Update 10 Nov – Approaching Deadline and New Guest Post Feature

Posted: November 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

Hi folks,

The subs are coming in at a very health riverrine roar at present as the deadline approaches. It’s next Friday, November 15, at the stroke of midnight. So be sure to have your submitted stories in by then! I’m delighted at the response so far. No definite dates for shortlists etc yet but the awards ceremony will be in January, so everyone will be updated before then.

After the generosity of people’s interest and response so far to Patricia Casey’s great guest post on language and stigma, I’ve made a decision that every Monday except for Christmas and New Year, there will be a guest post, this to continue up to the awards ceremony. I have a great one lined up for tomorrow and will be seeking out posts for the rest of the year.

Anyone who is interested feel free to drop a comment or hit me up on twitter (@susan_lanigan)  and we can discuss. I’m looking for somewhere north of 500 words about any aspect of mental health stigma that entails challenging or coping with the repressive power structure which encourages it. I would be particularly interested from people who are in the areas where power is wielded over the mentally ill, professionally and psychiatrically, and who have an understanding of its mechanics. We need to get the input of people in the system as well as those exiled by it, because unfortunately that’s how power works. Yes, survivor stories are a great morale boost, but we need to get power back, not just affirm powerlessness, so we need both sides.

Regrettably I won’t be able to pay you, but I’m happy to signal boost your website or any business interests you might have. And I’m going to put the following in bold because it’s the core of the campaign and all interested parties should bear it in mind:

Please note that the philosophy of Walking on Thin Ice is not to promote vague, feelgood, Kumbaya sentiments on the topic of mental illness stigma. I don’t think people who perpetrate stigma upon others, who act out their own hatred and ignorance, require our support and warm fuzzies. They deserve our censure and our punishment. Walking on Thin Ice is about identifying the stigmatising enemy and fighting her or him with all weapons within our power to use. Because we’ve tried asking nicely, and it hasn’t worked. Let’s get tough.

Thanks all and looking forward to seeing even more subs before Cinderella hour on Friday!

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