A New Name

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  1. Dave Burke
    Aug 28 - 11:17 am

    Thank you, Sharon (and Emma).

    The clarity and outhority of this article is exceptional – really helpful.

    I teach a two day Mental Health First Aid course, particulary to clergy and pastorally active people in north east churches. Do you mind if I use this as a handout?

    Thanks

  2. Sharon Hastings
    Aug 29 - 10:02 am

    Hi Dave,
    Thanks for your encouraging feedback – I’m glad you’re finding the blog helpful and trust that you will enjoy Part Two as well.
    I’m interested in what you do with the churches and think that it’s a very important work. I’d be very glad for you to use the posts as a handout. If you have any questions about them let me know.
    Thanks again!

  3. Sarah
    Sep 01 - 1:04 pm

    Thank you Sharon. This is indeed important. It has set me thinking about how I might open this up in our church communities.

  4. Lucy
    Sep 18 - 10:17 pm

    I love the content of these guest posts but I struggle with the definition of ‘severe’ mental illness, which seems to exclude those of us with depression, anxiety, manageable OCD etc. It makes me feel like my condition – recurrent depressive disorder – is less valid because it’s not a psychotic illness. In reality, I’ve been saved by modern medicine on several occasions after suicide attempts, and have been a psychiatric inpatient three times. I find it difficult to accept that my illness is not considered severe because I haven’t experienced psychosis. I’m sure there are many people who are experiencing a so-called milder form of mental illness who may be reading this and feeling their experiences are less valid because they don;t have a psychotic illness. I’d be grateful to know your thoughts, but maybe I’m just an attention-seeking fraud.

  5. Emma
    Sep 19 - 7:27 am

    You’re not an attention seeking fraud my friend! Yes, I take your point about other mental illnesses being severe in a different sense. It might be that a better descriptor is something like ‘psychotic illnesses’. But of course, all labels have drawbacks

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