Psychiatric trauma: the hidden toll of the Covid-19 Pandemic published in the Euronews. The link below introduces us to Psychiatry and the team of people who provide services for people with psychiatric, mental health, addiction in France. We in Ireland need to follow a similar model. Mental health in Ireland is the “Cinderella” … our budget allocation is far below allocations for other health areas and for psychiatric services in other EU countries.

…………..And Why I believe Royal City of Dublin hospital (Baggot Street hospital, Upper Baggot Street and Haddington Road) should become a medical centre of excellence, for mental health and especially post COVID-19 and the trauma caused which cannot be measured as yet.  Some people already refer to Mental Health (Deaths of Despair Sir Angus Deaton/Anne Case) as the second Pandemic.  If you pass by what was the section to do with addictions in Haddington Road, recently closed, you will see a tent, some person’s home – it is a shocking indictment that a person lives on a cold street – a street where 20 years ago a young man called Trevor Deely disappeared.

We have a duty of care as a society.  1980’s we followed the UK model.  The aim was care in the community.  Instead what we have is empty buildings and empty vacant spaces in people who deserve more.

Take a few minutes and explore how the French deal with mental health; yes they mention Stigma but they appear to be far more hands on and they recognise from the research already done, that mental health and addiction are a crisis happening at present but with a fall-out going forward for years.

One more point 39 A  Belfield to Ongar is due to run 24 hours. It passes Baggot Street hospital.

Search:  Royal City of Dublin hospital which spans a number of years of comments highlights the fall further from grace of what was once a training hospital for the doctors who went to the Crimea War.


*Michelle Clarke

The above has been sent to politicians and relevants bodies: recipients below

Wayne, Timmy Dooley,,,, Stephen Donnelly, Siobhan, Uplift,,, SageAdvocacy, Ruth Coppinger, Ross Maguire SC,, Reinhard Schaler,, Provost, Prof Jim Lucey, Prison Library Office,,, Price, Mollie,,, Policy Institute,,


Today we can relate to Emotional Intelligence but also the latest is Technology Intelligence In contrast to the COVID-19 pandemic the world is experiencing at present, the comparable Pandemic of 1918 is worth examination, not necessarily in detail but enough to realise mental health systems have improved. However we need more change, we need to remove the Stigma and we need proper care for those affected, knowing that there will be a fall-out from the impact of COVID-19.

Links which may be of interest

28th April 2020

Mind the Brain: How COVID-19 is a Unique Threat to Mental Health.

Steven Berkowitz, MD
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Director, START Center
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

“…….Pandemics differ from other disasters in that they generally affect a larger number of people, threat to life is prolonged, and illness and mortality come in waves, not all at once. There is an erosive effect due to the constant and prolonged exposure to stress.

Although there have been recent pandemics such as Ebola and the “swine flu,” not since the Spanish flu has the United States experienced such widespread and virulent contagion. About 28% of the U.S. population was infected with the Spanish flu, with 0.81% dying. Unfortunately, there is little information regarding its mental health impact, except for some relevant data from Norway, where there was a 7.2-fold increase in first-time asylum admissions over a 6-year period post-pandemic. Symptoms described included sleep disturbances, depression, mental distraction, dizziness and difficulties coping at work. Furthermore, there were upsurges in cases of neurologic illness among a group of patients in recovery……”


“On the Shoulders of Giants”. What we can learn from the US?

……….Norred had battled schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression. When using her medications, she was full of energy, cooking meals for her mother’s book club, or visiting her grandmother in an assisted living facility.

“She was happy, healthy, and productive,” said Elizabeth Frederick, her mother.

When in the throes of mental illness, the popular waitress was tormented by sleep-deprived paranoia.

Her obsessive behavior led to aggravated stalking charges and landed her in jail on April 2, 2017. During her three months behind bars, she grew agitated, argued with inmates and told staff she didn’t need her medication. A psychologist deemed her incompetent for trial and recommended a mental health facility. A judge eventually agreed…….

