*The following post contains topics that may be triggering. Please ensure you are in a safe place before reading. If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide then please call a helpline (Lifeline: 13 11 14 Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636), visit your GP or head to your nearest emergency department*
I have spoken before about the events that lead to me spending 2 months in prison. It was one of the lowest points mentally in my life, I was desperate. It was surreal and I was scared. A couple of the police officers on the scene insisted I be taken to hospital, a detective disagreed. The officers in the watch house continued to try to contact the crisis team but they had made the decision that I wasn’t unwell enough. I had just attempted to commit a crime, but I wasn’t unwell in their eyes.
*The following post may be triggering. Please make sure you are in a safe place before reading. If you are struggling please contact your GP or give the people at Life Line a call on 13 11 14*
With the recent suicide of Charlotte Dawson, mental health issues have been pushed to the forefront of the media’s attention. The weekend morning shows all had segments with various professionals on how to recognise signs in our loved ones. It’s great that there is a national conversation going on right now about suicide but (there’s always a but) I’m not sure how appropriate the context is.
I’ve been having trouble sleeping for the last few weeks. I’ve talked about what sleep deprivation does to me before. It’s not pretty. It came to head this week after not getting any sleep for 2 days. Mental Health’s solution was for me to take an anti-psychotic, a drug that also has the side effect of being sedative.
PMS or Premenstrual Syndrome is a bit of a touchy subject. A subject that seems to gather a lot of ‘of she must be on her rags’ comments from the more dense variety of the opposite sex. PMS however is a very real syndrome for a lot of women. Better health Channel says that up to 75% of women experience mild symptoms, while 20-30% experience more severe symptoms that can affect their mental well being.