434 Applications for witnesses to speak and a timescale from 1922 to 1995 makes the Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) Inquiry, the largest in British history. The BBC has the story here although any evidence leading to a prosecution of accused former employees will be held in closed sessions.
“n recent years, awareness of mental health in the workplace has ramped up – and rightly so. An employee’s job can often be a source of mental illness or, if not the source, then an aggravator of it. So it’s great that initiatives such as RUOK Day are becoming widespread. This, however, has given rise…
But mental illness is messy and it impacts people in unique ways. While a doctor can estimate the healing time required for a sprained knee ligament, the same cannot be said for a mental illness such as schizophrenia. Each person has a unique experience with mental illness. While two people may share a diagnosis, their…
As a society, we have, rightfully, tried to move away from doing those things, but we haven’t really gotten better at helping people build resiliency. Is it any wonder that we had an epidemic of anxiety, even before COVID-19? We’ve kind of left people with an uncertain world, in which anything can just randomly happen to anyone, while leaving intact our belief systems that teach us that the world is fair.
It’s not. It’s not even close, and yes part of the reason it isn’t fair is that there are bad people in power doing bad things, but even if we could rid ourselves of that as much as possible, (and we should), the world would still be a random place where random things happen, for no good reason.
There would still be natural disasters, accidents, and yes, even abuse and crime. There would still be people with disabilities, mental and psychical, and there would still be victims. Because we’re human, and being human is kind of messy and random.
That’s not going anywhere. The challenge is to find the resiliency to live our lives anyway. This is where we’ve failed too many people, and where we have failed ourselves, finding comfort in false “explanations” instead of facing the hard truths.
A man who worked for both the BBC and Independent Television (ITV) has been jailed for his abuse of teenage girls up to 30 years ago. The Guardian has the main story here although sentencing will be announced at the beginning of March 2012, and most likely take into account time served. – CBG
Kevin Eikenberry, who blogs on leadership, has a quick write up of this book, obviously written from the perspective of being a leader and helping identify loneliness in your own life, and the lives of those who follow you in the workplace. That being said, I thought the subject really applied to us when it…