Before she could be transferred, Norred hanged herself……….

Please read the link. Mental health, the Cinderella, embodied with Stigma. What happens in the hospitals and prisons in America or the UK may dwarf our prisons, hospitals, mental health hostels but the illness is core and the horrors apply, maybe not to scale, but the details we should know and acted upon. Think of our homeless and mental health neglect. It is easy to shun a person when you come upon them in a distressed state. It does not have to end in suicide, or locked away in the Central Mental hospital, having murdered a perceived foe.

2017 diagnosed with breast cancer: So much life experience I decided that I would write book. Now appear to be a breast cancer survivor.

Published on Amazon

Fortune Favours the Brave by Michelle Marcella Clarke

Be watchful: Depression creeps into the mind…and can destroy. Depression Comix.

296 “No reason”

Published June 25, 2016 21 Comments



Japan: What can we learn? Deflation lasted over 20 years. A dangerous culture took hold in an economy with minimum economic growth; it was the crisis associated with young people yearning social isolation; that same social isolation that 2020 has imposed upon The World even as far as the Antartic. The question is when COVID-19 is eliminated by vaccines, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna which December 2020 has seen their release; we are awaiting AstraZeneca. The Russians have Sputnik V and the Chinese have Sinovac. We can be confident now but it is a long time before vaccinations are complete. It may even be 2022 before herd immunity in most countries is achieved. Anthony Fauci, adviser in the US has said, it may be closer to 85% which will be needed for “Herd Immunity”. This article is worth reading: We have the time at present but we must be prepared for that second epidemic – the roll out of what has, is, and will be, happening to the mental health of people throughout our world. This has yet to be encountered horrors in store over time. Let’s be prepared.

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Overview: nuclear scientists as assassination targets – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

The disadvantages of assassinating nuclear scientists are many, including the possibility that assassinations will inspire retaliation, reduce the likelihood of a diplomatic solution, and increase the difficulties international regulators face in monitoring a covert nuclear program. In the abstract, moral and legal strictures also weigh against such assassination efforts. As a practical matter, however, if an existential imperative is present, it will likely trump legal and ethical considerations when a nation contemplates assassinating nuclear scientists.

Source: Overview: nuclear scientists as assassination targets – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

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COVID Vaccine Hesitancy Widespread, Even Among Health Professionals

The Most Revolutionary Act

By  Jeremy Loffredo

Public health groups, including the World Health Organization, are making a concerted effort to reduce COVID vaccine hesitancy, as many medical professionals and minority groups remain doubtful about safety and efficacy.

As details on the latest COVID vaccine contenders flood the news cycle on a daily basis, reports of concerns regarding the safety and efficacy of the vaccine are widespread among many demographics, even including the professional medical community.

As vaccine hesitancy grows agencies, including the World Health Organization (WHO), are stepping up efforts to build vaccine confidence through public relations and communications campaigns.

Surveys reveal vaccine hesitancy

Researchers from the University of California Los Angeles’ Karin Fielding School of Public Health surveyed healthcare personnel working in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. As the Washington Post reported, they found that two thirds (66.5%) of healthcare workers “intend to delay vaccination,” meaning they do not intend…

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“Bloody Sunday” in the Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection

I found this link on Twitter this anniversary date of Bloody Sunday 21st November 1920. I live in Dublin 4 and am aware there is a history deep in its core that is not spoken about; that is…..until this incredible piece of research appeared on my twitter. Thank you. Michelle Clarke

Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection

Blue icons – operations carried out. Yellow icons – planned/unsuccessful operations

Extracts from James Bird’s sworn statement in support of his military service pension application.


The coordinated operation to attack suspected British intelligence agents on the morning 21 November 1920, known as “Bloody Sunday”, was, to that date, the largest single operation undertaken by the Irish forces in Dublin during the War of Independence. In all sixteen people were killed by the IRA that morning and several others wounded. While primarily an IRA operation in conception and execution, assistance and support was received from members of Cumann na mBan, Na Fianna Éireann and the Irish Citizen Army (ICA). What follows is a listing, by operation location or role, of those individuals whose files are publicly available online in the Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection (MSPC) and, who either claimed involvement in the operation themselves, or whose involvement is stated…

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Media Multitasking Is Ruining Our Memory. Can We Fix It?

