Early last year I talked about my newly developed anxiety around flying. In an effort to help me manage the problem better, later in the year I attended a “Flying without fear” course held out at Auckland Airport. Today I thought I’d share a few of the things that I learned in the hopes that it might help other people with a fear of flying.
The course contained a lot of information – some of it I already knew, some I knew about but had forgotten, and some was entirely new (and very helpful).
I wasn’t a part of the DPSN team – originally the Diversityworks Peer Support Network – when it began in 2009. In its first iteration DPSN was a pilot project of Diversityworks Trust run by its original Project Manager, the amazing Anna Nelson. DPSN started life as both an online and offline venture, aiming to create a network that would bring together peers and stimulate conversation about diversity, complexity and social change.
I joined not long after the pilot, in 2010, and helped to run events as well as moderate the site on its original Ning platform as part of my role as Executive Assistant for Diversity New Zealand, the business run by Philip Patston which powers DPSN.
Sometimes I wonder if therapists, in general, have a bit of an image problem. So this month I decided to play the role of Agony Aunt.
We here at DPSN can hardly believe it’s December already! After what feels like a bit of a marathon through the last few months, we’re finally starting to wind down and will be taking a well earned break from the blog until February 2018.
This year has been the sixth year that DPSN has been running in it’s current format – we can’t quite believe it! Over 2017 DPSN has only grown, reaching over 30,000 readers – nearly 200 of you following the Wordpress blog – and almost 1000 liking our Facebook page.
We’ve also now posted over 430 blogs, which is an amazing achievement for our dedicated core team as well as our generous guest bloggers. A huge thank you to Nikki for her contributions to her guest blog Nikki’s Natter this year – we hope you’ve enjoyed her blogs as much as we have!
This month, Philip considers the question of whether we should use our privilege – either for our own benefit, or for the benefit of others. I’ve been reflecting on privilege over the last week since it came up during the last session of Be. Leadership. The questions I’ve been grappling with are: Should you use your privilege…
Our DPSN theme for November is ‘Power and privilege’ – we thought this would be timely given election season has just passed! Power and privilege can affect our lives in many ways; either because we have it, or because we don’t. We’ve asked our bloggers this month to share their thoughts on power and privilege, and how it shapes the world around them. We want to hear your thoughts on power and privilege too, so let us know in the comments below, or jump over to our Facebook page to join the conversation.
Yesterday I was reminded yet again how much pressure is put on people to expect to feel ‘up’ all the time and that, if they feel ‘down’ for some reason, there’s something wrong with them.
Someone I was talking to had had it suggested to them they see a doctor because they weren’t feeling too good. Of course a doctor would have probably prescribed anti-depressants to “even out’ their mood.