I found this mapping and series of brainstorming exercises to be incredibly enlightening and beneficial to my own practice and understanding of mental health issues in Australia.
The initial word bank exercise proved to be very interesting as we were able to co-collaborate in a sense with other groups in the class and address different words and thus different perspectives on mental health issues.
My group divided our own wordbank into three different categories, them being Factual, Emotive, Derogatory and Neutral. Below are these lists which are by no means complete or definitive.
Diagnosis, Educational, Suicide, Self-harm, intervention, equality, addiction, Dementia/Alzheimers, hospitalisation, e-mental health, R U OK, government strategy, trauma, dissociative identity disorder, funding, pro ana/pro mia, designed addiction, stigma, signs,services, ADHD, coping mechanisms, trauma, medicated, unstable, PTSD, unpredictable, illness/disease, treatment, pre-disposition, Borderline Disorder, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia, OCD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Anxiety, Depression
Intervention, uncontrollable, trauma, facade, paralysed, detached, apathy, shame, erratic, invisible, embarrassment, trapped, hardship, sensitivity, choice, stigma, empathy, debilitating, attitudes,coping mechanisms, solitary, up/down
Criminal, terrorist, schizo, dramatic, dangerous, attention seeking, bias, “I’m so OCD”, uncontrollable, unstable, unpredictable, “cheer up”/”get over it/”just a phase”, trivialisation
Tolerance, acceptance, community, society, language, youth, conversation, family, culture, understanding, support
We analysed these words and placed them on a scale of ‘HARD to SOFT’ which can be seen in an image in the slideshow.