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The Impact of Mental Illness

Mental health symbol conceptual design isolated on white backgroundAt today’s group we looked at the different ways in which mental health can affect us. We looked at it from two different perspectives. Below are the group findings;

1.Someone who is struggling with poor mental health.

  • I feel people don’t want to talk about problems especially ‘deep’ things
  • I feel isolated
  • There is a lack of understanding from others
  • I have lost friends 
  • I socialise less
  • Acceptance can be hard
  • I feel irritable
  • Being around like minded people helps me
  • Once I felt better I gained a better understanding and now have more compassion for others and feel a better person because of my experience

2. People who are affected by someone else’s poor mental health e.g. loved on, carer

  • My friend struggles to look after himself
  • He can ‘snap’ at me
  • I need support myself while caring for my friend
  • Sometimes I feel helpless
  • I feel so tired caring for my friend
  • While I can give my friend some leeway due to his poor health I have to remember not to constantly accept bad behaviour.

In conclusion today was a ‘deep’ group but was very helpful for people to look at these issues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below are the group members thoughts on this:

  

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