Month: July 2014

Featured Advocate: “Stay Forever” from ∞ Dreams, The Only Place I See Myself Happy ∞ 8/21

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del1“Stay Forever”: I am an advocate because I have suffered from depression, self-harm, anorexia, bulimia, bullying, and suicidal thoughts. I have survived but I am a different person because of it, I see the good in people, I have a lot of regrets but I’m happy. And my goal in life is to make people happy and be nice to everyone; no matter what they’ve done. My page is to help people with any issues they have, or just to talk. My admins are knowledgeable and caring people who are here to help. I am an advocate because I feel like I’m giving back to all the people that I hurt during the time I was lost. So, if you’re struggling with anything or just need someone to talk to come visit my page, and meet all the other amazing admins.

∞ Dreams, The Only Place I See Myself Happy ∞
We are a page about anti suicide/self harm please message the page if you need help or want us to share your story// admins needed!

This is a page to help with self harm/bullying/depression, or anyone else who needs it. We’ve been there. Message the page if u need help, or if you want us to share your story.

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Featured Advocate: Anonymous from Heart For Autism 8/20

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1. I have Asperger’s

2. My son has Asperger’s

3. There needs to be so much more awareness, acceptance, and affirmation of those on the Autistic Spectrum.

4. So many aspies can contribute meaningfully to society if society would give them some accommodations. I try and make their journey a little easier.

Heart For Autism
Articles and pictures about Asperger’s & Âûtism

This page is to promote autism awareness, affirmation and celebration of those on the Autistic Spectrum.

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Featured Advocate: Michelle from My Journey through addiction 8/19

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delete53Michelle:  I am an advocate because I was an active addict for more than 25 years and I can tell you that there are far far more people that go undiagnosed and for some of us our drug use was/is the only thing that made us feel normal. I went almost my entire adult life not knowing that the insanity I lived with had a name much less that there was a way to manage without being high. Life is so much better now that i see it through clear eyes.

My Journey through addiction

It may not always be pretty and has never been easy but it’s my life!!!!

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Featured Advocate: Anonymous from Geesgang 8/18

delete51Anonymous: We are advocates because it has been a real eye opening experience to see  how little the health care system does especially for children with mental health issues. We aim to train consultants who can regularly visit schools and teach children about mental health and it’s effects on families not just individuals. We we promote awareness and support with a personal experience of suffering with depression. 

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By the year 2020 depression will be the largest cause of death and disability in the world. Lets stop this together.

1 in 4 adults are affected by this illness in the UK and 1 in 5 children under the age of 11 are affected yet only 1% of the Healthcare budget is spent on research and prevention.

70% of patients diagnosed with the illness will relapse and only 60% of Doctors believe that anti depressants actually work.

So what can we do? In a recent study 88% of patients and 84% of Doctors agreed that Talking therapy and exercise was the best way to fight depression. Yet in the UK there is a 2 year waiting list for anyone wishing to use Talking therapy therefore the Doctors have no choice but to prescribe anti depressant drugs whilst the patient waits.

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Featured Advocate: Norm from Bi Polar Awareness/Support Bipolar Research 8/17

 

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delete49Norm: I am an advocate because our son, Scott, was bipolar. His suicide note stated that he wanted people to be aware of the Bipolar illness.
Bi Polar Awareness/Support Bipolar Research

This page is an open forum for people with Bi-Polar and for the loved ones and friends of Bi-Polar. By supporting these people and being proactive, we can conquer this terrible illness.

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Featured Advocate: Naomi from Adam’s HOPE HOUSE Foundation 8/16

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delete47Naomi: a mental health advocate? Well.. let me start by saying I am a human being advocate.. in that mental health is quintessential to our humanness.. sadly, not all of us are perfect.. truth is .. none of us are perfect.

My son was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 19 and succumbed to it by death.. he took his life at age 23 this past October.. and I advocate for mental health because I witnessed personally how poorly he was treated.. even how I was treated.. frankly, we were treated like idiots.. as if we did not understand what we felt and what we lived and what we suffered each and every day of his struggle.

I will continue to be a voice.. until it is time for me to leave this human realm.. so that one day, perhaps.. sooner than later, all will understand, mentally healthy or not.  We are all human.. we are all someone’s son, daughter, mother, father, brother sister and we deserve the best.

Foundation:  Adam’s Hope House’s intention is to not only bring awareness and release the stigma of mental illness, but to provide a safe haven, hope, love and support to those who are feeling overwhelmed by their illness and feeling hopeless, to the point where they are contemplating taking their lives. We need support to get this off the ground and create this safe place.

Adam’s HOPE HOUSE Foundation

HOPE AND AWARENESS FOR MENTAL ILLNESS/YOUTH SUICIDE/BIPOLAR/DEPRESSION AND TO HELP ALL WHO HAVE BEEN TOUCHED BY THIS DISEASE AND TRAGEDY
My son Adam Metzger took his life on 10/31/13. He was diagnosed with bipolar years ago and because of this illness being so much in the closet and no one really knows what brings help to those who suffer this illness, sadly, my son lost the battle, but we can still win the war. Adam chose to leave, his method was a drug overdose, was he an addict? No.. was he in pain? Yes. Was he self medicating to stop the pain? Yes. How easy was it for him to obtain the drugs that ended his life? WAY TOO EASY!! In his name I create this foundation. In his name, I intend to do my very best until my last breath to bring awareness, hope and voice to this tragic illness. Now is the time, enough is enough. Let’s all band together and fight this war… every little bit counts. 

