In a project at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2012 and the Big Bang Fair 2013, at an exhibit they simply asked people to write down, “What makes you laugh?” In this short, fun video, they share the answers they collected.
Simon Says: Psychosis is a fantastic documentary featuring three people who’ve experienced psychosis, talking about what it’s like, and their recovery journeys assisted by the Early Intervention in Psychosis Service provided by the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in the UK.
The film was created by John Richardson, a person with lived experience of psychosis, giving it special insight, empathy, and an insider perspective. For more background about the filmmaker’s process and intent, follow this link.
You can follow the filmmaker on Twitter at @insipidmedia, and also interact with a special account for the film, @sisaysPSYCHOSIS. Please ask questions and share your feedback on this unique and important project.
A powerful video sharing key recommendations in the report “The Way Forward: Pathways to hope, recovery, and wellness with insights from lived experience,” prepared by the Suicide Attempt Survivors Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.
This comprehensive report on suicide attempt survivors and suicide prevention is a major step in lived experience advocacy.
There will be a one hour tweetchat on Thursday, July 10 at 12:30 pm ET using the hashtag #WayForward. Suicide attempt survivors and allies are welcome to join this groundbreaking advocacy discussion.
Sleep is an essential component of good mental health, and trouble sleeping can be a symptom of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other conditions, as well as simply resulting from stress.
While there are medication options, they don’t offer the revitalization of natural sleep. Sedation doesn’t mimic normal sleep and can interfere with the REM stage of dreaming, which is important to feel refreshed in the morning. Often, there’s a “hangover effect” of grogginess the next day. Sleeping pills are also addictive and should be used with caution, infrequently.
A good alternative is a guided meditation to ease you into relaxation and soothe you to sleep. This video is one of the best free options I’ve found.
It features a calming male voice easing you into progressively deeper stages of relaxation leading into sleep, along with the peaceful sounds of ocean waves on a beach (and a bit of ambient music at the beginning).
Along with my own successful experience, I’ve shared this video on my Twitter account @unsuicide and people have told me it’s effective for them as well. Tonight, give it a try and see how it works for you.
This historic, inspiring panel coincided with the launch of a new Attempt Survivors Division of the AAS, a move heralded as a major achievement in suicide prevention in the movement to include people who’ve been suicidal.
Two suicide prevention advocates from Grassroots Suicide Prevention talk about developments in e-health, including search engines, smartphones, and social media.
They discuss search engine optimization for the term “I want to kill myself,” and how Apple has improved the Siri interface after user feedback. They also mention Facebook and Twitter’s systems for reporting suicidal content.
The interesting thing about all those methods is that they simply provide a phone hotline number to the suicidal person, which they must then phone. For people using the Internet because they don’t want to use a phone, there are alternatives, listed in the Online Suicide Help directory.
As technology develops, suicide prevention must adapt to new platforms.