LAST DAY!

For every bracelet (or other item) you buy from Bravelets this month, SARDAA will get a $20 donation (if we sell a minimum of 100 items). https://bravelets.com/bravepage/sardaa Print PDF

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Margery’s Picks and Pans: April Book Review

The Day The Voices Stopped cover pic

Book Reviewed:      The Day the Voices Stopped: A Memoir of Madness and Hope By Ken Steele and Claire Berman Copyright 2001 Available on Amazon.com for $11.61   Kindle Edition  $9.99 Reviews of this book: “Astonishing …. A mind-boggling account that will change the way readers respond to mental illness.” –Kirkus Reviews “The Day the Voices Stopped willRead More

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SARDAA Executive Director, Linda Stalters attended Rep. Tim Murphy’s hearing: “Where have all the patients gone?” and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) event, entitled “Fixing the mental health care system: What Congress can do,” in Washington, D.C.

Linda Stalters and Rep. Tim Murphy

In 1950 there were more than 559,000 psychiatric beds in the United States, today there are fewer than 45,000. This staggering lack of inpatient options for those with serious mental illness has put a tremendous strain on public services. Rep. Murphy convened an investigative hearing this week to explore the effects of this shortage, whichRead More

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It’s No Substitute for the Sun

My psychiatrist is a fan of “happy lamps,” lamps that use full-spectrum bulbs to treat wintertime seasonal depression. A really big fan. Opening his office door is like entering a scene in “Poltergeist”: I’m blinded by a powerful glow that emanates from every direction. I must rely on his voice in the distance calling out toRead More

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Protein Active in Fetal Development May Also Protect Against Alzheimer’s in Late Life

A new study published yesterday inNature suggests that a protein thought to be a key element in the brains of fetuses during development may play a critical role in dementia in older people. The protein, known by the acronym REST, is severely depleted in the brains of older adults with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementias, but seemsRead More

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Study Finds 10 Percent of Young Hospital Patients Have Psychiatric Diagnoses

Between 17% and 22% of these patients had a primary or comorbid mental health diagnosis, and all the hospital stays added up to $3.5 billion in aggregate charges to the health care system. The most common diagnoses at the general hospitals were depression (44.1%), bipolar disorder (18.1%), and psychosis (12.1%). Substance abuse was a commonRead More

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Family-Focused Therapy Reduces Bipolar-Associated Symptoms in Teens, Study Finds

Family-focused treatments have been found to be an effective adjunctive therapy to mood stabilizing medicine in adults with bipolar disorder, but whether this approach holds true in adolescents, has been unclear….New study results showed that adolescents receiving combinational pharmacotherapy and FFT were more likely to have less-severe manic symptoms after two years than those receiving pharmacotherapyRead More

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Correction Dept. Investigating Death of Mentally Ill Inmate at Rikers Island

The New York City Correction Department is investigating the death of a mentally ill inmate who was found in an overheated cell last month at Rikers Island after being left unattended for hours, the authorities said Wednesday. The inmate, identified as Jerome Murdough, 56, was a homeless former Marine who had been arrested on a trespassing charge.Read More

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Have You Ever Been Involuntarily Treated?

How did that experience affect your recovery? Please send us an email with your thoughts on this topic. Your responses will be confidential and will be used to help us understand what our constituents’ experiences have been. In your email, please indicate whether you would authorize a SARDAA staff member to contact you for furtherRead More

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SAVE THE DATE: SARDAA Film Festival & Hoedown

Saturday, May 17, 2014 10 am -4:30 pm Houston Westchase Marriott In the pursuit of our mission to eliminate the stigma of serious mental illness, especially schizophrenia and related disorders, we are hosting a unique film festival here in Houston. Four films will be shown with time for Q&A after each, led by those involvedRead More

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