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Vicky Herbert's uses her BLOG to reach out to others and help raise awareness of the conditions, especially as so many people suffer in silence.



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A blook called "Tearing Down The Layers"is a self help book on how to live with Bipolar. Not only for the sufferer, but also the carer and employer. 10% of all sales are going to the Cornwall Air Ambulance. My book (Toby Abbs) is a real, honest, funny, sad and heart warming tale of living and overcoming a Terminal Mental Disorder (BiPolar)



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An interactive infographic about mental health in the UK and the workforce. It’s intended to help business owners, managers, employers and employees to understand how common certain mental health problems, including addition, are in relation to the workplace. Analyse your Workplace. Click Here to download a pdf of the research undertaken for this infographic



Info The Department of Health (DH) has issued guidance for employers on the adjustments they could consider making to support an employee with a mental health condition. The guidance includes a range of practical advice and tips for employers, as well as links to other resources, with the aim of helping an employee stay in work and/or return to work. The DH said one of the key messages from the guidance was that everyone's experience of mental ill health is unique, meaning that people with a diagnosis of depression may have significantly varying symptoms and need different adjustments in the workplace than those with another type of mental health condition. But at the same time, the person may be the expert on their condition and know their support needs.



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A blook called "Stop Suffering Needlessly" is about recovering from depression. The author, Kathy Reagan states "Written by a longtime mental health/substance abuse professional, this book is intended for the everyday person of any age or circumstance who struggles with depression, as well as for the person who's worried about someone who's struggling and wants to help. Outstanding resource and endorsed by many professionals in the field". If anyone does read this book and wants to write a review for me, just email me.



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A blog called "Post natal depression and its effects on my life good and bad" depicts a journey through PND which is important in raising awareness of the challenges faced by those who experience this type of depression.



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The Journey Home is a wonderful, expressive collection of poetry, artwork & photography creating a new narrative embracing the theme of recovery from severe depression. There is an associated Facebook Page and Video. This book is a 'must' buy, you will not be dissapointed!



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Stanley Popovich’s new self-help book “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non-Resistant Methods” tells you how to break free from fear, anxiety, and stress. The author has more than 15 years of personal experience and has conducted interviews with various professionals in the counseling fields. In his book, he shares many techniques for controlling fear in your daily life. Managing Fear.



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Peter Wilson writes; “Hugging Barbed Wire” was written by Owen (16) about his brother Ross becoming psychotic at 20. Hugging barbed wire was also how it felt to be a parent, desperately hanging onto your son throughout a 3 year psychotic sentence. A lot went wrong, and I really wish I’d known then what I know now. This is my displacement activity, to get something positive out of the experience, an experience that has included a remarkable reaction from people to whom I have told parts of the story in public. Hence this. We can change the way society thinks - I’ve seen a theatre full of mental health professionals brought to the verge of tears listening to the music.... Frankly, if you’re going to be mentally ill, make sure it’s something sexy like “Fry’s Syndrome”, advertised on TV as a sign of creativity and intelligence with dark and interesting interludes, (being slightly BP is fine - unless you’re in oil). Don’t, in a moment of madness, opt for other forms of psychosis or schizophrenia..... Hugging Barbed Wire.



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11 years ago, John was experiencing a florid psychotic episode and taking haloperidol. He now regards himself - after 11 years free of any form of medication - as having recovered. He does not dismiss his bizarre experiences, however: he embraces them and has learned how to manage them. He is currently a member director with Voices of eXperience (VOX) in Glasgow and has written two books. Rare Frequencies (poetry) and Defragmenting the Soul (novel), both of which can be found by clicking on the titles.



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MoneySavingExpert.com Guide to Mental Health & Debt is a free 40-page PDF booklet produced by Martin Lewis from Money Saving Expert and is supported by Mind, Rethink, CAPUK and others, for people with mental health problems and those caring for them. It covers how to handle debts when unwell, work with banks, free debt counselling, specific tips for bipolar or depression sufferers, whether to declare a condition and more.



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Stay On Top is a blog is aimed at (1) anyone who suffers from severe chronic depression, and (2) everyone who wants to get a better understanding of what this means in daily life. It will be updated frequently with a wide range of daily-life stories, observations, reflections as well as many practical tips regarding chronic depression. Much of the content is based on my own experiences as a chronic depression patient and suicide-attempt-survivor.



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"Mental Health Ethics - The Human Context" links to Amazon.co.uk
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All human behaviour is, ultimately, a moral undertaking, in which each situation must be considered on its own merits. As a result ethical conduct is complex. Despite the proliferation of codes of conduct and other forms of professional guidance, there are no easy answers to most human problems. Mental Health Ethics encourages readers to heighten their awareness of the key ethical dilemmas found in mainstream contemporary mental health practice.

