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Extroverted, gregarious and outgoing, Jacqui Chaplin was first diagnosed with depression in her late twenties. Two decades later, during a third major depressive episode, a different diagnosis was laid bare. Jacqui was diagnosed with Bipolar Affective Disorder Type II. Her book, Disclosure: Casting Out The Shadows plus Strategies for Mind Health Resilience is designed to build understanding of the lived experience of mental illness. It also serves to support others to more effectively manage their mental health challenges and realise there is hope.
Disclosure reveals Jacqui’s rollercoaster rides and black dog moments. She strongly believes that the more people who are willing and able to talk openly and comfortably about their lived experience with a mental illness, the better. Part Two of Disclosure is calledBlack Dogs, Rollercoasters & Pink Elephants: Strategies for Mind Health Resilience which introduces some of the practicalities of mind health matters and the ‘pink elephant’ research-based resilience strategies that Jacqui and others can use to help build and sustain better mind health.
Disclosure has been launched internationally and Jacqui will be speaking across the country about the importance of open and comfortable conversations about mind health matters: yours, hers and ours.
Jacqui offers a series of one-hour Your Mind Health Matters presentations over an agreed time frame (ideally six weeks). A single one-hour presentation can also be delivered.
The Mind Health Matters 3 Part Series
Your Mind Health Matters... Disclosure
Jacqui shares her personal mind health story and champions the importance of speaking openly and comfortably about mind health matters. Disclosure: Casting Out The Shadows tells of Jacqui's experience living with a diagnosed mood disorder. It explores the diagnosis, the adventures and disasters and changing diagnoses. The questions of whether to and when to disclose are a pivotal part of this topic. In this presentation Jacqui speaks openly and comfortably about mind health matters from a lived experience perspective. It provides attendees with the opportunity to be part of a ‘no holds barred’ Q&A on the topic.
Your Mind Health Matters... Giving & Getting Help
In Giving & Getting Help attendees will be given an overview of the staggering mental health statistics, which help people realise the extent of the mind health challenges being faced. Knowing the signs and symptoms of mood disorders is the starting point for intervening in your own or others’ declining mind health. Ways to approach and discuss another’s declining mind health is covered. Some simple steps to getting support and professional help for mind health matters are also discussed.
Your Mind Health Matters... The Getting of Resilience
The Getting of Resilience introduces the research based and personal resilience strategies that support better mind health and improved resilience. It includes a simple memory device to remember the strategies, how the strategies can be implemented and why they make a difference. These strategies are equally valid and appropriate for people with or without a mood disorder or other mental illness.
Your Mind Health Matters... The Language of Better Mind Health
The Language of Better Mind Health takes a look at all the ways we can use language more effectively when it comes to better mind health and the experiences of those living with mental illness. This presentation or workshop that covers the shifting use of language related to mental illness, the ways we can speak about mind health in more inclusive ways. It is designed to get you thinking about your everyday language choices about mind health and life in general.
Your Mind Health Matters... Dealing with The Mental Health Care System
Dealing with The Mental Health Care System explores the different treatment options available from a lived experience perspective. It covers the issue of specialisation fit and availability. In this presentation Jacqui shares the ways she has dealt with ineffective health care relationships to ensure better mind health outcomes.
To enquire about or book Your Mind Health Matters Series or Presentation please contact Play Create Elevate via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +61 (0)412 741 531.
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