Month: May 2014

Featured Advocate: Marta from The ADHD Help and Hope Network 6/13

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martaMarta: I am an  advocate for those who struggle with ADHD because I have had many struggles with ADHD throughout my own life. I have raised a child with ADHD and have helped him navigate through school and socially as he struggled with it in his life. I understand the complexity of the disorder and how life can be more manageable, and you can live life to it’s fullest potential when you treat the symptoms. My network is about guiding families to the resources available today, offering information, hope, and inspiration to allow you to soar to new heights!

The ADHD Help and Hope Network 
Hi, I’m Marta and I’m here to offer support, info, inspiration, and guidance to resources that can help you and/or your children navigate through ADHD.
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I am here to offer hope and inspiration, help you gain knowledge and information about the symptoms of ADHD, and to help guide you to the right resources that are available today.

Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor, therapist, or mental health professional. Consult your physician with any medical concerns.

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Featured Advocate: Anita from Breaking Down The Barriers – A wellness Journey 6/12

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anitaAnita:I believe I make a good advocate for Chronic illnesses and anxiety depression because I have been living with these conditions myself since I was a young teenager. I believe people who have survived and lived through these illnesses make the best advocates to help others in need of support and understanding. Raising awareness for such conditions is vital to help the sufferers and their loved ones to understand and to show that these illnesses are just as REAL as cancer or a broken limb. I believe that raising awareness is also important, so sufferers know they are not alone.

Breaking Down The Barriers – A wellness Journey

Join me on my wellness journey as I break down the barriers to a healthy balanced life. My aspirations for this page are to inspire like minded people who also have/had obstacles in their pathway to happiness and to show you and myself that I deserve to be happy and healthy and so do you! On this page I will share inspirational quotes, my favourite recipes, my triumphs and even my downfalls etc. My ultimate dream is to live an active, happy, healthy, balanced life and to be able to do all the things I love!A Bit About Me: Hi I am Anita, I am 27 and I have been suffering with autoimmune disorders and anxiety depression since my early teen years. I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia and anxiety depression as a young teen and later on found I also had PCOS and Seronegative arthritis. Some days I can feel good and then be bed ridden the next or sometimes I can feel great for an hour or two but then the rest of the day I can be sick as a dog. This has made it hard for family and friends to understand what I am going through, as they only see me when I’m well or when they think I’m well lol (sometimes I am just pushing myself and have found it easier over the years to sometimes just not say anything :-/ ) Anyway that is why I have created this page, to inspire myself and others who are or know anyone who are battling through their own obstacles, I have no doubt (like they say) that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I think some tunnels are just a lot friggin longer and tedious than others lol Hope you enjoy my page.anita2

Featured Advocate: Robin from ‎Suicide Survivors Support Community 6/11

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sssRobin:  I am an advocate of mental health because I believe our culture needs to become more aware of depression and any type of mental illness. My husband was admitted into the psych ward only 1 week before he completed suicide. The hospital nor the doctors did not make any of us aware of the severity of his depression. We were all in shock when he died. Since that time my life is about recovery and helping others. If someone can find encouragement and hope from my page, it is worth it. I have made the choice to move forward and look at each day as a gift from God. We can all learn from one another and help each other.

Suicide Survivors Support Community

My site is about recovery and moving forward. It is to encourage you after someone you loved died by suicide. I lost my former husband to suicide in 2005. He died a tragic horrible death and I was the one to find him dead in our basement from gunshots to his head. All of our stories are tragic. I didn’t think I wanted to go on with my life without my husband. Nor did I think I had the strength to do so. But an inner voice pushed me to keep going and begin my journey of recovery. I worked very hard for years to get to a healthy place. I know it is possible for all of us! I recently created a website. and this page to help others suffering from loss. I hope that this can be a place where people can share their thoughts and experiences and be comforted from one another. We all need each other. I am a firm believer in support groups! Without them, without God,and without people praying for me I would not be where I am today. I am very grateful! I know it is possible to find happiness again. But it takes work and a commitment to stay on the path of recovery. My prayer is that you will find the path and stay on it.
Recover from Loss: A Site to help you Recover from Suicide Loss. National Number for suicide prevention 1-800-273-8255
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Featured Advocate: Cherie from Living with Autism,Alyssa’s Story 6/10

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cherieCherie: I am our daughter’s advocate as she has no voice..We are blessed with autism in our home..Our daughter has had second degree burns on her hands from a wood burning stove,,she had a hairball cut from her tummy the size of a dead rat…broke an arm…some teeth surgery etc etc…She has almost been kicked out of two school for ass kicking teachers..They have tried sending her away…which we didn’t allow..Every doctor wants to medicate but we give her herbs which help her a lot…Doctors and teachers think they always know whats right…but in this home our family knows what works…We will never give up on our daughter Alyssa…We would change it for her but we wouldn’t change it for us…She makes everyday brighter and you can never go wrong with love

Living with Autism Alyssa’s story
cherie 2My Mom writes for me and shares our experiences.I’m not at a point yet to communicate for myself.I do get on here once in awhile,,you can tell its me cause I love words,music and writing. When I am able I will take over this page and be my own voice!!

