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September is National Recovery Month. Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), National Recovery Month has been celebrated each September since 1989. This year's theme is "Join the Voices for Recovery: It's Worth It.
September also pays tribute to Worldwide Suicide Prevention.
Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison, succinctly puts into words her thoughts on suicide: "The suffering of the suicidal is private and inexpressible, leaving family members, friends, and colleagues to deal with an almost unfathomable kind of loss, as well as guilt. Suicide carries in its aftermath a level of confusion and devastation that is, for the most part, beyond description".
We at International Bipolar Foundation, hope that you or your loved one will find the courage to reach out for help. You are not alone.
Here is a story I wrote about my personal experiences with suicide:The Sad Little Secret
I was 11 when my grandfather died. I remember my mother showing up at school and me getting excused from classes early. In my young, innocent mind I thought she was quite possibly going to surprise me with an Easter break trip to Florida. read the rest here
To your health,
P.S. Feel free to also contact me at anytime Muffy
Our new mailing address: 8895 Towne Centre Drive, Suite 105-360 San Diego CA 92122
|If you are in a crisis,|
please call: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
"The Brain Circuitry of Bipolar Disorder: A View from Brain Scanning Research"
Friday, September 28, 9:00am (PST)
Hilary P. Blumberg, M.D.
The focus of Dr. Blumberg's research is the utilization of brain scanning techniques to understand the neural systems that underlie emotional processing, and to investigate abnormalities in these neural systems in mood disorders. I have a particular interest in the cortico-limbic structures that include the amygdala, hippocampus and orbitofrontal cortex. I am especially interested in how genetic, developmental and environmental factors interact to influence the expression of abnormalities in these structures over the lifespan. I use a variety of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods to study the brain including structural MRI to look at regional brain volumes, functional MRI to look at regional brain activity, and diffusion tensor MRI to look at the integrity of connections between structures.
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|International Bipolar Foundation has been invited back for the 2nd time as an official charity for the 2013 Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon & Half.|
Please support us and our team, the Stigma Busters, by raising $15,000 between now and January! The goal of the International Bipolar Foundation is to continue to make a difference in the lives of those affected by bipolar disorder. With the help of donations from supporters such as you we will continue to see the changes and improvements.
| The Power of One! Are You Making a Difference?|
by Pete Earley
Not long after my book, CRAZY: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness, was published, I was contacted by Muffy Walker, a California mother whose youngest son, Court, had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She asked if I would lend my name to a fledgling group that she was starting to educate people about bipolar disorder. Muffy seemed earnest and I was impressed by her enthusiasm so I agreed, but I quietly questioned whether much would ever happen.
Wow, was I wrong! The Power of One!
Both the Republican Platform and the Democratic Platform have statements
in them referencing issues of interest to us. The Republican Platform focuses on research issues; the Democratic Platform focuses on the provision of health care to persons with disabilities. The sections of the respective platforms are
reproduced below in the entirety for your review
Both Parties' Platforms Speak to Neuroscience-Related Concerns
Full Section in the Republican Platform:
Supporting Federal Healthcare Research and Development
We support federal investment in healthcare delivery systems and solutions creating innovative means to provide greater, more cost-effective access to high quality healthcare. We also support federal investment in basic and applied biomedical research, especially the neuroscience research that may hold great potential for dealing with diseases and disorders such as Autism, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's. If we are to make significant headway against breast and prostate cancer, diabetes, and other killers, research must consider the special needs of formerly neglected groups. We
call for expanded support for the stem-cell research that now offers the
greatest hope for many afflictions-with adult stem cells, umbilical cord
blood, and cells reprogrammed into pluripotent stem cells-without
the destruction of embryonic human life. We urge a ban on human cloning
and on the creation of or experimentation on human embryos. We support
restoring the Drug Enforcement Administration ban on the use of controlled
substances for physician assisted suicide. We oppose the FDA approval of
Mifeprex, formerly known as RU-486, and similar drugs that terminate
innocent human life after conception.
Full Section in the Democratic Platform:
Americans with Disabilities.
