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The Year of Mental Health Awareness will be a National initiative to raise awareness of mental health in our community, raise funds for mental health organisations in Australia and eradicate the negative stigma surrounding mental health and mental illness.
Mental health affects everyone! It is important mental health and mental illness is no longer a topic surrounded by a negative stigma and a taboo to speak about.
The year of mental health awareness will be the year to bring mental health out of the shadows and a topic of general discussion. We will raise awareness and funds for support services and research into various mental health facets, from learning difficulties, depression to dementia.
A proud initiative of United Youth Global - Hike for Happiness.
Η Ε.Π.Α.Ψ.Υ. ιδρύθηκε το 1988 και έκτοτε δραστηριοποιείται αδιάκοπα με σκοπό την προσφορά ενός εναλλακτικού μοντέλου παροχής ψυχιατρικής φροντίδας στην Κοινότητα, στο πλαίσιο του Εθνικού Σχεδίου για την Ψυχική Υγεία «Ψυχαργώς» και με βάση τις αρχές της Ψυχοκοινωνικής Αποκατάστασης.
Ιδιαίτερα τα τελευταία χρόνια, με την ανάληψη της επιστημονικής και διοικητικής ευθύνης δεκαεπτά πλέον συνολικά δομών ψυχοκοινωνικής αποκατάστασης [Οκοτροφεία, ξενώνες και προστατευόμενα διαμερίσματα σε Χαλκίδα (3), Ερέτρια, Πεντέλη, Τρίκαλα, Λαμία, Λειβαδιά, Λυκόβρυση, Βριλήσσια, Χαλάνδρι (5)], ένα Κέντρο Ημέρας στα Μελίσσια και δύο Κινητών Μονάδων Ψυχικής Υγείας στις Κυκλάδες, καινοτομεί με την δημιουργία ενός δικτύου υπηρεσιών και επαγγελματιών που εργάζονται για τους σκοπούς της Κοινωνικής Ψυχιατρικής.
The Association for Regional Development and Mental Health - EPAPSY is a nongovernmental, non-profit organization, which operates in the field of psychosocial rehabilitation and mental health promotion.
EPAPSY was founded with the joint purpose of a) promoting mental health in regional Greece and urban city centres, b) advancing scientific knowledge through research and training, and c) implementing and disseminating innovative/evidence-based practices in the fields of social psychiatry and psychosocial rehabilitation.
Parental Alienation Syndrome vs. Parental Alienation:
Which Diagnosis Should Evaluators Use in Child-Custody Disputes? when a child has been taken into foster care, should Social Services be allowed to use a Victim of PAS evidence against them.
To help you decide please visit my Website PAS by Social Services http://pasbss.webs.com
The Map workshops are facilitated by Wisdom in Your Life Enterprises and provide a set of practical tools for improving self-care. The Map focuses on helping participants to be more aware and manage their mental and emotional state so that they can better take care of themselves and others around them.
The workshops are hands-on and suitable for Elders, health professionals and community members. Through art, music, stories, pictures, dance and acting participants learn how to become strong in themselves, their culture and their family.
Post Natal Depression is a crippling Mental Health issue for many Mothers, new and experienced, across the Country.
The Government has pulled much of it's funding for the support and care of these struggling Women and their Families, including the tragic loss of Support Groups, Counselling, as well as a host of other services which NEED to be readily available when required.
No Secrets currently provide peer-support to those affected by self-injury. We are a voluntary group and non of our volunteers are paid for their time.
We provide training to local professionals around self-injury however it seems that accident and emergency and other medical staff think that this is not relevant to them.
ANYBODY can be affected by self-injury, and if you are working in healthcare of any kind you should be appropriately trained to deal with self-injury.
After being diagnosed with serotonin deficiency and suffering severe depression with suicidal behaviour, I was taken off jobseekers allowance, and put onto employment support allowance, after a while I had to face a medical assessment, this was by means of filling in a questionnaire in the presence of a nurse, (the company who carry out these medical examinations, are a private profit making company) there were very few questions around mental health, and apparently if I can make a cup of tea and prepare a simple meal then my cognitive ability was sufficient to get me thrown off ESA after some time I started voluntary work for an organisation and found many people had been subject to a similar ordeal to myself, it is like going into a gestapo death camp selection.
