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It's nice to hear more niche stories in the thread the article linked but the widget description is a lacking imo

'Mental health support during the pandemic How to know if you have anxiety or depression'

So many times people equate mental health as synonymous with 'anxiety and depression' the article is a bit disappointing in that it is so heavily weighted towards those two things and perhaps ignores things outside of the realm of those two diagnoses.

I think it would have been helpful to include things to watch out for for all mental disorders not just those two e.g obsessive counting of calories for EDs and so forth. These things have been hard for people in lockdown as they are sat at home and maybe restricted in exercise or what they can buy in the shops.

Unfortunately this is one of the reasons i never feel fully represented by mental health events (not tsr specific), usually they only cover anxiety and depression over and over again and whilst that is of course important and will always be more heavily weighted (since it is more common) other diagnoses do exist - some of which people don't even know the names of.

TSR did a good job with their pandemic mental health thread but this article is a bit lacking imho for the reasons stated above

What Dr Richard said was good information it would have just been nice for it to have been expanded a bit for example what strategies for when someone is in a binging cycle, is hypomanic or has the urge to self harm. It's also important to note that to some extent feeling down and stressed in a pandemic situation is expected and people shouldnt try to diagnose themselves with anything immediately, speaking to a professional is always best if it's been going on for a sustained period or you are in danger.

Just perhaps pointers for the future, if possible perhaps BlinkyBill could change the widget description to make it a bit more inclusive
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(Original post by CoolCavy)
It's nice to hear more niche stories in the thread the article linked but the widget description is a lacking imo

'Mental health support during the pandemic How to know if you have anxiety or depression'

So many times people equate mental health as synonymous with 'anxiety and depression' the article is a bit disappointing in that it is so heavily weighted towards those two things and perhaps ignores things outside of the realm of those two diagnoses.

I think it would have been helpful to include things to watch out for for all mental disorders not just those two e.g obsessive counting of calories for EDs and so forth. These things have been hard for people in lockdown as they are sat at home and maybe restricted in exercise or what they can buy in the shops.

Unfortunately this is one of the reasons i never feel fully represented by mental health events (not tsr specific), usually they only cover anxiety and depression over and over again and whilst that is of course important and will always be more heavily weighted (since it is more common) other diagnoses do exist - some of which people don't even know the names of.

TSR did a good job with their pandemic mental health thread but this article is a bit lacking imho for the reasons stated above

What Dr Richard said was good information it would have just been nice for it to have been expanded a bit for example what strategies for when someone is in a binging cycle, is hypomanic or has the urge to self harm. It's also important to note that to some extent feeling down and stressed in a pandemic situation is expected and people shouldnt try to diagnose themselves with anything immediately, speaking to a professional is always best if it's been going on for a sustained period or you are in danger.

Just perhaps pointers for the future, if possible perhaps BlinkyBill could change the widget description to make it a bit more inclusive
Heya,

It's a really good point you raise about 'mental health' too often being boiled down to these two conditions, and I totally get what you mean about needing to be inclusive. The reason this article focused on anxiety and depression is because when we looked at the first page of the Mental Health forum (a week or so ago), the most common questions (by far) were about these topics. It's not that this is the whole story at all, but we wanted to provide something that could resonate with what many people are asking about as a starter.

The truth is, we'd love to be able to do loads more around mental health, but we aren't the experts. This is why it's amazing when people like Dr Graham can pop in to lend some advice from his expert perspective, and why we work with people like Samaritans and Papyrus, and more recently, Brook. Realistically, TSR is great for speaking to other students, but there's a whole range of dedicated websites, charities and services that are incredible at supporting more specific questions, which is why we're so keen on signposting people to the right places. Even this article is really just meant to be a first port of call, rather than comprehensive advice.

This isn't to say your ideas aren't awesome by the way. (also I think it's not in the widget anymore. )
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There's a lot of valid points raised in this article. Researching and finding the ones which work for me the best. Helpful stuff.
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