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Entries from December 2012

Mental Health & Well Being - Paul Farmer, Chief Execuitive of MIND

December 6th, 2012 · Comments

paul.jpegIn the 21st century we are beginning to change our attitudes towards mental wellbeing. We know that one in four of us will face mental health problems in our lifetime and we also know that the pressures of modern life can adversely affect the wellbeing of us all.

And yet we are often cautious over discussing mental wellbeing openly in the way we do our physical state of health. In this meetup we want to open up the discussion so we understand mental wellbeing better and to see what we can do to make it more prominent on the Government’s agenda

Paul Farmer, Chief Executive Officer MIND - the leading mental health charity working in England and Wales since May 2006. Paul is Chair of the Disabilities Charities Consortium, Vice-Chair of the Department of Health Talking Therapies Programme Board and Chair of the Equalities and Diversity Forum panel on human rights.  Paul is a trustee at the Mental Health Providers Forum, an umbrella body for voluntary organisations supporting people with mental distress. He was a trustee for the Directory of Social Change, a campaigning voluntary organisation that provides the sector with training and publications. Before becoming Chief Executive of Mind, Paul was Director of Public Affairs for Rethink and was Chair of the Mental Health Alliance from 2001-2006.

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Mental Health - Mark Rice Oxley

December 6th, 2012 · Comments

mark.jpegIn the 21st century we are beginning to change our attitudes towards mental wellbeing. We know that one in four of us will face mental health problems in our lifetime and we also know that the pressures of modern life can adversely affect the wellbeing of us all.

And yet we are often cautious over discussing mental wellbeing openly in the way we do our physical state of health. In this meetup we want to open up the discussion so we understand mental wellbeing better and to see what we can do to make it more prominent on the Government’s agenda

Mark Rice-Oxley is an assistant news editor on the foreign desk of The Guardian. He spent a decade as a foreign correspondent working in Paris, Moscow and other parts of Eastern Europe before joining the Guardian on its foreign desk in 2004. On paper, things looked good for Mark: wife, children, fulfilling job. But then, at his 40th birthday party, his whole world crumbled as he succumbed to depression. He has written a book “Underneath the Lemon Tree: A Memoir of Depression and Recovery,” which can be found here at amazon.co.uk

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Mental Health - Debunking Myths

December 6th, 2012 · Comments

govans.jpeg In the 21st century we are beginning to change our attitudes towards mental wellbeing. We know that one in four of us will face mental health problems in our lifetime and we also know that the pressures of modern life can adversely affect the wellbeing of us all.

And yet we are often cautious over discussing mental wellbeing openly in the way we do our physical state of health. In this meetup we want to open up the discussion so we understand mental wellbeing better and to see what we can do to make it more prominent on the Government’s agenda

At a Meting at The House of Commons, The Gubbins presented a sketch on mental health and this was introduced and commented on by Andrea Gordon who helped organise the meeting.

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Well Being In The 21st Century - Kevin Jones MP Speaks Out

December 6th, 2012 · Comments

kevan.jpeg In the 21st century we are beginning to change our attitudes towards mental wellbeing. We know that one in four of us will face mental health problems in our lifetime and we also know that the pressures of modern life can adversely affect the wellbeing of us all.

And yet we are often cautious over discussing mental wellbeing openly in the way we do our physical state of health. In this meetup we want to open up the discussion so we understand mental wellbeing better and to see what we can do to make it more prominent on the Government’s agenda

Kevan Jones is the MP for North Durham and was a Minister in the Ministry of Defence in the last Government. He spoke out about his mental health problems in the House of Commons. He is one of the first MPs to come out openly about his own battle against depression and the difficulty of speaking out

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