I have worked in the general field of mental health for 35 years. As a therapeutic practitioner and as a manager (Psychosocial Therapies). During that time, I have successfully worked with people with serious mental ill health, learning disability, autism, brain damage and dementia.
I have been concerned about the prescriptive treatment of people with these kinds of problems and the tendency to make judgements against their wishes, without adequate sound evidence to support those decisions. Too many assumptions are made that impact upon personal freedom, dignity, informed choice and self-expression.
I have also witnessed many misdiagnoses and very unsound decisions, within Health & Social Care services and in the Law Courts and Child & Family Courts. The health, wellbeing and lives of my clients / families have been seriously affected these poor decisions. Many other cases have been reported to me.
Although I have met increasing numbers of skilful, person centred psychiatrists, therapists and social workers, there is still a tendency for the institutions to rely on outdate, erroneous assumptions about the cause, nature and resolution of these problems. Many practitioner are being constrained by ‘local’ policies & decisions.
My concern is that there are many contraventions of people’s Human Rights every day, on the most spurious interpretation of the use of special powers. It has become evident that the decisions are biased towards social control, rather the therapy. Local Institutions are very risk averse, protecting their position rather than client’s interests.
Most cases I have worked with, where there is psychosis, agitated behaviour and ‘behaviour problems’, there has been clear evidence of childhood & adolescent trauma and abuse. This may be at home, in social care and education institutions. Adults are also distressed in this way by ‘domestic / relationship abuses’.
This can be anything from physical, psychological, emotional and sexual abuse, through ‘culture shock’, to bullying in home, school or work. Although I have been able to demonstrate this in individual cases, aided recovery and have successfully challenged most misdiagnoses, it has been difficult to get general attitudes changed.
I am campaigning for a thorough World Health Organisation review of Psychiatric thinking, theoretical foundations and health and social care practices. The evidence of organic causes are very rare and yet psychiatry largely works of the assumption of ‘mental incompetence’, due to genetic, or organic failings.
The social and clinical treatment have as many negative effects as they have benefits as they do benefits, especially when used indefinitely and on the basis of misdiagnosis and false assumptions.
The influence of psychiatry and forensic psychology, within the Law Courts is very dubious. The ‘expert witnesses’ are often the worst examples of clinical psychiatric practice and the Law is far too reliant upon their unsound assumptions and judgments. There is a very unethical aspect to psychiatric ‘expert witnesses’;
“Who is the patient and what are their rights here?”
We're very concerned at the high suicide rate in young gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) people and are very keen to see them gain a strong representation in the mental health arena. In short, we want to make sure that we look after these young people.
According to the rough stats we have at hand, people in the GLBTI community are four times more likely than their heterosexual counterparts to fall victim to mental illness, including depression and suicide.
The problem is that we don't really know the actual percentage of GLBTI people who suffer, because we suspect that many of these young people don't ever get the chance to seek help. We are determined to change that.
Beyond Blue (the national depression initiative) in conjunction with Adelaide Health Technology Assessment (part of The University of Adelaide) have produced a draft paper entitled, 'Clinical Practical Guidelines: Depression in Adolescents and Young Adults.'
We would like to have the GLBTI community represented in these guidelines as a group of young people who are at very high risk of mental illness.
Currently, there are no assisted living programs for people with special needs in the state of Maine. This petition will help in getting grants to fund the start of a program that will cater to those with mental handicaps and those with special needs.
