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ARE WE REALLY OK?

Posted in city of fremantle, health, mental health, Uncategorized by freoview on September 12, 2019

 

 

It is R U OK? day today and like every day of the year we need to be asking that question.

There are so very many people in Australia with mental health problems, with depression and anxiety, and suicide far too often seems to be the only solution for those in despair.

As someone who suffered from depression for a very long time, now thankfully years ago, I know the struggle, the feeling of being abandoned by the world and the black hole that seems to be getting deeper and darker as there appears to be no future.

It is so very important to turn to friends of family and tell them how you feel, without being judged or pitied, and it is very important that we all ask ourselves and those around us R U OK?

Life can be an enormous struggle sometimes, and no one should feel ashamed when they are down in the doldrums, not even when it is self-inflicted. There is always hope and there is so much beauty in our world and so many very good people!

Be honest with yourself and don’t pretend to be happy, because acknowledging the problem is the very first important step to recovery and healing.

Roel Loopers

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WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY

Posted in city of fremantle, community, health, mental health, Uncategorized by freoview on October 10, 2018

 

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MENTAL HEALTH WEEK-WE ALL CAN HELP!

Posted in city of fremantle, communication, community, health, mental health, Uncategorized by freoview on October 8, 2018

 

Mental health week.

 

Mental health problems have been increasing for years now and affect young and old people, ale and female.

Being aware, asking R U OKAY? and caring and sharing better will all help. Don’t take your loved ones, friends and family for granted, make sure they are okay!

Roel Loopers

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WE LIVE ON A VERY LONELY PLANET

 

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We live in a world where we can communicate with anyone on earth within seconds, be that via computer, mobile phone or other means, so why is it when most of us connect many times a day on social media that so many of us feel lonely, according to a massive survey by England’s BBC.

The BBC started the Loneliness Experience on Valentine’s Day this year and 55,000 people from around the world responded to it.

The graph above by the BBC shows that it is not just old(er) people who feel lonely often, but surprisingly the top group is those between 16-24 years of age.

Depression and suicide have been increasing in the western world, as people feel unwanted, not appreciated, bullied and not loved. Social media contacts don’t replace touch, a hug, people who really care and share, and to cuddle up with someone you trust when you feel down.

We live in a society where many of us have become cynical of our political and spiritual leaders, and that has created the ME society, where others are not much of a priority for many people. We all long to be loved and cared for, and it all starts with respect, courtesy and sharing.

It appears to me from the above graph that we are not okay and as a community we need to make better efforts connecting with each other. R U OKAY?

Roel Loopers

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END OF LIFE CHOICES FORUM AT NOTRE DAME

Posted in city of fremantle, health, lifestyle, living, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on September 19, 2018

 

NDA forum

 

Fremantle’s Notre Dame University facilitated a very interesting forum about End of life choices on Wednesday evening.

The panel members were Prof. David Kissane-NDA and St Vincent’s Hospital, Dr Richard Lugg-Doctors for Assisted Dying Choice, Dr Murray Hindle-Dying with Dignity WA, Lana Glogowski-Palliative Care WA, and Chris Shanahan-Barrister Murray Chambers.

Prof. David Kissane said the proposed new law was about the right to die rather than offering optimal palliative care, and he expressed concern that mentally ill patients might have access to euthanasia. Palliative care is the real alternative to assisted suicide.

Murray Hindle said it was the right of the individuals to have control over their death, not about better palliative care, and that in a survey 88 per cent had said yes to doctor assisted dying. It is about a person’s right to autonomy.

Lana Glogowski said that palliative care is not well enough resourced by our governments and that people should have a conversation with their family and loved ones about end of life options and what they wanted, and that there needed to be more education about those options.

Dr Richard Lugg said that patients want their care to be compassionate and kind and that the autonomy of the patients comes before the doctor’s-I know best-decision. We want the new law to help, not hinder assisted dying, he said

Lawyer Chris Shanahan said under the current law the patient has the right to consent, the right to self determination, and needs to give consent to medical treatment.

Questions were raised about putting doctors in a difficult position and pressure from family members on patients, but a new law would see no compulsion on doctors to assist dying if they are against it.

End of life options would also be different for different cultures and religions, and most people wanted to die at home and better palliative home care needed to be supported.

It was essential that any new legislation about Voluntary Assisted Dying has to have clarity and lack of ambiguity, and too fast change might overwhelm the community process. We need to respond in a human way.

It was argued that any suffering can be dealt with with drugs and that many people who plea for help are depressed and demoralised and want to die.

