Friday, August 10, 2018

August is National Make A Will Month

Studies show that nearly 75% of parents do not have a will. While many may think they are 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. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Every year, the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health will join partners at the federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial levels to help raise awareness about mental illness and its effects on racial and ethnic minority populations. 

  • Over 70% of Black/African American adolescents with a major depressive episode did not receive treatment for their condition. 
  • Almost 25% of adolescents with a major depressive episode in the last year were Hispanic/Latino. 
  • Asian American adults were less likely to use mental health services than any other racial/ethnic groups. 
  • In the past year, nearly 1 in 10 American Indian or Alaska Native young adults had serious thoughts of suicide. 
  • In the past year, 1 in 7 Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander adults had a diagnosable mental illness.

There's no shame living with a mental illness. Treatment can bring recovery and well-being. 

Monday, June 04, 2018

Understanding Bullycide and Tips for Prevention

Bullying and suicide, more commonly called "bullycide," is defined as a death by suicide where bullying is the causative factor. Bullycide was coined in 2001 by journalist ,Neil Marr, and anti-bullying specialist, Tim Field, in the book, Bullycide: Death at Playtime. Bullycide often occurs with children who cannot cope with the chronic abuse of bullying, and seeing no other way to escape it, die by suicide to end the suffering.
Read more here...

Monday, May 07, 2018

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month, which began in May1949, is highlighting the connection between mental and physical health as this year's theme. 

When we consider well-being, we must look at not just physical health, but emotional health as well. Research shows how a healthy lifestyle may help prevent onset of or worsening of mental health conditions, as well as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other chronic problems. It can also help people recover from many mental illness disorders. Eating healthy foods, managing stress, exercising, and getting enough sleep can go a long way in making you both physically and mentally well.

Last year, Mental Health Month materials were seen and used by more than 230 million people, with more than 10,000 entities downloading Mental Health America’s Mental Health Month toolkit

To join the conversation on social media, use the hashtags #4Mind4Body and #MHAM2018 

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

May is Maternal Mental Health Month

The first World Maternal Health Day was launched in 2016, and is commemorated on the first Wednesday of May every year.

This year's theme on May 2nd is “Listen to Mothers.”

Together with organizations from around the world  including Australia, Argentina, Canada, France, Germany, Malta, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, UK, and the US – Maternal Mental Health will be given a worldwide stage to raise awareness about the mental well being of mothers. 

You can learn more about the your local, in-country events, global initiatives and social media drives by checking out the World Maternal Mental Health Day website, the WMMHD Facebook page, and connecting on social media with hashtags: #maternalMHmatters #Listen2Mothers.

Friday, April 27, 2018

The Best Depression Blogs 2018

Healthline has scoured the blogosphere for the best blogs that address issues regarding depression.

They have carefully selected blogs that actively working to educate, inspire, and empower their readers with frequent updates and high-quality information. 

Remember, depression is a serious, but treatable disorder. There is hope. And there is healing.

Thank you, Healthline, for including me in the list of the Best Depression Blogs for 2018.