PARENTAL ALIENATION AWARENESS DAY - April 25, 2010
WHEREAS: Parental alienation is often found in high conflict separations, divorces and custody disputes,
and takes advantage of the dependency and responsibility of a child; and
WHEREAS: Parental alienation deprives a child of their right to a loving relationship with both parents,
and interfers with a child’s mental & emotional development; and
WHEREAS: Parental alienation can be mild or to the extreme, conscious or unconscious, and can
manipulate and undermine a parent’s role in a child’s life; and
WHEREAS: Parental alienation behaviors such as denigrating the target parent, interfering with communication and visitation, confiding inappropriate adult information with a child; such as the details of the marriage breakdown, court proceedings and financial matters are considered harmful to the child’s mental wellbeing; and
WHEREAS: Medical professionals agree the problem of parental alienation exists and can cause mental and emotional harm to a child; and can affect them as adults with tragic consequences; and
WHEREAS; With awareness, we can educate parents to act in their child’s best interest, and gain education, understanding, and knowledge to prevent the abuse of the innocent victims involved in high conflict separations.
The Education System
•Increased Character Education
Children's Aid Society (Child Protective Services)
•protect children physically/mentally & emotionally
•recognize & educated on the signs of parental alienation
•children need mental health protection to be acknowledged and protected from mental & emotional abuse.
Family Court System
•enforce court orders when mental health issues are being ignored
•enforce doctors recommendations for counselling when there is a family history of mental illness
•oversee the office of the children's lawyer: to work in the best interests of the children they are representing, follow through with mental health assessments
•give a doctors diagnosis the respect it deserves, and consider the recommendations
•give the education system the respect it deserves, and consider their recommendations
•enforce court orders
I have been living with mental illness for over 20 years and have received little to no help to date. I have attempted suicide resulting in hospitalization, only to be sent home within days with no follow up treatment or referrals.
I am repeatedly told of the lack of funding and facilities available, so I have to just "get over it". This is NOT good enough! Something must be done NOW! How many lives have to be lost before action is taken?!
Good news are uplifting and inspiring while bad news are demoralizing and paralyzing.
For the benefit of everyone's spiritual, mental, emotional and physical well-being, we ought to have more good news and less bad news in the media. Please support this petition!
Please tell your friends too..
My boyfriend (19), friends (18 - 25) and even myself (18) are dying from these illnesses and who can help?
No one, how can doctors help when the system is stretched to the limit. There are approximately 16 beds in the north region of Victoria that can cater for these devastating illnesses.
Help save Us!!! We are Dying it is a Matter if Life and death now. JOIN S.O.T.S (SAVE OUR TEEN SOULS) email @ email@example.com for more info.
Mental Health history is sad and unfortunate. Conditions are improving. People are still subjected to involuntary admissions, solitude, excess drugs, electrocution, and lack of factual disclosure of treatments.
Mental phenomena cannot be proven true or false, hallucinations, delusions and paranoia may be based on real experience, and need not be condemned.
4WardEver UK and The United Families & Friends Campaign challenges the Prime Minister to intervene in what we believe to be a lack of justice for families following a death in custody.
What We Demand:
-Deaths must be investigated by a body that is genuinely independent of the
-Prison & Mental Health deaths must be subject to a system of properly funded
investigation independent of the Prison Service and Health Service.
-Officers involved in custody deaths are suspended until investigations are
-Prosecutions should automatically follow 'unlawful killing' verdicts at inquests.
-Police forces are made accountable to the communities that they serve.
-Legal Aid and full disclosure of information be made to the relatives of the
-Officers and staff responsible for deaths should face criminal charges, even if
The following are statements from affected families:
"The struggle for justice for all the others that have died at the hands of the
state, goes on. We ask people to support us."
"It is not in the public interest for the victims of deaths in custody to be denied”
The Genesee County Community Mental Health Board is a board that is appointed by the Genesee County Commissioners. This board runs without term limits and has been jeopardized by the current management at Genesee County Community Mental Health.
They have made poor financial decision that have impacted our budget, reduced services available to clients and increased the job loss in this county.
Currently a decision has been made by the board that will impact the jobs of 40 staff and once again will place our clients at risk. Management continues to give themselves raises of 10, 20 and 30% while cutting services to our clients.
Please let your voice be heard and put a stop to your tax dollars being wasted.
