mental healthnewsStigma around Borderline Personality Disorder

November 21, 2019by makewellg0

An article in the Manchester Evening News with actress Nicola Thorp who wants to break the stigma around her diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder.

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Whilst the intention of this article may be to break the stigma of mental health diagnoses, the reality is, the article does anything but.

Another example of celebrity sadfishing? and the increasing danger of perpetuating ‘mental health’ conditions.  In Scotland the largest age group to soar in the use of anti-depressants, sleeping pills and anti-psychotics is the age 10 – 14 group, so this is not the time to allow attention seeking tendencies of celebrities, influence vulnerable children.

Nicola’s comments such as  “we need medical doctors not just meditation advice, “A hashtag is great, a TV campaign is great, a brand telling you to open up and talk about your mental health is great but it needs to be backed up with action, education and actual treatment.”

“Mental health and mental illness are different beasts. You can’t meditate your way out of a breakdown. It’s like telling someone who is having a heart attack to ‘go for a jog’.”

In a recent article John Read, Professor of Clinical Psychology at The University of East London quoted the epidemic rise of anti-depressants as an “extremely worrying medicalisation of distress”.

John Read’s views de-stigmatises mental health.

Articles like the one in the Manchester Evening News and comments from celebrities who have not found a way to fully recover perpetuate ‘mental health’ conditions.

This has the opposite affect on the stigma of mental health.

Let’s give air time to those who truly de-stigmatise distress.



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As we enter 2020 a recurring theme has come up in my classes and coaching conversations....

Listening to and using your voice.

Two conversations made me reflect as 2019 came to a close.

The first, a lady who is healing from a mental health diagnosis. She had a bad experienced going to a one day workshop where the popular coach claimed you could heal in a day.

Throughout the day, there were red flags. Her voice said no.

The second conversation was with a lady who spent many years in an unethical relationship with her therapist who mis-used his power. The flags appeared early on, however, it was many years before she was able to listen to this voice and use it to say no more.

In October, when I spoke at The Body and Soul Fayre, I was asked by someone looking to heal, what books they should read or what teachers they should listen to.

I told him, as much as I would love to advise, I was unable to do so. You see, every book or teacher has been placed on my path at the right time, to help ME move forward.

Every book or teacher will be placed on your path to as you look to go deeper and heal. You can listen to recommendations, however, only you will know if is right or not.

In the conversations mentioned above, there are clearly some individuals who claim to be healers who are misinformed or not acting ethically. How do you know who to listen to?

The red flags. The ladies above were both aware of the red flags. The feeling something wasn't right. Their voice. The first lady trusted her intuition instantly, the second got there eventually.

From listening to some astrologers who I respect, we have some big transitions in 2020. I will continue to use my voice to heal and I will share more on this page and my blog to help you do the same. 💛

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