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Ideas from the masses

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Just thought I'd start a page where people not directly involved in the final decision making can offer up ideas, wish list items, start discussions etc - group brainstorming - no stupid ideas page. And then tptb can take em and run w/ em, move em to the organizational page - or not! I know a lot of idea generation/session discussion has taken place on Isabella's site, but just thought I'd bring the discussion over here. Hope that's okay. If this seems redundant, feel free to delete.


Disclaimer: this is a page for ideas. We all understand that when discussing issues related to mental health, some ideas may seem like a good idea at the time, but may not be the healthiest option for all in this (un)conference situation. This is a place for idea generation not for pitting ideas against each other or advocating for one way over another.


And I'll throw down a couple of things I'd be interested in: 

  • a way to tell my story - both to help others who may be going through similar stuff and for a way to "own" my mental illness
  • how can social media affect social stigma/discrimination
  • when i'm feeling desperate and need help but feel like calling someone or going to the hospital right away isn't an option, how can I use my computer/internet connection, etc. to get help. Places to go, people to contact via social media, etc, etc. Maybe a workshop where each participant can come up with an individualized game plan - or at least start thinking about one. 

Comments (13)

Pete Quily said

at 12:23 am on Mar 4, 2009

Good idea Adrienne.

Here's a few from me:

Some examples of online anti stigma campaigns i.e., what was done, how it worked what were the component pieces of it.

Maybe a section on the wiki of areas of interest for local offline and online resources by mental health condition. ie ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, OCD, substance abuse etc

A list of people in the lower mainland who are primarily blogging about mental health or have an online presence mainly focused on it name, site MH topic(s)

Examples of how to deal with people who deny/minimalize trivialize mental health conditions online

Other examples of people who used social media for practical change around mental health conditions ie lobbied govt, changed legislation, organized people online or offline, did a mainstream media campaign via organizing from the net. tools and strategies.

Pete Quily said

at 12:39 am on Mar 4, 2009

Also maybe some basic disclaimer. I.e., none of the presenters are medical doctors so while they may talk about medication, they aren't giving medical advice see your doctor for that, etc

unsuicide said

at 1:41 am on Mar 4, 2009

* best practices for online safety and privacy, anonymity
* stigma that results from blogging

unsuicide said

at 3:04 pm on Mar 4, 2009

* Standup for Mental Health entertainment [see local resources page]
* humour in blogging, Laughter Yoga, comedy for mental health

Adrienne Lindsay said

at 10:36 pm on Mar 5, 2009

Can we get the standup for mental health guy to do a session? I'm actually on the waiting list for his program for next January so I'd be happy to contact him... don't know how it would fit exactly into "coping digitally"... does it have to? If not, I'd also love to see something on parenting with a mental illness, specifically dealing with stigma that your kids experience

unsuicide said

at 12:49 pm on Mar 6, 2009

Adrienne, would you like to contact him and see? I'm pretty sure he'll want a speaker's fee. But maybe a graduate would be interested in volunteering? Especially one with a blog.

Raul said

at 1:51 pm on Mar 6, 2009

Well, if anybody has contact details I can explain to him that the Camp is completely non-profit, totally volunteer-run and therefore, maybe he could waive his speaker fee? I waive mine frequently when the causes are worth it.

unsuicide said

at 1:57 am on Mar 8, 2009

From http://www.standupformentalhealth.com/bookdavid.shtml

David [Granier] is available to perform one of his presentations at your event.

I'm OK But YOU Need Professional Help:
The Lighter Side of Mental Health!
By David Granirer, North America's “Psycho” Therapist/Stand-Up Comic

Laugh your head off at this thought-provoking presentation looking at the lighter side of mental health. If you are a counselor, psych nurse, social worker, occupational therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, PSR practitioner, therapist, consumer, family member, or anyone else who deals with your own or other people's mental health, you'll love listening to David's irreverent, neurotic views on his experiences as both a client and a counselor.

This presentation is available as a straight comedy act or as a combination of comedy and education. In the educational part of the presentation you'll learn:

* How to use humor to overcome burnout.
* How humor lessens the effects of trauma.
* How humor builds self-esteem.
* How to help clients use humor to generate insight.
* How your people can use humor to turn their dysfunctions into strengths.
* How humor can help combat publlic stigma

Stand Up For Mental Health: Behind The Scenes
By David Granirer, North America's “Psycho” Therapist/Stand-Up Comic

You have to be nuts to take David's Stand Up For Mental Health program where he teaches stand-up comedy to people with mental illness, but the results can be life-changing. In this hilarious presentation that includes clips from Stand Up For Mental Health shows, David talks about how he founded the program and why doing stand-up comedy has such a powerful effect on people's lives.

You'll not only be inspired, but also learn how humor can help people with mental illness build confidence, fight shame, and combat public stigma.

To book David for your conference or event contact him at (604) 205-9242 david@standupformentalhealth.com

unsuicide said

at 3:53 pm on Mar 9, 2009

More ideas. :)

* Can online friends be a support system as effective as those that consumers are encouraged to develop offline?
* Crowdsourcing PSAs. (i.e. Jessie's Hope video contest, other nonprofits' video contests.)

unsuicide said

at 2:50 pm on Mar 11, 2009

Social media and your mental health treatment professionals.

* how to find a pdoc or tdoc who understands it, how to explain social media and online dynamics/online friends to her/him if they don't.
* how to find one that uses it effectively with you (or with their professional networking)
* which mental health organizations use social media: a) at all, b) effectively, or c) in innovative ways

Adrienne Lindsay said

at 4:29 pm on Mar 11, 2009

Thought I'd try a social media experiment. I asked a question to @answers on Twitter: Can we affect social stigma against mental illness through social media? If so, how?

Here's the answer I got:

I believe we can. First, definitions:

Social stigma: "Social stigma is severe social disapproval of personal characteristics or beliefs that are against cultural norms. Social stigma often leads to marginalization."

Marginalization: "Marginalization is the social process of becoming or being made marginal (to relegate or confine to a lower social standing or outer limit or edge, as of social standing)"

Social media: "Social media are primarily Internet- and mobile-based tools for sharing and discussing information among human beings. The term most often refers to activities that integrate technology, telecommunications and social interaction, and the construction of words, pictures, videos and audio."

Many people today are, sadly to say, gullible. If they read an article about it or watch a video about it, they'll believe it. If all that's available to read is negative or false, they'll end up with a negative/false opinion on the matter and the people it's about will get stereotyped. But if there's enough good/true material out there to combat it, a difference can be made.

So, how to affect the social stigma against mental illness through social media? First, do your research. Then blog... write articles... make a website... get videos onto sites like Youtube...be active about your cause. Use facts to back up your opinions. Be convincing and consistent, and maybe you'll change a few minds. :)


Here's the link: http://www.mahalo.com/answers/from-twitter/can-we-affect-social-stigma-against-mental-illness-through-social-media-if-so-how#a33d127b8a198e753fa8c9ddf19ecdc24a1c44fcc954df8733639ff622dc72905

unsuicide said

at 4:52 pm on Mar 11, 2009

* Munchausen by Internet i.e. fakers feeding on social media sympathy

Raul said

at 4:51 pm on Mar 12, 2009

I am going to propose to give a talk about "Coping with the Stress of Graduate Student Life through Blogging"... :)

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