In a given year 3.5 million Americans will experience homelessness. 800,000 men, women, and children are homeless each night in this nation.
The homeless population is 49% African-American, 35% Caucasian, 13% Hispanic, 2% Native American, and 1% Asian. 40% of the male homeless population is veterans. About 16% of the homeless in the U.S. have severe chronic mental illness. From the 1960's to the early 1980's, 367,000 patients were released from mental institutions, and ended up homeless for lack of having anywhere to go.
About 26% of the homeless population suffers from some form of drug or alchohol abuse. The National Coalition for the Homeless found in 2001 that 42%of the homeless population are employed by day labor agencies, characterized by low pay,no health insurance,no job security and inadequate worker protections.
The federal government says affordable housing should be no more than 30% of a person's income. In 1999, the national two-bedroom housing wage was $11.08: in 2006, the national housing wage was 16.31, a 47% increase. The lack of affordable housing is widely considered to be the main cause of homelessness in the United States today.
This proposed Homeless facility is intended to house 40 adults who have
debilitating mental illness.
* This proposed homeless facility is intended to house 40 adults
who have debilitating mental illnesses. Many of them have drug problems
and criminal convictions.
* There are several liquor stores, bars, and nightclubs within two
blocks of this site. This building is on a street corner that already
has criminal activity (gangs, crimes, drug trafficking). This facility
should instead be located in an area where related services are
available, not near drugs and alcohol.
* This site is one block from a park, beneath the historic Music
Box Steps, where children play and where residents can finally enjoy a
patch of green after years of neglect. We do not want people loitering
* Silver Lake already has several other homeless facilities.
Silver Lake including Regency Manor on the corner of Robinson and Descanso
and the new facility on the corner of Hoover and London. We do not need another one.
Why is there another homeless facility being placed in a historically poor neighborhood that is comprised mostly of ethnic minorities?
Imran Rashid, a 28 year old British-born Muslim from Middlesbrough has been unlawfully captured and incarcerated in a mental hospital without any reason or warning. The hospital has shown no interest in Imran’s welfare and safety and are holding him against his wish, in order to punish him in pursuit of their vendetta against him.
They show little empathy, overrule and dismiss his feelings. Imran’s life is in danger and the power to help rescue and save him is in your hands, so please help by signing this petition.
The hospital medical team are of no comfort or assistance, Imran has no trust in anyone of them and is requesting immediate removal to some where neutral and safe, both Imran and the family feel those responsible for his care and treatment are bias and discriminatory and could be danger to Imran’s life by provoking him into committing suicide. His human rights are not valued and the family has been offered little or no support. The hospital atmosphere is unwelcoming as staff give the impression they are superior, authoritarian and powerful. The family is very concerned about the threats made by the hospital that “Imran will never be released”.
This case is well known by all agencies and black professionals, who instead of helping, are simply passing it on to other agencies, wrongly assuming that it does not concern them or their professional remits. The family feel helpless and powerless in the face of institutional conspiracy and bias by the NHS Mental Health Trust which has little or no knowledge and understanding of mental health needs of Ethnic Minority and Muslim patients. Even the government is aware of the failure and inadequate treatment and service provisions for BME Communities in England (04 October 2006 Black & Minority Mental Health report).
Please Help! Can you imagine what you would feel and do if your loved one was locked-up in a mental institution, without any reason, or any independent support & representation – What would you do if your plea for help fell on deaf ears whilst the world just stood by watching your pain & suffering? Parents & friends of Imran Rashid have launched a campaign for “JUSTICE FOR IMRAN” and are humbly requesting your help and support.
I am an individual from the UK, whom through personal and close friends' experiences have found that the "Taboo" around Mental Health Issues has caused a great amount of ignorance around the subject. I as an individual, with the help of others, aim to both write a letter and submit this petition to many parties throughout the government in a campaign to make our voices heard and attempt to cease this problem
It is quite apparent that the community of Barrhead, which has it's mental health services provided by Aspen Mentla Health Services, needs help. There are next to no resources available to the mentally ill residences of Barrhead. These residences are in desperate need of more resources. It's time for someone to step up and take action.
