Mental Health Caregivers under “High Emotional Stress”

It may not come as news to anyone who cares for a mentally ill loved one that the stress is enormous, but a new survey of 1,600 unpaid caregivers still contains startling – and sobering – findings about the toll such caregiving takes on those of us in this role. Three-quarters of the participants reportedRead More

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WORLD BIPOLAR DAY

World Bipolar Day logo

World Bipolar Day is celebrated annually on March 30, the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh, who is believed to have had bipolar disorder. World Bipolar Day is a day to remember that those who have bipolar disorder are capable of achieving great things and to remind them that they are not alone, for the generalRead More

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HOW TO START AND GROW A SA GROUP

By Margery Wakefield Welcome to SA (Schizophrenics Anonymous)! I understand that you want to start an SA group, and that is great! This is a brief primer on how to do just that. First, some background about myself. I was diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 19. I went through a period of denial, but finallyRead More

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Interview: Mental Health, Gun Violence and The Constitution

After the December 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, President Obama told the reporters at his White House press conference he was tired of having to take the podium and discuss yet another senseless massacre. “We have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in theRead More

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Lead poisoning’s harmful impact on physical and mental health

Flint’s drinking water became contaminated with lead in April 2014 after lead leaked from the pipes and fixtures into the city’s drinking water. In January 2016, President Obama declared a federal state of emergency in Flint, Michigan, after thousands of children and pregnant women were exposed to dangerous levels of lead in their drinking water.Read More

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SARDAA Health Storylines – The polls are in!!!

The polls are in

Have you seen the new polling feature now available to you on your SARDAA Health Storylines app? Located on the left sidebar in your app, you can now participate in community polls and see how others like you are doing. If you need any assistance, whether it be with the new polls, another app feature,Read More

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Help the Seriously [Ill with Schizophrenia-related Brain Illness] Call Senate HELP Committee Today

By DJ Jaffe On March 16, the Senate is bringing to markup a mental health bill that we fear only includes only some of the language from the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (HR2646). There is evidence the bill may exclude some of the five provisions that help people with serious mental illness, andRead More

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Personal Story: Artist Biography of Kate Kaplun

Kate Kaplun

Yekaterina (Kate) Kaplun’s roots are in Russian, Ukrainian and Israeli cultures. She has been honing her creative skills since early childhood; drawing, painting, singing, writing music, stories and poetry, inventing games and entertainment and organizing concerts with children from her neighborhood. Through her life Kate put much effort into self-education and creativity. Though herRead More

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Message From SA Administrator, Brian Donahue

Brian Donahue

HOPE Springs Eternal Spring time in Connecticut is my favorite season!  Upon seeing the first crocuses pushing through the half-frozen ground we in New England know that Winter will end soon, and Spring is on its way!  In my own recovery journey I went through my “winter”.  I was hospitalized many times during aRead More

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Brain Campaign: Take the Pledge

Brain Campaign

I will change my language from Behavioral or Mental disorder to Brain disorder. I will educate others to change their language from mental illnesses to brain illness. I will not use stigmatizing, discriminatory or derogatory language related to brain disorders. I will encourage my peers, family members, and colleagues to advocate when they seeRead More

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