5 Books Inspired By Mental Health Issues

Stories are amazing. They can take us on heart-racing journeys, keep us grounded in mystery and give us new insights into worlds as fictional characters often act as conduits for a message or overall theme of a tale.

Tough topics are also easier to deal with through fictional characters. It may be hard to speak to someone if you have a mental health issue, or you may not know what to say to someone around you who may be part of the one in four.

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2018, I decided to share five books I have read over the years that are particularly noteworthy.

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Benefits: Not Every Claimant is a Jeremy Kyle Pantomime Villain

Jobseekers allowance, Universal Credit, ‘The Dole – money off the government given to those out of work to help them survive. Some of those on benefits claim because they find themselves unemployed and need to pay the rent and put food on the table. Others get money for extended periods because certain circumstances leave them unable to look for, or enter into, work.

Being on benefits is no lifestyle choice and for many, living off of them is a struggle.

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Lady Gaga at Sheffield: A force to be reckoned with.

Last night Lady Gaga took to the stage at her penultimate UK gig at Sheffield’s Motorpoint arena supported by acts Breedlove and Chew Fu and Lady Starlight.

The stage itself extended into the audience and branched off in various directions

Just before taking the stage Lady Gaga’s close friend and New York performance artist Lady Starlight mixed thundering dance beats that echoed throughout the arena  and wouldn’t out of place at a ecstasy fuelled rave– setting the atmosphere for the rest of the night. Read More

Opening up: helping you weather the storm.

“There are no ‘Get Well Soon’ cards with mental illness” – Trisha Goddard. (However, it would be nice.)

Having my own mental health issues, I know how difficult it can be to open up to someone and tell them what you are going through.

There is a stigma that is attached to mental health and this is a stigma that is internalized, creating a black hole that eats away at your mental state, i.e, you feel like you have to go through your issues on your own. More and more we are being told that this isn’t the case, that we should be able to open up to those who are closest to us without feeling any kind of embarrassment or shame. Read More

Last chance for men to board bus for “life saving” screening at Meadowhall

On the 1st of November, Meadowhall is to play host to the final mobile screening session for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) a condition found predominantly in men.

This will be the second and final time that the mobile screenings will be held at the South Yorkshire shopping centre, which saw dozens of male shoppers board the bus for the free health screening for AAA which often goes undetected.

The simple ultrasound scan offered by the service is the only way to see if you have the condition or not, the symptomless swelling of the aorta – the body’s main blood vessel – which left unchecked can be fatal.

The event was particularly significant for one man who boarded the bus and discovered that he was unknowingly suffering with a medium-sized AAA. The man who is said to have been particularly grateful for the opportunity will now be regularly monitored so his condition doesn’t become a serious risk.

Helen McAlinney, Programme Coordinator for AAA Screening in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw, said we can’t thank Meadowhall enough; “The day was a huge success, as this gentleman had no idea anything was wrong before he had the scan.”

The programme also saw many people ask questions about AAA and had many more men book onto the next screening.

Darren Pearce, Meadowhall Centre Director said that the shopping centre is keen to raise awareness, particularly AAA due to its nature. “We’re encouraging men from all over the region to come down and take advantage of the screenings of which only last a few moments, but have the potential to save  lives.“

The mobile bus will be located in the Orange zone 1 car park for drop in sessions between 9:30am and 4:30pm. It is recommended that men book in advance for the screening by calling 01709 321189, However, drop in sessions are available on the day.

[Originally found at: http://shu-media.co.uk/news/last-chance-for-men-to-board-bus-for-life-saving-screening-at-meadowhall/]