Many people are not aware that 1 in 4 pregnancies ends in loss. That statistic feels even more staggering when you look at the yearly number: that approximately one million pregnancies in the United States and Canada end in early pregnancy loss, SIDS, miscarriage, stillbirth, or the death of the newborn child.
Pregnancy and Infant Loss are deeply painful experiences that many families face daily, but they receive little attention. Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month can reach and teach others about the needs of bereaved parents.
Here are 7 ways to help a loved one or friend deal with early pregnancy loss:
Monday, October 15, 2018
Saturday, October 06, 2018
October 10th 2018 is World Mental Health Day.This campaign began in 1992 to being awareness about the importance of mental health. This year's theme is mental health in youth and young adulthood.
"Adolescence and the early years of adulthood are a time of life when many changes occur, for example changing schools, leaving home, and starting university or a new job. For many, these are exciting times. They can also be times of stress and apprehension, however. In some cases, if not recognized and managed, these feelings can lead to mental illness. The expanding use of online technologies, while undoubtedly bringing many benefits, can also bring additional pressures, as connectivity to virtual networks at any time of the day and night grows. Many adolescents are also living in areas affected by humanitarian emergencies such as conflicts, natural disasters and epidemics. Young people living in situations such as these are particularly vulnerable to mental distress and illness."
Link here to find local mental health events and when using social media hashtag: #WorldMentalHealthDay.
Monday, September 17, 2018
Originally known as National Guide Dog Month, "National Service Dog Month" was first established in 2008 by actor and animal activist, Dick Van Patten.
Inspired by what was a life-changing visit to The Guide Dogs of the Desert in California, Van Patten launched a fundraising drive to benefit guide and service dog training schools throughout the country - and create an awareness month for the campaign.
Service dogs provide companionship, inspire confidence, and live to serve, protect, and assist their handlers. There are different kinds of trained animals, including guide dogs, emotional support pets and assistance animals. Many help children and adults perform daily living skills, overcome physical limitations, accomplish lifelong goals, embark on adventures and cope with mental illnesses.
Service dogs, and other service animals, have a long and rich history in the mental health field. One type of highly trained service dogs are specifically called Psychiatric Service Dogs (PSD). These canines help their humans who struggle with psychiatric disabilities including PTSD, bipolar disorder, anxiety and severe depression.
PSD's are trained to assist in medical crises and provide treatment and security for their owners, including reducing anxiety, interrupting depressive episodes and preventing their handlers from reacting unfavorably in stressful situations. PSD’s can assist with "deep pressure therapy" to minimize anxiety or self-harm by applying weight and pressure to an owner's body. Thus, calming the owner or helping the owner ground themselves in a more positive moment.
Animals are amazing creatures. And those that offer these highly trained services are worthy of celebration not just this month – but every month.
Sunday, September 02, 2018
Did you know that over 1 million people die by suicide each year?
That's a death by suicide very 40 seconds.
Suicide is THE most preventable kind of death.
Education, resources, intervention and outreach can help children and adults who struggle with staggering sadness, hopelessness and despair.
One of the most far-reaching campaigns is World Suicide Prevention Day.
This health education program is sponsored by The International Association for Suicide Prevention, The World Health Organization, The United Nations and many grass root organizations and agencies every year on September 10th.
To learn about the warning signs for suicidal behavior go here.
Friday, August 10, 2018
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.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):
- 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.