Every single one of us can experience a mental health problem. It is simply part of the rollercoaster of life. But as with HIV, there is a quite a large amount of stigma surrounding it, particularly in Irish society. It does not have to be this way, there are things that each one of us can do to make it better. This is why I am supporting the Green Ribbon campaign. It is likely that you, or someone you know, will go through a tough time at some point in their life. Talking about it can help, and we all … Continue reading Talking can help your mental health
Michelle Penney from Positive Life, Northern Ireland’s only HIV-specific charity explains why volunteering with the charity is so important to them. Continue reading Support–Prevention–Action: volunteering in N. Ireland
Northern Ireland’s only HIV-dedicated support organisation, Positive Life, has recently launched a research report highlighting the positive benefits that complementary therapies can have on the physical, emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing of people living with, or affected by, HIV. The research, carried out by the Institute for Conflict Research shows that complementary therapies can have a clear benefit to mental health, helping people feel better able to challenge the negative thought processes they may have regarding living with HIV. “…in the immediate days after my treatment I feel my thoughts are clearer and it’s only after coming here that I … Continue reading Complementary therapies – releasing the tension
I am very lucky, I share a relationship – nay a marriage — with Andrew. I know that we both could not survive and would not be where we are if it were not for the other. Surfing the Internet this evening, I came across the following quotation. “Don’t let someone become a priority in your life, when you are just an option in theirs. Relationships are best when they are balanced.” I do not know who said it. If anyone does, please let me know. What I do know is that it is very, very true. Thank you Andrew … Continue reading Relationships…
Living with HIV: looking after your mental health Dr Keith Kerrigan, Clinical Psychologist with the Belfast HSC Trust and Trustee of Positive Life writes on the importance of looking after your Mental Health following a HIV Diagnosis. Continue reading Living with HIV: looking after your mental health
It has been a goal for many months, indeed it has been a goal since I was diagnosed back in March 2009. Suffice to say the goal posts have moved now… but what happened in the Royal yesterday? Up at the HIV Clinic in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast it was great to see new faces, a few old ones and ones that have been there most days that I have been up. New social worker With Corinne having retired in June, there was a new social worker who has been in post for some months, he was very pleased … Continue reading Do we get to get your autograph now…?
The Belfast Strategic Partnership* is planning an emotional health and wellbeing strategy for the city. As many people living with HIV often have poorer mental health it will be vital for those of us living with HIV to have an input to the survey. If you want to help to influence the future of health provision in our city, please spend the five to ten minutes needed to complete the online survey. The deadline has been extended to 21 September 2012. Go on… Have Your Say! http://www.haveyoursaybelfast.com/ * Belfast Strategic Partnership involves Belfast City Council, the Public Health Agency and … Continue reading Have you 10 minutes spare to help shape emotional health and wellbeing strategy for Belfast?