Mental Health Awareness


A therapeutic resource…

AbuseConsultants.com
Kathy Broady, LCSW

3630 North Josey Lane, Suite 100
Carrollton, TX 75007

972-395-2110

  • AbuseConsultants.com has been developed as an innovative site for the online treatment of trauma, sexual abuse, dissociative disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, depression, bipolar, anxiety, and self injury. Our depths of understanding and creative approaches to healing are truly unique.
  • AbuseConsultants.com offers in-person office-based sessions with a licensed clinical social worker in Carrollton, TX, a northern suburb of Dallas, Texas.  Telephone sessions are also available.  Email consultations and IM sessions are available online.
  • AbuseConsultants.com provides assistance, comfort, treatment, and information for adults, teenagers, and children who are or have been devastated by the long-term effects of abuse.
  • AbuseConsultants.com addresses the needs for support peoples who are, even though they may be totally overwhelmed, genuinely interested and invested in the recovery of their loved one from the effects of abuse.
  • AbuseConsultants.com addresses the needs for support peoples who are, even though they may be totally overwhelmed, genuinely interested and invested in the recovery of their loved one from the effects of abuse.
  • AbuseConsultants.com addresses a variety of related mental health issues, works to learn more about “what really helps”, and researches the contributions of other areas of expertise, specifically as they relate to trauma recovery.
  • The information provided on this blog and on AbuseConsultants.com is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her existing physician.

www.AbuseConsultants.com

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The Jed Foundation
January 16, 2009, 12:29 am
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The Jed Foundation

The Jed Foundation represents the Jerry Greenspan Student Voice of Mental Health award for college students who have mental health issues.

The award is for a video on their experiences with mental health issues and how they are working to raise awareness and encourage their peers on the issue. The award includes a $2,000 scholarship, a trip to NYC to our annual gala in June 2009, recognition through our site and events and possibly appearing on MTVU.  

You can find more info on their site. (Linked above)



Schizophrenia Stigmas
January 15, 2009, 3:50 am
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Schizophrenia Stigmas

This is an informational video about Stigmas of Schizophrenia from the Health Channel. The purpose of this problem is to identify common stigmas of the disease, and raise awarness of the problem in believing these stigmas.



News from NAMI
January 12, 2009, 9:52 pm
Filed under: awareness, stigma

 PTSD’s Purple Heart

A Department of Defense (DOD) advisory group has recommended that current DOD policy not be changed to allow Purple Heart medals to be awarded to soldiers stricken with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The current policy bestows the medal only on soldiers who are “physically” wounded in the line of duty.

Read the story in the New York Times and an excellent editorial in the Kansas City Star. DOD’s current policy is as much an outrageous “slap in the face” to soldiers and veterans with PTSD as General George Patton’s slapping of a soldier with “shell shock” was in World War II.

DOD can still reverse its policy, despite the advisory group’s decision. Please contact the Secretary of Defense and tell him it’s time to end stigma and discrimination against soldiers with PTSD. Their wounds are real.

Mailing Address

The Honorable Robert M. Gates
Secretary of Defense
The Pentagon
Washington, D.C. 20301-1000

Contact DOD Online

DOD Online Question/Comment Form

Telephone Number

DOD Public Affairs “Leave a Recorded Message” Line
703-428-0711 (not toll-free)


Hi, Ho: Free Teleconference on January 27

The federal government’s “ADS Center” which supports the fight against stigma and discrimination is holding an online teleconference on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (Eastern Time) on how to promote acceptance of people with mental illnesses in the work place.

Registration is free. Anyone can submit questions in advance for speakers to consider. Not all questions will be used in the teleconference, but contact information for speakers will be available. The Center will email registrants further information before that date.



Paws For A Cause
January 12, 2009, 4:32 am
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THE MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION PRESENTS:

PAWS for a CAUSE

Dear PAWS for a CAUSE at the Plaza:
PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND HOLD THE DATES.

We will be having many new attractions including a PAWS WALK on Sunday morning, April 5th stay tuned for more details about the walk. We are also looking to invite food vendors to participate, so if you know a food vendor who might be interested, please let them know about our event.Looking forward to seeing you at PAWS for a CAUSE at the Plaza next
April 3-5, 2009!! Have a wonderful and healthy winter and New Year!

