May is Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month” began in 1949 by Mental Health America. This year’s theme “Live Your Life Well,” challenges us to promote whole health and wellness in homes, communities, schools, and inform those who don’t believe it’s attainable.  

May is Mental Health Month

“The heart of the program is theLive Your Life WellSM website—that provides 10 research-based, straightforward tools and ways to apply them in everyday life. From relaxation techniques to journaling exercises to simple ways to get better sleep and improve eating habits, the materials offer a wide range of resources to build resiliency and well-being.”


“One Voice” 4 Mental Health Awareness from Lisa Mitchell

“If given the chance to raise the awareness on a global magnitude, I promise that Mental Illness Awareness will NO longer be a stigma. We need people of influence to be our champions. We need media coverage to stop the shame, blame and stigma. My goal is to involve Celebrities/ Rock artists to speak out with us at a BIG rock viewed GLOBALLY! Each activist for their cause to be heard. We need to join as one voice for that change. We CAN change this. There are enough of us to make a difference but we MUST join together.” ~Lisa Mitchell

Lisa Mitchell

Unity in one color – Lime Green to address ALL issues of Mental Health globally by wearing the cause bracelet:


Looking for a great read? Check out “The Motorgirl Memoirs: Adventures in Mania and Semi-Normality”

“Newcomer Author Leah-Carla Gordone (daughter of Pulitzer Prize Winner Charles Gordone) shares her life’s journey in this storybook-like autobiography 20 years in the writing; THE MOTORGIRL MEMOIRS encompasses Gordone’s unusual odyssey through Manic-Depression.”

"The Motorgirl Memoirs: Adventures in Mania and Semi-Normality"

Read an excerpt on her personal website:

Volunteers needed in a research study into how genes contribute to bipolar disorder

Actor Stephen Fry, who has spoken publicly about his experience with bipolar II (also known as manic depression), is urging help for a bipolar gene study being conducted by Cardiff University, stating that volunteers will help to “remove stigma, shame and hidden pain.”

While it is reported that bipolar disorder is hereditary, this study will help to determine how environmental factors contribute to manic depression and which genes in particular are involved. In order to complete their study, researchers need 3,000 more volunteers immediately. All participants will remain confidential.

After his participation, Fry stated, “So much good for so little effort. How you will glow. By choosing to assist one of the greatest problems facing human happiness you will have done your bit to help remove stigma, shame and hidden pain as well as hastening the day when we all understand the operations of mind and brain a little better.”

Do you know the facts about suicide?

It is reported that nearly 20 million people worldwide attempt suicide each year. While it is not always preventable, statistics show that 75% of people contemplating suicide display warning signs. If you know someone displaying the symptoms listed below, encourage them to seek professional mental help immediately.

Warning Signs of Suicide

  • Appearing depressed or sad for a prolonged amount of time
  • Preoccupation with death: talking, writing, ideations about suicide
  • Increase in alcohol or drug use
  • Dramatic mood changes
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Withdrawing from friends and family
  • Change in sleep and/or eating patterns
  • Expressing feelings of hopelessness, shame and guilt
  • Exhibiting high risk behavior
  • Giving away personal, prized possessions

If you or someone you know needs help with depression or suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Hotlines: 1-800-SUICIDE

Found this hysterical affirmation list. Perfect in lieu of a resolution list. Enjoy!

Attainable Affirmations

1. As I let go of my feelings of guilt, I am in touch with my inner sociopath.
2. I have the power to channel my imagination into ever-soaring levels of suspicion and paranoia.
3. I assume full responsibility for my actions, except the ones that are someone else’s fault.
4. I no longer need to punish, deceive, or compromise myself, unless I want to stay employed.
5. In some cultures what I do would be considered normal.
6. Having control over myself is almost as good as having control over others.
7. As I learn the innermost secrets of people around me, they reward me in many ways to keep me quiet.
8. I need not suffer in silence while I can still moan, whimper and complain.
9. Joan of Arc heard voices, too.
10. I am grateful that I am not as judgmental as all those censorious, self-righteous people around me.
11. When someone hurts me, I know that forgiveness is cheaper than a lawsuit, but not nearly as gratifying.
12. The first step is to say nice things about myself.

The second, to do nice things for myself.
13. The third, to find someone to buy me nice things. As I learn to trust the universe, I no longer need to carry a gun.
14. I honor and express all facets of my being, regardless of state and local laws.
15. Today I will gladly share my experience and advice, for there are no sweeter words than “I told you so!”
16. Who can I blame for my problems? Just give me a minute… I’ll find someone.
17. I am learning that criticism is not nearly as effective as sabotage.
18. I am willing to make the mistakes if someone else is willing to learn from them.

Mental Health Awareness Week

The only way that we can REALLY combat suicide is to root it out at it’s source.  Most suicides are caused by mental illness, if we can raise awareness and STOP the stigma of mental illness we can make a difference!

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, October 4-10, 2009.  Check out the great resources at NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and spread the word!

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