we did that. I think we can create better conditions. The man’s story in the video is an open, honest account and well worth a watch, it is only 3 and half minutes long.

Victoria police say specialized mental health teams producing results (CBC News)

Police in Victoria, Canada have begun hiring specialised police units to deal with mental health crises. Rather than leaving mental health to emergency medical teams, the police are understanding the need to provide care at point of contact before it becomes a medical emergency. This approach has lead to a decrease in the number of service calls to the police as well as a decrease in acute emergency health care over the period it was trialled. It seems a proactive approach to mental health actually has longer-term benefits for society… instead of being an unsustainable burden. Hats off to Victoria Police.

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  1. intenttowin

    It makes perfect sense to me that people working in dark cramped environments are going to have mental health issues. Just as you mentioned, I’d never thought of it. Thank you for bringing these issues to light.


  2. HyperchildChillmom

    We live in Canada and we have access to therapy through my husbands work but also through our local hospital. They have a mental Health site where you can go for help. It is actually where we got her diagnoses.
    The problem is that it does take awhile to get through, There are waiting lists, and while we are still waiting for a family doctor, she can go to therapy when she feels like it. Also at our schools there is a mental health team, which is amazing. I’m trying to get Nicole to reach out to them so she can express her feelings more, especially since she is dealing with bullies!
    Great post!
    Chill Mom

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    1. Paul Green

      That is actually amazing, something I see as a distance ideal and there you have a country that is able to implement it. Obviously, improvements can always be made but its great to hear there is a country not only saying they are taking it seriously but actually doing something about it. Great to hear and thank you for sharing.

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  3. Bookworth

    I live in Canada; I was on the wait list for a psychiatrist for 1 year, while my employer harassed me about having the form filled out. He only prescribes meds, for counselling that is another thing, can’t afford it. $150/hour and insurace covers only $50. Mental health is getting much needed attention.


  4. stainedclassmonarch

    I got to know you through my mental health struggles. I first read your blog as it came to my blog home page suggestions (along with the bloggers I’m surprised to), probably based on the tags I frequent. I still think your one comment on my blog “Parting Words (Or are they?)” helped me to get going on that particular dark day.
    I have been struggling with mental health issues since I was 14, and despite asking for help back then, and still now, I could never get. Now it is even worse, my dad got some cardiac issues and we are instructed not to do any activities that might upset him, and me getting mental health services is one of the things, in the middle of writing this comment, my mom stopped by and asked me what I was doing, I told her that I was sharing my side with struggling with the mental health issues on a blog that states the important of mental health care. And as usual, she scoffed. Living in a culture where the only way of emancipation being “marriage” is no help either. Mental illness has transformed me into a radioactive element. My half life has already passed. I don’t have hope for the other half anymore. Focusing on simplest things is a challenge now. I don’t want to give up, but there is only a little I can do right now. I wish I lived in Canada. Sigh!
    Anyway, this blog bears hope. ^_^
    Thank you fump fump!


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