This text provides an overview of traditional and contemporary ethical perspectives and critically examines a range of ethical and moral challenges present in contemporary ‘psychiatric-mental’ health services. Offering a comprehensive and interdisciplinary perspective, it includes six parts, each with their own introduction, summary and set of ethical challenges, covering:

  • Fundamental ethical principles
  • Legal issues
  • Specific challenges for different professional groups
  • Working with different service user groups
  • Models of care and treatment
  • Recovery and human rights perspectives
  • Providing detailed consideration of issues and dilemmas, Mental Health Ethics helps all mental health professionals keep people at the centre of the services they offer.

    About the Author
    Phil Barker is a psychotherapist in private practice and a Director of Clan Unity International, a mental health recovery consultancy. He is also Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing, University of Dundee, UK.



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    Northampton Counselling Welcome to my website. My name is Simon Howes, and I am a counsellor and psychotherapist, with a private practice in Northampton. I currently offer evening sessions at the Doddridge Centre, which is five minutes walk from Northampton train station, with ample free parking on site.



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    Kayla Kavanagh is a solo artist with a twist. The Irish multi-instrumentalist works across a variety of genres, as an electronica performer, guitar-based Singer/Songwriter, pianist, Pop/Rock artist and classical/contemporary composer. On 19th November, she launched her special release single "On the Borderline" at the inaugural PD Congress in Birmingham. The 1st National Personality Disorder Congress was a two day event celebrating success - innovation, knowledge & understanding. Her experience of Borderline Personality Disorder highlights the importance of understanding, respecting and appreciating that BPD is in no way limiting and should not be viewed in such a negative light.



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    Diagnosed with severe ADHD and bipolar disorder, Billy Hawthorne faced a steep uphill battle to control his mental illness and beat his debilitating addictions to alcohol and DXM products, the active ingredient in cough syrups such as Robotussin and Corocidin. Today Billy is managing his mental illness and his addictions and is ready to move on with his life, but not before relentlessly battling a crazy mental health and criminal justice system in Virginia whose plethora of contradicting rules and criteria many times came close to leaving him for dead.

    Relive Billy's 5 year battle through repeated struggles and his ultimate triumph firsthand through the eyes of his father, Woody. It is both Woody and Billy s hope that, through reading this book, other families may be able to avoid much of the pain and craziness that kept Billy from getting better sooner. Can be purchase from Chipmunka Publishing in Paperback for £12 and as a PDF e-book for £5 and also on Amazon.



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    Suzy Johnston has managed a psychiatric disorder for 20 years which has included 8 psychiatric hospital admissions. The Naked Bird Watcher, The Snow Globe Journals are her autobiographical accounts on living with and managing the condition. She set up The Cairn to raise awareness of mental illness, its many issues and to show that recovery is realistic. When Do I Get my Shoelaces Back? is the actual diary she wrote in 2008 when she was in acute psychiatric care for 7 months as a result of a protracted psychotic episode which was triggered when she contracted Viral Hepatitis A and her medication had to be stopped. All her books highlight the importance of good psychiatric care, self management and support from family, friends and colleagues can all contribute to recovery. To Walk on Eggshells by Jean Johnston is the carer's account of Suzy's journey of recovery. Books can be purchased from The Cairn or Amazon.



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    "Goodbye Ana" is Kate Le Page's first publication of poetry. This collection of poems shares the author's battle to achieve and maintain recovery from anorexia nervosa. The work offers the reader a powerful, emotive insight into what life is really like when viewed through the eyes of an anorexic. This book aims to explain the cognitive distortions that accompany starvation and seeks to hold the sufferer captive as well as to challenge the many misconceptions about the illness. A brief story is here on this website and some of her poetry is here. Her website can be seen Here and Book at Chipmunka Publishing as a PDF e-book for £5.



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    These songs & poems have been written over the past 20 years, usually when I have been in a "high" phase of bipolar disorder. I am always very creative during these times, and tend to stay up late scribbling away. I have been a writer of sorts for the whole of my life. I have written a novel which was rubbish and ended up in the bin. For 25 years I have written letters to a penpal which, incredibly, she has kept, so maybe one day they will be discovered and published posthumously! I play guitar and some of the songs in this book have tunes and chords and everything, but to date I have only recorded four of them. I hope you will enjoy reading my work. It is not my intention to offend anyone, but I want to stick up for people who find themselves on a psychiatric ward, because it can be a terrifying experience. Can be purchased from Chipmunka Publishing as a PDF e-book for £5. Out in paperback in March 2010! One of her poem's can be read on the Poetry Page - "Illness" or "Ability?"



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    "Don't Mind Me" is Judith Haire's vivid account of the terrors she experienced while in the throes of psychosis. She describes how her dysfunctional family background and her abusive first marriage combined to bring her to the brink of insanity. Her remarkable and sustained recovery is told in great detail. "Don't Mind Me" is an extraordinary story and shows how Judith battled through her devastating illness and emerged a stronger and more resilient woman. Her new and developing website can be found here And her book an be purchased from Chipmunka Publishing in Paperback for £12 and as a PDF e-book for £5 and also on Amazon.