Mental health

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More free play + less homework = better mental health + less medication?

March 31st, 2016   

If more free play and less homework are better for children’s mental health, what are we waiting for? Especially if that could mean fewer children taking less medication?

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Borderline Personality Disorder – a label with history and her-story behind it

September 9th, 2015   

As a young adult, Ann Kennedy says she was “given the label of Borderline Personality Disorder”. Her family history was not taken seriously and her self-mutilation was dismissed as “attention-seeking”. Her experience is not unusual. BPD is mostly diagnosed in women who mostly have histories of trauma. Understanding the psychological pain within its social context and personal history can be crucial for recovery….Joan Beckwith.

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FOR THE RECORD: (Another) letter to the (same) Prime Minister on (another) World Mental Health Day

October 11th, 2014   

DEAR PRIME MINISTER TONY ABBOTT, did you know 10 October is World Mental Health Day? And, do you remember I wrote to you last year on that day, Mr Abbott? I haven’t had a reply yet, you know (even though you claim you ALWAYS answer correspondence) so here are the main points again…Joan Beckwith.

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Restraining children is NOT caring

July 11th, 2014   

If it’s forced it’s not ‘treatment’ and it’s not ‘caring’. Restraint is inevitably forced, and children in psychiatric care are more likely to be restrained than adults. A mother who contributes to this post explains how damaging this can be for already traumatised children. Restraint is also a poor response to safety concerns, and the ongoing challenge is to develop alternative possibilities…Joan Beckwith.

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World Mental Health Day (Letter to PM)

October 10th, 2013   

Dear Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia’s 44th Parliament,
October 10th is WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY, did you know? I think you need to take it more seriously…Cheers, Joan Beckwith.

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