Some Web Sites of Interest.....
10 Tools to Live your Life Well
Online Site for Your Wellness (DBSA)
What should I eat and how much?
Handbook for Family & Friends of Service Members Before, During and After Deployment
This Emotional Life Tool Kit (Handbook and DVD)
Prepares family and friends of military service members with information to better understand and cope with the range of emotions and stress that often accompany deployment. Covers before, during, and after deployment and includes referrals to tools and resources
Price: FREE (shipping charges may apply)
SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration • 1 Choke Cherry Road • Rockville, MD 20857 • 1-877-SAMHSA-7
A free, comprehensive, authoritative up to date health information WEB-site from the worlds largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine of the National Institute of Health. Includes Health topics, Interactive tutorials, Drug information and a Medical Encyclopedia. Find it on-line at MedlinePlus.gov.
Health Care Reform:
How it helps individuals and families
who live with mental illness
Health Care and Mental Illness
Today, recovery is the expectation for people who experience mental illness. We know that treat-ment works--if you can get it. However, there is an average delay of eight to ten years between on-set of mental illness and when people typically get treatment.
With over 46 million uninsured people and revenue shortfalls impacting community mental health and Medicaid program eligibility and services, many children and adults with serious or chronic mental health needs have little or no access to care. And, for those who are insured, existing laws (such as pre-existing condition exclusions) often create barriers to getting needed treatment for mental health and co-occurring disorders.
Federal health care reform addresses many of the challenges people have in getting and keeping health care coverage. NAMI urges members to advocate for maintaining or enhancing mental health benefits for existing Medicaid enrollees.
Florida Vigil: Teen Suicides and Bullying
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - On this National Coming Out Day, there is a call to remember the six young people who took their own lives in recent weeks across the country due to gay bullying. Sunshine Cathedral and the Pride Center at Equality Park, Ft. Lauderdale, are among those holding prayer services tonight. The Rev. Dr. Robert Griffin, director of justice and media ministries at the cathedral, says nine out of 10 LGBT youth re-port being verbally harassed at school; 44 percent say they have been physically harassed; and 60 percent say it is use-less to report abuse because they don't trust that anyone will actually help protect them. "These are serious things that we're facing right now, because these are young people who are taking their lives. We don't need just political air given to it, we need political muscle put behind this, with people who can make our schools and our community a safer place." Griffin says while bullying should not be tolerated in any case, it is especially prevalent against those perceived to be LGBT. "They do feel like they're the only one, and if it's found that they are gay or lesbian or even questioning their sexuality, it can be outside what other kids are used to and it's difficult for them. (:10) There's a lot of pressures on kids in school to begin with, then this just becomes one added pressure." The problem is getting attention nationwide. The cast of the television show, "Glee," announced last week they will show-case gay bullying in upcoming episodes, and journalist Dan Savage has started a You Tube project called "It Gets Bet-ter" to let gay and lesbian students know they are not alone. Griffin says it's time for other adults and role models to echo the message. "It does get better and it will get better, and there are people out there that you can turn to talk to. You know, we want to be there, be that stop-gap measure for people before they go to that step of saying suicide is their only option out." A survey found lesbian, gay and bisexual youth are up to four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. Griffin is calling on Congress to take action on the pending Student Non-Discrimination Act and the Safe Schools Improvement Act - both of which provide tools, resources and guidelines for schools. On this National Coming Out Day, there is a call to remember the six young people who took their own lives in recent weeks across the country due to gay bullying. Gina Presson reports. Gina Presson reporting Griffin can be reached at 954-462-2004 ext 206; Tonight's Vigil will be held at Sunshine Cathedral at 7:30PM, 1480 SW 9th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Troubled teens can call the Trevor Project lifeline at 1-866-488-7386. or watch http://www.youtube.com/itgetsbetterproject. Suicide risk statistics from the 2007 Massachusetts youth risk survey.
This article was duplicated from
Public News Service www.publicnewsservice.org
From the NAMI Florida Sun November 2010