Wednesday, 11 January 2017

FAMHQ's. What, When, Where, Why and Who?


The who, what, when, where, why (and how) of FAMHQ’s!

Welcome to my post about FAMHQ’s I hope this will answer all the questions you have and hope you decide if you would like to join in or share this with your network.

The 'F' and 'A' stand for Fiona Art, yes that's me, hello! If you are reading this blog post about #FAMHQ's you probably know already (or can easily find out more by reading online, googling or asking me) that I am an activist based in the UK who is also an artist, photographer and blogger.

The 'M' and 'H' are very important and stand for something we all have; mental health!

The 'Q's' And here is where I hope it starts to make sense, FAMHQ's is where questions are being asked.

So to answer the 'what', 'Fiona Art Mental Health Question's' is an opportunity for you to ask me questions about my mental health. It might sound a bit strange or egotistical because why do you want to know about my mental illness when you've got so many more important things to think about? That's where the 'why' comes in, it's because the best way to fight stigma around a topic is to talk about it more and I am willing (and just a little bit nervous) to put myself forward in order to get people talking.

And then the 'when', 'where' and 'how' for the practical bits. On Wednesdays on Twitter every week 19:00GMT - 19:30GMT (flexible) add #FAMHQ's to your question.

You get the chance to ask me anything, yes ANYTHING about my mental health experiences. I am willing to answer any questions about my medication, mood, diagnosis, stigma, discrimination and treatments I have personally experienced.

I really hope you will join me and tell your friends about #FAMHQ's!

Good mental health
Any questions not answered in the time I will try to answer the following week.
Please use #FAMHQ’s or #FAMHQ in all your tweets as I may not have time to check my notifications and may not see your question until the end of the session.
It's a chance to hear my personal experiences, NOT my opinions (but you can ask me about those at any other time).
If your question is not clear(and there is time) I will ask you to repeat or rephrase the question so that I can give you my best answer.
l will answer ANYTHING about my personal mental health experiences openly and honestly unless I feel answering it compromises my online or offline safety.
Anything asked about my personal mental health experiences that also requires me to mention other people I endeavour to do so without using identifiers (ie A man from Scotland I once met VS Joe Black, Glasgow in 2012). If a person puts information into the public realm (non-private twitter account or a ‘worldwide’ facebook comment) I may use that in my answer to #FAMHQ’s. I do not ‘out’ people.
I created Fiona Art Mental Health Questions weekly half hour to fight stigma by being open and showing it's ok to talk about mental health but I respect everyone’s right to privacy and their right not to answer me or agree with me.

Monday, 9 January 2017

In the darkness.

Please do not adjust your set, it is indeed in darkness.
My first vlog.
Good mental health to you.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Carrie Fisher.

I just found out of the death of Carrie Frances Fisher known the world over as an actress, writer and most importantly to me a mental health advocate and despite never having had the pleasure to meet her I just burst into tears at the news.

Today Carrie Fisher drowned in the moonlight, strangled by her own bra (despite what has been reported regarding her cardiac arrest on December 23, 2016, whilst returning to the USA from the UK).

The first person to see me cry knew instantly why as I walked into the room as he too had just looked at the news on twitter. I admitted I felt silly, 'I don't cry at famous strangers dying, I'd never met her! Why am I so upset?' As he kindly gave me a big bear hug he answered my question 'Because she believed in what you believe in, she was a role model to you'.

He was right. Whilst I first saw Carrie Fisher on film as the character Princess Leia in the science-fiction Star Wars films Episode IV - A New Hope, Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Episode VI - Return of the Jedi and most recently Episode VII - The Force Awakens it has been her work as a mental health advocate and speaker that has kept me following her work (seeing her on 8 out of 10 cats didn't dampen my admiration of her one bit).

Carrie received Harvard College's Annual Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism and it was noted that "her forthright activism and outspokenness about addiction, mental illness, and agnosticism have advanced public discourse on these issues with creativity and empathy."

Carrie Fisher the mental health advocate. 

K. Fisher said on that "the late actress' legacy in the mental health realm will live on." and I couldn't agree more! 

Whilst many understand that living with a mental illness or mental health problem is difficult whether you are a famous star or a shopkeeper in Wales seeing other people speaking out about an issue that you experience does help you feel like you are a little less 'unusual' or 'alone'.

1 in 4 people will this year experience a mental health problem. I have been suffering from mental health problems (depression & anxiety) since my early teens and joined the mental health community to fight the stigma about 10 years ago. Wonderful Carrie, you will be missed by many but to me your legacy is in talking openly about your mental health.

May the Force 
and good mental health 
be with you and all your loved ones. 
RIP Carrie Fisher.