…sometimes it even turns out to have been a good choice


a good choice

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Order of Canada for Pat Capponi recognizes advocacy for those living with mental illness


Pat Capponi had an extra birthday present yesterday – she was awarded the order of Canada yesterday in recognition of her tireless spirit and many years inspirational work advocating for and helping make change possible for the one-in-five [six million] Canadians who live with a diagnosis and others who are marginalised living in poverty. As she shared on her Facebook page:

“I am profoundly grateful to all those who’ve been a part of our decades long struggle. Without you, and without our supporters, those who listen and act on what they hear, it would be so much harder. With this award, I like to think we’ve been mainstreamed, and that’s not bad.”

Cheers to you Pat Capponi!

From Toronto Start Article by Catherine Porter,  1st July 2015

 Capponi’s Order of Canada recognizes advocacy for mentally ill

Psychiatric survivor determined to change the mental health system worked tirelessly to get better lives for fellow sufferers.

pat-capponi_jpg_size_xxlarge_letterboxVINCE TALOTTA / TORONTO STAR Order this photo

Pat Capponi is a psychiatric survivor who lived in poverty for years. Now she’s an outspoken advocate for those living in poverty and with mental illness. She has been awarded the Order of Canada.

Original at  http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/07/01/pat-capponis-order-of-canada-recognizes-advocacy-for-mentally-ill.html

 
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Mad Pride Toronto |2015


MadPride Toronto 2015Life, eh? Sucks like a hairy arse and then you die.
Whatchoo gonna do?
Well, you could bend over and take the pills.
Or you could get mad.
Or, you could just BE, be mad, be who you are
and just
give zero f#cks what judgemental people think.

Or not.  It is your choice.

Mad Pride Toronto 2015: not nearly as big as a former mayor’s backside – just a lot more fun.

Coming to a Toronto near you all next week.

All events at Metro Hall

See the webthing –  links below- for your latest programme of events.
Also check out CSInfoBulletin for more blurb.

Webthing   https://madprideto2015.wordpress.com/

Facebook     https://www.facebook.com/events/1692169007677822/

Easy-to-print poster/ program thing
MadPrideTO 2015 Poster

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empathy – Brene Brown


brenebrown empathy1Brene Brown on empathy and how empathy is v-e-r-y different from sympathy in an RSI Animation short.

From the video:

“Empathy fuels connection. Sympathy drives disconnection.”

Sharing work of Theresa Wiseman…

“Empathy comprises:

Perspective taking – the ability to take the perspective of another person and recognising it as their truth

Staying out of judgement -not easy when you enjoy it as much as most of us do

Recognising emotion in other people

Communicating emotion with people

“And to me, I think of empathy as this sacred space when someone’s kind of in a deep hole and they shout up and say:

brene brown empathy2‘I’m stuck, it’s dark, I’m overwhelmed.’

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brene brown empathy3“And we look in and say:

‘I’m coming down, I know what its like down here and you’re not alone.’

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Empathy is a choice – and a vulnerable choice.

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Detachable Penis – King Missile


king missileEven though sometimes its a pain in the ass
I like having a detachable penis

Detachable Penis – Lyrics

 “Detachable Penis” is track #1 on the album Happy Hour. It was written by Rick, Dave / Hall, John S. / Xefos, Chris / Murdock, Roger.

I woke up this morning with a bad hangover
And my penis was missing again
This happens all the time
It’s detachable

This comes in handy a lot of the time
I can leave it home when I think it’s going to get me in trouble
Or I can rent it out when I don’t need it

But now and then I go to a party
Get drunk
And the next the morning, I can’t for the life of me
Remember what I did with it

First I looked around my apartment
And I couldn’t find it
So I called up the place where the party was
They hadn’t seen it either

I asked them to check the medicine cabinet
‘Cause for some reason I leave it there sometimes
But not this time
So I told them if it pops up to let me know

I called a few people who were at the party
But they were no help either
I was starting to get desperate
I really don’t like being without my penis for too long

It makes me feel like less of a man
And I really hate to having to sit down
Every time I take a leak

After a few hours of searching the house
And calling everyone I could think of
I was starting to get very depressed
So I went to the Kiev and ate breakfast

Then as I walked down Second Avenue toward St. Mark’s Place
Where all those people sell used books and other junk on the street
I saw my penis lying on a blanket next to a broken toaster oven
Some guy was selling it

I had to buy it off him
He wanted 22 bucks but I talked him down to 17
I took it home, washed it off
And put it back on

I was happy again, complete
People sometimes tell me
I should get it permanently attached but I don’t know
Even though sometimes it’s a pain in the ass
I like having a detachable penis

Detachable penis
Detachable penis
Detachable penis

Songwriters
RICK, DAVE / HALL, JOHN S. / XEFOS, CHRIS / MURDOCK, ROGER

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in many ways voices are just like people…


In many ways voices are just like people…

 

umbongoism#1 full of crap

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farmer, trombone, cows


cows trombone deckchairTo paraphrase VS Ramachandran, just because something happens that we don’t understand doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, it just means we’re not smart enough to understand.

