Mental Illness Awareness Week #MIAW #B4Stage4

Facts listed on this infographic from MHAScreening.org:

Get Screened, America!

  • 125,000 screens since the launch of MHAScreening.org in May 2014
  • 66% screened positive for moderate to severe anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or PTSD…
  • and 64% of them had never been diagnosed.
  • 44% said they would discuss results with someone.
  • Stay healthy. Take a screen, and talk to a doctor, family member, or friend about your results.
  • After taking a screen, this is what people want most. HELP (most heavily weighted word in word cluster)
  • Take a screen MHAScreening.org
  • MHA Mental Health America#B4Stage4

Why B4Stage4?

When we think about cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, we don’t wait years to treat them.  We start way before Stage 4.  We begin with prevention…

This is what we should be doing when people have serious mental illnesses, too.  When they first begin to experience symptoms such as loss of sleep, feeling tired for no reason, feeling low, feeling anxious, or hearing voices, we should act.

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/b4stage4

This Upcoming Week

SICK

Under the weather with a bug that has me achy, fatigued, nauseated, and dizzy. Hope that my physical health improves soon, for I have a big week ahead of me.

SKYPE CALL WEDNESDAY

Annual Emerging Considerations in Maternal Mental Health Forum

Wednesday I have a Skype call scheduled with my friends and colleagues, Dyane Harwood of Birth of a New Brain and Walker Karraa, PhD of Stigmama.com. In February we will be representing Stigmama.com at the Annual Emerging Considerations in Maternal Mental Health Forum. I look forward to seeing my friends’ faces via Skype on Wednesday and in person in February.

MHA VOLUNTEER INTERVIEW THURSDAY

Thursday I am being interviewed by MHA of Orange County to volunteer as a Hearing Advocate:

HEARING ADVOCACY – Advocates fill a legally state mandated role to ensure that involuntarily detained persons in a psychiatric hospital have the opportunity to express their views regarding hospitalization, advocates support them through the process.  Advocates review patient’s charts, interview patients, and attend probable cause hearings with the patient.  Knowledge of mental illness is preferred.  2-4 hours per week, a 6 month commitment is needed.  Training is provided.

~http://www.mhaoc.org/spv-5.aspx

Since I am a mental health consumer and in my young adulthood worked as both a mental health provider and a legal assistant, this volunteer position may be a good fit. If the interview goes well, I will be shadowing a hearing advocate for a while to learn the ropes.

WRITING

As I ask myself what purpose guides me as I pull content from my blog into Scrivener, I’m not so sure that I want to take on writing a book. Perhaps it is to create something else, not a memoir or rehashed blog, but an organized and cohesive call to action for mental health. This call to action need not be a book, perhaps blogging better suits me. Scrivener enables me to quickly and easily organize my blog writing, and possibly rewrite and repurpose old posts that still have merit.

Mental Health Resources

RESOURCES IN THE UNITED STATES
Descriptions are directly quoted from each resource’s website.

DBSA: Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
dbsalliance.org

Support Groups Help
Depression and bipolar disorder can be isolating illnesses, but DBSA support groups can help you connect with others who have been there as well. Visit a DBSA support group and get the support that is essential to recovery.

IBPF: International Bipolar Foundation
ibpf.org

The mission of International Bipolar Foundation is to improve understanding and treatment of bipolar disorder through research; to promote care and support resources for individuals and caregivers; and to erase stigma through education.

MentalHealth.gov

MentalHealth.gov provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information. MentalHealth.gov aims to educate and guide:

  • The general public
  • Health and emergency preparedness professionals
  • Policy makers
  • Government and business leaders
  • School systems
  • Local communities

Mental Health America
mentalhealthamerica.net

Mental Health America, founded in 1909, is the nation’s leading community-based network dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives.

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
nami.org

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.

NAMI FaithNet
faithnet.nami.org

NAMI FaithNet is a network of NAMI members and friends dedicated to promoting caring faith communities and promoting the role of faith in recovery for individuals and families affected by mental illness.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
suicidepreventionlifeline.org
1-800-273-TALK (8255)  ~  Call 24/7

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255), the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network of more than 150 crisis centers. The Lifeline’s national network of local crisis centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night.

NIMH: National Institute of Mental Health
nimh.nih.gov

The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
samhsa.gov

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

Veterans Crisis Line
veteranscrisisline.net

VeteransCrisisLineLogo
1-800-273-8255 press 1
Text to 838255
Confidential Veterans Live Chat available online