Hear what schizophrenia sounds like with #HearOurVoices

Places for People, a St. Louis-based organization that offers outpatient mental health care, is bringing visibility to mental health issues through the “Hear Our Voices” campaign. The purpose of #HearOurVoices is to change perceptions of people living with schizophrenia spectrum disorders and severe persistent mental illness by having people experience the auditory hallucinations experienced by someone with schizophrenia. Here are three ways you can participate:

  1. Visit http://placesforpeople.org/hear-our-voices and participate in the auditory activity (NOTE: Places for People warns that this activity may not be suitable for people with mental illnesses or vertigo)
  2. Share your experiences or support by using the #HearOurVoices hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites.
  3. Challenge your friends and family to participate in the campaign by engaging in the experience or posting to social media.

For more information visit placesforpeople.org.

Retinal Changes Provide Clues About The Progression Of Schizophrenia

This week Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine posted a statement saying that tracking changes in the retina, a part of the eye, may help doctors to track the progression of Schizophrenia and better treat patients with the disorder. People with Schizophrenia commonly experience specific vision problems which has allowed doctors to better predict a Schizophrenia diagnosis in children before symptoms emerge. The most recent study attempts to link Schizophrenia to physical changes in the eye, specifically the retina, finding that abnormal response to light suggest cellular-level differences between the eyes of people unaffected with Schizophrenia and those who are.

Read the full statement here.

Schizophrenia and Omega-3s

A study published earlier this month linked Omega 3-s with the decrease in symptoms and slower progression of psychotic disorders including schizophrenia. The study followed 81 adolescents and young adults aged 13 to 25 who were at ultra-high risk of psychotic disorders; the study participants received fish oil capsules containing Omega-3 fatty acid daily forRead More

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Ambitious Plan to Reduce Mass Incarceration Focuses on Mental Illness

(ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA) Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today introduced sweeping criminal justice reform legislation aimed at reducing mass incarceration of people with mental illness. The Mental Health and Safe Communities Act would expand federally proven programs aimed at providing treatment for people with mental illness before they become involved in confrontations with law enforcement, a strategy long advocated byRead More

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  JOANNE VERBANIC, MENTAL HEALTH PIONEER, DIES       Joanne Verbanic, founder of Schizophrenics Anonymous, an international self-help group for people with Schizophrenia that is modeled after Alcoholics Anonymous, died May 7th in Detroit of complications following abdominal surgery. She was 70 years old.        Ms. Verbanic, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia throughout her adultRead More

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Houston Homeless Donation Drive

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Dear Friends in Houston, For over a century, Star of Hope has been bringing positive change to the lives of homeless men, women and children through spiritual growth, education, employment, life management and recovery from substance abuse. This year, the Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America (SARDAA) has joined hands with Star ofRead More

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Integrating Substance Use Disorder and Health Care Services in an Era of Health Care Reform

Integrating Substance Use Disorder and Health Care Services in an Era of Health Care Reform  This white paper is the first in a series of white papers from SAMHSA’s Addiction Technology Transfer (ATTC) Network discussing the unique issues involved in integrating substance use disorder services in health care Print PDF

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Help Support SARDAA!

Please take a moment to find out how you can help support SARDAA, not only today but every day – at no extra cost to you!! When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Schizophrenia And Related Disorders Alliance Of America. IT’S SO SIMPLE: just bookmark this link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/33-1213657, startRead More

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Clinical connections between Schizophrenia and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Schizophrenia and Autism – Related Disorders  Written by Rebecca E. Hommer, Susan E. Swedo; posted on www.medscape.com Print PDF

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Complimentary Webinar available: “Early Team Based Treatment For People With Psychotic Symptoms: The RAISE-Early Treatment Program Experience”

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EST Location: Online Hear from Dr. Nina R. Schooler, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, as she presents “Early Team Based Treatment For People With Psychotic Symptoms: The RAISE-Early Treatment Program Experience.” Click for more details andRead More

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