OPEN ARCHIVE

An undercurrent is a strong current of water that moves below the surface current and in a different direction to it. One of our main objectives as a collective is to gather together these mental health 'undercurrents' in the form of stories from those who have experienced ill mental health as well as from those who help them.

These undercurrents can provide much solace to people living with ill mental health. They are narratives of those who have been historically marginalised, aiming to splinter widely accepted truths about people, cultures, and institutions.

Ship of Fool's OPEN ARCHIVE is aimed to establish a collection of undercurrents from a wide range of minority communities, as well as voices of dissent from within the institutions involved with these groups. Please submit your own or others' songs, poems, stories, videos, etc., to contribute to this growing project. 

 "Being in nature brings me out of my head and into my body. It's pavlovian for me. I love the red of my socks against the green grass. I washed them once and they were never this red again!  I also try to fill my ever-negative-biased inner monologue with alternative positive self-talk in the form of sayings I see online. You have to take A LOT of them with a pinch of salt though, because some of them will assume a normal functioning mind, and if yours is Borderline (as mine is) they can sometimes seem impossible and therefore damning".  Submitted by Jamie Stewart (@jimthevic) on 5th June 2018. 

"Being in nature brings me out of my head and into my body. It's pavlovian for me. I love the red of my socks against the green grass. I washed them once and they were never this red again!

I also try to fill my ever-negative-biased inner monologue with alternative positive self-talk in the form of sayings I see online. You have to take A LOT of them with a pinch of salt though, because some of them will assume a normal functioning mind, and if yours is Borderline (as mine is) they can sometimes seem impossible and therefore damning".

Submitted by Jamie Stewart (@jimthevic) on 5th June 2018. 


“I would like to recommend a TV series (it's on Netflix in its entirety but I've added a link to the season 1 trailer). ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ is a musical drama following Rebecca Bunch who (spoiler warning) suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). In the early seasons we don't know this and neither does Rebecca - we get to see the world through her lens as she struggles with the undiagnosed condition, and through suicidal attempts (trigger warning) and diagnosis. I found the music and story really helpful as I was going through getting a similar diagnosis at the time. I found it to be an accurate portrayal of a condition that is often very misrepresented.”

Submitted by Anonymous on 29th May 2018.