I am a 12 yr old girl with autism

 

Featured Advocate: Tiffany from Survivors of Suicide 6/9

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todayTiffany: I am an advocate for Suicide Awareness because 14 years ago my mother committed suicide. I was the one that found my mom and if I can help one person heal from their loss or prevent one suicide my mission is accomplished.

Survivors of Suicide

I have created this page in order to raise awareness of suicide and to also be a support for people that are effected by suicide.

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Featured Advocate: Tamera from Stop Bullying ツ 6/8

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bshTamera:  I think I am an advocate because I am trying to get people more aware of how bullying can change how people feel about themselves. I know many people who have been in a situation where they were bullied so I want it to reach people more clearly. In addition the page also gives support to those who have been facing bullying alone. Well were here to tell you your not. And hopefully if we can persuade one person to stop, that could save a life. And that’s our mission.

Stop Bullying ツ

This page will give support to people who are getting bullied. There will be videos,pictures & lyrics … like if your against bullying

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Featured Advocate: Anamoli from Masked Are We 6/7

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mrweAnamoli:  I never really classified myself as a mental health advocate. More as a gobby lass from Chesterfield who doesn’t know when to shut up. I’ve suffered various mental illnesses and mental health problems all my life. I’ve been misdiagnosed, had diagnoses kept secret from me, in hospitals, police cells and therapy offices. I have been on and off and away on several medications. 

I’ve been kicked out of hospital and rehabs because of my mental ill health and I’ve been slandered and lied about and set up because of my mental health issues and the stigma that comes with the diagnosis of BPD. When I finally realized that the fact that I am still alive and kicking after many attempts to take my life, several of which were very close calls, has got to mean something; I’m not meant to die, well not yet, and not by my own hands or my own mind.

I started a support group on Facebook for ppl with BPD and CPTSD and then I had the idea for the Masked Are We campaign. Since doing this I’ve had people all over the country and world in fact, messaging me, to thank me, or ask my advice or share part of their story with me. It’s been amazing. I also co-wrote a petition to encourage the Department of Health in the UK to reassess the funding cuts that have recently been made to NHS mental health services.

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Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month. #Maskedarewe
Upload your masked Selfies for BPD Awareness Month here with the hashtag #maskedarewe
In light of the awareness and impact that the No Make-up Cancer Awareness Selfies, I had this idea to raise awareness for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) , also known as Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD).BPD Awareness Month is May. So the idea is, starting from the 1st of May, we flood Facebook and other Social Media sites with selfies with a twist: WE WEAR MASKS.The reason I chose to feature masks in this campaign is that individuals with BPD often feel pressured by society, friends, family and organisations to MASK their symptoms and keep their illness a secret. If a flare up occurs, the stigma attached to the diagnosis makes it difficult for people to get the help and support they need. This often means that sufferers have to deal with it all alone, which is extremely dangerous and can often lead to A and E admissions (where patients are often treated very badly, with out respect or compassion) , hours and hours in police cells without seeing any medical professional, psychiatric hospital admissions and DEATH.The government have recently made MASSIVE cuts to the funding that goes into Mental Health Services so even when people are ‘lucky’ enough to get treatment, or support, it is often cut short or stopped because of funding issues. Or effective treatments cannot be offered to patients because the funding is not available within their trust.I personally believe that Mental Health Awareness, Funding and Research are just as vital as for any physical illness. But we need to get rid of this notion of MH being less important , the patients fault or even a ploy to get sympathy or attention seeking. THE STIGMA NEEDS TO END. NOW!

So back to the event:
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE BPD TO JOIN IN AND SUPPORT THE CAUSE! CAN JOIN IN. If you wish to participate but remain anonymous, please send your selfie to admin’s inbox and your photo shall be uploaded anonymously to the page.

