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Research Topics / Your story can make a difference!
« Last post by Sara.CP on November 25, 2020, 06:56:38 PM »
Hello everyone :)

I'm a trainee Clinical Psychologist at Lancaster University currently looking for participants for my thesis research project: "The experience of young men who self-harm: A qualitative study of the communicative and relational aspects of self-harm."

We are looking for young men aged between 18-30, who self-harm or self-harmed in the past, to help in understanding better the experience of self-harm in young men. We understand self-harm as any action done on purpose knowing that it might cause physical harm, but without the intent to end life. Participating will involve doing a confidential interview with me.

Let me know if you want to participate or contact me if you have any questions :)

Phone: 07508406276 (you can drop me a message or ring me)
Email: [email protected]

For more information: http://bit.ly/2UapX2v
Feel free to share this with anyone who might be interested.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you, your help is very much appreciated

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TW: Self-harm

Hi everyone,

For my doctoral research project, I am looking for young adults based in the UK to hear about  personal experiences of growing up with at least one brother or sister who started to self-harm as a teenager in an (online) interview.

You may be able to help us if you...
  • Are 16-24 years old?
  • Lived with a brother or sister (ages 10-24) who self-harmed two or more times?
  • Do not currently live with this sibling?

For anyone interested, please go to: https://edinburgh.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bHKPUKPO1KMxANf

You can also contact me at [email protected] with any questions about the project.

Thank you! Nienke

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Survivor Room / Re: Exercise IS NOT a cure-all! (Grumble)
« Last post by Vermilion on November 18, 2020, 12:38:09 AM »
I do understand why it might be recommended initially, there are certainly benefits to be had from exercising and it should be tried before things like antidepressants but I'm just fed up of the implication that it solves everything. I think that it's a useful tool to be used alongside other tools, not as the ultimate cure-all. I'll admit that I need to work on positive thinking, the 'nocebo' effect is a very real thing though I'd say that it emphasises the need for several tools to build a better MH.

I don't exercise outside that much, I'm way too self conscious and clumsy but info get outside for some daylight. I know that it's really important to get some daylight.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that exercise can be great alongside other treatments and it would be helpful if people just acknowledged that it doesn't work that well for everyone.
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Survivor Room / Re: Exercise IS NOT a cure-all! (Grumble)
« Last post by Tucan on November 17, 2020, 09:28:17 AM »
My counsellor is suggesting that I go out each day to expose myself to sunlight. Not necessarily exercise but have exposure to sunlight in a bid to stave off my annual winter depression.
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Survivor Room / Re: Exercise IS NOT a cure-all! (Grumble)
« Last post by Rob on November 17, 2020, 12:40:57 AM »
Some people don't need exercise because their daily lifestyle is active enough, but most people in the UK would benefit from a more active lifestyle - it has beneficial physical effects across the board which might translate to feeling better mentally.

Positive thought has more impact than a lot of people credit; a recent double blind study on perceived side effects from patients taking statins shown that around half of the side effects were actually entirely psychosomatic because they'd anticipated these symptoms from reading the information sheet - the 'negative' publicity. Depression is real and exercise might or might not help alleviate it, but the relationship between good physical and good mental health means it's not surprising that suggesting exercise & positive thinking can be considered good starting points - and if that's not enough then it's time to explore more complex avenues, but always try the basic ways first.
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Survivor Room / Re: Exercise IS NOT a cure-all! (Grumble)
« Last post by Vermilion on November 16, 2020, 10:15:40 PM »
Ah, the mild depression peeps! I have family members who often go on about how they've had depression and exercise solved everything blah blah blah. It's annoying when they think that depression is purely emotional, like we can just cheer ourselves up! I would have done so if I could! I can forgive that though but professionals should really know better. Just some acknowledgement would be helpful because I really do try and sometimes I really start to doubt myself. I know that the NHS is underfunded but do profs really need to make us doubt our own integrity? It's so frustrating because it feels like no one is listening.
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Survivor Room / Re: Exercise IS NOT a cure-all! (Grumble)
« Last post by Turtle on November 16, 2020, 08:48:25 PM »
I agree. There have been times it's helped, but times it has not - and it's certainly something I've used as a form of punishment/self destruction. My GP got very excited when I said I was running lots, told me to keep running, I promptly damaged both my knees from pushing myself too much. ::)

I think it's just an easy fix, particularly for people who have relatively mild depression/anxiety? And the people it does help are very loud and insistent about it! It would be nice if more complex mh issues could be fixed with pilates - but unfortunately it takes more than that and the NHS is chronically underfunded.
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Survivor Room / Exercise IS NOT a cure-all! (Grumble)
« Last post by Vermilion on November 16, 2020, 08:25:23 PM »
I'm tired of people telling me that exercise is some sort of cure-all, like I can exercise my way out of this hell that is my brain. If it were so I wouldn't be on the verge of tears less than an hour after working out for 1.5 hours. I work out 4 times a week (unless I'm ill or mental) and still wanted to kill myself, it doesn't do sh** for my MH. Yes, there are other benefits of exercise but why is it so often plugged as some sort of magical fix it all for MH? It doesn't do anything for my head. And what about when getting out of bed is a challenge, are we supposed to just exercise then? What a load of crap. It doesn't solve everything and I really wish that others would understand this, professional or not.
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Survivor Room / Re: SH ED MH Support, moving on etc
« Last post by Vermilion on November 14, 2020, 01:52:04 PM »
I struggle to verbalise a need for support or how I'm feeling about things which is why I often write things down and let them read it or I send my CC a letter if there's something that I need to discuss but won't have the courage to bring up myself. 

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The purpose of the research is to explore the difference between individuals who self-harm and individuals who do not self-harm in terms of self-esteem, self-disgust, and body experience.

There is very little research relating to individuals in the general population who self-harm, and findings are often inconclusive. Therefore, your participation in the study will assist in further understanding this important area. If self-esteem, self-disgust, and body experience in relation to self-harm can be understood, then appropriate support measures can be put in place.

Even if you do not self-harm, you can still take part in the research.

Participants must be over the age of 18 years old.

Participants will be required to complete an online survey, which should take about 20-30 minutes to complete.

If you would like to take part in the survey, please click the following link:

https://shusls.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0UnouBqebXjxRaJ 

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