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Is there stigma in mental health services?

Well I'm glad that ten years is over. For me it was ten years with some very varying experiences of health services. When I look back now, I wonder why on earth I didn't complain at the time about some of the incidents.

Together, let's make 2010 a watershed year for mental health

Mental health has been under the spotlight for many reasons in recent weeks and months.

The tragic death of Robert Enke in November woke people up to the harsh reality of stigma and the ultimate consequences it can have. I hope that the outpouring of grief and support will now translate into a greater understanding of mental health issues. Something that the Governor of Lower Saxony said at the memorial event in the Hanover stadium caught my eye in particular, as it echoes my beliefs:

“We don't need flawless robots. We need human beings with rough edges."

Helen's story

Local event organiser Helen Roberts explains why she wanted to take action, and how running a Get Moving event at her workplace encouraged others to open up.

On the Coast of Devon the "Dreaded 'Lurgi' Struck"

I have swine flu, AND whilst I'm more than happy to receive your messages of sympathy I'm wallowing in a vat of self pity the size of the Watford Gap which is hardly admirable, thus I hardly deserve your kind words. (grin)

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