You are what you eat
I too suffer from an autoimmune disorder, as an advocate and someone who is exploring a wellness plan I have recently discovered the huge link behind nutrition and wellness
.including mental health. Lees book is beautifully presented with delicious everyday recipes to incorporate into your diet. I have noticed that when I eat healthier I feel better, in a way which makes me able to cope not just with everyday life but to manage my mh.
Lees book is highly recommended and the saying is true ” you are what you eat”. Thanks for this article.
Be the voice #
Very good post, i certainly love this site, continue the good work.
My Story – Jenny
Thanks for sharing Jenny, you’ve come a long way!
Congratulations! The website is beautiful and really easy to navigate. The contributor list is impressive.
My only concern is the language in your editorial: the ‘horror’ of mental illness and ‘those who have succumbed’. I know sometimes and for some people mental illness is horrific. I get that. But for lots of other people it is a heavy black cloud that makes everything fuzzy. It’s not a ‘horror’, it’s more a challenge. And when the black closes in it’s not that they’ve made a choice to succumb, it’s that the darkness has closed in. Succumb suggests they’ve given in or given up willingly. Maybe some people have. But I think lots of people battle through, and if they do suicide it’s not that they have given in, it’s that they can’t see any other way through.
So I guess my feedback is that I’d like to see more hope reflected in your words. And I’d like to see the spectrum of mental illness represented. I notice that lots of the initiatives we have happening across the sector (including by MHDA) are focused much more on the more severe end of the spectrum. I think we need to broaden our approach to include people at the beginning. Get people in to get help sooner and hopefully minimise (or stop) the horror.
And while I’ve dedicated more paragraphs of my email to the words horror and succumb, I really did want my primary message to be one of congratulations and well done. It’s a great initiative and professionally delivered.
I agree with Alan Woodwards argument that suicide is EVERYONE’s business. We must look out for one another. However, In my experience of recovery from mental illness, I have found that the solutions to my problems are primarily up to me. A few other people will help me and I will help them, but we get nowhere if we expect ‘society’ or governments to step in. Alan Woodward seems to imply that this is what needs to happen when he says that removing social exclusion and socioeconomic advantage will make society safer from suicide. Social exclusion and socioeconomic disadvantage are just abstract or statistical ideas. Isolation and poverty are conditions felt by individuals. Societies and economies have no feelings and can’t make decisions. In the case of suicide, it is individuals who decide to end their own lives, not societies, and not economies. So it is the individual who needs to learn ways of developing better relationships with other people. It is the individual who needs to learn how to cope with or get themselves out of tough situations. Individuals should not wait for governments to legislate an answer to their problems because it will never come. Anti-discrimination legislation has been in force in NSW since 1977, but ask former Human Rights commissioner Graeme Innes about the trouble he had with NSW Railways not living up to its own social inclusion policy of having announcements broadcast on all railway facilities so that vision impaired persons are not excluded from knowing where they are. A former employer of mine- a government department- has boasted of being an equal opportunity employer for the past 30 years and yet a disabled colleague of mine had their employment application held up for a year and a half while that employer dithered and stalled- on spurious OH&S grounds. In both these cases, the legislation was there, the policy was there, but action only happened when individuals stood up to be counted. You cannot force other people to be inclusive or protect people from crises. You have to learn how to include yourself and how to deal with crises.