Here’s something interesting from the Royal College.
People with severe mental illness are at greater risk of being victims of crime.
“People with severe mental illness were five times more likely to be victims of assault, and three times more likely to be victims of household crime and criminal damage than the control group – even after taking into account differences in their demographics and social circumstances.”
Women were found to be particularly at risk of community and domestic violence.
It’s worth reading the whole article since there are so many misconceptions about mental illness.
I’m kind of busy, but here’s some linky goodness from The Rumpus.
Rumpus Interview with Paul Gilmartin
“Gilmartin is not a psychotherapist, he is not a psychoanalyst, he is not a psychiatrist; he is not even in the mental health field. He describes himself as a jackass who tells dick jokes. I disagree. He may tell dick jokes, but Paul Gilmartin is definitely not a jackass. He is a compassionate, funny human being who suffers from depression and childhood trauma and is on a mission to de-stigmatize mental illness one interview at a time.”
You might want to take a look at this while it’s still available:
Interesting account of depression from the points of view of sufferer, family and…er…sofa.
It’s a good window into what happens.