Good article from the blog Depression’s Collateral Damage on the persistence of stigma and the value of openness.

“People are hurting.  They’re looking for a chance to talk about how mental illness is affecting their lives.  Too often the stigma prevents them from discovering that others are living in similar situations. Loneliness, isolation, abandonment abound.  One simple act of sharing can change all that.”

Find complete post at “Exposing the Stigma of Living With Depression”.


Dr. Nadine Muller, Lecturer in English Literature and Cultural History at Liverpool John Moores University, writes about her personal experience with anxiety and academic life.

…Of course some, or even many, of you may say that all this is (easily) controllable, or that I dramatise perfectly normal periods of academic stress. However, it’s exactly the thought that this is ‘part of the job’, or even the idea that the ‘really capable’ ones do not encounter these issues, which I find frightening, and which, I suppose, I ask you reconsider.

Find complete post at Nadine Muller » An Anxious Mind.

The Lowdown

I’ll preface this by saying that I won’t often use this as a platform for (what is essentially) solicitation; however, I feel this is a terribly important cause.

To those of you in the UK, there is a charitable organisation based in Northampton called The Lowdown. The Lowdown offers counselling to young people aged 12-25; a demographic profoundly affected by mental illness. Indeed, according to a 2005 study (Green, H., McGinnity, A., Meltzer, H., et al. (2005)) over 1 in 10 children 11-15 have some kind of mental illness–and that’s to say nothing of those 16-25, for whom suicide is a leading cause of death (accounting for 30% of all deaths for those 15-24 (Evans, et al (2005))) (NB: All stats for the UK).

Of course, most people in this demographic are students and, depending on their family circumstances, counselling can sometimes be nigh on inaccessible. What’s more, it can be terribly difficult for youth to speak to their families about their troubles. In Canada, I benefitted greatly from a service similar to The Lowdown; I think these organisation are absolutely wonderful. Unfortunately, The Lowdown is facing shut-down. To support them, I’ve made a modest donation, and if you can, I encourage you to do the same. If you’d like to, you can do so here.

Thanks all.
Until next time!