The EFFIP Project (E-Support for Families & Friends of Individuals affected by Psychosis) has developed an online resource, called COPe-support (Carers fOr People with Psychosis e-support resource). COPe-support provides peer support, information on psychosis and ways for carers to look after themselves, all online via http://cope-support.org
No one should have poorer physical health just because they have a mental health condition – but sadly people living with severe mental illness are often also more likely to suffer from a range of preventable illnesses.
If you’ve been diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder or psychosis your GP surgery should ensure that you have a regular annual check up. The health check can identify things like if you have high blood pressure or are at risk from diabetes – and help you make changes to improve your health. You don’t need to feel physically unwell to have a health check.
Claire Gosden, who works for Listening Books, shares a bit about the free audiobook offer, and what the charity does.
Whether it’s discovering a new classic for the first time, or relaxing with an old favourite, reading can have a huge impact on our mental wellbeing.
A 2018 Reading Agency study found that children who are the most engaged with literacy are three times more likely to have higher levels of mental wellbeing than children who are the least engaged, and that doesn’t change as you get older. But if your mind is stopping you from being able to concentrate on a book, what then?
The world of health is full of jargon. It turns out there’s a thing called ‘diagnostic overshadowing’.
Diagnostic overshadowing is when people don’t see a need someone has because they can’t see past another condition, like a mental health condition, a learning disability or autism. As a result sometimes physical health conditions get missed and people can fail to get checks like cancer screenings that everyone should have.