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Autistic People ‘Canaries in the coal mine’?

Posted by on 9 May, 2024 in Mental Health, Uncategorized |

Autistic People ‘Canaries in the coal mine’?

In the last few weeks, I have heard and read several references to Autistic people being the ‘canaries in the coal mine’, the analogy being that we are the first to identify danger and threat, succumb to it, and are a warning sign to others before they too experience it. As I so often do, I rolled this thinking around in my brain, reflected and ruminated on it, and questioned whether it had any substance. My instincts were telling me it wasn’t wrong, the very instincts that were being alluded...

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Increase Awareness About Mental Illness This Mental Health Awareness Week (13th-19th May)

Posted by on 9 May, 2024 in Mental Health |

Increase Awareness About Mental Illness This Mental Health Awareness Week (13th-19th May)

Millions of UK adults and young people have experienced or are currently experiencing the debilitating effects of a mental health disorder. In virtually every instance, individuals struggling with these conditions can recover and enjoy a substantially better life. Here Lee Hawker-Lecesne MBPsS, Clinical Director at The Cabin, Asia’s premier rehabilitation center with over 50 years of clinical expertise, looks at how important awareness of the high incidence of mental health problems is...

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Austerity: Why mental health training should remain a priority, especially in times of hardship. By Jane McNeice

Posted by on 30 Apr, 2024 in Mental Health |

Austerity: Why mental health training should remain a priority, especially in times of hardship. By Jane McNeice

I reall the recession of 2008-9 and my attempts to convince senior management teams that mental health training should be a top priority. This sat alongside efforts to influence General Practitioners and other health care practitioners to discuss return to work with their patients as part of mental health recovery and because work is extremely protective for our health. This was at a time when businesses were facing financial hardship, and their worries centred around preserving funds to pay...

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Time: As a matter of urgency… By Jane McNeice

Posted by on 29 Apr, 2024 in Mental Health |

Time: As a matter of urgency… By Jane McNeice

“I can’t believe we are in May already!” I have heard myself say the same phrase each and every month since January. I’ve heard others iterate it too. Yet it is not the case that each week, month, or year has less time in it, so why the feeling that time is slipping away so quickly? I think many of us relate to the sense that time was slower when we were children, and as each year passes, it gets faster. I can vividly recall the year of 1981 when I was six years old, and we had the six weeks...

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I thought everyone experienced the world as I did, until I realised, they didn’t! By Jane McNeice

Posted by on 24 Apr, 2024 in Mental Health |

I thought everyone experienced the world as I did, until I realised, they didn’t! By Jane McNeice

One thing is true of us all. We only know our own experiences of the world and the intricacy of what is going on in our own minds. We may interpret and filter what others share with us about their minds and their inner world, perhaps through the ways they behave for example, or in what they choose to share with us (and only as effectively as it’s communicated and received according to the effective method of communication for each), but that’s as close as we will get. This being the case, it...

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Autism: Does everyone just want a label? By Jane McNeice ‘The Umbrella Picker’

Posted by on 22 Apr, 2024 in Mental Health |

Autism: Does everyone just want a label? By Jane McNeice ‘The Umbrella Picker’

  This Autism Awareness month (and beyond) you may hear comments like “Everyone wants a label these days”, or “There was none of this Autism in my day!”. This is stimulated by the increased number of people self-identifying Autism, and in many cases seeking assessment and formal diagnosis, which is currently being driven by two things: A considerable number of Autistic people are receiving a diagnosis of Autism late in life. Why? Simply because they weren’t identified in childhood,...

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