Stigmatised by my favourite magazine

Stunningly written piece by a very good friend of mine regarding the damage done to the work that mental health groups and charities to improve the reputation of those of us within society that suffer with a mental health condition. I messaged Psychologies magazine via their FB page and was ratio and polite. I received NO response from them. That is how little they care about the people whom they are stigmatising even further and damaging their reputation even further down the road or almost irreparable damage without ever. Being mentally ill is not shameful or scary. It’s jus us. Who we are. That is why we stand up for those of us who can’t. This was my reply to Northernbird’s original blog post.

“That article literally made my blood boil. Suzy said that she had edited it? How the hell did that bullshit get past her? In other words, she didn’t read it properly and just sent it straight for publishing as it will benefit the magazine’s circulation.
When I left them a one star review on their FB page, which I WISH more people would do, they left me a patronising message trying to tell me what BPD was!!! Erm… I actually have BPD you bunch of inbred dickwads.
Yes, I am angry and hostile towards this magazine and I really couldn’t give a flying fuck if anyone disagrees with me. With their shitty “editing” and desperation to sell more copies, they have bad mouthed every single person with a mental illness. Not just those of us with BPD. We must be one voice and show just how wrong Psychologies magazine are!”

Northern Bird

Far from being click bait, the title of this post is 100% true.

Psychologies is a women’s magazine which focuses on personal development and well being. It publishes articles and dossiers on mindfulness, career and relationship advice as well as discussing anxiety and depression. Sounds great doesn’t it? I thought so to, which is why I subscribed to the magazine at the beginning of the year.

Roll on the August 2018 edition.

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This month’s 18 page dossier is all about restoring your energy and how you can rid your life of energy vampires. That’s me.

Confused?

Let me explain.

I have a mental illness, Borderline Personality Disorder. It is a disabling illness which affects every aspect of my life. Which according to this dossier means I suck all of the energy from my peers, partner and everyone around me. This is not OK.

I have included the email I sent…

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The biggest culprit behind climate change may surprise you #auspol #qldpol

An interesting read…

jpratt27

Food is the single largest direct and indirect driver of climate change.

Climate change is driving the expansion of agriculture into regions and habitats that never have been farmed before.

Clearing, burning, plowing and tilling natural habitats release enormous amounts of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere, as do the cattle from methane and manure, other animals and the crops used to feed them. Overall, agriculture generates more emissions than all the airplanes, cars, ships and other vehicles combined — a total of 24 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions our societies emit.

Given these numbers, many organizations, including the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), are working to try to reduce greenhouse gas emissions via two key strategies: achieving conversion-free food production globally by 2030; and absolute reductions of GHG emissions from animal protein by 50 percent in the U.S. and 20 percent globally by 2030.

Take habitat loss out of the…

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30 truths about parenting

This. All of this’nn

Searching for my inner zen

“Children learn to smile from their parents.” Shinichi Suzuki

I am a mum of two children, I have a son who is 7 and a daughter who is 5. I started writing this post with the intention to share all of the wonderful things that happen when you become a parent and although there are SO many amazing things that do happen I wouldn’t feel 100% authentic not talking about some of the struggles with some lighthearted humour.

So here is a list of the first 30 things that came to my mind about my experience with parenting so far.

I hope you enjoy and let me know if you can relate to any 😊


1. If you were sensitive about the ads encouraging you to donate money to help children in third world countries before be prepared to be EXTRA sensitive now. It doesn’t just stop with AD’s its everything…

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Mental Health on TV: Star Trek: Discovery.

This blog has been written by a friend of mine and it is simply too good not to share with people.

Northern Bird

We’re a Trekkie household, so of course we’ve been watching Star Trek: Discovery on Netflix. Now this isn’t a review post, but I do want to say that, for me, it started shakey but oh my! It got good!

The reason for this post though is the surprisingly sensitive depiction of mental health within the series. If you’re a fan of the show and aren’t up to date yet please DON’T read any further; I don’t want to accidentally ruin anything for you!

Warning *Potential Spoilers*

This post relates specifically to episodes 9 – Into the Forest I go and episode 10 Despite Yourself. 

Lt Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif) – previously held as a Klingon prisoner of war – accompanies Science Specialist Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) onto a Klingon ship. During the mission Tyler comes face to face with his Klingon captor L’Rell (Mary Chieffo). On seeing L’Rell Tyler freezes…

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