The impact of the modern era on community Part 3

There have been many incredible developments and discoveries made throughout the modern age. We have far better medical care, appliances that make life more convenient and incredible technological advancements. Yet with such progress has come a move away from a sense of community. Quite often it is easier to send a text message or an email someone than it is to have an actual conversation. As I mentioned earlier, better transport means we no longer stay within the communities in which we are raised. Whilst advancements have improved things for many of us, it begs the question on how the issue of increased individualisation and loneliness can be improved.

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The impact of the modern era on community Part 2

I remember growing up in a little village. It had local village shops where the store owners knew their customers by name. I spend my early years with the same school friends and I knew all my neighbours. My next door neighbour became Santa at the local village hall every year, there were local fundraisers and village fetes that brought the local residents together. There was a strong sense of camaraderie, support and common purpose.

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The impact of the modern era on community Part 1

I have been reflecting on the modern world and its impact on our sense of community. Community used to be something that was a natural and intrinsic part of society. During ancient times our instincts drove us to be around others and we formed tribes. Being part of a tribe is what enabled us to survive as a species. We needed one another for protection, to build shelter and to obtain food. Whilst in modern society we do not face the same challenges as the ancient humans did, to not be be part of a community and to feel isolated appears to be a large contributing factor for poor mental health….

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Is the diagnosis of mental illness really helpful?

For a while now I have been wondering as to whether the diagnosis of mental health is helpful. I have mixed feeling around this so I thought I would put some of my thoughts into a blog.

I frequently find that people who have been given such a diagnosis are actually having perfectly natural reactions to events that have occurred at some point in their lives. Diagnosis can open up access to help and services, yet at the same time it can lead to people being over diagnosed, heavily medicated, stigmatised and feeling as if there is something wrong with them.

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