Remembering something is a complicated problem for the brain. First, you have to encode the memory into your neural networks; then it has to stick around.

Source: Media Multitasking Is Ruining Our Memory. Can We Fix It?

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A day in the Life … during Ireland’s second Lockdown introduced Midnight 23rd October 2020: COVID-19 has its stranglehold on the people of the global landmass; it is a virus that has the potential to kill especially those who are elderly or vulnerable to medical conditions. It is essential for all people to change their behaviours; these behaviours have centuries of history behind them; they are basic; we have no vaccine yet.

Groundhog day life: it is worth a thought that there are people who live Groundhog day because they were born with a disability, have sustained a long term brain injury, those who have lived their lives and are now elderly, and there many exemplary situations which can help people to change their behaviours to live as we must with the virus COVID-19 until a vaccine is available and that could be in 2021, 2022; the real truth is that we must realise that there may be no vaccine. I live Groundhog Day – abiding by a rigid routine because cognitive impairment means that memories formed enter oblivion but I learned to cope through routine and using the benefits of a technology.

The Pandemic has caused a an acceleration and change is thrust upon us and the challenge is to engage. Part of my rehabilitation over the last 30 years has been caterpulted to near “normal” because of these advances in technology hence I can write on WordPress, publish a book on Amazon and everyday I use Twitter to re-engage from an empty brain to hook up with society. Some people use Twitter daily to upload famous paintings; other’s historical events; others are politics fanatics; others just chit chat. We will ignore those who are trolls. I use “Twitter to augment my memory” as do others who have sustained a brain injury or stroke. Everyday I seek out a quote that may be appropriate to news on that day. I then look for quotations that may be relevant and I send them at random to people I think may be interested in them.

I was talking to two interesting people who lived in South Korea and we discussed the differences in culture. Breaking rules is part of our culture in Ireland having been subjugated to colonial rule for over 700 years, hence there are sound historic reasons for this. China differs. we talk about Autocracy of the ruling elite but in reality it is more to do with the word “Altruism” and the ordinary majority of people; Confucius thinking prevails and the Chinese people tend to and aspire to take account of others so that when it was understood that the masks would benefit other people; they adapted promptly and masks were worn; they were a priority because by wearing a mask you ensure the virus will not pass to other people who are in your company.

Instead I will meander through an experience that is not yet one year old and that is COVID-19 and how it has impacted on a global scale beyond all human comprehension. I will start with the two major players, China and the United States of America, one an ancient culture and aspirational to be the leader again and the United States of America, the assumed Guardian of the weaker countries in the world and possibly losing territory. They share in that both have experienced pandemics within the last 100 years, in America in 1918 there was The Great Influenza which travelled by rail and boat globally killing somewhere between 50 and 100 million people, more than the number killed in World War I 1914-18. China 2020 Wuhan, Hubei province SARS.CoV.2, the disease COVID-19, a zoonotic transmission from animal to human and then passed from human to human.

Everyday I choose a tweet with a quote and often a comment:-

Tweet @canisgallicus

Autumnal & beautiful. Not a reprimand but a suggestion. Leeson Street, Dublin 2 pupils gathered in huddles unaware of realities of COVID-19; “Tell people – and they may forget… show them – they may remember… but involve them and they will understand.” Confucius

Tell people – and they may forget

Show them – they may remember

BUT involve them and they will understand

Confucius 551-479 BC

Confucius “Master Kǒng”; 551–479 BC) was a Chinese philosopher and politician of the Spring and Autumn period. Confucius founded the Confucian (Confucianism) school of thinking. It emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice, kindness, and sincerity. While Confucians emphasize personal cultivation of character, they give priority not to the individual but to the family, community, and the world. The Confucian approach to learning and education, which emphasizes humanity and service to others, is of significant value to the modern world. The emphasis of Confucian learning is on the search for personal strength and the commitment to social responsibility. Confucius believed in the equality and educability of all people. He viewed education as a means of transformation, the discovery of human nature, and the cultivation of character.