It's also apparent that the world tends to ignore mental illness as they figure that way they will go away. Well here's a shocker guys it isn't going to go away. By you ignoring it it's only going to get worse.
I beg someone to take action regadring this matter and bring more Mental Health resources to Barrhead.
This Petition is regarding the health & welfare of two children who were illegally taken from their parents and moved from Illinois to California by two diagnosed mentally ill child abusers. The parents have been unable to get government authorities to investigate and act in accordance with state and federal laws.
The Bubel/Aiken Foundation provides opportunities for individuals with autism and other physical and mental disabilities to participate in programs that are typically only available to those without disabilities. Through grants, youth programs, such as after-school and camping services, will be able to adequately train staff to work with individuals with special needs.
The Foundation also strives create awareness about the diversity of individuals with disabilities and the possibilities inclusion can bring. Through collaborations with the disability, education, entertainment, and media communities the Foundation will recognize those whose commitment to breaking the stereotypes attendant to the developmentally disabled has broken barriers and extended the boundaries of the human experience for all.
Donations for Bubel/Aiken Foundation can be sent to:
PO Box 90307
Raleigh, NC 27675
This petition is to help cure the mental anguish that has effected the multitude of Half Life: Day of Defeat players. Davy Crocket has ruined the playing experience for hundreds of potentialally great players in the DoD community. Davy Crocket has hacked, and cheated his way to the top without thinking of the torment he would later put the community through. Help stop the madness by taking away Davy Crocket's internet access and computer access until the age of 80.
A idéia sobre isso, nasceu de uma conversa informal na ListP@n, o propósito era que o transtorno do pânico ganhasse mais repercussão junto aos orgãos de saúde.
Para isso deveriamos levantar uma bandeira, o que quer dizer uma luta que talvez mesmo que seja árdua, seja para o bem de muita gente.
O que queremos dizer é que deveriamos conseguir apoio político, para penetrarmos nos orgãos de saúde, onde pudessemos levar
o transtorno do pânico, a forma incapacitante que ele realmente
leva ao individuo que sofre com isso.
Já aqui, começamos a discordar. O apoio não deve ser político, pois o problema é de saúde e não de política. O problema é de falta de informações, não de descrédito. Pensamos que compete aos psiquiatras
e psicólogos darem a importância ao assunto e não se furtarem de defenderem seus
pacientes portadores de doenças psíquicas incapacitantes.
Competeria então aos profissionais de saúde mental, como formadores de opinião
que são, irem informando os responsáveis pelos orgãos trabalhistas, da incapacidade profissional momentanea (ou duradoura) a que estão sujeitos os portadores de TP.
A bandeira que queremos levantar era justamente para conseguir que uma
pessoa com transtorno de panico, diagnosticada pelos orgaos publicos (INSS) e pudesse receber os benefícios sociais, quando essa pessoa estiver incapancitada para o trabalho.
Sabemos que um psiquiatra pode afastar o paciente do trabalho, porem as perícias médicas do INSS, sao dificeis de reconhecer a gravidade dos sintomas do pânico.
Com relação a incapacidade por doença mental, podemos assegurar que
as patologias psiquiátricas crônicas incapacitantes certamente não incluem
o transtorno do pânico, pois como é óbvio o TP incapacitando em definitivo seria
a excessão e não a regra (o TP tem "cura") mas o mesmo não podemos dizer com relação
as outras doenças psiquiátricas crônicas, pois aquelas, em regra são
incapacitantes sendo que a cura é que a excessão.
Para que isso fosse adiante, teriamos que ter força política. Teriamos que ter alguem que conseguisse levar ao conhecimento
do poder publico o que realmente é o transtorno do pânico.
Insistimos que nao é o poder público que tem saber o que é TP, quem tem que saber sao os profissionais de saúde pública da área da saúde, principalmente a mental.
