#StillJustMe is our latest anti-stigma campaign. Through a series of short films and blog articles written by mental health experts and those with real-life experience, #StillJustMe will shine a spotlight on some of the most poorly understood and stigmatised mental health problems, including:
Each phase of #stilljustme focuses on a different mental health issue and is launched to coincide with international awareness days in 2017.
On the birthday of Lucia Joyce, James Joyce’s daughter who experienced schizophrenia, we have launched the next stage of our #StillJustMe campaign focussing on psychosis.
Psychosis is a distressing difficulty in which thoughts and emotions make it hard to determine what is reality and what is not
Having a psychotic illness has impacted every single part of my life in some way or another. Although more children are now being diagnosed with and treated for Schizophrenia, it is considered to be rare in childhood. When I was a child, it was pretty much unheard of....read more
You don’t see a tsunami far out at sea What is Psychosis? This is what it means to me and here is my personal journey. It is Saturday morning, June 3rd 2006. I am looking forward to attending a friend’s wedding with my wife at the time. It is a welcome distraction...read more
Understanding the misunderstood Psychosis is a condition of fear. For some it starts with a feeling of sensory overload. For others, the mind becomes an unsafe place where everyday worries become plausible fears. Getting the best help available for a loved one often...read more
On International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2017, we launch part 3 of our #StillJustMe series, focusing on Substance Use Disorders, Stigma and Recovery. Recovery is possible one step at a time, creating the opportunity to break free from the chains of that substance to a new version of you.
Addiction is not just suffered by those going through it. It is also suffered by those who see their family members or loved ones going through it. Like a pebble being dropped into a pond the effects of someone with an addiction sends ripples of worry, concern, abuse...read more
For centuries people believed that substance abuse was a moral problem, that a person made the choice to continue using a particular substance. It was believed that such a person had weak willpower and low moral strength, the blame was exclusively with them. This...read more
"Go on have the one it won’t hurt you." "God you are so boring." "Will I throw in a vodka into that diet coke when no one is looking?" This is mild compared to some of the so called ‘banter’ that an addict has to put up with. The stigma that goes with being a...read more
For World Health Day, part 2 of the #StillJustMe series focuses on Depression. Depression affects 1 in 10 people in Ireland.
Depression is a common mental health disorder affecting as many as 350 million people worldwide at any one time according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Depression is a mood disorder often referred to as major depressive disorder or clinical depression. It is...read more
What’s in a word? How many times have we heard the words “It’s so depressing” or “I am depressed”? What does it really mean and in saying these words are we talking about an experience that is perhaps fleetingly negative? The words depression and depressive illness...read more
People who experience mental health difficulties, including those experiencing an eating disorder, often encounter the stigmatising opinion of other people resulting in the devaluing of the person, discrimination and social exclusion. One of the main reasons this...read more
One of the most damaging perceptions about eating disorders is that they are something that can be seen, that their severity is based on physical presentation and that only extremely thin individuals are ill. One of the big barriers to treatment is a feeling of ‘not...read more
We all wear masks in various aspects of our lives to fulfil our daily roles, to be professional, to meet expectations. For people who experience mental health difficulties, including anyone with an eating disorder diagnosis, that mask is one that they often struggle...read more
Often when we hear of terms like ‘eating disorder’, ‘anorexia’ or ‘bulimia’ we have an associated image in our heads related to those terms. For those who have not had any personal experience of eating disorders, the conjured image is often an emaciated celebrity who...read more