Bullying of People living with Mental Health Challenges

March 15, 2016
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley

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Episode Description

Craig Lewis is a Certified Peer Specialist living in Massachusetts, http://www.betterdaysrecovery.com/. He’s struggled immensely throughout his life, but he’s successfully transformed it into a life of wellness. He talks about his life, career as author of ‘Better Days – A Mental Health Recovery Workbook', and his personal experience of being bullied. Drawing on his experience and of others he discusses the forms that bullying takes and how bullies bully. He talks about resisting bullying, what he think needs to be done to improve prevention of bullying and of protection against it, and how people who are being bullied should respond. He explains other ways in which people who are being bullied should be helped. He says what action he would like to see by the communities of people living with mental health challenges to help individuals living with mental health challenges deal with bullies. He shares his message about bullying for people living with mental health challenges.

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Family caregivers are the people who provide care to partners, parents, children, brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, neighbors and even co-workers. They are the people who provide care when everyone else has gone home. They are the people who organize the functioning of the home for the person with special needs, and for the family as a whole. They are the coordinators of care, the managers of appointments, the preventers of loneliness, and the makers of decisions even to the point of Power of Attorney. And they are so often people who themselves are burdened with their own health challenges and who may be in only marginally better health than the persons to whom they are providing family caregiving.

Dr. Gordon Atherley

Dr Gordon Atherley holds the British equivalent of the Canadian PhD and MD degrees, and LLD, Honoris Causa, from Canada’s Simon Fraser University. His awards include Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK. His medical specialties are occupational medicine and public health.
As first President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, the Canadian equivalent of the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, he led the creation of Canada’s electronic information service in occupational health and safety, now used in more than 40 countries.
In academia, he held senior, tenured, full-time positions, including departmental chair, in university faculties of physics, engineering, and medicine. He is the author of a textbook and numerous articles and publications.

Since retiring from medical practice, he’s built up Greyhead Associates, which critically researches the safety, effectiveness and fairness of health services for persons with special needs.
Through Virtual Care International, a company of which he’s President, he’s involved in providing sensible technology to family caregivers to help them with their responsibilities, workloads, and concerns.
Now an activist, he urges family caregivers to unite because, more and more, it’s not just their families who depend on them, it’s also the healthcare system as a whole, as it struggles to meet more and more needs of more and more people.

Episode Directory

April 2016

March 2016

  • 3/29/2016: Bullying People living with Mental Health Disabilities Listen Now
  • 3/22/2016: A Family Experience of being Bullied Listen Now
  • 3/15/2016: Bullying of People living with Mental Health Challenges Listen Now
  • 3/8/2016: Divorce when Children live with Disabilities Listen Now
  • 3/1/2016: Gene Editing for Individuals and their Families and Family Caregivers Listen Now

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