So I hope that you are all doing better today than you were yesterday and preparing your lives for all of your tomorrows to be even better than they were today!
So 100 days of being Alive on the #Hive in the # IAmAliveChallenge. 🎉🥂🍾🎂🍹🎉🥂🍾🎂🍹🎉🥂🍾🎂🍹
I made it and I can't believe how fast it has gone and I couldn't have done it without you guys!
You know who you are.....❤️💛💚💙💜❤️💛💚💙💜❤️💛💚💙💜❤️💛💚💙💜❤️💛💚💙💜❤️💛💚
So on my 100th day here, I was hoping that I could pick your brains (mmmm bwains...lol...) to help me in my search for global opinions on the topic of mental health care.
And some of you may know that I have been making a documentary over the past 10 years, following around a gorgeous, strong, resilient, proactive and empowered woman by the name of Sue Armstrong, who is not only a sought after fine artist, filmmaker and peer advocate for females with mental health illnesses, Sue is also a mental health consumer herself and has spent just as many decades campaigning for the policy makers to re-instate female only wards here in Australia as she has spent as an impatient in those mixed sex wards.
This is the brand new 5:30 minute teaser for the documentary that I just uploaded onto #3speak last week.
So as I have been making the documentary following her around as she interviews people to garner support for the campaign, I have also built her a website which we will be launching soon (hopefully tomorrow) and I was hoping that you could tell me about the state of your mental health systems in your own countries so we can share that information on the website too.
I know that many South East Asian countries just naturally separate the men from woman and have female only wards because it is simple logic to them.
I know that some countries don't even think that mental health illnesses exist and if they do, the person is either locked up for life in their family basement or shipped off to mysterious, isolated institutions that no-one is ever told about, or has heard of and so the patient is locked up for good and is never able to have visitors or see their families again.
And I know that some countries also consider mental health illnesses to be a 'western disease'.
The stories, comments, thoughts and knowledge about this can be shared with me in any way you choose. Written, video, photos, audio, whatever.
You can be completely anonymous if you want- it's entirely up to you and my discretion and privacy is absolutely guaranteed.
If you do want to remain anonymous and don't want to comment here, the please feel free to send me an email at [email protected] and my discretion is absolutely assured.
And please feel free to share this request around to your friends and families so they too can share there stories, thoughts and comments.
It would be great to hear from all of you men too, as you all have women and girls in your lives- Your wives, your daughters, your sisters, mums and aunts and I'm sure you know how you would want them to be treated in hospital, as opposed to may how they do get treated in reality.
So as an example, here in Australia, an 18 year old male that is 6feet tall and affected by drug intoxication is put into the same ward as a 60 year old woman who is suffering from depression.
Two entirely different genders, ages and issues. One is a traditional, manageable mental health illness and the other is intoxication by a drug- whether it be alcohol or Ice, or anything in between and with unknown factors affecting the person and the ability to treat them. So that could be your frail grandmother in there with a violent, drug affected teenager who has the strength of 10 men.......
OR it could be your 14 year old daughter or sister in there with a much older man having to use mixed bathrooms and showers, in a mixed ward, not being able to lock your bedroom door and no way to get away from them.
And what about women and girls from other cultures being put in with complete strangers and men to boot.
So what does your country do with your residents who have mental health illnesses and need to go into hospital care?
Do you know if your hospitals have female only wards or mixed sex wards?
And do you know if there is a high incidence of assault in these hospitals and other mental health services?
And don't forget that it is WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY tomorrow- the start of WORLD MENTAL HEALTH MONTH
And you all have a head and you head is connected to your body, so of course it can get sick too- especially in this time of lockdowns and loneliness, so mental health illnesses are a fact, not fallacy and can affect every one and anyone- even you.
It was a very gray, dull, depressing cold wet day when I came upon this lovely sight on my way home the other night.
And I am still here and Alive as I #thriveOnHive on the #HiveBlockChain in the #IAmAliveChallenge community created by the gorgeous @ErikGussafson known far and wide as @Flaxz who created the #IamAliveChallenge community for all of us around the world to come together to celebrate our victories and commiserate with each other in our losses and share the love, the I wouldn't be here at all and neither would you!
So if you want to know more about this warm and compassionate community then read more here https://peakd.com/hive-100421/@flaxz/glmrrjya and you're welcome to join in and share your stories, fears, dreams, successes and failures with all of us.
So I look forward to meeting your hero and until then, please be safe and well, and look after your family and friends as good as you look after #MotherEarth and all of her furry, scaley, hairy, feathery, wiry, soggy, slimy, tiny, enormous, hooved, clawed, webbed and padded footed children too! 🐠🐃🐌🕷🐍🐓🦆🐸🐁🐿🦋🐢🐞🦍🐈🦆🐥🐜🦑🐛🐄🦇🐪🦏🐳🐊🦀🦌🐖🐢🐏🐋🐝🐒🐙🐠🐃🐌🕷🐍🐓🦆🐸🐁🐿🦋🐢🐞🦍🐈🦆🐥🐜🦑🐛🐄🦇🐪🦏🐳🐊🦀🦌🐖🐢🐏🐋🐝🐒🐙 So #WhoIsYourHero!
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And unless otherwise stated- ALL photographs, are all my originals taken by me sometime in the past decade or so somewhere in my travels and as such, ofcourse they are subject to all international IP and copyright laws and I may have already used them for my own commercial purposes here https://www.redbubble.com/people/CHOCOLATESCORPI/shop And here https://fineartamerica.com/art/chocolatescorpi, So please ask first if you want to use any of them as we wouldn't want you getting into trouble. Thank you 😀
If you have made it this far, then you are absolute champions and I thank you so much for reading my blog tonight and I hope that you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️All love and support from you in whatever way is greatly appreciated!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️