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CRUISING by Zachary Zezima

Cruising follows a young man through an extrovert’s dream and an introvert’s nightmare; the chaotic and cacophonous world of forced-fun aboard an insular cruise ship.

His initial inability to accept his environment drives him to suicidal fantasy, where he learns to cope with his stressors, discomfort and anxieties.

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Understanding the voices. 


Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that makes it hard to: Tell the difference between what is real and not real; Think clearly; Have normal emotional responses; Act normally in social situations.

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When people walk away from you, let them go. You shouldn’t have to talk them into staying with you, loving you, calling you, caring about you, and coming to see you … because if they really cared about you in the first place, they would not be going anywhere.
Let - (The People Who Walked Away From Me) - Go

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‘People think that if you’re depressed, you’re depressed about something., he explains to me. ‘More often than not, I’m not. I just feel… Terrible. And it’s not about record sales or media or family. That’s stuff I can pin it on. The real root of it all is, actually, I suffer with an illness that’s called depression.’
Robbie Williams in Chris Heaths ‘Feel’ (via hellyeahrobbiewilliams)

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Most people come to us with a perspective on mental health rooted in ‘illness’ and ‘problems’. The challenge is to shift the perspective to ‘well-being’ and ‘recovery’. Everyone has the capacity for well-being, regardless of whether or not they have a diagnosed mental health problem. I’m trying to promote the view that supporting people in ordinary day-to-day activities can improve well-being and assist recovery. In the past this has been undervalued in comparison with the specialist interventions used within mental health services

Quoting my Dad on tumblr. I am so cool.

He’s totally on point though so whatever.

(via mindovermatterzine)

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There comes a time when the blankness of future is so extreme. It is such a black wall of nothingness. Not even of bad things - it’s not like it’s a cave full of monsters that you’re afraid of entering, it is just nothingness. ‘Néant’ as the French would say: the void, the emptiness. And it is just horrible.
Stephen Fry on depression. (via mindovermatterzine)

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I think people thought it was just associated with Kerry Katona but anyone can get it.
Tom Fletcher from british band McFly is glad his bipolar disorder is out in the open. (Via The Green Room - Metro newspaper - 30th October 2012)

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Also I had such shame about being the way I was. Because I was sent to therapy, I thought, ‘Wow I’m so sensitive and so crazy and so weird and all this stuff. There’s something wrong with that.’ And I felt so ashamed of that for so long it turned into anger. Why am I spending all my time trying to hide the fact I have deep emotions? What’s wrong with that? Why am I letting people tell me there’s something wrong with that? Fuck that. If everyone’s gonna tell me that’s wrong, then I’m gonna do the opposite of what they’re telling me to do. I’m not gonna hide anymore. In fact, I’m going to stick it in your face. You think it’s bad to be sensitive? Fuck you, I’m sensitive. Here it is, and I’m gonna smash it in your face as much as I can. Once I learned to not ignore it anymore, to stick it in my own face, I think people could relate to that.
Fiona Apple (via crashbangtrollop)

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Feeling suicidal? Can’t talk on phones?


IMAlive is a live online network that uses instant messaging to respond to people in crisis. People need a safe place to go during moments of crisis and intense emotional pain.

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Male psychiatric patients "more likely to die" following cancer diagnosis


Provision of physical health care for people with mental health problems is a huge issue: on average, people with mental health problems have a life expectancy 5 to 10 years shorter than the general population, and no: that’s not just higher suicide rates bringing the average down. There are a myriad factors working together to influence this. For example, people with mental health problems have higher rates of respiratory cardiovascular and infectious diseases (this study found that “Persons with a mental disorder in the past month consumed approximately 44.3% of cigarettes smoked by this nationally representative sample.”). Also, we are less likely to benefit from mainstream screening and public health programs…

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Blogging as Therapy? (Wall Street Journal)


via WSJ:

Many therapists recommend that their patients keep diaries, but blogging might be even better for mental health, a study suggests.

Researchers in Israel recruited 160 teenagers who had scored low on a test of social and emotional well-being, and who didn’t already blog. Participants were asked to blog about their problems for 10 weeks, using a nickname (either with comments by outsiders allowed, or disabled); to blog about anything they wished; or to keep a diary in an unshared computer file. There was also a control group.

Before and after the experiment, the teens took tests measuring their self-esteem and satisfaction with interactions with peers; and, at the end, their writing was analyzed for clues about their mental health.

By the end of the experiment, the teenagers who had blogged about their problems showed more improvement than the other groups—including those who’d kept a private diary. And, among the bloggers the greatest strides were made by those whose blogs were open to commenters. The gains remained at a two-month follow-up.

The blogs were monitored to ensure that no identifying details were revealed, and the few unsupportive comments were deleted. Given the risks of disclosure, the authors recommended that this kind of frank blogging occur only as part of a supervised treatment program…

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Paul Robson

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Advertising Agency Dare, London, created this advert to create awareness for mental illness. 

‘Time to change reactions.’

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I was at The Priory as well and I would like to say I stayed there for more than an hour.
Ronnie Wood at Wednesday night’s Comic Relief gala to promote Ruby Wax’s new show ‘Losing It’ at the Menier Chocolate Factory. I’ve been to The Priory too. And I stayed for much more than an hour. Booking tickets for the show.