Wednesday, November 04, 2020

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day 2020




In 1999, Senator Harry Reid, a survivor of his father’s 1972 suicide, introduced a new resolution into the US Senate. With its passage, the US Congress designated the Saturday before Thanksgiving as National Survivors of Suicide Day - an awareness day that reaches out to thousands of people who have lost a loved one to suicide.


National Survivors of Suicide Day has evolved into a global awareness day called International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day thanks to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. 

Sometimes called "Survivor Day," this November 21st will find children and adults affected by suicide loss gathering around the world at events in their local communities to find comfort and heal. 

To find a local Survivor Day event near you, link here
Every 40 seconds, someone dies by suicide. 
Every 41 seconds someone tries to understand that loss. 

If you need help, are suicidal or feeling hopeless, please dial 988 
or 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741 

Thursday, October 01, 2020

October 4th -10th is Mental Health Awareness Week

 


In 1990, Congress established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in recognition of the National Alliance on Mental Illness  campaign to raise mental illness awareness. 

Since then, mental health advocates across the country have joined NAMI in the effort to educate the public about mental illness.

Mental Illness Awareness Week runs from October 4 – 10 and year’s theme is  What People with Mental Illness Want You to Know.” 

Please watch my TEDx talk about what I'd like you to know about depression from my personal and professional view:




Tuesday, September 08, 2020

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day


Thursday, September 10, 2020 is World Suicide Awareness Day. 

Every 40 seconds someone in the world dies by suicide. This means suicide is responsible for almost one million deaths every year across the globe.

Another way to look at this is how Dr. Catherine Le Gal├Ęs-Camus, from the World Health Organization , describes the rate of suicide each year: "Worldwide, more people die from suicide than from all homicides and wars combined."

Click here for warning signs you can learn about. 


Psych Central offers a great list of suicide resources as does the International Association for Suicide Prevention

URGENT TELEPHONE CELL PHONE CONTACT

Lifeline is open 24 hours a day, every day, to help you or someone you love find help.

1800 273 TALK   

1800 273 8255

URGENT CELL PHONE TEXT CONTACT

If you would rather text than talk, the Crisis Text Line is available 24 hours a day, every day. 

Text HELLO to 741741 to connect 


Sunday, August 02, 2020

August is "National Make a Will Month"


Studies show that 75% of parents don't have a will. While many think they're too young, don't have enough money or that their property will automatically go to their next of kin, all three common assumptions are wrong.
Life can end unexpectedly in an instant and, without a plan in place, grieving relatives can be tied up in court for years in the process of acquiring and dividing an estate's assets.
In honor of National Make-A-Will Month this August, LegalZoom suggests three reasons why everyone over 18 should prepare a will:
  1. Children. If you have minor children, you need to specify guardians so that you, and not the court system, will determine who would raise your children.
  2. Property. Recording your wishes for the distribution of your assets and property not only ensures that your decisions are honored but it can also help your family avoid destructive conflicts over these issues.
  3. Final decisions. Grieving the loss of a loved one is hard enough to handle. Sparing your loved ones the stress and anxiety of determining how you would like to be honored and remembered can be avoided with a will.
While it can feel a bit unsettling to think of these things, making a will gives you peace of mind and helps your loved ones understand your wishes. 




Wednesday, July 01, 2020

July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month



July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. 

This awareness day was named after mental health activist and author Bebe Moore Campbell - and focuses on building awareness about the importance of mental wellness and effective mental health care for minorities. 

According to research, minorities are less likely to receive a mental health diagnosis, less likely to receive treatment for mental illness, have less access to and availability of mental health services and often receive a poorer quality of mental health care. More specifically:

To learn more about the needs of mental health services for diverse populations, or for where can find local activities celebrating this month, please go to the National Alliance on Mental Illness

Monday, June 08, 2020



Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can occur in children and adults who've experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. PTSD can also occur for new moms.

PTSD can result from a natural disaster, accident, physical/sexual/emotional abuse, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other types of violent personal assaults. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a  treatable mental health disorder. 

Here are some of the hallmark symptoms:
  • Intrusive memories: Upsetting dreams or reoccurring flashbacks about the event.
  • Avoidance: Avoiding the memory of the event, or places and people that remind you of the event.
  • Negative changes in thinking or mood: Feeling numb or sad, having low self-esteem, and feeling hopeless about the future.
  • Changes in emotional reactions: Irritable, angry outbursts, feeling guilty or ashamed, and/or being easily frightened.
  • Substance Use: Reliance on substances such as alcohol or drugs to cope with PTSD symptoms.

Facts About PTSD
  • An estimated 70% of adults in the United States have experienced a traumatic event at least once in their lives.
  • Upwards of 40% of girls and boys experience at least one trauma as a child or adolescent. 
  • Postpartum Post Traumatic Stress Disorder occurs in about 9% of new mothers.
  • Among people who are experience or witness a severe traumatic experience,  60 – 80% will develop PTSD.
  • An estimated 1 out of 10 women will get PTSD at some time in their lives. 
  • Studies estimate that 1 in every 5 military personnel experiences PTSD.
  • PTSD increases the risk for suicide, especially if it is undiagnosed or untreated.

Link here for PTSD tools and resources

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

May is Mental Health Awareness Month



May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

Though about 1 in 5 adults and children experience a mental health condition in their lifetime, mental illness continues to be stigmatized and misunderstood.

Learn more about mental illness, stigma and ways to educate others in my TEDx talk.

Thursday, April 09, 2020

Book Giveaway - April is World Health Month



 
 


    Goodreads Book Giveaway
 

   

        Sometimes When I’m Sad by Deborah Serani
   

   

     


          Sometimes When I’m Sad
     
     


          by Deborah Serani
     

     

         
            Giveaway ends May 01, 2020.
         
         
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