Is it okay to ignore Christmas?
Is it okay to take the bits of Christmas that work for you and discard the rest?
And is it okay to enjoy the solitude of Christmas Day and indulge yourself without feeling guilty?
SANE Peer Ambassador Cameron was one of the participants in the two-part SBS documentary How 'Mad' Are You? We asked Cameron, who lives with schizophrenia, to share his thoughts on taking part in a series that questions society's assumptions about mental illness.
I've just received an email from a former colleague, telling me what she said in a referee statement.
'I talked about the value you add to a team through creative thinking and said you are that rare person who combines exceptional creativity with solid administration skills. I told them they'd be very lucky to have you'
By the time I've finished reading, I'm sobbing.
What's the biggest day-to-day challenge people living with mental illness experience?
We asked 10 SANE Peer Ambassadors for the biggest challenge, fear or obstacle they face.
And they said their biggest challenge is . . .
It's a sad reality that people living with mental illness will hear inappropriate comments, sometimes at a time when they are struggling.
A glib, flippant or offhand comment – whether born of ignorance, awkwardness, or arrogance – can cut to the bone and leave people questioning their place in the world.
So, what's the worst thing you can say to someone living with a mental illness?
Imagine watching a film about the mental illness you’ve just been diagnosed with. Now imagine that film paints a picture of violence and danger. It suggests people with your condition are a terrifying threat to society.
It’s #Supermoon night! Grab your binoculars and telescopes and extra-dark sunglasses!
And, far more ridiculously, it affects your mental health.
People can have mixed reactions after receiving a diagnosis. The range of emotions experienced can include relief, confusion, fear, embarrassment, grief or empowerment. This is normal.
Many people ask whether diagnosis is a helpful part of recovery. Here are some of the positive and negative outcomes many people experience.