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mental illness advice card

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Sometimes it is difficult for people to understand the problems you are having, e.g. why you don't want to go to crowded social gatherings etc...

Explaining a complex mental illness can be quite hard.

So instead, why not just stock a bunch of business cards sized "advisory cards" (specific to a form of mental illness), that suffers can stock up to use in social gatherings, jobs, appointments as needed.

What it contains is a cheatsheet on what it is, and frequently asked question. (e.g. what to do if your friend has a panic attack)

It also contains a QR code and NFC tag that links to a website explaining what the issue is, the rights and regulations, etc... All in a quick and easy to reference manner. (The NFC/QR could also be useful for storing quick info for first responders)

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Since everyone is different, a psychologist appointment can be done perhaps, to generate a specific card that is most suitable for the user, and is verified by the psychologist.

mofosyne, Mar 30 2015

Inside the Aspie Brain; Why social scenarios are so difficult... (self.aspergers) http://np.reddit.co...cial_scenarios_are/
[mofosyne, Mar 30 2015]

the /r/bestof thread about the above-linked thread https://np.reddit.c...drome_explains_why/
I'm PointyOintment there [notexactly, Mar 31 2015]

Autism Alert Card http://www.autismwe...etail/53ac4c9f32ce5
Sort of baked for Autism and encounters with the authorities in the West Midlands [oneoffdave, Mar 31 2015]

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       When I was much younger (maybe around 10?) and was going on a trip or to the Stampede or something, my mom gave me a card to put in my wallet that explained how I might behave in ways people might not expect due to my Asperger syndrome, so that in case I was on my own with strangers (or police, I think she said something about) and was having difficulty, I could show them the card. I never had to use it, but I think it was a good idea.   

       I think she printed the card from some Asperger- parents website. Not to say that this is baked already, necessarily; I don't think it was anywhere near as sophisticated as what you're suggesting. QR codes and NFC certainly didn't exist back then.   

       The discussion in the /r/bestof thread is also interesting to read—[link].
notexactly, Mar 31 2015
  

       Medic Alert bracelet ?
FlyingToaster, Mar 31 2015
  

       NFC Medic Alert bracelet?
notexactly, Mar 31 2015
  

       //NFC// No Fat Chicks ?
FlyingToaster, Mar 31 2015
  

       + But the thought of actually giving some one such a card gives me the screaming heebie jeebies.
zeno, Mar 31 2015
  

       notexactly, Mar 31 2015   

       Not exactly. Medic Alert bracelets may be more durable, but it comes at a cost of universality.   

       Not everyone has a smartphone. Hence the disposable printed text. The NFC+QR is just there to increase it's effectiveness in getting the point across, without the user have to explain further.
mofosyne, Mar 31 2015
  

       //NFC// No Fat Chicks ?   

       Nebraska Fried Chicken.
angel, Mar 31 2015
  

       For fashion's sake, one could wear a necklace with a highly polished chestnut pendant, or peanut, or acorn, etc.
FlyingToaster, Mar 31 2015
  

       So I guess my card would read:   

       the one who handed you this card has a permanent case of the screaming heebie jeebies, do not be alarmed he will not try to kill you.
zeno, Mar 31 2015
  

       I'd like a laminated card that read "You are hopelessly unrealistic and what you are planning to do is almost certainly a very bad idea."
MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 31 2015
  

       //I'd like a laminated card that read "You are hopelessly unrealistic and what you are planning to do is almost certainly a very bad idea."//   

       Card unnecessary. All of my English friends say this about pretty much everything, pretty much all of the time.
bs0u0155, Mar 31 2015
  

       {Do Not Leave Un-Attended Near Windmills}   

       {...anything spinny really}   

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Voice, Apr 01 2015
  

       I keep half a croissant in my shoe. When I show them that they usually leave me alone.
AusCan531, Apr 01 2015
  

       Show them the shoe, or the croissant ? Is this a shoe you are wearing, or an extra one you carry with you ?   

       // a bunch of business cards sized "advisory cards" //   

       What if your problem is that you're phobic about business cards ? What do you do then, hand out printed tea towels ?
8th of 7, Apr 01 2015
  

       ^ neither. I show them my crummy sock.
AusCan531, Apr 01 2015
  
      
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