“Actress Jessica Biel is the latest A-list celebrity to come under public scrutiny after she was spotted at the California State Assembly lobbying against a public health bill that would make it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinations for their children..”
“While we have seen an increase in the attention paid to racial disparities in mental health, for example through news reports, audits and task forces, we are only at the beginning of our journey.
The Colour of Madness is but one drop in the ocean of voices that need to be heard.”
Read blog post here: The Colour of Madness| Syngeri Collaborative Centre
The Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has proposed a set of measures to improve the mental health of NHS staff, including a 24-hour advice and support service.
As a junior doctor, I can’t help but wonder if these interventions are merely a plaster on top of a gaping wound.
UMUADA is an exploration of mental health, migration, and motherhood against the backdrop of an urban-African diasporic family. Led by a cast and creative team of Black British women, UMUADA is headlining the 2018 Play Mill Festival at the King’s Head Theatre this July, following its powerful debut at the Bunker Theatre. Black Ballad spoke to UMUADA’s award-winning writer and director, Justina Kehinde…
It is perhaps unsurprising that in a world where prejudice and discrimination are rampant, merely existing can invoke trauma upon our minds and bodies. I find myself thinking about this a lot, the difficulties of simply existing as who we are.
Maybe it was my experience of immigrating from rural Jamaica to inner-city London and learning that society had already predicted my destination. Or perhaps, it is simply my career in the medical profession, being immersed in a world where vulnerability is the norm, and the impact of trauma is all too evident…
Read article here: Why We Need To Write Our Own Mental Health Narratives| Black Ballad
“but bein alive & bein a woman & bein colored is a metaphysical
dilemma/ i haven’t conquered yet/ do you see the point
my spirit is too ancient to understand the separation of soul & gender”
– For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf
A word frequently used to describe women of colour is resilience. In addition to tackling the everyday challenges of health, family, employment and identity, women of colour have to navigate a world with rampant sexism and racism…
Read blog post here: #16blogs for #IDEVAW: Beyond ‘resilience’: black women and mental health
“I was 8 when I realised that the brain could go wrong. We were in the middle of class and the girl on the table next to me started shaking. The teacher told us to move the chairs and tables out the way. Her brain just gets too excited sometimes. Epilepsy.”
Last year, I discovered that people with mental health problems can be successful. Specifically, I discovered that people with mental health problems can be successful professionals: capable, ambitious and influential. I owe this discovery to Kay Redfield Jamison.
Read article here: Dream Nation: Be Well – This Space
Megan Dalton is the founder and editor of This Space an online space that aims to “destigmatise, without romanticising” mental health issues. Megan recently graduated from the University of Cambridge and will shortly be starting work as Centre Administrator for Central London Samaritans. Her previous work in mental health advocacy includes involvement in the verbatim theatre project ‘Snap Out Of It’, writing for Young Minds, and appearing on BBC3’s ‘Free Speech’.
Chama Kay is a poet, spoken word artist and blogger who sufferers from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Chama Kay has been writing about his own experiences with mental health on his personal blog ‘Starts With a Good Day’ since 2013. He has since become a feature writer for The CALMZone, a charity focused on men’s mental health, as well as writing for No Fly on the WALL and Grey Matters.
Rosie Brown is a mental health advocate and writer, blogging for MIND, SANE where she also works as a media volunteer and her own mental health blog rosiebrownfightingstigma.wordpress.com. She studied at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts having graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2013. She has since returned to Cambridge for a Masters in World Religions, specialising in Buddhism, Mental Health and Mindfulness.
Amber Cowburn is a founding trustee of The Invictus Trust, a charity supporting adolescent mental health, and specifically campaigning for improved services in the southwest. She also set up the first ever branch of Student Minds whilst a student at Cambridge University, and organised the first ever student mental health conference at the university.
Samara is the mental health editor at Dream Nation. She is also a contributor at Black Ballad and an editor at Polygeia, currently coeditor of an Africa AllParty Parliamentary Group report on lessons from the Ebola crisis regarding health systems strengthening. She is a University of Cambridge graduate and currently studies medicine at University College London.
Mental health is an area which many find difficult to speak about. We live in a society where it’s more acceptable to suffer in in silence than to equip ourselves with the knowledge to have healthy minds. We believe it’s time to change that, which is why we created the Be Well Campaign.
On the September 27th we will be hosting our first live online panel discussion. Members of the panel will be made of young professionals, each having an intimate relationship with the subject of mental health through working in the space or living with own mental health battles while still finding career success. This will be a chance to hear them speak about their experiences in a transparent and vulnerable manner like you may have never heard before.
The live discussion will give you the opportunity to interact with the conversation, giving your own point of views, sharing your experiences as well as asking the questions that are important to you. It will also provide the opportunity to interact and join the Dream Nation community, giving you a safe space to speak and learn about difficult and sensitive issues.
We are an open community and network of Practical Dreamers, women and men who are working together to turn our individual goals and dreams into our realities. We believe the Be Well campaign is so important because often due to the size and difficulties of our dreams, we are often under an enormous amount of stress. Therefore understanding and learning how to develop positive mental health habits is an extremely important step and tool for all Practical Dreamers.
See full article here: http://dreamnation.co.uk/be-well-live/
‘All men dream but not equally; those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men for they make act their dreams with open eyes to make them possible. This I did…’ Lawrence of Arabia.
As practical dreamers, we know achieving our goals takes hard work and dedication. Achieving wellness is no different. I recently sat down with Dr Ahmed Hankir, 2013 Royal College of Psychiatrists Foundation Doctor of the Year, to talk about his lived experience of profound oscillations in mood and the effects that this had on his functioning and the practical steps he takes to look after his mental wellbeing.
Read article here: Be Well – It’s Practical | Dream Nation.