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> It's startling that this should be such a big problem in archaeology as
> to warrant the organising of a special conference.  Presumably these
> issues do not affect other disciplines to the same extent.

Mental health is a crucial issue of concern for everyone, archaeologist or not - as the previous commentator pointed out, 1 in 4 people will suffer from mental health issues at some point in their lives. This is not, in itself, a problem. The problems are a) that this carries such social stigma that few are able to be open about their illness in the workplace, which in turn exacerbates their condition and therefore puts their health and safety at risk in the workplace. In very extreme circumstances it can, sometimes, affect the health and safety of those with whom they work too. b) NHS mental health provision in the UK is on its knees at the moment. E.g. A student told me yesterday that the waiting time to get an appointment with an eating disorder specialist in Greater Manchester for someone with anorexia is 13 weeks. If someone is not eating they may not be alive in 13 weeks!

The Profiling the Profession study showed that 98.2% of archaeologists are NOT disabled. If 1 in 4 of the general population have a mental health condition, how many archaeologists does this equate to who are not able to be open about an illness that likely severely affects the quality of their life, and their working life? This is why it is crucial to talk about this in archaeology and all other professions, if we are to support the well being of our colleagues and make our work places happier, safer places to be.

The CIfA have just founded an Equality and Diversity group, which I chair, and we will be doing some research on mental health in archaeology in the coming months, so watch this space! The proposed TAG session is another important way to break down the stigma associated with mental health, and the Equality and Diversity group strongly support this!

All the best,
Hannah.

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  1. Call for Papers Archaeology and Mental Health TAG 2015 (3)

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Date:    Wed, 30 Sep 2015 00:00:09 +0100
From:    John Wood <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Call for Papers Archaeology and Mental Health TAG 2015

"Hey, have you heard there are a bunch of loonies digging up the
centre of town?"
"No, no! You mustn't call them loonies! Anyway we will go and see them
this afternoon. Remember smile at them, look interested in what they
are doing and make them feel that what they are doing is something
really meaningful."

Archaeology is really a form of  'Care in the Community', and hence
why recent governments support it. It is cheaper than keeping people
in institutions.


On 9/29/15, John Wood <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> "Hey, have you heard there are a bunch of loonies digging up the
> centre of town?"
> "No, no! You mustn't call them loonies! Anyway we will go and see them
> this afternoon. Remember smile at them, look interested in what they
> are doing and make them feel that what they are doing is something
> really meaningful."
>
> Archaeology is really a form of  'Care in the Community', and hence
> why recent governments support it. It is cheaper than keeping people
> in institutions.
>

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Date:    Wed, 30 Sep 2015 00:01:48 +0100
From:    John Wood <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Call for Papers Archaeology and Mental Health TAG 2015

Apologies for the double email, I have just upgraded my system and am
still getting used to it.

On 9/30/15, John Wood <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> "Hey, have you heard there are a bunch of loonies digging up the
> centre of town?"
> "No, no! You mustn't call them loonies! Anyway we will go and see them
> this afternoon. Remember smile at them, look interested in what they
> are doing and make them feel that what they are doing is something
> really meaningful."
>
> Archaeology is really a form of  'Care in the Community', and hence
> why recent governments support it. It is cheaper than keeping people
> in institutions.
>
>
> On 9/29/15, John Wood <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> "Hey, have you heard there are a bunch of loonies digging up the
>> centre of town?"
>> "No, no! You mustn't call them loonies! Anyway we will go and see them
>> this afternoon. Remember smile at them, look interested in what they
>> are doing and make them feel that what they are doing is something
>> really meaningful."
>>
>> Archaeology is really a form of  'Care in the Community', and hence
>> why recent governments support it. It is cheaper than keeping people
>> in institutions.
>>
>

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Date:    Wed, 30 Sep 2015 00:14:42 +0100
From:    John Wood <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Call for Papers Archaeology and Mental Health TAG 2015

They say that 1 in 4 people will suffer from mental health problems
within their life time. In reality everyone suffers from some form of
mental health problem of difffering degrees at many times in their
life. It is more normal than not.

It is a subject that needs to be addressed in all quarters of society
to absolve the myths and fears that so many attach to it.



On 9/29/15, Martin Counihan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> It's startling that this should be such a big problem in archaeology as
> to warrant the organising of a special conference.  Presumably these
> issues do not affect other disciplines to the same extent.  I wonder
> what it is about archaeology ...?
>
> Martin Counihan
>
>
> On 29/09/2015 19:25, brochfael canwrtir wrote:
>> Archaeology and Mental Health
>>   Calling for papers on issues affecting the mental health of
>> archaeologists; Archaeological fieldwork as therapy; Evidence for mental
>> health problems and solutions in the past or Inclusion of people with
>> mental health problems in heritage. Please submit papers, abstracts and/or
>> proposals to myself, William Rathouse, ([log in to unmask]) Lewis
>> Colau or Sarah Colau. More information available at:
>> http://tag2015bradford.org/sessions/mental-health-in-archaeology/
>>
>>
>>
>

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