Hands where I can see them inmate

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*The following post contains descriptions of self harm.  Please ensure you are in a safe place before reading*BANG!  BANG! BANG!

“Hands where I can see them inmate.”

She woke with a start, disorientated in the bright fluorescent lights that lined the inside of her cell.  She looked towards the small window in her door and saw the sneering face of the guard who had woken her.

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The imbalance of power in mental health

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A few weeks ago a discussion started on a friend’s status update about the stupid things that crisis line workers had suggested when we were in crisis.  It was the catalyst for a rant to Paul about the unfairness of relying on other people to help you when you were feeling vulnerable.  It spilled into conversations with my psychologist about how I now use having to deal with crisis lines as a deterrent for self harm.It was through these conversations that it hit me just how unbalanced the power is when it comes to a person with a mental illness.  This imbalance spills into other parts of their life as well.  Their physical needs are often written off as symptoms of a mental illness.  Chest pain is a panic attack, stomach pain is anxiety, an allergic reaction is depression (this one happened to someone I know!).

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Emotional intelligence and social media

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I’ve been using Facebook for around 9 years.  Before that I sporadically used a myriad of social media channels throughout my teen years.  Unlike Facebook though, most of those channels are now gone and I’m not faced with cringe worthy reminders of the things I wrote when my emotional intelligence wasn’t at the level it is now.  Thank you Facebook memories!Emotional intelligence doesn’t have anything to do with a person’s IQ or the grades they got in school.  A person can be a rocket scientist and still have zero emotional intelligence.  Emotional intelligence refers to someone’s ability to evaluate, express, identify and control their emotions.

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Being a superhero for a day

One of my favourite parts of Father’s Day is the kids shirts that the department stores bring out each year.  Yes, I admit I am one of *those* parents who buys cutesy shirts with cutesy phrases about how awesome Dad or Mum is.  Mr 7 has 3 or 4 of them at the moment.  Although as he has gotten older they have moved away from from cutesy phrases and into the superheroes.

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