Depression: why we have to change attitudes & tell the rabid press where to get off

It’s a grim time to have a mental health condition. ┬áNot that it was ever easy but this week there’s been the tragedy of a lost airliner with 150 people on board, its horrific end being attributed to the wilful act of the co-pilot. He’s said to have been treated for depression, to have been signed off sick for the day in question (illness unknown), but to have torn up the note and gone to work anyway. The headlines are screaming about┬áthe killer pilot, madmen, and murderers (see Rosie Mullender’s roundup) and any chance people with depression might have had … Continue reading Depression: why we have to change attitudes & tell the rabid press where to get off

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Assisted suicide

A contentious issue and back in the news today. While suicide is a deeply unpalatable idea, for some, it feels like a real and only solution and I recall a discussion we had a while ago about how to identify people with learning disabilities whose pain and distress were so extreme but whose lives were so controlled that suicide was not an option. It is hard to be clear, but if we are to make any headway with matters of choice, consent, and ownership of our own bodies, we must step up to the plate and discuss it openly. This … Continue reading Assisted suicide

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