17th-21st June 2019 is CCCU Staff Wellbeing Week and with the recent launch of the university’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Framework, it seems that more than ever we are understanding the importance of openness and empathy around mental health (MH). In this spirit, I’d like to talk a little about my own experiences with MH both within and outside of the workplace, and as June is Pride month I’d like to explore the parallels I can draw between existing in this society as an LGBT person, and as someone with depression and anxiety.
Mental Health Awareness Week, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, will be taking place Monday 13th – Sunday 19th May and this year’s theme is Body Image. It is a topic that has recently been featuring heavily in discussions and debates on social media and in the news, so this feels like a timely opportunity to talk about my personal experiences with the issue of body image and how it can be explored using resources in the library.
Making Sense of ASD
While researching notable autistic people for the presentation currently running in the ground floor atrium area in Augustine House as part of Autism Awareness Week (AAW), I noticed something of a common theme. Many of the celebrities I was finding on lists of famous figures with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) had been diagnosed not as children but as adults – whether they had been encouraged by their partners and families to seek the opinions of medical experts, or had read about symptoms that resonated with their own experiences and behaviours and gone on to self-diagnose, it seemed clear that for many of these people, the lack of awareness and understanding of autism during their childhood and adolescence had meant that only as recognition of autism developed during their lifetime had they come to realise that ASD is a fundamental part of their identity.
In the week surrounding World Autism Awareness Day, which takes place on April 2nd every year, people across the UK are encouraged to take part in World Autism Awareness Week by participating in activities to raise awareness for the National Autistic Society.