schizophrenia

Featured Advocate: Cindy from Beautiful Warrior Chicks 3/17

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delbeautCindy:  I am a mental health advocate because I grew up with a father that is a paranoid schizophrenic and I also have an uncle that was diagnosed the same. Growing up I didn’t know of advocacy or groups that could help families cope and adjust to the changes (of course we also didn’t have technology like we do now). I decided to learn more about mental health so I went to school and I have a bachelors in psychology but I also plan on returning and getting a degree in counseling with my focus being mental health once the baby is a little older. I want to help families that may be going through what I went through

Beautiful Warrior Chicks  Encouragement and support for those trying to cope with the rejection and hardship of having a family member that has a mental illness. Website

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World Mental Health Day: October 10th

World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.

The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

The theme for 2014 is “Living with schizophrenia”. The focus of the World Health Organization will be living a healthy life with schizophrenia.

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Mental Illness Awareness Week October 5-11

 

Mental Health Advocates United posted definitions of some of the mental illnesses each day during Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW).  Posts from each day can be found below. A description of MIAW can be  found below the definitions.MIAW day 1 miaw day 2 MIAW day 3 miaw day 4 miaw day 5 miaw day 6 miaw day 7

 

NAMI: In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in recognition of NAMI’s efforts to raise mental illness awareness. Since then, mental health advocates across the country have joined with others in their communities to sponsor activities, large or small, for public education about mental illness.

Why is MIAW important?

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. During the first full week of October, NAMI and participants across the country are bringing awareness to mental illness. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. Each year, the movement grows stronger.

We believe that these issues are important to address year round, but highlighting these issues during Mental Illness Awareness Week provides a time for people to come together and display the passion and strength of those working to improve the lives of the tens of millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

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Featured Advocate:Randye from Ben Behind His Voices 7/23

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randRandye: I advocate for mental health because I know how my son’s life was nearly shattered when he developed symptoms of schizophrenia, was hospitalized eight times, and lost so much of his future. I also saw how treatment – medications to bring balance, structure to help guide, purpose for renewed confidence, and love and community to make it all worth it – has helped him to rebuild that future. He has a right to empathy, treatment, a future, and support – and so does his family.

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One Family’s Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hoperand2

Ben Behind His Voices is the gripping story of one family’s challenging experience when their firstborn is gradually struck down by schizophrenia – and how they learned to love and support him throughout his eventual steps to recovery. This page-turning narrative will inspire and educate any family going through hard times with the mental illness of a loved one. It also provides valuable insight for others who want to understand how families are affected when mental illness strikes.

Featured Advocate: Shannon from Healthy Minds 6/1

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shannonShannon:  I live in Melbourne Australia. I am 32. I was diagnosed with Paranoid Schizophrenia when I was 19. It was a rocky road but I am now fully recovered and managing my illness well.   My groups aim is to raise enough awareness and information on different mental health issues as I can in order to help others and stop the stigma. 

Healthy Mind

A Mental Health group where we think positively and support each other.
Feel free to vent, have laugh, upload pics, stories or videos.

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Featured Advocate: Tommy from Drug free to the Bone 5/27

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drugTommy: I’m an advocate in the way it associates with drug addiction as many addicts have co-occurring disorders. I did run two homes for the dbh in San Bernardino county where most of my clients/residents all suffered from everything from bipolar disorder to paranoid schizophrenia. I have one grand child who is adhd and another with autism.  I have been a substance abuse counselor since 2007.  To do this …to be this….and to love them is the only thing that qualifies me.

Drug Free to the Bone

Drug addiction and alcohol abuse support and resources.
Offering resources to addiction counseling and sober living nationwide .and insights to encourage the afflicted to seek a better life through recovery……we wish to encourage, not instruct you…we offer love not judgement…

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Abby from Family Love Hope mental health support & educate 4/25

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mh awarenessAbby:  I’m an advocate for mental health awareness because one of my children suffers from schizophrenia. I recently started a page to post positive thoughts & helpful information to families with children that have mental health issues. (& anyone else that would benefit) I have also worked with students in special ed classes & with children @ a juvenile detention center that suffered from a variety of mental health issues. I want to help & support those looking for information or in need of a positive thought to help with their day.