No one should face discrimination based on disability status. President Obama and the Democratic Party will continue to lead efforts to facilitate the access of Americans with disabilities to the middle class, employment
opportunities, and the ability to lead full, productive, and satisfying livers. The administration and the Democratic Party are committed to assisting the approximately 50 million people in the country living with disabilities, assuring their full integration into society.
This administration has committed to hiring 100,000 Americans with
disabilities within the federal government by 2015, and has proposed new
rules to create employment opportunities with federal contractors. We are
committed to expanding access to employment for people with disabilities
and removing barriers to work. The Affordable Care Act is opening access
to health insurance to Americans with disabilities who were previously
excluded because of pre-existing conditions, expanding access to Medicaid,
and helping Medicaid to support home- and community-based services to keep
people in their communities. Further, the President issued an executive
order repealing the restrictions on embryonic stem cell research and
signed into law the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first
piece of comprehensive legislation aimed at improving the lives of
Americans living with paralysis. Democrats are committed to ensuring that
Americans with disabilities can exercise their right to vote and have
access to the polls. We will continue to oppose all efforts to weaken the
landmark Americans with Disabilities Act, and we will vigorously enforce
laws that prevent discrimination. And the President and the Democratic
Party will fiercely oppose the harsh cuts in Medicaid that would
inevitably lead to no or significantly less health care for millions of
Americans with disabilities, workers with disabilities, and families
raising children with autism, Down Syndrome, and other serious
Article: Jewish Spirituality, Depression and Health
Barbara Sloan called my attention to the JPSYCH group that does research on Judaism and Mental Health. They have a number of evidenced based academic articles available on their website at http://www.jpsych.com/.
Their most recent article is Jewish Spirituality, Depression and Health. Are the effects of Jewish spirituality on depression and health a function of belief, practice or both? Is it enough to believe without actually engaging in religious practice? Conversely, can religious practice without faith be of help?
Comment From JPSYCH: We explored these fundamental questions in a scientific manuscript - now in press at the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. We proposed that core beliefs about God can activate the use of religious behaviors in times of distress, which in turn impact psychological and physical health. Through the use of mediation and moderation analyses, we found support for our proposition to the exclusion of other relationships. These results suggest that both belief and practice are integral to health, but in different ways. Specifically, spiritual beliefs are important in that they facilitate action, but action is the driving force in providing psychological and health benefits. Please visit our Publications page for more information about this study.
Creating Caring Congregations Discussion Questions
As you plan for new fall programs and look at Mental Illness Awareness Week resources, I hope these discussion questions will help people in your congregation assess the needs and direction for a mental health ministry. I have used them at conferences and I have gotten feedback that they are helpful when considering where to begin.
What would you do if you recognized the symptoms of mental illness with a person in your congregation?
What strengths does your congregation have that will help you to develop and implement a mental health ministry?
How can your congregation be welcoming of persons with a mental illness and provide a nurturing community where their spiritual needs can be met?
Who are the persons you can name to take leadership in developing a mental health ministry.
What resources are available in your community for referrals and possible collaborative efforts to educate about mental illness?
What are the first steps? What will you do tomorrow?
Straight Talk About Suicide
Although it's a scary topic, it's important that suicidal thoughts and behavior be talked about and taken seriously. While suicidal thoughts and actions are a part of bipolar disorder for some people, they can be treated before individual thoughts turn into tragic actions.
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), an estimated three to 20 percent of persons diagnosed and hospitalized with bipolar disorder die by suicide. Yet, 80 to 90 percent of those who have bipolar disorder can be treated effectively with medication and psychotherapy, the AFSP maintains. here
More good news about meditation
August 15, 2012-Feeling lonely has been linked to an increased risk of depression, heart disease and other ills-perhaps because loneliness also is associated with an increase in the activity of inflammation-related genes that can promote a variety of diseases.
Researchers at the University of California-Los Angeles report that a simple meditation program lasting just eight weeks reduced loneliness in a small sample of adults ages 55 and older, and also significantly reduced expression of inflammatory genes. Another recent UCLA study found that a form of yogic meditation involving chanting also reduced inflammatory gene expression, as well as stress levels, among caregivers.
