Interviewed by Tony Delroy on Nightlife

Last night I was in Sydney to be a guest on Tony Delroy‘s Nightlife, a program distributed throughout Australia on ABC Local Radio.

Ross Lewis, CEO of Break Thru People Solutions, and I were guests on the program which focused on employment issues for people with disabilities.

Ross is on the board of ACE National, the peak body for Australia’s disability employment services, and I am an ambassador for this same organization.  In fact, I was formerly a client of one its member agencies several years ago in Canberra.

I tried to use my personal experience to raise awareness of recovery; identify that there are a variety of paths to employment, including doing volunteer work and returning to education; and also discussed the important issue of self-disclosure in the workplace and life.

At the same time, I also used the public platform to stress that one symptom of severe depression is a false sense of hopelessness and that the only essential ingredient for recovery is life itself.

However, I did not effectively address the common false belief respecting mental illness and violence.  Upon reflection, I wish that I had specifically discussed research related to this matter which is available on Sane Australia’s website (fact sheet).

Hopefully I will get another chance in the future to address this important issue in the media.

Live and learn.

Cheers,

Keith

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4 responses to “Interviewed by Tony Delroy on Nightlife

  1. Ihave been referred to your site and can only say “Keep up the great work!”. As far as mental illness and violence are concerned there is a new Swedish study that addresses the role played by drink and drugs.
    I have an article incorporating the link at:
    http://stopthrashingaround.wordpress.com/2010/09/08/is-matthew-newton-giving-us-a-bad-name/
    This perpection about people with mental illness issues and potential violence is I think the biggest stigma-making issue of all.

    • Thanks for your comment and the link to research. I totally agree with your assessment respecting the connection between the stereotype of violence is the biggest factor in stigma. Furthermore, news and entertainment media play a large role in producing and perpetuating this problem.

      Cheers,
      Keith

  2. Wim Perl

    The link to the ‘fact sheet’ on the Sane website about violence & mental health no longer works, but I did find a newspaper article here -http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/contributors/mental-illness-and-violence-do-not-go-hand-in-hand-20091112-ibai.html

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