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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Message From Executive Director

Dear Friends, Positive things are happening! It is time that EVERYONE recognizes the fact that schizophrenia-related disorders/illnesses are BRAIN based and are treatable.  SARDAA is launching a BRAIN Campaign to change erroneous perceptions and inform the medical, legislative and general public regarding schizophrenia-related brain disorders. Emmett Biffle, a SARDAA Board member, educated her University ofRead More

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Marijuana Use Impairs Verbal Memory

Individuals with long-term exposure to marijuana may experience significant impairment of verbal memory by the time they reach middle age, warn researchers, who found that other aspects of cognitive function were unaffected. Investigators, led by Reto Auer, MD, of the Department of Ambulatory Care and Community Medicine, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, found that for eachRead More

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Today’s Research on Medicines for Children Offers Hope for Tomorrow

Only 25 years ago, it was rare to find drug labels with dispensing information specific to children. That’s because pharmaceutical companies rarely, if ever, conducted the research necessary to develop such instructions. As a result, health care providers often gave children smaller doses of adult medicines, without evidence of how exactly the children would react.Read More

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SAMHSA’s 2015 Barometer tracks the behavioral health of America

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) most recent National Behavioral Health Barometer report (Barometer) highlights many important trends in Americans’ behavioral health throughout the nation. The 2015 Barometer findings cover key behavioral healthcare issues affecting American communities including the prevalence rates of youth and adult substance use, serious mental illness, suicidal thoughts,Read More

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