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Highly Praised Mental Health Supplement has been Released to Reduce the Stigma Surrounding Mental Health


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The Mental Health Foundation has released an on-line publication known as “Down on the farm: Depression and mental health in the rural south”. The original sixteen page supplement was produced and written in 2009 by New Zealand‘s Mental Health Media Grants Award winner, Yvonne O’Hara.

Originally written for the Southern Rural Life and Courier Country on September 29th for Mental Health Awareness Week, it was later released on October 6th for the Courier County in an effort to reduce the stigma and shame surrounding mental diseases faced by the families subsiding in rural and farming communities.

Due to the positive feedback of the publication, a new on-line version is now available to download. Some of the articles include topics such as depression, grief, stress management and financial planning. Click on the following link to download your own copy of the newly released supplement: Down on the farm:
Depression and mental health in the
rural south.

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.”

The Mourner’s Bill of Rights


The Mourner’s Bill of Rights
By Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

“Though you should reach out to others as you do the work of mourning, you should not feel obligated to accept the unhelpful responses you may receive from some people. You are the one who is grieving, and as such, you have certain “rights” no one should try to take away from you. The following list is intended both to empower you to heal and to decide how others can and cannot help. This is not to discourage you from reaching out to others for help, but rather to assist you in distinguishing useful responses from hurtful ones.”

1. You have the right to experience your own unique grief. No one else will grieve in exactly the same way you do. So, when you turn to others for help, don’t allow them to tell what you should or should not be feeling.

2. You have the right to talk about your grief. Talking about your grief will help you heal. Seek out others who will allow you to talk as much as you want, as often as you want, about your grief. If at times you don’t feel like talking, you also have the right to be silent.

3. You have the right to feel a multitude of emotions. Confusion, disorientation, fear, guilt and relief are just a few of the emotions you might feel as part of your grief journey. Others may try to tell you that feeling angry, for example, is wrong. Don’t take these judgmental responses to heart. Instead, find listeners who will accept your feelings without condition.

4. You have the right to be tolerant of your physical and emotional limits. Your feelings of loss and sadness will probably leave you feeling fatigued. Respect what your body and mind are telling you. Get daily rest. Eat balanced meals. And don’t allow others to push you into doing things

5. You have the right to experience “grief bursts.” Sometimes, out of nowhere, a powerful surge of grief may overcome you. This can be frightening, but is normal and natural. Find someone who understands and will let you talk it out.

6. You have the right to make use of ritual. The funeral ritual does more than acknowledge the death of someone loved. It helps provide you with the support of caring people. More importantly, the funeral is a way for you to mourn. If others tell you the funeral or other healing rituals such as these are silly or unnecessary, don’t listen.

7. You have the right to embrace your spirituality. If faith is a part of your life, express it in ways that seem appropriate to you. Allow yourself to be around people who understand and support your religious beliefs. If you feel angry at God, find someone to talk with who won’t be critical of your feelings of hurt and abandonment.

8. You have the right to search for meaning. You may find yourself asking, “Why did he or she die? Why this way? Why now?” Some of your questions may have answers, but some may not. And watch out for the clichéd responses some people may give you. Comments like, “It was God’s will” or “Think of what you have to be thankful for” are not helpful and you do not have to accept them.

9. You have the right to right to treasure your memories. Memories are one of the best legacies that exist after the death of someone loved. You will always remember. Instead of ignoring your memories, find others with whom you can share them.

10. You have the right to move toward your grief and heal. Reconciling your grief will not happen quickly. Remember, grief is a process, not an event. Be patient and tolerant with yourself and avoid people who are impatient and intolerant with you. Neither you nor those around you must forget that the death of someone loved changes your life forever.

“Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D., C.T. is an internationally noted author, educator and grief counselor. He serves as Director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition and is on the faculty at the University of Colorado Medical School’s Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Alan Wolfelt is known around the world for his compassionate messages of hope and healing in grief. http://www.centerforloss.com”

“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: http://www.awarenessdepot.com/mentalhealthbraceletonevoice.html

♥ SIGN THE GLOBAL PETITION ♥

http://apps.facebook.com/causes/petitions/399

Update from our Facebook Cause Page


Our cause page on Facebook, Healing and Help for Mental Health, has a few new updates from members trying to gain support and spread the word for their causes.

For instance, there’s a petition for people to sign, “Lime-light” for Mental Health Awareness, to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and promote well-being. Also recently posted is a link to a cause named, “Living with Schizophrenia.”

I hope you stop by and visit to learn more about these wonderful organizations and support them in their efforts to help others.

Here is the link, Healing and Help for Mental Health if you would like to view them. Wishing you all a healthy day.

Free Times: Art Review – Multimedia Exhibition Explores Mental Health, Illness


Multimedia Exhibition Explores Mental Health

“Our society has certain preconceptions about mental illness, what it looks like and what it means, to the extent that we begin to see those who suffer from it as being not only different from us, but also less than human. The main purpose of Michael Nye’s photography and audio documentary project, Fine Line: Mental Health/Mental Illness, is to dispel that myth — to literally give the issue a human face, in this case nearly 40 of them.”

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