Family Love Hope mental health support & educate

Positive resources of information & support for mental health issues.

I am hoping to reach out to people that are looking for info as they learn to help their own children learn & manage their own mental health issues. When my child was diagnosed with schizophrenia @ age 13, his dr. & therapist wanted me to find a group that was for families with children suffering from mental illness. I was unable to find a group like this anywhere in our state. They were all general groups. Once I’m able to go back to work, I’d like to start a NAMI group such as the 1 I mentioned. I feel that sharing what we have gone through & work through each day might be able to help someone else. At times it can be very hard, but we always stay positive & never give up. I have found so many pages & groups that are so positive & informative. It’s great to see others trying to make a difference & helping with mental health awareness !!

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Featured Advocate: BillieMarie from Our Strength in Our Weakness : Invisible Illness Prayer and Support 3/31

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ImageBillieMarie advocates because many sufferers with Invisible Illnesses suffer from depression, anxiety due to the chronic pain, the missing out on events, loss of friends because we often have to cancel plans, or can no longer make plans in advance. Also, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, schizophrenia, etc… are mental illnesses, that are also classified as Invisible Illnesses. We want to take away the stigma, let people know that they are not alone, raise awareness, encourage and support them and pray for those who are in need.

Strength in Our Weakness: Invisible Illness Prayer and Support Page

ImageWe are sufferers of Invisible Illness(es), and we want to offer prayer and support to others who are suffering.
Here is a list of some of the most common, but not all, Invisible Illnesses:
ADD/ADHD, Allergies/Food Intolerances, Arthritis, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Back Pain (herniated discs, Degenerative Disc Disease, Arthritis, Spondylolisthesis ), Breathing Disorders (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Asthma, COPD, Cystic Fibrosis, and Emphysema) Cancer, Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Pain, Cystic Fibrosis, Dysautonomia, Endometriosis, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS/RSD, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Disorders (IBS, Colitis, Celiac etc.), Eating Disorders, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome EDS & HyperMobility Syndrome, GHS, Headaches/Migraines, Heart Conditions/Heart Disease (Kawasaki Disease), Hyperacusis/Misophonia (extreme sensitivity to external sound and/or decreased tolerance for sound), Infertility, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, Lupus, Lyme Disease, Mental Illnesses (OCD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Manic Depression,etc…),Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD), Multiple Sclerosis, Neurological Diseases, Peripheral Neuropathy, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Rare Illnesses,Sarcoidosis, Scoliosis, Sensory Processing Disorder, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Thyroid Disorders and Vasculitis (also known as Angiitis and Arteritis).
Here are some Bible verses that have brought us comfort: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2Corinthians 12:9 “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him’ and he helps me.” Psalm 28:7 We hope that you will also find comfort in these verses.
***We welcome prayer requests, prayers for one another, encouragement and support for all of the members of this group. Have a pain free, blessed day! 🙂
***Pictures that are created by our page, state that they are created for our page, and they are permitted to be shared. We do share photos from other pages, that are informative, encouraging, funny, etc… , but we make sure that their page name is shown with it (when available). Thank you!
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Rules for Our Group on Facebook

Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses is a group on Facebook. We discuss current topics. The administrators post questions often to get the members engaged. In addition to, members are welcome to post blog entries, quotes,articles, and songs that they think the others in the group would enjoy.

However, we have set up some guidelines. If you become a member of this group please read them. We are glad you are a fellow Mental Health Advocate and want to welcome you to our group. The rules of the groups are below.

If you believe someone has broken any of the rules, please do not try and handle it yourself. Message an administrator or email the founder at mhadvocatesunited@gmail.com ATTN: Rules from Groups Violation. We stress again that you do NOT try and take care of it yourself. It is recommended that you stop watching that thread and not posting on it anymore either. We are a community set out to better those who have mental illnesses. Many of our members suffer from a mental illness themselves and are sometimes vulnerable. Please understand and respect that.  Thanks!

From: The Administrators from Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses

RULES FOR MEMBERS

  • Swearing is not permitted.

  • No disrespecting anyone for age, race, sexual orientation, mental illness, disability, gender, views, or any other reason.

