Thanks Alison & Robert for your kind words. Thanks for the question Adrian, I think using chat forums have been useful & I know others who have written blogs about their experiences & found the whole process very rewarding. I think using a secure service similar to Skype could enable group therapy and a way of connecting people. However using sites like meetup.com could be used as a tool for social inclusion in order to maintain face to face. My point is finding a balance as tech doesn't have all the answers but is a great tool that isn't used enough. Mind have made a real success of Elle Friends which is a supportive forum for people to encourage each other in a relatively safe environment. I've found twitter has been an invaluable tool to me & have found it to be a very supportive resource. I think these are all tools that could be used to great effect but it means providing basic IT training in order to ensure many with MH illness don't become even more socially isolated through "digital exclusion". Hope that gave you answer & if you're on twitter find me at @Patient_Leader :)
Hi Dominic - thanks for this - like you I am very keen on prevention of mental illness; massive saving of suffering and massive economic benefit - what interventions would have helped prevent your illness? (e.g. pre-emptive CBT? e.g. online Moodgym?) Many thanks
As they say healthy body ,healthy mind. Sadly throughout society short term vision /action seems to be the norm . Those who are in control often go for the popular, easier option then leave it to others to clear up the mess. In management we called this the seagull management approach. They fly in make a mess then fly out again. Everyone knows prevention is always better than the cure but we seem to wait for the rot to set in before we do anything positive. Dominic is the kind of guy we need in charge of the things that matter because he has the courage to achieve change
Excellent and really valid comments, thank you Dominic.