#performanceanxiety

A few nights ago, I was sitting in my living room getting my standard fix of Comedy Central funnies. During one of the ad breaks, something fairly incredible happened. An advert by Mind, the mental health charity, was broadcast – the first of its kind. It spoke about Mind’s new partnership with Comedy Central to produce a series of live stand-up routines by comedians who have experienced mental ill health. This is exactly the kind of advertising we need. The project is called ‪#‎performanceanxiety‬ and features 10 comedians using comedy as a platform to discuss their mental health. Brilliant.

To celebrate this project, I will be posting the individual performances on this page over the next few days. Please take time to watch and enjoy. In the meantime, here is the fantastic advert put together my Mind and Comedy Central: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5w_7fyVTkk.

Mind is a charity and therefore relies on donations. If you enjoy these performances, you can donate £3 to Mind by texting STAGE to 70660. Thank you.

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‘The Entertainer’ Blogger Award

I have been kindly nominated for ‘The Entertainer’ blogger award by the fantastic itsgoodtobecrazysometimes. Go check out their blog here: https://itsgoodtobecrazysometimes.wordpress.com.

The Rules:

  • Write a post with the award picture.
  • Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring, and, most important of all, ENTERTAINING!
  • Thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their blog!
  • Also, answer the 5 questions.

When I think about entertainment, it encompasses a range of implications…

…. Did I laugh?

…. Did I cry?

…. Did I learn?

The following people have made me do one of those three things. I’m sure they’d do the same for you as well.

First of all, the questions…

  1. Why did you start a blog in the first place? I am studying to be a mental health nurse and I have experience of mental health issues myself, so I’ve been on both sides of care. I started the blog with two goals in mind: to spread awareness and encourage discussion. There are so many misconceptions about mental health that challenging, but not enough time and resources are put into educating people about their minds. I love it when somebody comments on one of my posts; no matter what they say, there is potential for discussion there. In the absence of any significant mental health education in our schools, universities or workplaces, I think it’s up to us to learn from each other by trading experiences and viewpoints.
  1. What is your favorite book? God, this is almost impossible to answer. I’d say it’s between The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote and pretty much anything Jack Kerouac has ever written.
  1. What do you dislike the most? As this is a mental health blog, I’ll stick with that theme and say the media’s portrayal of mental illness. Often mis-informed, one-sided and careless portrayals of people with mental health issues as violent and dangerous, only, in my view, to propagate the classic ‘psychopath mental patient’ narrative because it sells well. Cynical, aren’t I?
  1. What is your favorite food item from the mall? I live in England, so we don’t really have malls here. I love going out for fish and chips, though.
  1. What is your favorite pastime activity? Playing my geeetarr.

 

And my nominees:

Mental Health professionals to be trialled in primary schools

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/14525416.Primary_school_pupils_to_get_help_from_trained_mental_health_staff/

At last! Mental health professionals to work with primary school children. This has been a long time coming, it’s great to see it finally being trialled. If we educate young people about the basics of mental health at the earliest opportunity, we can not only catch potentially long-term issues early, but also teach them about the importance of mental health and foster a greater understanding of mental health issues in others. This approach has the potential to be ground-breaking. This is only a trial, though, and it hasn’t even started yet. However, a similar programme in secondary schools led to 26 schools in Oxfordshire taking on permanent mental health professionals. Now it’s time for the rest of the English counties to follow suit. Feel free to share your opinion on this, I’d love to hear from you.

Quote of the Week: 31/05/2016

Bit of a long one this week, but well worth a glance:
 
‘The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing. The person in whom Its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise. Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows. Their terror of falling from a great height is still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window just checking out the view; i.e. the fear of falling remains a constant. The variable here is the other terror, the fire’s flames: when the flames get close enough, falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors. It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames. And yet nobody down on the sidewalk, looking up and yelling ‘Don’t!’ and ‘Hang on!’, can understand the jump. Not really. You’d have to have personally been trapped and felt flames to really understand a terror way beyond falling.’
 
– David Foster Wallace