Globalisation opened up trade between countries and trading blocs like the US, UK, EU, South America, Africa, Middle East, Asia (and they have strong links forged with Russia) to each other. What is interesting at this point is to note China’s Confucian belief system and how they have established Confucian Institutes in countries especially the US, where their interaction is already attracting attention. Universities in America welcome large tranches of investment from overseas and exchange programmes especially in the area of research. They have accepted Confucian Institutes attached to many of their most prestigious universities. However, President Trump won the 2016 election using the slogan “Make America Great Again”; it was about getting American people back into the workforce and encouraging companies based abroad, often for tax purposes, to return to the US and create the much needed employment. China became a target. Today we await the result of the November 3rd, 2020 US election to know if President Trump will continue in office or will it be Biden?

1918 was the year of The Great Influenza, starting in the US and spreading throughout the world. Between 50 million and 100 million people died; it was more than the number of people killed in World War II. December 2019, it was Wujan, Hubei province China that resulted in the present day pandemic SARS-CoV-2, known as COVID-19; it is the re-emergence of the coronavirus. The difference this time was that the information was delayed; a holiday involved people travelling and spreading the virus and this time it was by way airline travel. No borders just a massive spread throughout the global population.

Marching Plague, Germ warfare and Global Pandemic by Critical Art Ensemble. Why? Because we need to know about Bioterrorism and its potential in the 21st century. COVID-19 is a pandemic but the following quotation explains that the source of terror can be orchestrated in a laboratory too. It is Bioterrorism that incurs Military Industrial Complex funding which could be used to fund an adequate and proper public health system especially in the US, which is in chaos as a result of COVID-19 and sustaining economic lockdowns that have forced into a recesssion that is predicted to be a depression comparable to that in the 1930’s.

A press release from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre:-

Bioterrorism is the greatest national security threat of the 21st Century. Bioweapons attacks could cause death and suffering on a catastrophic scale, wreak enormous economic and social disruption, and even threaten core democratic processes. Adequate defence does not depend on our military strength but on medical and public health systems and availability of effective drugs and vaccines….(Critical Art Ensemble pg 18).

COVID-19 is not an act of bioterrorism; but its impact and its implications socially, economically and to the health of people, are playing out each hour of every day in every country and continent in real time. What we can assume is that there are “Preparedness Plans” in place. We know diseases like smallpox, measles, mumps, rubella have caused many deaths but vaccines through expertise and specialised medical endeavours, and a proactive system of public health, have ensured that people are inoculated and therefore will not die from these viruses. What COVID-19 warns us is that the improbability of germ warfare and the over-spending on research into same leaves public health underfunded for research into diseases that kill millions of people every year. Not since the 1960’s has there been significant pressure from citizen groups and scientific professionals to end germ warfare programs (Central Art Ensemble pg 40)

Communism is the nucleus of the politics of China; and Capitalism is core to the doctrine of the democracy of the US. The irony is the Pandemic COVID-19 is beyond borders. China is moving hundred’s of millions out of sheer poverty and this aided by trade deals with other countries especially the US which was facilitated by a move by countries from protectionism to globablisation. However what we do know is that capitalism in the US directed funds which would otherwise have been spent in public health into the war machine and this is now challenged and could result in a change beyond expectations for what is medical health provision in the US and a system of proper health made available to all citizens of the country without having to pay; as is the practice in the UK through the NHS and in many EU countries. Health surely is a basic human right. We can learn from Cuba’s health system which is free to all and who send their medical teams to disaster locations all over the world as an intervention team.

