Shrink Season 1 + Info on Season 2 | Heels Off on Mental Health and Social Media| Laila’s (Fusion of Cultures) on her first panic attack | NHS Go App |
Season 2 of Shrink is in the works! I talked about the web series last year.. how time flies!! Season 1 is amazing, it really showed the complications of helping people with mental health and dealing with it yourself. Like season 1, the new season will be highlighting a lot of topics that needs to be discussed, where people mostly shy away from.
According to Katrina’s instagram post; “Shrink will be tackling BLM (Black Lives Matter), police brutality, deaths in police custody, and racism in mental health services. Subject matters of violence against women, motherhood vs womanhood, post natal depression, Brexit, PTSD amongst soldiers, depression in the church, young carers, and perimenopause will also be addressed.” These are all vital matters that need to shown on screens and I’m happy it will be addressed in the new season. I am very intrigued to see how the stories of the young carers, will be told. Black Ballad had an interview with the writer, director & producer; Katrina Smith- Jackson. Watch the first episode of season 1 below, and watch the whole series here.
“S01 EP1 | “The Underwear Rule”
Bored with her monotonous routine of work, medication and random one night stands, Natasha (Vanessa Donovan) reignites her toxic relationship with Dr Tim (Mike Waller). Swimsuit model Cherry (Charis Agbonlahor) starts therapy in an attempt to come to terms with her abusive childhood. Also starring Stacey Ghent & Derek Oppong.”
Heels Off is an online talk show, the presenters of the show are Amina Habeeb, Ashley Watt, Rita Balogun, Oloni and Mercedes Benson. The guest on their show was Psychotherapist, Deborah Adewole.
In this episode they talked about mental health and social media. Deborah gave some tips on what signs to look out for if you’re worried about a loved one, how to help someone one with mental illness and people feeling left out or anxious without social media.
Social media can be a distraction at times in a good way but sometimes it may not be. From comparing yourself with other people on Instagram or an unwarranted/ negative comment about your tweet/picture; this can begin to affect your mindset and more so if you already have a mental health condition. I think being cautious on who you follow and taking breaks once a while can be beneficial. Forget the likes and the amount of followers you may lose, loosing control of your mental health is far more important.
Laila also talked about people she followed on social media, that committed suicide.”I remember, maybe it was a couple of years ago quite a few, you know it could have been 3 people that i follow on social [media] , like 2 of them where on Tumblr and one of them was on Youtube. And these where young, black people that had committed suicide, and i believe this was around a 2 year period or like maybe in the same year. And it completely took me by surprise. Because of course, behind the camera, behind the photos, behind the Tumblr. You don’t necessarily know what someone is going through, and not everyone vocally speaks on how they feel.”
This takes me back to a post i done last year, about mental health in the black community, it’s called the “Ghanian State of Mind” Documentary.
In this video Laila talks in-depth about her experiences with stress, anxiety and her first panic attack.
The NHS Go App is free, it’s targeted towards young people, which gives you information on health and wellbeing on the go. This will be of good use for carers, as caring for self is usually not done. Caring can affect your mental health and cause or intensify a medical condition. Self care is important and i know it’s hard to fit it in at times, with your caring duties. However you can try and make a conscience decision whether it is early in the morning before your loved one wakes up or when it’s at night and your loved one is fast asleep. Do something for you, it may be as fun as seeing friends or going to a particular place. But listening to a couple of songs, prayer, meditation, reading a chapter of book or journaling can get your mind off things for a moment.
You cannot cheat nature, thinking of doing something for yourself, may sound like a chore. Sleep is very important, but sometimes you may need a bit of help to fall asleep. If sleeping is becoming a constant issue, check the app for suggestions, and if you’re still concerned please visit your GP and contact your local carer’s centre for respite.
Carers UK 0808 808 7777
Carers Trust: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or find your local carers centre
Mind 0300 123 3393
Rethink Mental Illness 0300 5000 927
Highgate counselling centre: 0208 883 5427
Support line: 01708 765 200
CALM (campaign against living miserably): 0800 585 858
HOPElineUK: 0800 068 4141 or email: email@example.com
Samaritans: 116 123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lifeline: 0808 808 2121
You can also contact Deborah personally on the following email address if you’d like to talk to someone privately: email@example.com