The Sickness of Safetyism When I do training and safety people attend there is invariably someone who introduces themselves by the nominal ‘Safety Sam’ or ‘Safety Sally’. This is how they are known … [Read more...] about The Sickness of Safetyism
Yesterday we went to a memorial function for a friend whose daughter suicided, Sam was 36. These are always very troubling occasions with many tears and many more unanswered questions. We went … [Read more...] about Unanswered Questions and Mental Health
The Social Construction of Mental Health As Safety starts to move into an interest in mental health it brings with it its baggage of individualism, cognitvism and behaviourism. It is through this … [Read more...] about The Social Construction of Mental Health
One of the delusions of the STEM-only mindset is that everything must have a target, measurable goal or quantifiable number. It is the attraction of simple binary opposition … [Read more...] about Love Doesn’t Set Targets
The foundation principle of pastoral care required in meeting people with mental health is tolerance. The principle of ‘there but for the grace of god go i’ is a critical disposition when … [Read more...] about Mental Health and Zero Harm
This is the question Sternberg explores at Chapter 11 in The Balance Within, The Science Connecting Health and Emotions (2001). Sternberg’s work traces the history of connecting the human body … [Read more...] about Can What You Believe Make You Well or Sick?
Note: the following paper explores concepts and ideas associated with Suicide. If this topic triggers distress, it may not be for you. If this paper does cause concern, within Australia you can … [Read more...] about Models of Sensemaking and Suicide (and their challenges)
Mental Health and the Safety Habitus How is the safety industry equipped to tackle the challenges of mental health? What assumptions about personhood and ‘mind’ dominate the safety sector? Do these … [Read more...] about Mental Health and the Safety Habitus