"These studies ... identify simple practices that an individual can harness to improve human health," said Michael Irwin, MD, a psychiatrist and director of UCLA's Norman Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology
August 29, 2012-The emotional upheaval of sending a child off to college may upset your balance. Some ideas for coping with "empty nest syndrome," from experts at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital:
LawLifeline.org is a new resource for law students providing information about a wide range of emotional health issues, including anxiety, depression and stress.
It also offers an anonymous, confidential web-based resource center allowing students to search for information and learn how to go about seeking help if they need it. LawLifeline content covers a wide-range of emotional health topics relevant for law students in their daily lives. In addition, the site features a Self Evaluator, a confidential mental health screening tool created in collaboration with Duke University to assess the issues for which a student may need to seek help. LawLifeline is a project of The Jed Foundation, the nation's leading organization working to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college students, and The Dave Nee Foundation, which works to fight depression and prevent suicide among law students.
THE BOOK & MOVIE CORNER
Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder, now available on Kindle
Did you know our book is being translated into several different languages? Meet Anja from Germany, who is translating it into German. Thank you Anja!
Letters to a Steadfast Tree
Kitt Reidy is a Quaker, artist, writer, photographer and a person who lives with bipolar disorder and PTSD. In her book, Letters to a Steadfast Tree, Divinity tells Lucy (the tree at Friends Psychiatric Hospital) how the spiritual journey of a woman became entangled with mental illness. A Kindle copy of this book is available. Kitt has a blog with the same name. She writes, "I feel led to share truths about mental illness, faith, and community through storytelling and artwork. This blog is one platform for sharing my stories."
Of Two Minds
Take your best day and your darkest moment... and multiply by a million.
An enormously empathetic documentary that highlights the diversity and range of experience within the diagnosis of bipolar disorder, "Of Two Minds" roots down into the stigma attached to mental illness, in a very
human, relatable manner. Co-directors Doug Blush and Lisa Klein put an authentic human face on the disease, elucidating its physical and mental tolls without coming across as overly didactic or reductive. This is a movie swollen with natural feeling, and one in which any viewer of uplifting nonfiction can find welcome catharsis.
SADAG Speaking Books recognised as one of 15 most innovative African ideas!
A range of easy-to-use audio books designed to get potentially life-saving health messages out to millions of isolated people struggling with depression and mental health problems.
Speaking Books have now produced 48 titles in 24 different languages and are now used in 20 African countries across the continent. The books now tackle a number of critical healthcare issues outside of suicide prevention such as HIV and Aids, malaria, maternal health and clinical trials. Speaking Books has also expanded to China, India and South America. "The situation we face in rural South Africa is the same in any other African country-low literacy compounded by lack of access to services and affordable healthcare," says Wilson. "This means that patients are often not able to get help for many health problems. We believe that this interactive, durable, high-quality, hardcover book engages the user or patient, and allows them to build self-confidence and skills with a simple action plan" http://www.speakingbooks.com/
SANE eBooks (Australia) Did you know all 17 of the popular SANE Guide series are now available as eBooks? Readable on iPads and other digital devices, they provide easy-to-understand information and tips on a whole range of mental health conditions and related issues, such as healthy living and being a carer. Visit the SANE Bookshop for details.
SHARP: My memoir is a basic 368 pages of a broken man who finds a way to piece his existence back together, with assistance from a lot of broken people, some family, some strangers that became friends in hospitals, and some experts in the field. I filled up my story with each of those faces, and by doing that, a more substantial emotional story was set into motion.
Dear Friend & Advocate|
As the parent of a child with special educational needs, you represent your child's interests. You need to learn about your child's disability, educational needs, and your rights and responsibilities.
Let the Yellow Pages for Kids help you change your child's life for the better.
Summer went fast, didn't it? Kids are anxious about return to school. Parents are too. One parent writes...
Help! School is starting. I want to make sure I have done my homework so this year is better than last year. We can help with your homework.
In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you'll find information and advice, advocate's tips, and legal resources to help you start the year off right. Have a great school year!
For parents of children with special educational needs, back to school means the start of a new IEP advocacy year.
The stakes are so high. You want to advocate calmly and objectively for your child's educational program.