  • No personal attacks are permitted.

  • No self-promotion or advertising. EXCEPTIONS: non-profit purposes only.

  • No sexual harassment.

  • Please limit discussion about religion and personal beliefs.

  • This is an advocacy group. Please keep posts related to advocacy.

  • No promotion of other groups or pages without permission.

  • If posting a song, it must have something to do with advocacy or mental illness.

  • No spam

  • Members are allowed to post one picture or quote a week, it is encouraged to be related to mental health advocacy

  • Sharing your blog is permitted, as long as it’s focus is mental health or advocacy

 

 

PERSONAL POSTS

  • Please keep non-advocacy posts to a minimum.

  • Please begin all personal posts with “PERSONAL”.

  • Please be mindful of people’s possible triggers and emotional states. If it is a difficult subject for you to talk about, it’s likely a difficult subject for most people to read about. Please label it “TRIGGER”.

  • Please do not post that you are in crisis or are suicidal. If you are, please go to the ER, call your doctor, or call a suicide hotline.

 

OTHER

  • An administrator will approve all initial postings. Posts not in line with the group rules will not be approved.

  • If you have a problem with someone in the group, please contact an administrator. Do not try and handle it yourself.

  • This group is private so people can talk about their mental illness knowing that what is said in this group will be kept in confidence. Anyone who is caught breaking this confidence will be banned.

 

RULES FOR ADMINISTRATORS

  • Administrators follow the same rules as members. In addition, they have the following rules to adhere to:

 

• When a member makes suicidal statement ask them to please go to the emergency room. If they cannot go to the emergency room, ask them to call their doctor. If they cannot call their doctor refer them to suggested organizations.  

• Do not delete group member’s posts without telling the member why-privately. 

• Do not ban a member from the group without first trying to resolve the situation privately. It requires at least two admins to ban a member. If the person is disrupting the group and another admin can’t be reached, you can remove them from the group and let them know their case is under review. This is to avoid them from further disrupting the group.  

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RULES FOR MEMBERS

  • Swearing is not permitted.

  • No disrespecting anyone for age, race, sexual orientation, mental illness, disability, gender, views, or any other reason.

  • No personal attacks are permitted.

  • No self-promotion or advertising. EXCEPTIONS: non-profit purposes only.

  • No sexual harassment.

  • Please limit discussion about religion and personal beliefs.

  • This is an advocacy group. Please keep posts related to advocacy.

  • No promotion of other groups or pages without permission.

  • If posting a song, it must have something to do with advocacy or mental illness.

  • No spam

  • Members are allowed to post one picture or quote a week, it is encouraged to be related to mental health advocacy

  • Sharing your blog is permitted, as long as it’s focus is mental health or advocacy

 

 

PERSONAL POSTS

  • Please keep non-advocacy posts to a minimum.

  • Please begin all personal posts with “PERSONAL”.

  • Please be mindful of people’s possible triggers and emotional states. If it is a difficult subject for you to talk about, it’s likely a difficult subject for most people to read about. Please label it “TRIGGER”.

  • Please do not post that you are in crisis or are suicidal. If you are, please go to the ER, call your doctor, or call a suicide hotline.

 

OTHER

  • An administrator will approve all initial postings. Posts not in line with the group rules will not be approved.

  • If you have a problem with someone in the group, please contact an administrator. Do not try and handle it yourself.

  • This group is private so people can talk about their mental illness knowing that what is said in this group will be kept in confidence. Anyone who is caught breaking this confidence will be banned.

 

RULES FOR ADMINISTRATORS

  • Administrators follow the same rules as members. In addition, they have the following rules to adhere to: 

• When a member makes suicidal statement ask them to please go to the emergency room. If they cannot go to the emergency room, ask them to call their doctor. If they cannot call their doctor refer them to suggested organizations.  

• Do not delete group member’s posts without telling the member why-privately. 

• Do not ban a member from the group without first trying to resolve the situation privately. It requires at least two admins to ban a member. If the person is disrupting the group and another admin can’t be reached, you can remove them from the group and let them know their case is under review. This is to avoid them from further disrupting the group.  

• Administrators have agreed that if they are in a crisis themselves, they may take a leave of absence.