Judy Burgess
Event Coordinator
518-426-7252

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Advocacy

“Advocacy For Mental Illness” PDF.

“Advocacy is an important means of raising awareness on mental health issues and insuring that mental health is on the narional agenda of govenrnments. Advocacy can lead to improvements in policy, legislation, and service development.”



Get involved and make a difference…
January 9, 2009, 7:19 pm
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Get Involved With Mental Health

Do you want to take action to remove stigma at your school? We get a lot of requests from people wondering what they can do to educate students on their campuses. One of the best ways to remove stigma is peer to peer education. Here are some ideas you can do at your high school or college:

Bring a Speaker – Have a speaker give an assembly to your whole high school or speak to for certain events on your campus. You can check out our speakers or write to us for more information.

Start an Active Minds Chapter – If you’re in college then this is the perfect time for you to form a group to educate others. Active Minds on Campus is a student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy organization designed for the college campus. The group’s mission is to utilize peer outreach to increase student’s awareness of mental health issues, provide information and resources, encourage students to seek help, and serve as a liaison between students and the mental health community. To start an Active Minds chapter on your college campus, check out www.activemindsoncampus.org

Start Your Own Mental Health Group – If your school doesn’t have a mental health awareness group and you want them to, find other students who share this interest, get an advisor and start your own group. You can work with the counseling center to find resources and work together on promoting events.

Organize a mental health fair – It can be held at the student center, in the quad, or a similar well-trafficked area. Ask mental health professionals to volunteer their time to be on hand to answer questions about mental health. Distribute information about mental health and mental illness. Offer professional mental health screenings www.mentalhealthscreening.org

Observe Mental Health Weeks and Days – Mental Illness Awareness Week occurs during the second week of October, and May is Mental Health Month. You can create a mental health awareness campaign to commemorate either of these dates. During these campaigns, offer resources of warning signs, statistics, where students can get help, and tables where students can make stress balls, get a massage to relieve stress, trace their bodies on paper to promote healthy body image or other various interactive activities.

Partner, Partner, Partner – If you can’t start your own group or even if you do, make sure you work with other groups like SADD, Peer Helpers, fraternities, sororities, athletes, student council or whomever you can to have them tie mental health awareness into their drug, alcohol, sexually transmitted illnesses or any educational issue by using relevant statistics like 66% of young people with a substance use disorder have a co-occurring mental health issue. You can also tie mental health into freshman orientations, after a tragic event on campus or even around stressful times like finals, midterms etc.

Speak to classes – You can ask to speak about mental health or your experiences on behalf of your new group to health classes, psychology classes, or any other class you feel is appropriate. If someone wants to speak about their personal experience they should have the permission and guidance of a mental health professional or counselor.

Organize a walk or run – Organize a walk, run or other event to raise money for mental health awareness. Use the money to expand your outreach or donate the money to a local mental health organization or national mental health organization that you would like to support.

Work with your counseling center to start a support group – Coordinate with your counseling center or local mental health professionals to organize a support group for students or members of your sorority to discuss their problems or a specific problem i.e. eating disorders, depression, abuse, divorce, etc.. The group will need to be supervised by a mental health professional (psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker or anyone qualified). If organizing your own group through the guidance of a professional isn’t available, then find out where support groups meet and provide information on the groups to students.

Make posters – You can make posters to place around your campus that highlight statistics, warning signs or disorders, ask questions or give someone the ability to write down most of their thoughts when suffering with a mental disorder. The goal of the posters should be to encourage people to seek help and know they’re not alone.

Provide resources – Contact a local chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Mental Health America, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, the Suicide Action Prevention Network, Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, Yellow Ribbon, or other groups to find free local mental health resources and promote those resources to the school.

Reach out to Parents – Ask the administration at your school to start sending home warning signs of mental disorders and resources available for students who may be suffering to help educate parents on mental health issues.

Write an article – Contact your school newspaper and write a relevant article on mental health issues or even possibly share your own story. You can tie this into mental health days or weeks or any events you may be doing at your high school or college.

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