You must know the steps to take - learning the rules, prioritizing the issues, building your team.
In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn important tools for effective special education advocacy. Find out what steps to take to ensure that your child receives an appropriate education
Welcome Kristian & Kathleen, our newest bloggers
Hi, my name is Kristian. I am 27 years old and reside in Columbia, Maryland. Living with cerebral palsy and bipolar disorder, I enjoy movies, music, adventures and exploring, cooking, anything creative, spending time with my family, and trying new things. In 2009, I graduated with my B.S degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, University College with a 3.9 GPA. Everything about life right now can be described as an unexpected, first time experience. I have a background in education, art, health, and human services. I began advocating for people with mental illness after my own diagnosis and becoming involved with DBSA and NAMI-Howard County. That advocacy has turned into a passion to help people with disabilities as whole and underserved populations.
My name is Kathleen K. I have been diagnosed with Schizo Affective, Bipolar One disorders since I was 33. That's about 22 years. I have lived through just about anything and everything. From being experimented with on all kinds of medication, as the Doctors couldn't decide which disorder to treat, to being in Mental Hospitals every three to four months for 11 years. In 2004 a Doctor at a Hospital where I was staying came in and treated me with a very large dosage of Geodan. He put me on 280 mgs of Geodan. At the time I was hearing Voices and Hallucinating. This also had been going on since I was thirty-three. But I never told anyone about the voices till ten years into my illness. After the Doctor put me on the high dosage of Geodan it took about a week to increase it from 80 mgs up to 280. Then all the voices and hallucinations went away. So as of 2004 I started my recovery. I will be blogging more about things in which other people can hopefully relate to in their own lives from my experiences. I have been in recover since 2004. Thank you for reading my bio!
Thanks to your advocacy, the senate voted 37-0 to extend Laura's Law Monday, August 20. Assemblymember Mike Allen's AB 1569 will extend Laura's Law beyond its scheduled "sunset" at the end of this year. Be sure to thank your local legislators for their continued support!
The bill will now go to the governor's desk. Contact Governor Brown and let him know you support the bill - and urge him to sign AB 1569. For facts you can use to explain why we need Assembly Bill 1569, please see "California Must Extend Laura's Law." Be sure to share your personal story. Visit our Laura's Law page for useful tips and information about the law. Contact information is below:
Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841
Fax: (916) 558-3160
Congressional Mental Health Parity Forum
Join us for a Webinar on September 18
The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy, the Honorable Grace Napolitano and the Honorable Jim Ramstad, will host a Congressional Forum to hear testimony on local, state and federal efforts to equalize mental health and addiction benefits with other health care benefits, referred to as parity.
The hearing will focus on the implementation and enforcement of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act signed into law in 2008. Community members will testify on the barriers that they continue to face in accessing mental health care and addiction treatment through their health insurance -- barriers they do not encounter with other forms of health care coverage. Local providers and experts in the mental health and addiction community will also testify.
The event will be hosted by The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, the largest graduate school devoted exclusively to psychology and related behavioral sciences.
For questions during the event, please email email@example.com. We will post responses after the event. You may also visit parityispersonal.org for more information.
Congressional Mental Health Parity Forum
Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM PDT
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar. Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
NEWS FROM NAMI, DBSA, & SAMHSA
9th Annual Inspiration Awards Dinner
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 ▪ 5:30 p.m
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina, 1441 Quivira Road, San Diego CA 92109
For reservations and sponsorship information: online: www.namisandiego.org
Say What You Think
We've designed three surveys to give you a voice in determining the resources DBSA provides and the way researchers use patient information.
- Do you care how researchers use children's patient information, among other topics?
- What topics do you think DBSA's bipolar education videos should cover?
- What do you want to see at DBSA's 2013 National Conference?
SAMHSA: SAMHSA showcases behavioral health advocates and community leaders in recovery at 2012 Voice Awards
SAMHSA awards up to $4.6 million in youth suicide prevention grants to tribes through South Dakota
The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) and other leaders from both the public and private sectors will release the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention on Monday, September 10, 2012. The National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, a report of the Surgeon General and the Action Alliance, features community-based approaches to curbing the incidence of suicide, details new ways to identify people at risk for suicide, and outlines national priorities for suicide prevention.
