Message from Mary Ross, FFS (Family and Friends Coordinator)

On the subject of gratitude, as I began writing this I didn’t recall that this is the month we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, but it might have been a prompt.  I wish to share a daily practice which I’ve adopted  that puts a lift in my days.  It is simply to take the time, ideally before falling asleep at night, to think of three things for which I’m grateful. On a light note, I rarely get to the third one and I’m asleep, i.e. a natural sleep aid too!  In my search for stress reduction, which many people share these days, I’ve heard from a number of health sources to take the time for this simple reflection, thus it caught my attention. Originally I thought ‘oh, I’ll be calling up the same things over and over’….but no, it’s interesting how creativity follows. I often reflect on the day closing and some goodness I saw in it. Doing it before sleep, as one source says, as one enters into a subconscious mind state, it puts one in a positive rather than negative, worrisome mode. I read that  the renowned psychologist, Ram Dass, expressed ‘gratitude at the end of his life for a stroke he suffered’ in that he believed his mind (thinking) prevented him from entering ‘enlightenment’. This relates to the idea that I’ve come across in my quest for positives in adversity, that one challenged, such as living with a brain disorders, may have access to a ‘higher plane’, which others not so challenged lack access to.  I have to believe. With Heart, Mary Ross Print PDF

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Message from Katie L, Schizophrenia Alliance, Coordinator

With Thanksgiving approaching, I am grateful for all the hard work and dedication through the years, of the SA members. Because of their generosity and effort, I and others have benefited with support and friendship that otherwise would not have occurred. This month we all look back on everything that has happened and we try to find those things that have been positive and helpful. SA is a great thing to add to my list. Whether you’re a group member, a group leader, or a visitor, I would like to thank you for your time, effort and generosity. You are so valued and I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with hope and happiness. Thank you, Katie L. Print PDF

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Message From Executive Director, SARDAA

Dear Friends, Another year to celebrate gratitude.  So many things to be grateful for ­ how do we count them all? Personally, I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to be deeply involved with the Hearing Voices of Support #HVoS initiative.  A courageous multimedia initiative, educating professionals, the public and diagnosed individuals, eliminating stigma/discrimination, advocating for access to treatment and dignity for people living with schizophrenia­related brain illnesses while including the very voices that are most important, those of diagnosed individuals and those who care for them in a sensitive respectful manner. BULLETIN: SARDAA’s Hearing Voices of Support and the focus on schizophrenia-related brain disorders in now, historically for the first time, emblazoned on a Times Square jumbotron.  Millions of people will see our message now through January.  That means they will be viewed during the Thanksgiving Day Parade and New Years Eve.  Be sure to look for it on 1500 Broadway. If you have not already done so, go to the Facebook page hearingvoicesofsupport and ‘like’ the page and share it with all of your connections.  Please go to the website hearingvoicesofsupport.org, watch the videos and make a supportive comment. It would be fantastic if you would post your own video on the HVoS facebook page with your positive story. We must change the perceptions and change treatment. We are working hard to prepare the experiential exhibit of HVoS to effect more impact on the public.  We are working with theBloc in NY to present the exhibit in May, 2017. When we change the language and perceptions so that EVERYONE understands that neuro­circuitry disorders are treatable and people deserve dignity and medical treatment, then parity will be realized. With sincerest Gratitude, Linda Stalters, MSN Executive Director Schizophrenia And Related Disorders Alliance of America Print PDF

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Ignorance was Bliss by L.H. Soltres

Moving from New Jersey to Columbus, Ohio was a decision made after extensive research and planning. Never had I seen such green grass nor had I ever met so many lovely smiling people. Suddenly listening to country music while driving through fields of wheat became a glorious experience that made me feel alive again after ten years ofRead More

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Suicide: How To Recognize The Warning Signs

Suicide rates in the U.S. have risen dramatically in recent years; in fact, it’s estimated that one person dies by suicide every 13 minutes, or about 40,000 each year. With such a terrible loss of life, you might think that most people would be well educated about how to spot the warning signs in a person who isRead More

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Psychiatric Beds: Getting from Not Enough to Safe Minimum

The information deficit around mental illness treatment and policy is especially deep on the subject of psychiatric beds, both public or private. Neither the federal government nor any of the states has identified or established population-based “safe minimum” bed target numbers. No member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has either, even tho ugh nearly all the 34 memberRead More

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New Research on Mental Illness Behind Bars

The drumbeat of surveys, studies and statistics detailing the plight of individuals with serious mental illness in jails and prisons continued in the summer of 2016 with the publication of new publications from organizations examining the treatment of mentally ill and other disabled inmates. Locked Up and Locked Down, a September 2016 study by the Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities (AVID)Read More

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At a Loss for Meds, Venezuela’s Mentally Ill Spiral Downward

MARACAY, Venezuela: The voices tormenting Accel Simeone kept getting louder. The country’s last supplies of antipsychotic medication were vanishing, and Mr. Simeone had gone weeks without the drug that controls his schizophrenia. Reality was disintegrating with each passing day. The sounds in his head soon became people, with names. They were growing in number, crowding theRead More

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VA a leader in the prevention and treatment of SUDs

Over 560,000 Veterans Treated for Disorders in 2015 VA is a leader in the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders (SUD), providing treatment for over 560,000 Veterans, including treating over 61,500 Veterans with opioid use disorders, such as heroin or prescription opioid use disorders, in FY 2015. Patients with less severe substance use problemsRead More

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House Passes Mental Health First Aid Act

By Alex Ruoff | • Bill would extend training programs to help police, teachers assist those with mental health issues • Senate, House lawmakers need unified bill to send to president A program to train first responders, law enforcement and teachers to assist anyone in a mental health crisis would be extended through 2021 underRead More

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