We could spend millions of dollars investigating elaborate theories to explain exactly what “caused” it so that somebody somewhere can control and predict and make millions of dollars, or we could learn to accept that this world is not only weirder than we think, but weirder than we can think – and learn to enjoy and marvel in it.

Farmer Mark Klingenberg, deckchair, trombone and cows.

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Bullied children five times more likely to suffer psychotic episodes


More from the work of Dieter Wolke and his team who research the effects of  bullying.

They found that…

  • children who are bullied in younger years are almost five times more likely to have difficult time with  experiences like hearing voices -and others that get labelled “psychotic” – by age eighteen.
  • being bullied even for short periods can lead to equally difficult experiences.
  • those who have been bullied and also bully others are at ever increased likelihood.

Many people who have difficult experiences with the voices that they hear connect that difficulty  with having been bullied as a child.

bullying- telegraphFrom Daily Telegraph Dec 2013.

Bullied children more likely to hallucinate or hear voices

Children who are bullied at school are more likely to have heard voices, have seen hallucinations or be paranoid than those who were not, a study by the Universities of Warwick and Bristol have found.

Bullied children are nearly five times more likely to suffer a psychotic episode by the time they are 18, researchers have warned as they call for abuse to be stamped out in primary school.

Pupils who were tormented during their schooldays were far more likely to experience hallucinations, paranoia or have heard voices which can lead to more serious mental health problems in later life, a study found.

Researchers at the Universities of Warwick and Bristol said teachers must stop bullying in primary school because it is already too late by secondary school.

“We want to eradicate the myth that bullying at a young age could be viewed as a harmless rite of passage that everyone goes through,” said Professor Dieter Wolke of the University of Warwick.

“It casts a long shadow over a person’s life and can have serious consequences for mental health.”

Researchers found that children who were bullied over a number of years were up to four and a half times more likely to have suffered from psychotic experiences by the age of 18.

Pupils who only experienced bullying for brief periods were also at increased risk for psychotic experiences.

The study is the first to report the long term impact of being involved in bullying during childhood on mental problems in late adolescence or adulthood.

“These numbers show exactly how much childhood bullying can impact on psychosis in adult life,” added Professor Dieter Wolke.

“Interventions against bullying should start early, in primary school, to prevent long term serious effects on children’s mental health.

“This clearly isn’t something that can wait until secondary school to be resolved; the damage may already have been done.”

original at

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/10524120/Bullied-children-more-likely-to-hallucinate-or-hear-voices.html 

And this, from Dieter Wolke’s page at University of Warwick

Childhood bullying shown to increase likelihood of psychotic experiences in later life

New research has shown that being exposed to bullying during childhood will lead to an increased risk of psychotic experiences in adulthood, regardless of whether they are victims or perpetrators.

The study, published today in Psychological Medicine, assessed a cohort of UK children (ALSPAC) from birth to fully understand the extent of bullying on psychosis in later life – with some groups showing to be almost five times more likely to suffer from episodes at the age of 18.

The analysis, led by researchers from the University of Warwick, in association with colleagues at the University of Bristol, shows that victims, perpetrators and those who are both bullies and victims (bully-victims), are at an increased risk of developing psychotic experiences.

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Cassette – Fridge


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oops upside your head – The Gap Band


gap-bandNow I Now I want all you gappers, and finger snappers
You toe tappers and you love rappers

I want you all to
Say oops upside your head say oops upside your head

“Oops Upside Your Head”
Say oops upside your head say oops upside your head
Say oops upside your head say oops upside your head
Pay attention now
Say oops upside your head say oops upside your head
Say oops upside your head say oops upside your head
Now I want all you gappers, and finger snappers
You toe tappers and you love rappers

Say oops upside your head say oops upside your head
Say oops upside your head say oops upside your head
Pay attention now
Say oops upside your head say oops upside your head
Say oops upside your head say oops upside your head
Now I want all you gappers, and finger snappers
You toe tappers and you love rappers

I want you all to
Say oops upside your head say oops upside your head
Say oops upside your head say oops upside your head
Say oops upside your head say oops upside your head
Say oops upside your head say oops upside your head

I say groove groove on
Just because you don’t believe that I wanna dance
Don’t mean that I don’t want to
Just because you don’t believe that I wanna dance
Don’t mean that I don’t want to

[instrumental]

I don’t believe that you wanna get up and dance
I don’t believe that you wanna get up and dance
I don’t believe that you wanna get up and dance
I don’t believe that you wanna get up and dance
I don’t believe that you wanna get up and dance

Ba ba ba ba ba da ba ba ba ba da baba ….
Watch out I think I like that groove
You can sing it
Ba ba ba ba ba da ba ba ba ba da ba
It’s lovely it’s lovely it’s lovely
I mean it … ohhhhhhhhhhh

Say oops upside you head say oops upside you head
Just because you don’t believe that I wanna dance

Say oops upside you head say oops upside you head
Just because you don’t believe that I wanna dance

Writer(s): Penny L. Ford, Durron Maurice Butler
Copyright: Songs Of Logic Verlags Gmbh, Universal Music – Z Songs
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