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Self care/systemic care.

I also find it depressing that we need to use the term #selfcare to justify regular behaviors at all. I’ve seen people on social media call taking a walk outside during their lunch break #selfcare. Or drinking your morning coffee without checking your email, calling a friend you haven’t talked to in a while: All of it is #selfcare.

When we expect self-care to substitute for our larger systemic flaws in our healthcare, we also over-endow activities that should be basic privileges. Instead of finding faults with the more frivolous forms of self-care, and their pollution of the more “serious” self-care, maybe we should instead feel indignant about how every little moment in our lives needs to be productive and meaningful and presented to the world as such.

Shayla Love on #selfcare.

This is from a longer article that’s well-worth reading (for those of you VICE decides to helpfully redirect away to your “local” content landing page, here’s a Google cache version), but essentially argues that, while #selfcare isn’t inherently worthless, it does need to be critically examined to ensure that it’s neither, a) co-opted and commodified by market capitalist forces, nor b) used as an individualist excuse for systemic failures (e.g. inaccessible mental health services).

2019-07-31T09:39:41+10:0023rd May, 2019|Tags: culture, cw: mental illness|

Not protest, not religion…

When happens when you treat radicalization as a mental health issue?

For me, one of the scariest lines in this article is, Research in the US following the 9/11 attacks suggested that having sympathies for terrorist acts and violent protest is a sign that people are susceptible to future radicalizing influences. And if that doesn’t worry you? The I suggest you take a look at the last film you watched or video game you played.

Mm. Yeah. About that…

2016-12-21T08:08:56+11:003rd January, 2017|Tags: cw: mental illness, mental health|

Runs in the family.

The genetics of mental illness. In particular, schizophrenia.

One of the reasons I’ve never had an urge whatsoever to ever try pot is because both my paternal grandmother and aunt were schizophrenic, with the latter in particular’s illness exacerbated by substance abuse. Which, yanno. It seems no one believes me when I tell them about the pot thing, until I follow it up with, “… because when my dad was a teenager his mentally ill, drug addict sister would set fire to the curtains in their house while everyone was asleep.”

I don’t want to be the next Aunty Tanya. If the illness manifests, I’d rather be Granny, who wasn’t violent, just… difficult. Ellipses intended.

Incidentally, we didn’t know about Granny until she died, and schizophrenia was mentioned on the death certificate. Apparently she’d been on medication for it most of her life, and had never told a single soul (or, at least, not her son or his family).

That’s stigma for you, I guess.

2017-09-28T13:51:25+10:007th November, 2016|Tags: cw: mental illness, health, mental health|