Monthly Archives: November, 2013

No Person is an Island: Mental Health Culture and Social Media

Vanessa Garrity

Lindisfarne is a beautiful area of the Northumberland coast. For anyone not familiar with the area, it is a tidal island which can only be reached by crossing a causeway when the tide has ebbed. This fact of nature made our visit to the area this summer, especially intriguing to my two young children, who were fascinated by the idea that our visit was physically restricted by safe tidal times for crossing.

The island of Lindisfarne is cut off twice daily from the rest of the world by fast flowing tides and I found myself trying to explain to my six year old about the cosmic influences of the sun and moon and how this determines safe crossing times. It was a conversation which involved lifeboats and rescue teams!

Lindisfarne (or Holy Island as it is more commonly known) is steeped in history, as a route of Christian pilgrimage. However…

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Social work in mental health – jargon buster

(credit and thanks to  College of Social Work) 

Acute – symptoms or a disorder that develops suddenly.

Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) – specialist (usually a social worker) who undertakes assessments for detention under the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended 2007).

Best Interest Assessor (BIA) – a specialist trained worker (usually a social worker) who undertakes assessments for the use of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

CAMHS – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

Care coordinator – a service user’s key contact on the mental health team. Responsible for the care plan.

Chronic – long-term disorder or symptoms.

Dementia – deterioration of brain function.

Formal patient – an inpatient detained under the Mental Health Act.

Informal patient – an inpatient admitted voluntarily.

Independent sector -private care providers.

Responsible clinician – the professional in charge of a patient’s care whilst they are detained…

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Care o’Clock: Young carers’ Q&A with Robert Buckland MP


As part of our Care o’ Clock campaign to help raise awareness about the issues faced by young adult carers, young carers from Swindon Carers Centre recently put some questions forward to their MP Robert Buckland, to give him the opportunity to tell us about why he thinks young carers and young adult carers should be supported and what can be done to make a positive difference to their lives.

Robert Buckland MP has been working with Carers Trust to help ensure that the Government changes the law for young carers so that they stronger rights to assessment and support.

Young carers: What do you think are the biggest issues for young carers and their families in your area (Swindon) and across the country?

Robert Buckland MP: The recognition of their needs is the most important issue facing young carers and families in England. We know that the…

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Guest Post: Life As A Mountain Hike

The Belle Jar

My husband Matt wrote the following post about how challenging it can be to have a partner who is depressed. If you are at all technically inclined, you can check out his own blog, Quoth The Runtime, “Segmentation Fault”. He mostly writes about programming, but he also posts some pretty great stuff about the rampant sexism and misogyny in his industry.


I’ve come to the conclusion that the best metaphor I can conceive of for everyday life is that life is a mountain trail. Some days you have to work hard to make any progress, other days are simple, and some are nicely balanced. You can see beautiful vistas, or find yourself in the bottom of a dark valley. The weather can be reflective of your mood, a lot like what you see in movies (there’s a reason why it always rains during movie…

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