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In my head 
Fiona Kennedy, Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers
Background 
● About me 
● Depression 
● Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers 
● Borderline personality disorder (Bitchface)
Stigma 
‘…..a cluster of negative attitudes and beliefs that 
motivate the general public to fear, reject, avoid 
and disc...
Self imposed stigma 
● Ashamed 
● Embarrassed 
Bitchface/BPD 
● Not a real illness
BPD & unhelpful thinking styles I 
● Mental filter 
● Emotional reasoning 
● Personalisation 
● Jumping to conclusions 
● ...
BPD & unhelpful thinking styles II 
All feed into self imposed stigma 
● people looking at me - filters 
● talking about m...
Reality? 
Everyone has something!!
Language 
● Does the language we use to talk about mental 
illness perpetuate stigma? - eg, I suffer from 
depression/bpd ...
Breaking down barriers 
● slow, frustrating 
● becomes a talking point for a few days eg GAA 
players, Robin Williams, but...
See Change 
● Ambassador 
● Green ribbon campaign: May 2014* 
o over 500 events and iniatives 
o 300,000 green ribbons dis...
Community Change 
Locally organised events 
Stamp out Stigma Mayfly 10k NUI Galway
Other Initiatives 
● Cycle against suicide 
o raise awareness 
o offer reassurance - ok to ask for help 
o direct towards ...
Sunny spells and scattered showers
Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers 
● Blog: impact on family and friends 
o awareness 
o freedom to talk (if feel able) 
●...
Fiona Kennedy 
Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers 
http://tinyurl.com/sunnyscattered 
sunnyscattered@gmail.com
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In my head

  1. 1. In my head Fiona Kennedy, Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers
  2. 2. Background ● About me ● Depression ● Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers ● Borderline personality disorder (Bitchface)
  3. 3. Stigma ‘…..a cluster of negative attitudes and beliefs that motivate the general public to fear, reject, avoid and discriminate against people with mental ill health’ (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 2004)
  4. 4. Self imposed stigma ● Ashamed ● Embarrassed Bitchface/BPD ● Not a real illness
  5. 5. BPD & unhelpful thinking styles I ● Mental filter ● Emotional reasoning ● Personalisation ● Jumping to conclusions ● Bottom line? Never, ever good enough
  6. 6. BPD & unhelpful thinking styles II All feed into self imposed stigma ● people looking at me - filters ● talking about me - conclusions ● everyone knows everything - catastrophising ● don’t want to accept allowances being made for me, eg work, with friends, but at times they’re necessary
  7. 7. Reality? Everyone has something!!
  8. 8. Language ● Does the language we use to talk about mental illness perpetuate stigma? - eg, I suffer from depression/bpd etc ● Do we suffer from diabetes? Asthma? ● In using different language for mental illness, are we setting it apart from physical illness, more than necessary??
  9. 9. Breaking down barriers ● slow, frustrating ● becomes a talking point for a few days eg GAA players, Robin Williams, but then silence again ● Messy - far easier to promote awareness of something visible and tangible ● People fear what they don’t understand
  10. 10. See Change ● Ambassador ● Green ribbon campaign: May 2014* o over 500 events and iniatives o 300,000 green ribbons distributed o over 1 million conversations started o 66% state encouraged to start a conversation o 62% hearing conversations among family & friends o 53% hearing conversations on the workplace *See Change Green Ribbon Impact Report 2014
  11. 11. Community Change Locally organised events Stamp out Stigma Mayfly 10k NUI Galway
  12. 12. Other Initiatives ● Cycle against suicide o raise awareness o offer reassurance - ok to ask for help o direct towards help ● Pieta House Darkness into Light o fundraising o awareness ● Turn2me.org, Aware, let’s not forget Grow!
  13. 13. Sunny spells and scattered showers
  14. 14. Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers ● Blog: impact on family and friends o awareness o freedom to talk (if feel able) ● One conversation leads to another - people are more open ● Caveat: the neat ‘start-middle-end’ story ● A work in progress, sometimes messy, but me!
  15. 15. Fiona Kennedy Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers http://tinyurl.com/sunnyscattered sunnyscattered@gmail.com

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