World Mental Health Day 2014

wmhd-2014Schizophrenia affects around 26 million people across the world and is the focus of World Mental Health Day this year.

Despite being a treatable disorder, more than 50% of people with schizophrenia cannot access adequate treatment, and 90% of people with untreated schizophrenia live in the developing world.
On 10 October we celebrate the most important day in the mental health calendar and shine the spotlight on “living” with schizophrenia. From those who face every day of their lives with it, to their families, friends, doctors and even society as a whole, we all have a part to play in raising awareness of schizophrenic illness.
We want to ensure that people with schizophrenia get the best possible care and support to manage their illness and to help them recover.
What is schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia affects how a person thinks, feels, and acts but it’s actually a word that describes a number of symptoms that psychiatry has labelled a disorder. Not everyone with schizophrenia has the same symptoms and the definition of the disorder is wide, including a number of combinations of different things.
Schizophrenia may make it hard for people to judge reality and key features of early psychosis include:

  • Sleep disturbance
  • Appetite disturbance
  • Marked unusual behaviour
  • Feelings that are flat or seem inconsistent to others
  • Speech that is difficult to follow
  • Marked preoccupation with unusual ideas
  • Ideas of reference – thinking unrelated things have a special meaning, ie people on television talking to you
  • Persistent feelings of unreality
  • Changes in the way things appear, sound or smell

Schizophrenia can occur in anyone but it’s a treatable disorder. Long term medication may be necessary for some people but talking therapies and self-help groups can also be effective.

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Summer Solstice 2011 at Breakthrough Retreats

There have been strange things happening at Breakthrough HQ this week, and now we know why! We have felt great surges of energy, but at the same time Maureen has been feeling a little under the weather : ( We can of course put this down to today (Tuesday 21st June 2011) being the longest day or Summer Solstice.

We were up early this morning as it got light (Just before 5) and have been enjoying every minute of this cloudy day so far. Maureen has had a client this morning, with whom she has been able to share her gift of light with, so the day has got off to a productive start.

We found this great Summer Solstice definition from Chiff.com (2011).

Sol + stice derives from a combination of Latin words meaning “sun” + “to stand still.” As the days lengthen, the sun rises higher and higher until it seems to stand still in the sky.

As a major celestial event, the Summer Solstice results in the longest day and the shortest night of the year. The Northern Hemisphere celebrates in June, but the people on the Southern half of the earth have their longest summer day in December.

This time of year is great for getting rid of old stuff and turning to the new – Hmmm… a Summer Solstice Retreat for Breakthrough Retreats next year perhaps? What fun! – We could channel some earth energy work, perform Reiki, visualisations and Meditate.

Summer Solstice is a time for reflection, and this quote taken from here – Leads us to this…

But just at this moment of greatest light, we begin to face death, for now the days begin to shorten and the darkness grows.  Solstice literally means “sun stand still”, for at the solstices the sun seems to stop on its course before it reverses itself.

This would explain why Maureen has been feeling a little under the weather then!

Here is a great YouTube video for determining how to measure the tilt of the Earth at 1pm today.

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