October 19th, 2012

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Spirit Day: Go Purple on October 19 for #SpiritDay

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Cut and pasted from the Spirit Day Website:

What is Spirit Day?

Spirit Day is the annual day in October when millions of Americans wear purple to speak out against bullying and to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.

Millions wear purple on Spirit Day as a sign of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth and to speak out against bullying.

Wear Purple on #SpiritDay to Stand Against Bullying and Support LGBT Youth.

Spirit Day was started in 2010 as a response to the young people who had taken their own lives.

Observed annually, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, media professionals and celebrities wear purple, which symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag.

Getting involved is easy - participants are asked to simply "go purple" on October 19th as we work to create a world in which LGBT teens are celebrated and accepted for who they are.

Follow the link for all the information:

Here is a great article on Spirit Day by Shane Bitney Crone:
Spirit Day: Wear Purple and Make a Difference in Someone's Life

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SANE launches its "Send a text, Save a life" campaign #SendaTextSaveaLife

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Yesterday, Thursday 18 October, one of the leading mental health charities in the UK - SANE - launched Send a text, Save a life. I have given this campaign as much publicity as I can because I know, from my own personal experience, how important phone calls and texts were to helping me in my recovery.

Cut and pasted from the SANE website:

How you can Help

How can Send a Text Save a Life help?
When you have concerns about someone, and you’re unsure what to do, you can send a supportive text message This is a very discrete and simple way of making contact, and letting the person know you care. You can reach out in a helpful way; and often you don’t need to address the subject of mental health straight away.

What do I say?
SANE maintains you don’t have to be an ‘expert’ to offer effective and important support. Often just showing that you care, and that you’re accepting of the other person’s feelings is enough. The text becomes a message of hope that can encourage a person to ask for help. SANE has a wealth of mental health resources; we provide free, confidential emotional support to people affected by mental health problems, including family, friends, colleagues and carers.

What do I do next?
Someone who is stressed, anxious and/or depressed is very likely to be experiencing feelings of loneliness and isolation and may well be finding it difficult to communicate. The most important step is to let them know:
You are thinking of them
You care about their welfare, and
You are there to listen if they want to talk.

Follow the link for all the information:

Here are some examples of sample supportive texts:

Sources of support for people in need are here:

Please do feel free to explore the SANE website fully - it is excellent and has lots of useful advice, support and resources on there.

Frankenstein: A Modern Myth

It looks as if Channel 4 have scheduled this documentary for television broadcast at last: http://www.channel4.com/info/press/programme-information/frankenstein-a-modern-myth

Good news for those of us unable to attend the Open City Docs fest earlier in the year. I'll be setting my recorder on October 31st when my TV guide hopefully confirms this airtime. :-)