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September 2016 - Freedom of Mind

When you think of mental illness, what comes to mind? For this week’s blog post an anonymous writer explores invisible mental health problems, and why we aren’t talking about them.

Just to note: this post talks about childhood trauma. Not in explicit detail, but rather the long term effects.

I’m pretty sure most ­people with some form­ of mental health problem have heard of Ti­me to Talk, part of t­he work of Time to Ch­ange. The idea is tha­t the more people who­ experience mental il­lness talk about thei­r condition, the more­ society as a whole c­an begin to understan­d and the less stigma­ there will be around­ mental illness. So f­ar, so good.

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Dean Ayotte is a coordinator for The Bristol Cable, a media co-operative created and owned by over 1200 people. Here he talks through his own journey with work and how it has affected his mental health.

It’s November 2012 and I’m at the Job Centre on a cold morning.

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Ben talks about the University of Bristol’s Peace of Mind student society and how they foster an environment that is open and constructive for all.

Peer support groups are increasingly filling the void created by the various inadequacies of services provided by the NHS.

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