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Website


Hi,

I now have an art website. If you would like to check it out, it is at

www.annenaylorart.com.

I hope you like my art.

Anne

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The Bi Polar Buddha Set – Big Daddy Tazz


This is seriously funny.

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Working with people who have mental illnesses


If you are working with people who have mental illnesses this is what you need to know:

  • You will need to support them by focusing on their strengths – personality, education, work and leisure
  • Judge them on their successes
  • Use the language of hope
  • Understand that recovery is an individual process
  • Help them to develop connections in the community and natural supports
  • Help with basic needs – Centrelink, finances, food, housing and employment
  • Help facilitate leisure activities and hobbies
  • Know about community services
  • Assist with medical or physical issues
  • Ensure that people have self-defined goals and aspirations
  • Link with peers
  • Be sensitive to diversity – culture, sexuality, ethnicity, lifestyle
  • Be consumer directed – refer to successful role models
  • Avoid the professional knows best attitude and relate to people as equals
  • Ensure person centred planning
  • Understand that medication is only one tool in the tool kit
  • Utilise peer support
  • Use prevention strategies
  • Avoiding discriminatory language and labels
  • Confront your own personal prejudices
  • Support people to advocate for themselves
  • Respect people’s choices

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Podcast on ABC Radio – My interview about bipolar


Anne in ABC Studio

http://www.abc.net.au/overnights/stories/s3754799.htm

I have had my first radio interview. It was on ABC national radio on May 4th with Jen Fleming. I was nervous, but didn’t stress too much as it was going to be aired at 4.00am. Who listens to the radio at that time? Apparently many do and quite a few people I know told me they heard it. Others bought books because of it which is exciting. Apparently the interview had such a big response that they made a podcast.

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Art From Adversity book trailer


Here is the book trailer for my book.

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I’ll stand by you


Sometimes it is really hard to stand by someone who has a mental illness. You want to help them, and you do help them. Time and time again. Again and again. You forgive them. Again and again. But how many times do you stand by them as they make one bad decision after another, expecting that someone will always be there to pick up the pieces?

Someone very close to me has bipolar disorder. I haven’t spoken to him since his Armenian mafia phone call to me in the middle of the night. I can’t talk to him at the moment. His mental health is too precarious and I think my book has the potential to tip him over the edge. When I am next talking to him, I will tell him this, ‘I will stand by you, I will always love and support you, but I have limits and there are boundaries. Don’t call me at 1.30 am again telling me that you should be in a psych ward, call the Mental Health Crisis Team. Don’t ask for my advice if you are not going to do anything about is. I really hope that the Armenian mafia don’t get you. I can’t always help you, but one thing is certain – it might be hard, but I’ll always stand by you.’

Have you got a brother like this? Or a husband? Or a child? It’s easy to say ‘I’ll stand by you’, but not so easy to do.

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Don’t look back in anger


Slip inside the eye of your mind
Don’t you know you might find
A better place to play
You said that you’d never been
All the things that you’ve seen
Will slowly fade away

So I start the revolution from my bed
‘Cos you said the brains I have went to my head
Step outside the summertime’s in bloom
Stand up beside the fireplace
Take that look from off your face
You ain’t ever gonna burn my heart out

So Sally can wait, she knows its too late as we’re walking on by
Her soul slides away, but don’t look back in anger I hear you say

Take me to the place where you go
Where nobody knows if it’s night or day
Please don’t put your life in the hands
Of a Rock n Roll band
Who’ll throw it all away

Got I start the revolution from my bed
‘Couse you said the brains I have went to my head
Step outside ‘couse summertime’s in bloom
Stand up beside the fireplace
Take that look from off your face
‘Couse you ain’t ever gonna burn my heart out

So Sally can wait, she knows its too late as she’s walking on by
My soul slides away, but don’t look back in anger I hear you say

Don’t look back in anger
Don’t look back in anger
Don’t look back in anger
At least not today

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Why should YOU care about mental health?


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 Speaking at The Inaugural NSW CAG Art Exhibition in 2011. Kevin Humphries, MP, Minister for Mental
Health, Healthy Lifestyles and Western NSW (pictured on the right) opened the exhibition.

Despite attempts by organisations and individuals to destigmatise mental illness, and despite billions of dollars being spent by government in an attempt to address mental health problems, stigma and stereotypes are alive and well. Even though the tide is turning, progress is being made and attitudes are changing, people with mental illnesses are often outsiders in the community.

Mental health, including the debilitating bipolar disorder, is becoming a major concern in the Australian health community. Mental illnesses are growing at an alarming rate. According to The Black Dog Institute one in five Australians will experience a mental illness within a twelve-month period. Almost half of all Australians will experience a mental disorder at some point in their lifetime.

Mental disorders are the third leading cause of the non-fatal burden of disease and injury in Australia. The World Health Organisation estimates that depression will be the number one cause of disability in both the developed and developing worlds by 2030.

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The great pretender


 Oh yes, I’m the great pretender
Pretending I’m doing well
My need is such
I pretend too much
I’m lonely but no one can tell

Oh yes, I’m the great pretender
Adrift in a world of my own
I play the game but to my real shame
You’ve left me to dream all alone

Too real is this feeling of make-believe
Too real when I feel what my heart can’t conceal

Oh yes, I’m the great pretender
Just laughing and gay like a clown
I seem to be what I’m not you see
I’m wearing my heart like a crown

Too real when i feel what my heart can’t conceal

Oh yes, I’m the great pretender
Just laughing and gay like a clown
I seem to be what I’m not you see
I’m wearing my heart like a crown
Pretending that you’re…
Pretending that you’re still around

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Ruby Wax on mental illness


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