Magic' aims to help people discard unwanted thoughts.
2003 Zillmere resident Alan Smith met Jack, a schizophrenic, and since
then, their lives have never been the same. Mr. Smiths encounter
with Jack led to the formation of 'Bin Magic', which can help people
get rid of their unwanted thoughts. I started this (Bin Magic) after I
met Jack, and wondered how I could help him ,Mr Smith said. " I put
myself in his position,,, how would I handle schizophrenia? With Bin Magic,
If you find yourself being bomb-barded by thoughts and / or voices,try
putting an imaginary bin in your head and give unwanted thoughts
the flick. In the six months after Bin Magic was established Mr Smith continued
to visit Jack, talking about his different bins and how they helped him
in everyday life. "Then I started talking to the children in my Zillmere
community, who invented new bins," Mr Smith said. "The only rule is, there
are no negative bins." Through Bin Magic, Jack has been able to better
control his thoughts, and Mr Smith has been inundated with enquiries about
the concept. It has been a hit with residents in the local area, with many
of Mr Smith's neighbours and friends using Bin Magic. "Angel, a five year
old girl, chucks the thoughts she knows will get her in trouble with Mum
into her 'get away' bin. "Peter, a 50 year old manager, chucks
his work-related thoughts into the delete bin when work is over.
"Bin Magic gives people the ability to divert. People always say to me,
'it's so simple'. I'm pleased that I have been able to help people - that's
why I started it." The simplicity of the concept has seen it start
to attract more widespread attention. According to Mr Smith, hospitals,
politicians, correctional centres, community centres, doctors and churches
have all expressed their support for Bin Magic. Mr Smith said he
hopes it is only a matter of time before the government starts trials on
Bin Magic's effectiveness. I would like to see the education minister get
a trial going, just to see what happens. I would also like the police and
Thoughts Should Go In Bin
A ZILLMERE man
is helping sufferers of mental illness to throw their problems in the bin.
Alan Smith's treatment program, Bin Magic, is available in pamphlet forms
from 90 locations across Brisbane, including council libraries and offices.
Mr Smith said Bin Magic was very simple: it encourages people to have different
"bins" to consign thoughts to. "For example, you can put bad thoughts in
the bad thoughts bin and get rid of them," Mr Smith said. Mr Smith came
up with the idea in 2003 after meeting a schizophrenic man, Jack Trinity.
" I thought about how I would deal with schizophrenia if I had it, how
I would deal with all the voices and mess of thoughts," he said. But Bin
Magic is not just for treating schizophrenia. Several psychological professionals
have voiced approval for Mr Smith's system. In December 2007, Lord Mayor
Campbell Newman gave Mr Smith permission to distribute Bin Magic pamphlets
in council libraries and he is in talk with Queensland Health about incorporating
Bin Magic into mainstream psychological treatments. A former musician,
Mr Smith does not use he bins himself, but often thinks about them in day
to day life.
Article by Bernard Sanft (Post Grad. Cert., Youth and Community Work)
At some stage in many teenagers lives, particularly in the age groups of eleven to seventeen in males, and nine to fifteen in females, (approximately) there comes a point in their lives where there is nowhere to go, no where to run, an insurmountable problem, seemingly the size of the solar system, a proverbial brick wall.
Any thing, any learned phrase, any song lyric, or learned rational that can take that person past that point is pure gold and at that time totally invaluable. As an active youth worker, I find many teenagers use the lyrics of the Tupak Shakur song, "And life goes on".
There is definitive research that Bin Magic techniques have been invaluable and successful at this critical alone moment that teenagers experience.
Again, as an experienced youth worker, I can assure readers of this article that any technique that works is worthwhile pursuing and taking to young vulnerable people as an additional survival mechanism.
Bin Magic clearly falls into this category and funding for further clinical test results would be advantageous at this time.
Middle aged and elderly males (a particularly high suicide group) may also benefit from those Bin Magic techniques.
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