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Developing the mental health media charter

Anyone who has any experience of them will tell you that unfortunately mental illnesses don’t confine themselves to the realms of logic.

As someone who lives with an anxiety disorder, for example, it’s the days when I’m least able to incorporate lifestyle choices which I know lessen my symptoms when I need to most. Similarly, information which to a healthy mind is a deterrent can act as a trigger for a vulnerable person. This is particularly true of mental illnesses that have a strong behavioural element, like eating disorders and self-harm.

Evidence has shown for some time now, for example, that sharing shocking details about weights and calorie intake in eating disorder stories can throw fuel on the fire of the perversely competitive element of the illness.

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The June/July 2018 #MHNjournal highlights include: - A report on concerns over money lending for people with mental health problems - The language of psychiatric discourse: power and imbalance - Guidance on writing for publication - Speak Up! features on experiences of working with mental health nurses, and recovery from anorexia - MHN Student Focus: Matty Laycock on the important of focusing on recovery - Inside the mind of... Natasha Devon - Resource reviews - Our regular updates from LPO Dave Munday and news from the mental health nursing world