Category: Stigma against Mental Illness

Ableism and Fertility – When online support groups turn against the vulnerable

Last Friday I woke up in my usual state of anxiety and dissociation, having spent what seemed like a life time of nightmares that night – when I had finally focused my mind on the day ahead my heart felt heavy and my mind…

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“I am Fine” the mantra of unseen illness – By Charlotte Farhan

I am fine…. I AM FINE! I. AM. FINE.  However which way I say these three words they are always a lie. Not a vicious deceitful lie, but a lie which serves me well whilst simultaneously crushing me emotionally; with each utterance. This little…

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Now I lay me down to sleep – Art and Poetry by Charlotte Farhan

Now I lay me down to sleep - By Charlotte Farhan

Now I lay me down to sleep – Art and Poetry by Charlotte Farhan – outsider art on mental illness

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Am I Real -Art and Poetry by Charlotte Farhan

Am I real - By Charlotte Farhan

Am I Real – Art and Poetry by Charlotte Farhan – Looking at depersonalization .

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Piers Morgan tries to erase survivors of rape by denying our suffering

Piers Morgan who is a rent a gob for the Daily Fail newspaper has taken to twitter over the weekend to comment on Lady Gaga’s rape and her suffering of PTSD. In his comments he suggests that as Lady Gaga is a celebrity that…

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Halloween and the stigmatisation of mental illness

It is that time of year again – All Hallows’ Eve. Halloween is upon us and has been all weekend, it is a celebration, a ritual and a chance to party with friends, adorning costumes and different personas for one night. With the nights drawing…

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Do you reinforce the idea of the Rape Myth?

You Know You Want It - By Charlotte Farha

Living in this world as a victim who survived sexual violence, assault and child molestation I have had to learn from an early age that the systems of power and society are against me due to my gender and mental illness. People speak of…

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Everyone is Watching – Art and Poetry By Charlotte Farhan

Everyone is Watching - By Charlotte Farhan

With this unseen malady, the world is set to a different frequency, faces move past with only apathy, when they can’t fit you into a box, intelligent, irrational, focused, erratic… you seem a paradox. Knowing people question me, life feels scrutinised, under the microscope,…

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Where are my human rights? Mental illness in the NHS

tears by charlotte farhan

Over 3 weeks ago I wrote an open letter to the NHS and the Adult Mental Health Services:  https://charlottefarhanartactivism.com/2016/09/06/open-letter-to-the-mental-health-services-england-nhs/  Since this letter things started to look up, after tweeting my desperation and crisis live to the world and my followers, the NHS services in…

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Make it Stop – Art and Poetry by Charlotte Farhan

Make it Stop - Art and Poetry by Charlotte Farhan

Waking up, whipping eyelids open in panic, heartbeats pound at my chest, a frame of mind completely manic, inside is emptiness, depressed, with nausea rising as if volcanic, anxieties flood and infest, unwanted thoughts, borderline satanic, the compulsions arise, obsessed, a lump in my…

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