You can chose whatever you want the mask to show.
Masks can be home-made, customized, bought, face-painted, make up or any other creative idea you might have but must include the hashtag #maskedarewe You can donate to Mind or Rethink 

You can sign and share this petition:

TOGETHER, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. “If we can find money to kill people, we can find money to help people” – Tony Benn                                       “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” Kathryn Stockett, The Help

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Featured Advocate: Melanie from Hanging on the Borderline 6/6

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hangingMelanie:  I am personally an advocate in that I have been diagnosed with BPD for 13 years and am working to end the stigma surrounding this mental difference by speaking out honestly about my life and struggles. My page advocates for mental health in that it not only speaks on the issue of BPD, but offers support and advice to those living with loved ones who have been diagnosed with BPD

Hanging on the Borderline
Are you or somebody you know dealing with BPD? Send us your questions and concerns! Be anonymous! Were here to help!
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental illness marked by unstable moods, behavior, and relationships. In 1980, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, Third Edition (DSM-III) listed BPD as a diagnosable illness for the first time. Most psychiatrists and other mental health professionals use the DSM to diagnose mental illnesses.Because some people with severe BPD have brief psychotic episodes, experts originally thought of this illness as atypical, or borderline, versions of other mental disorders. While mental health experts now generally agree that the name “borderline personality disorder” is misleading, a more accurate term does not exist yet.Most people who have BPD suffer from:Problems with regulating emotions and thoughtsImpulsive and reckless behaviorUnstable relationships with other people.

People with this disorder also have high rates of co-occurring disorders, such as depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and eating disorders, along with self-harm, suicidal behaviors, and completed suicides.

Melanie also manages  BPD pieces of me

A place offering support, advice, & information for those living with people with BPD.

I want this to be a place where people can receive information, support, and advice on living with those who have been diagnosed with BPD.

I am not a therapist, but I am a survivor and warrior of BPD.

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Featured Advocate: Anonymous from Spouse,Kids and Special Needs aren’t things issued in a Seabag? 6/5

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Spouse, KidsAnonymous: I am a big advocate for mental health. Your mind is one of the most important things you need to maintain! I have two children that are on the spectrum. My daughter who is Autistic and my youngest son who is Autistic with Sensory Processing Disorder. My Eldest is newly diagnosed with ADHD.

Spouse,Kids and Special Needs aren’t things issued in a Seabag?

Page for those who have Loved Ones with Special Needs. Funnies, support and the general day to day!
Hey! This page is set up to support the families within the Military Circle and Non Military that have children with special needs. It is a page of support,general musings and banter :)I have been a Navy Wife for 11 years. I am the mother of three Cherubs. I have two children that are on the spectrum. My daughter who is Autistic and my youngest son who is Autistic with Sensory Processing Disorder. My Eldest is newly diagnosed with ADHD. I set this page up because I, like countless of other military families have had to deal with the Military’s way of handling Special Needs. Some good and Some bad. This is a place to ask questions, rant, support or find the funny side to special needs ( because there is one!)I hope through sharing stories and ideas, people can help one another. My only rule of thumb is that you s!keep your mind open before you open your mouth. 🙂spouse, kids 2

 

Featured Advocate: Amber from Cheering for Caleb 6/4

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cal1Amber: I am an advocate because my sweet boy who was born premature should have died by all medical stance and didn’t. He has major health issues and had his first brain surgery, he suffers from epilepsy and severely austistic. The support we get is from few family members but mostly on our page and our fans who love us. Caleb has sensory processing, dysphagia, and limited verbally. He tells me he is bad but I tell him he is brilliant. I quit my job to care for him and help him understand the world and for the world to understand him. It has not been easy having a child like this but he shows me strength and admiration for him I cannot express in words. Every time something would happen or something bad medically would go wrong he would fight through it so much so we thought he had a super hero cape on at birth. We call him super Caleb he is so happy and snuggly to us the world does not understand him because he truly believes that he is superman but to us he is.

Cheering for Caleb
My name is Caleb I am almost 4 . I am a twin,I have Autism, Epilepsy, SPD and I am a Chiari Malformation Brain surgery warrior!

Caleb was Diagnosed with SPD(Sensory Processing Disorder), hearing issues from Chiari type 1 Malformation he is near non-verbal, has Autism and Epilepsy . Thank you for all your support and being a fan of his page to show awareness and follow him on his journey of Autism and life after brain surgery for his ACM. His family and close relatives and friends need your support as they walk with his parents and him together. Share his page so that others might benefit and know that they have support if they too walk this similar journey. Help raise Awareness to Autism and Chiari Malformation and epilepsy. Thank you for being there for Caleb and his family.

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