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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

ESSAYS On Prevention in Mental Health (PDF DOWNLOAD NOW AVAILABLE)


A compilation of work about prevention in mental health from 1995-2004

ESSAYS  On Prevention in Mental Health (PDF DOWNLOAD)
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Best known for his work in prevention of suicide in young people, Graham has researched the problem and possible solutions since 1987. This book brings together papers and editorials reflecting development of ideas about Promotion of Mental Health, Prevention of Mental Illness, and Early Intervention (PPEi) over the years 1995-2014. The book also acts, in part, as an historical record of the development of the nationally funded Australian Network for Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention (AusEinet, 1997-2009).These ‘Essays’ are written in a direct conversational style, yet grounded in emerging theory and international practice of the time. It is hoped that some of the essays will be of sufficient interest to provoke others to consider the broad implications and applications for prevention in mental health.
Martin, G., 2014. Essays on Prevention in Mental Health. Family Concern Publications, Brisbane

Sensual Haiku (Wednesday)

Lend me your body

Need to feel it’s warm soft curves

Wrapped tight around me

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Transverse Myelitis and Skin

I'm a bloke. Skin is just there. You damage it, you clean it up, put a covering on it, and get on with what you were doing. Scars - Yeah, no problem!
But then I got Transverse Myelitis, and...
I have really weird sensations of pins and needles getting worse towards my feet. It is variable, but often it feels like I have a pair of thick woollen socks on my lower legs.
I have residual loss of sensation in my legs and feet. By this I mean I have patchy light touch sensation - mostly missing.
I can feel hot and cold - mostly.
I certainly feel pain, to which I have a withdrawal response. That is, a very primitive pulling away - usually only seen in infants under 1 year.
I really enjoy a good foot rub, but when my feet and legs are overstimulated, I end up going to sleep. The next day my control over my legs and feet is often erratic until I get back into my stride. All weird.
The bonus to the foot rub is that my wife uses a thick cream which, despite daily showers, tends to stay on the skin for up to three days.
The rest of the time, all my skin is much drier than it has ever been, and the nearer to my feet we go, the more dry and scaly it seems to be.
OK, I am 70. OK, I am nowhere near as physically active as I used to be; I just cannot do it - I get exhausted. OK, I have lost 15 Kgms or so (about 35 lbs), so I guess I don't have the body or subcutaneous fat I used to have. I am not sweating as much as I used to - either because of the ambient temperature in Queensland, or because of exercise - so I guess I am not leaking oils into my skin.
I am worried. I don't like the feel of my skin; but it is more than that. I don't seem to heal as well as I used to, so I am much more careful about knocking myself, cutting myself or causing damage. I am particularly concerned about my feet. If I get a cut or abrasion on my feet, it would stop me walking, and then I could not not continue my regime of trying to recover.
I have tried creams and various things on the outside. None of it seems to last. Given my previous posts about diet and TM, I am aware that I need to look after the inside. Lots of Vitamin D (and other Vitamins), increased Calcium for my skin and bone integrity, and a good balanced diet low in animal fats. Yet, it seems to me that if I increased my animal fats, this might help my skin. But not my TM or my coronary arteries etc. 
I read somewhere about the mediterranean diet, and how mono saturated oils like Virgin Olive Oil are good for the body, and several stories about people taking a teaspoon a day of Olive Oil to improve health and ageing skin. I tried that, and got diarrhoea. So now I use it a couple of times a week, but no more...

Anybody got any useful ideas??

A Sensual Haiku (Tuesday)

Spent, they rolled apart

Revitalized, the glow spread

Satisfied, they sighed

Monday, August 4, 2014

ESSAYS On Prevention in Mental Health (New Book in Press)

This is the cover of my new book, currently in press.

The book is not a textbook. It is not a comprehensive treatise on prevention. Rather, in 42 chapters, it traces the development of my thinking about how we can intervene in various mental health problems, to either prevent them, or at least to reduce their impact.
It also, inter alia, traces the development of the Australian Network for Promotion, Prevention, and Early Intervention in Mental Health.

2 weeks to go...

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Haiku on Empty/ Home/ Quick/ Despite


My mind now empty
Somewhere between on and off
Ready for the worst

Between empty jobs
Worst you could possibly feel
Ready for a change

Ready and willing
Diary empty today
Between three and four


A place to call home
One place in life we can be
Simply who we are

Now we are back home
Few regrets about travel
Wish we'd stayed longer

Few wishes come true
But you are my dream my love
Filling home with joy


A quick assessment
Glowering clouds in the sky
It will rain today

On alert since dawn
His quick mind took in the scene
Not a creature moved

Quick breakfast needed
Then it's off to work we go
Hi Ho, Hi Ho, Damn


Despite all my rage
I'm just a rat in a cage
I cannot be saved

Despite all we know
Parents still abuse children
Causing lifelong pain

Despite all the drought
Underground rivers still run
Down towards the sea