The larger part of the community die a good and dignified death and do not suffer.

What was not discussed at all is the reality of many older people dying an undignified and lonely death through suicide, often trough illegally imported drugs, such as Nembutal,  from Mexico and eastern European countries, or they kill themselves in other ways, because the choice of assisted dignified dying is not offered to them under our present legislation in WA.

The euthanasia debate is a very important one, and one we need to have in our community, so it was very good that Notre Dame University accommodated the discussion. Thank you NDA!

Roel Loopers

THE ART OF MENTAL HEALTH

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, health, mental health, Uncategorized by freoview on April 30, 2018

 

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There is an interesting new mural artwork in Fremantle on the corner of Queen Victoria and Parry streets.

The Share Your Headspace work was done by artist Rene Brink in collaboration with Freo student Kate Gunnel and is about mental health awareness.

Roel Loopers

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BULLIES ARE COWARDS!

 

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It’s the National Day Against Bullying and Violence  and that should be a reminder that we all need to stand against bullying in our society.

Bullying unfortunately has become the norm on social media, in schools, the workplace and basically everywhere else and has driven people to suicide.

If you witness bulling speak out! If you are the victim of bullying speak out! All together we can change this despicable attitude of the morons who engage in it. Do it now!

Roel Loopers

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R U OKAY TODAY?

Posted in city of fremantle, depression, mental health, Uncategorized by freoview on September 14, 2017

 

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It is R U OK? Day today and a timely reminder for all of us to remain vigilant about our loved ones and work colleagues.

Mental health issues affect a large number of people in our society and they deserve our awareness and support. There is also a disturbing high trend of youth suicide.

Often just having someone who will listen without judging, to get a hug, a smile, and to not feel totally abandoned and alone in fighting the black dog, is so very important.

When that big black hole opens and the anxiety and depression takes over, it is a huge battle to try to pull yourself out of it, and sometimes it seems futile to keep on trying, as even getting out of bed in the morning is too much.

So ask the people around you if they are ok, because many of us just keep smiling while sinking deeper and deeper in the hole of no return. You could safe someone’s life today!

R.U OKAY?

 

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE NETWORK ON ENERGY AND MATES

Posted in city of fremantle, electricity, energy, environment, fremantle network, Uncategorized by freoview on July 24, 2017

 

The monthly Fremantle Network events are always interesting, and for those inclined so, they are also good opportunities to meet new people and network.

This evening Monday July 24 at 6 pm, upstairs at the National Hotel will have two speakers.

FUTURE ENERGY NETWORKS
James Eggleston is undertaking groundbreaking research in the renewable energy sector, working on a pilot project at the WGV development that seeks to enable strata developments Australia wide to the benefits of solar PV and battery storage.

James is a PhD Researcher at the Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute on an Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) scholarship.

Game changing transition to a more sustainable energy future is happening right here in Fremantle, come along to find out how.

MATES IN CONSTRUCTION
Godfrey Baronie is a Freo local and the CEO of Mates in Construction, a non profit organization that works to reduce the extremely high rate of suicide among construction workers

Incredibly, 190 Australians working in the construction industry take their own lives every year, this means we lose a construction worker every second day to suicide.

Construction workers are six times more likely to die from suicide than an accident at work. For our young workers, the facts are that they are well over two times more likely to take their own lives than other young Australian men.

Godfrey’s joyful manner and lust for life is a shining light for people experiencing dark times.

Bar and kitchen will be open, so stay on for a bit, have dinner and support the National Hotel!

Roel Loopers

SUICIDE ART IS NOT FOR CHILDREN

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle arts centre, Uncategorized by freoview on July 4, 2017

 

The Fremantle Arts Centre acted swiftly on a complaint by the Liberal Member for Tangney Ben Morton and has put an attendent in front of the controversial suicide exhibit he wrote about in the West Australian today.

There were already signs warning that the video created by artist Roxby Smith is not suitable for children, and barriers now make visitors even more aware that part of the show is challenging.

I commented about this when I reviewed the entire new shows at the FAC a couple of weeks ago.

While I believe art should be challenging instead of being mere decorative, I personally find the suicide video, where an animation of a woman shoots herself in the head multiple times in different street locations, tasteless and not at all helpful to having a serious discussion about mental health and all the reasons why people feel they have no option but to take their own life.

I reluctantly show some screen shots of the video so that those who can’t get to the FAC know what I am talking about.

This is definitely not a video children should be viewing so keep them away from it!

Roel Loopers

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