Acho que isso conseguido, talvez, seria o grande passo para que o TP fosse mais conhecido e respeitado dentro da sociedade como uma doenca, e nao como simples frescura ou ataque de nervos. Não é só o TP que não
é respeitado. As pessoas com sintomas de transtornos neuróticos, sejam eles ansiosos, depressivos, fóbicos, histéricos etc,
também enfrentam esta dificuldade, justamente pela incapacidade da maioria em poder ajuda-las, daí "se eu não puder fazer nada por que não queimar".
Voces ja imaginaram a forca que representa os portadores de TP? Se segundo estatiscas pertencemos a um grupo de 3% a 6% da população total do planeta, imaginem o que isso pode significar no meio político.
Teriamos condicoes de eleger um deputado federal, por exemplo, ou outras coisas mais. Acho que isso seria uma luta construtiva e que deveríamos debater esse assunto, precisamos, pensamos nós, fazer mais pelo portados do distúrbio, nada comercial,
mas para chegarmos onde precisamos, é necessário força política.
O que voce acha?
Discordamos inclusive destes dados de 2% a 4% da população ser portadora de
TP. Senão vejamos:
2-4- %- TP
2-10%- uma forma qualquer de depressão
6 a 10- portadores de um retardamento mental
1 -2%- portador de personalidade psicopatica
1-2%- portadora de esquizofrenia.
3-5%- portadora de uma dependencia qualquer(drogas, medicamentos, alcool)
1-2%- portadora de uma patologia organica com comprometimento mental qualquer
1-2%- portadores de epilepsia
6-10%- portadora de uma patologia ansiosa ou dela derivada (menos o panico) pois
ele ja tem estatistica pronta.
Portanto em uma estatística, teriamos 23% da população comprometida com uma patologia mental. Se puxarmos pelo negativo, este percentual atinge 47%. É por isso que achamos que a luta não
é politica , mas sim profissional. As patologias incapacitantes em psiquiatria ainda não incluem o TP como entre as 15 que mais afastam do trabalho ou incapacitam definitivamente, dai não ter o pânico ainda o estudo sobre sua incapacidade qualitativa e nao quantitativa que deveria ter.
Como voce sabe, a LER (lesão por esforço repetitivo) agora é que está tendo a
abordagem profissional importante que sempre deveria ter tido, justamente por estar sendo dado mais enfase técnica e consequentemente assistencial e de seguridade social
a mesma.Isto se deveu a um esforco dos orgaos medicos, assistenciais e de previdencia do que de um esforço político.
This message is part of a campaign to gather support for an educational video by award-winning jazz/rock/electric-acoustic guitar virtuoso Ney Mello. It arose from discussions on the guitarprinciples.com bulletin boards. Ney (who has been playing for 29 years and is highly praised by among others living legend Al Di Meola) is a frequent contributor on these boards and he mentioned that he would like to make a video to properly explain his knowlege of the development of picking technique (since there are no detailed videos available).
For the video to be made, the guitar education video companies (Hot Licks Video Productions or Hal Leonard Productions) would have to be convinced that there is a market for it.
It is currently intended that the subjects covered by the video will be:
Basic multi-functional pick grip
How to hold the pick for maximum efficiency
Index and thumb movement: when and why
Forearm motion and its importance
The free stroke and its function
The contact stroke and its function
Specific training methodology to develop both strokes to speeds as high as 16th notes @270 bpm and higher
Strumming: 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 string strumming variations and how to execute then properly
Muted rhythm playing for metal guitar
Muted single notes for all styles
Metronome practice: the proven methods
Pure speed training: the conceptual and mental angles needed to make it a reality
Visualising your licks and runs mentally and in your inner ear
Strength training and easy to make training devices to accelerate your progress
The importance of stretching and how to do it properly to prevent injury
Tendonitis prevention with the right training and practice pacing
The influence of dynamics in specific technique selection
Variety in hand positioning for stylistic expression
Pick angles: when and why you need more than one
Mental clarity and imaging: drawing in space with the pick
Incremental growth in tempo and note groupings for maximum gain in the shortest time
How to let the music steer you to the right technical choices in electric and acoustic guitar