SAVE THE DATE
Schizophrenia & Related Disorders Alliance of America (SRDAA) Conference
Mental Health Telesummit . All you need is a phone or a computer to participate from anywhere in the world.
This event is happening from September 4 - 27, 2012. here
Open Policy Session of the National Advisory Mental Health Council
Thursday, September 13, 2012. You are cordially
invited to attend, as the NAMHC is an excellent opportunity for the mental
health research and advocacy communities to become informed about current
programs and priorities of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
The Open Policy Session will be held at the Neuroscience Center, 6001
Executive Boulevard, Rockville, Maryland in conference room C/D/E, first
floor Conference Center. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:30 am and
conclude by 2:00 p.m.
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation presents
Women's Mental Health Conference: The Art and Science of Caring
Friday, September 14, 2012, Harold Pratt House, 58 East 68th St., New York, NY
Impact Young Adults 2nd Annual Talent Show
September 15, 6-8pm
San Diego, CA
DGBS Annual Conference: Bipolar in an accelerated world
27 to 29 September 2012
September 29 Houston
Staglin Music Festival for Mental Health
September 15,2012 ***********************
Trade Fear for Facts
Sept. 18, 6:00 - 8:00pm, San Diego
2012 National Zarrow Mental Health Symposium & Mental Health America Annual Conference:
September 19 - 21, 212 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
DGBS Annual Conference 2012
September 27-29, 2012 ***********************
FRIENDS OF SEAN HEADLINE ROOTS AND BLUES FESTIVAL IN ATLANTA
Saturday, September 29
2875 Northside Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30305, firstname.lastname@example.org
Didi Hirsch and Living Works Education are pleased to invite you to apply for our ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) T4T!
This training is made possible through a CalMHSA Suicide Prevention Initiative grant. Candidates who are accepted into the training will have the cost of the training (approximately $3,000) waived and can receive up to $500 towards travel for the T4T.
The training will take place October 22-26, 2012, at the Embassy Suites Hotel at 9801 Airport Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, 90045. email@example.com
*************************Join thousands of tea lovers across the country on 10 October
to help the 1 in 4 people experiencing mental health problems every year.
Holding a Tea & Talk event is as simple as getting together a group of friends, family or colleagues, putting the kettle on and inviting them to make a donation to the Mental Health Foundation. It's a piece of cake!
A good cup of tea and a chat can be really beneficial for your wellbeing and we've got lots of fun ideas and mouth-watering recipes to help you host a tea party to remember.Get your free Tea & Talk pack now
**************************Understanding Social Security & SSI Benefits
Saturday, October 13, 2012 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon
The Arc of San Diego 9575 Aero Drive, San Diego, CA 92123 SNTF (619) 201-2672
**************************Mental Health First Aid Training
October 12 & 13. San Diego, CA.
(619) 688 4236 firstname.lastname@example.org
************************** Mental Health Conference 2012
16 October 2012, London
JanJan Hutchinson will be speaking at the Mental Health Conference 2012 in Central London. For further information about the conference themes visit the Govknow website here: www.govknow.com
Rebecca's Dream: A Date to Dream"
Saturday, October 20, 2012. The Society for Arts, 1112 N. Milwaukee Av., Chicago, IL
SPECIAL NEEDS TRUST SEMINAR
Saturday, October 20, 2012 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.San Diego
Promoting physical health in secure psychiatric care
November 13, 2012, London, UK
more info here: http://www.centrevents.co.uk/secure.html
4th Annual Family & Youth Conference
Stigma Discrimination and Disparities in Children Services
February 13-15, 2013, San Diego, CA
DBSA 2013 National Conference
June 15-17, 2013, Miami, FL
About the International Bipolar Foundation
International Bipolar Foundation is a not for profit organization based in San Diego whose mission is to eliminate Bipolar Disorder through the advancement of research; to promote care and support services; and to erase associated stigma through public education.
Visit us online for more information: www.internationalbipolarfoundation.org
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p: (858) 764-2496 f: (858) 764-2491
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A Word About Funding
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