Capitalism has a major faultline and that is the production of poverty. Too often people are packed together in ghettos; there is improper water and sewage treatment. Capitalism unsupervised mindlessly eliminates surplus populations by “sheer neglect”., Central Art Ensemble, (pg 101) Capitalism has created the engines of growth to eliminate such poverty by a fairer redistribution of wealth but that the reality in First World countries, in particular, is that thatengine of growth is for the wealthy and not the poor who outnumber the weatlhy.

I have selected this quotation from Gore Vidal because he clearly makes the statement that monothesism although embedded in our world, causing military interventions and hostilities throughout the world, in favour of Confucianism, which as he says “is not a religion but an “ethical and educational system”.

“I regard monotheism as the greatest disaster ever to befall the human race. I see no good in Judaism, Christianity, or Islam – good people, yes, but any religion based on a single, well, frenzied and virulent god, is not as useful to the human race as, say, Confucianism, which is not a religion but an ethical and educational system. Gore Vidal

Is this why “containment of the virus” was so successful in the Asian countries? Is this why the capitalist driven, extremely wealthy physicians lose faith in their mission in life and as many as one lecture theatre in a university, commit suicide each year. It would be interesting to know about doctors and suicide in China? The word “vocation” to working in the health system in most first world countries is long forgotten and without a vocation or a Confucian belief system medicine fails to reward people with wealth as its only driving force.

Sir Angus Deaton; Anne Case coined the expression “Deaths of Despair…the end of Capitalism”

Physicians/Doctors who commit suicide: To mother, a nurse and her little 7 month old baby who died today. We must learn to understand people; not to stigmatise them or shame them.

Hope: Greek Prime Minister talking with Yuval Noah Harari 4th October 2020


Book: “Fortune Favours the Brave”

by Michelle Marcella Clarke

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Keep your mask on: Why a coronavirus vaccine won’t be the panacea many hope for – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

We all want the pandemic to end. Many of us are are hoping a coronavirus vaccine becomes available soon. But will a vaccine development process that many believe has been politicized and some fear is being rushed deliver a safe and effective vaccine? Will people want to take it? As we wait to breath a sigh of relief, we’ll still need to keep those masks handy.

Source: Keep your mask on: Why a coronavirus vaccine won’t be the panacea many hope for – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

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Estonia Is a ‘Digital Republic’—What That Means and Why It May Be Everyone’s Future

Estonia has digitized 99 percent of its public services and persistently achieves one of the highest ratings of trust in government in the EU.

Source: Estonia Is a ‘Digital Republic’—What That Means and Why It May Be Everyone’s Future

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COVID-19: Intention was to write essays. Gathered data, too much, too manic, then came fear as I read the Harvard notes on how to write an essay. After the last recession 2009; I wrote most days on WordPress. Time is now and I will continue to write in the way I know best, without having to conform …

11th October, 2020

The Qualifier is the essay to me is about perfection and it is perfection that creates the massive anxiety disorder which causes mental collapse.

Every day I start the day by looking for a quotation which engages me with whatever is within that day. I then go to my twitter account @canisgallicus and I “paste” the quote, with a comment added by me to a variety of tweeters who may be interested – these days it mostly relates to COVID-19.


Please COVID-19 has given us “TIME”; let’s take time to examine

our lives; we know 2021 will yield vaccine, but

be learned going forward. Charlie Chaplin –

Final Speech from The Great Dictator via @YouTube

“Fight for world of Reason” Science too.

Pandemic no 2 is mental health; the loss of mental wellness which is happening now but will apply for decades to come.

This was tweet sent out on 10th October 2010 – World Mental Health Day.

Mental Health Crisis in a Knowledge Economy-The Brain Forum Debates 2020 YouTube 2nd pandemic=mental health; it is sequel to COVID-19. Listen to ple who have had mental breakdowns esp Alistair Campbell&Anna Williamson; be ahead of curve. Me Anxiety/Bipolar

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Vaccines don’t save lives. Vaccinations save lives

(2019). Vaccines don’t save lives. Vaccinations save lives. Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics: Vol. 15, No. 12, pp. 2786-2789.

Source: Vaccines don’t save lives. Vaccinations save lives

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