We are Adam’s Hope House,
Our mission is to advocate for persons who are combating the ramifications of mental illness; by crafting a community based therapeutic environment. In this environment, we aim to inspire a cooperative effort between communities, therapists, physicians, families, and peers with the purpose of minimizing self-medicating, addiction, anxiety/depression, isolation and suicide. Adam’s Hope House recognizes the need to provide an open forum to the persons we serve, where they may express themselves with out judgment and never feel alone. Through the implementation of creative coping strategies, including artistic, musical and verbal expression, touch therapy as well as individual and group counseling, we seek to diminish hospitalizations, provide awareness to the community and strive towards restoring hope and saving lives.
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Featured Advocate: Bec from 1, 2, 3 with ASD 8/15

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delete45Bec: I am an advocate so I can  help other individuals and families who deal with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related conditions every day. I feel I am able to give a unique perspective on many issues because, while I am the parent of a 9 yr old son with severe autism and a 7 yr old daughter with Asperger’s Syndrome, I also have ASD myself.

I am a single parent and along with my Asperger’s I also have OCD, which I developed around age 10 & which still plagues me every day, clinical depression and (often) crippling anxiety. I am also quite a severe self-harmer and have been for as long as I can remember.

I often share my children’s triumphs and tears on our page but I also try and explain to people what it feels like for me, as an adult with ASD, to experience a meltdown, shutdown or sensory overload (among other things), in the hope it may assist families to better understand how it might feel for their child/sibling/family member who may not be able to explain for themselves how they are affected by these sorts of things. I also love it when people comment about their own or their child’s journey with ASD as it interests me greatly and makes me feel less alone.

Autism is my life’s work – I live it, live WITH it, study it at uni and work with children with ASD every day. I love it! I love to share our experiences to help others, raise awareness and help myself too! –

1, 2, 3 with ASD

I am an adult with Asperger Syndrome. I have a daughter with Asperger’s & a son with Autism. I invite you to journey through life’s up’s & down’s with us!

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Featured Advocate: Aiden’s Supporters from Aiden’s Heroes 8/14

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delete43Aiden’s Supporters: We here at Aiden’s Heroes are mental health advocates through and through. Since Aiden’s Autism diagnosis our page admin, also Aiden’s mom, has been on a crusade to understand ASD and bring awareness to this disorder. We actively advocate on Facebook, through our blog, and in our personal/professional lives. Mom has dedicated hours of her personal time to volunteer operations and has become a professional resource for many people in her work community. Our admin is now investigating a way to start a charity to better benefit those in our community.  Blog 

Aiden’s Heroes
On May 10, 2013, our two year old son, Aiden was diagnosed with Autism. Now we strive to raise awareness and understanding of this disorder.
Aiden is a three year-old little boy who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADD in May 2013, when he was two. Since then we have been on quite a journey. Aiden loves watching the WWE, Monster’s Inc, Despicable Me, and the SyFy channel’s Face Off. Aiden loves to play games on his Nabi and he frequently plays games with his daddy and sister. Aiden is spunky, smart, and hilarious. We recently received the news that Aiden is functioning on the cognitive level of a five year-old. Autism has many different appearances and every individual child faces their own challenges.Approximately 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls are diagnosed with Autism. That means that in the United States alone there are approximately two million individuals with an Autism diagnosis. Autism is a spectrum disorder with a range of functionality. Aiden is a High Functioning Autistic child, but on bad days he slides down the scale to as low as a moderate functioning individual.Harvard researchers estimate that the costs of autism-related healthcare and education average more than $17,000 per child per year in the United States; by the time an Autistic child turns 18 their family may have paid approximately $306,000 or more for their care. Any form of assistance these families can receive to help alleviate this cost is a great help.We want to be part of that network of helping. We want to provide a starting point. A one stop shop, as it were, for those who are on their own, individual, Autism paths. Please see us as a beacon of light when the path gets dark. Ask questions, start discussions. We want to help families advocate with knowledge, hope, and love, but in order to be a good advocate you must be informed. We want to help members of the community and beloved first responders bridge gaps they may have in their knowledge of Autism.

Good luck and don’t forget we are here!

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Featured Advocate: Kim from Away With The Butterflies 8/13

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delete41Kim: I  am am an advocate because I’m a single mother with 3 beautiful children whom have Autism and multiple other mental health issues. Some days its a struggle to keep my head high and keep smiling but I dig deep and pull out all the strength I have and keep moving forward. They are all my shinning stars and I wouldn’t wish for my life to be any different. They are my world!

 

Away With The Butterflies
Mother of 3 children with multiple disorders but I love each one equally the same and I personally believe they should be able to live a happy normal life
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This page will provide a place for parents to come and talk freely about their children with AUTISM, ADHD, DYSLEXIA AND MUCH MORE. We will share friendly advice and seek answers from other parents going through the same daily adventures♥

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Featured Advocate: Megan from This Ability of Mine 8/12

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delete34Megan: I am an advocate because my kids need me to be. Because my MJ doesn’t have words to advocate for herself. Because I’ve fallen in love with caring for children with disabilities. Because doing this makes me happier than anything else in the world. Because I want to advocate and teach and learn about these kids for the rest of my life.

This Ability Of Mine
The disabilities, or rather abilities of those in my life.
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This Ability of Mine was created to blog my adventures with disabilities. Check out my blog at

Leave me some comments, share my page, share my blog, but most importantly, spread awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders and other disabilities!

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