THE BEST RESPONSES TO THE FAILURES OF MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injuries and remedying it.”

Professor Dumbledore from Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows

It’s absolutely no secret that throughout my lengthy mental health journey, I haven’t always had the best experiences in terms of responses and comments made by mental health professionals who have varied from the Crisis Team to Consultant Psychiatrists. But rather than creating a post ranting about these comments – especially those that have been made most recently (which are obviously the inspiration for this post) – and giving readers no real, productive, or positive messages to take away from it; I thought I’d put this piece together where I’m going to talk about the five best responses to these mean-spirited and, often, detrimental remarks…

THE LARGEST ‘MOVE’ I’VE MADE FOR MY MENTAL HEALTH | MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK 2024

“Wisdom comes from making mistakes, having the courage to face them, and to make adjustments moving forward based upon the knowledge acquired through those experiences.”

Ken Poirot

A few months ago, I actually sent out a ton of emails to various people regarding a series I had envisioned publishing on I’m NOT Disordered for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW). Despite obviously receiving replies, I’ve somehow managed to reach this Week without any content! You know sometimes when it feels like time has just snuck up on you and something you’ve been planning for ages is suddenly happening? This Week is like that! So, I debated not putting any content together at all because I was struggling to think of much to write about myself with this year’s theme being ‘movement’ – hence why I’d emailed lots of people; because they were people who would have had more to say on the topic! I was still experiencing some sort of pull towards the idea of a blog post though, and I began thinking of angles on the ‘movement’ thing that might be more apt for me… I think it’s obvious that the theme is referring to exercise and the benefits that being active can have on your mental health; but I don’t have great experiences, thoughts, or feelings about exercise, so I wanted to a be bit creative and I finally decided to put a different spin on it and talk about the largest and most recent ‘move’ I’ve made for my mental health…

MY BLOGGING GAME-CHANGER: CANVA | IN COLLABORATION WITH CANVA

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait.”

Paulo Coelho

When planning another blog post, I was looking through my archive and came across a post from way back in 2015 where I talked about all the things which had contributed to changes in my blog and blogging career in general (you can read it here). On reading it, obviously a lot has changed since then and because the post had actually proven to be fairly popular, I started to think of an updated version, and the first game-changer that came to mind was Canva, and so, this post is in collaboration with the incredible online design and publishing tool that has really helped me to bring so much more to I’m NOT Disordered…

*There's also an FAQ with Canva on my Instagram: @aimes_wilson*

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH & LEARNING ONLINE | INCLUDING ALL THE COURSES ON MY WISHLIST

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Dr. Seuss

I actually began my first distance-learning course way back in 2014 when I was a sectioned inpatient of a specialist psychiatric hospital in Bradford. Since then, I have completed a whole range of courses online too and after having recently enrolled on another one (which I’ll talk about later in the post); I was inspired to write this blog post. So, I’ll be talking about all my thoughts on learning, the benefits you can experience when you’re learning online, some tips for both completing your course and managing your mental health whilst you learn, my education journey, my Wishlist on my three favourite online learning sites, and so much more…

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