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May – Mental Health Awareness Month

May is mental health awareness month in America. It was designated as such in 1949, by the Mental Health America organization. mental-health-awareness-2017

When we talk about health, we can’t just focus on heart health, or liver health, or brain health, and not whole health. You have to see the whole person, and make use of the tools and resources that benefit minds and bodies together. That’s why this year, our May is Mental Health Month theme is Fitness #4Mind4Body

 

Each year in mid-March Mental Health America releases a toolkit of materials to guide preparation for outreach activities during Mental Health Awareness Month. During the month of May, Mental Health America, its affiliates, and other organizations interested in mental health conduct a number of activities which are based on a different theme each year.”  View past themes here. 

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Take a look at Arlington, Virgina, for an inspiring glimpse into a community that’s doing it right.

The Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families Foundation is an outgrowth of the Partnership. A number of present and former APCYF board members determined that a nonprofit, charitable corporation is needed to raise and expend funds for Partnership projects that the county and school budgets cannot accommodate.

Our Vision

Arlington, a community where all young people and families are valued, supported and empowered.

Care for a change – also in Arlington.

Care for a Change, or CFAC, is a community-led initiative to increase and encourage empathy among Arlington youth.

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From the National Institute of Mental Health…

Any Mental Illness

  • Any mental illness (AMI) is defined as a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder. AMI can vary in impact, ranging from no impairment to mild, moderate, and even severe impairment (e.g., individuals with serious mental illness as defined below).

Serious Mental Illness

  • Serious mental illness (SMI) is defined as a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder resulting in serious functional impairment, which substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities. The burden of mental illnesses is particularly concentrated among those who experience disability due to SMI.

 

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), defines a serious mental illness as a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder that limits one or more major life activities.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just over 20-percent or about 1 in 5 children, have had a seriously debilitating mental disorder.

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See a list of national events at  the American Psychological Association’s website.

APA Commemorates Mental Health Awareness Month With Series of Special Activities

Events will focus on children, older Americans, women of color, the LGBTIQ community and people with chronic illnesses

WASHINGTON — The American Psychological Association is honoring Mental Health Awareness Month in May with a range of activities aimed at providing important insights into the status of mental health for minority and vulnerable communities and finding solutions and sharing resources to address critical gaps in comprehensive care and policy.

 

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Clinical Trials

Find a study near you.

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/trials/

 

 

 

Benefits of Lithium Orotate

This article discusses Lithium Orotate, a mineral supplement required by the body, that, when taken properly with supplementation, can have positive effects on specific conditions.

Most notably, Lithium Orotate can help alleviate stress almost immediately in some instances, and can also help maintain a positive mood.

If you’ve ever been frustrated by well meaning individuals who tell you “How” to feel better by simply thinking good thoughts, then this information may be helpful to you.

Frustrating meme:

 

Obviously, thinking good thoughts is always a good idea and can actually be beneficial to all people some of the time. However, it’s not that easy for some people and it does not work for all people, all of the time.

Sometimes the mind spits out an equally effective thought form that negates any benefit from the original positive thought. Usually the new, negative thought form is simple and sarcastic, yet very effective.

Example:

“Good morning world! I am in a good mood today!”

Immediate mental response:

“Yeah, right. I’m healed. Hallelujah.

What idiot came up with that?”

 

There is hope.

In many cases, doctors will administer antidepressants to help foster a more positive outlook. Again, the SSRIs do not work for everyone. In these cases, alternative choices, such as supplementation, are a viable option, especially in this case.

Remember that lithium orotate is a mineral that is required by the body. The supplementation form is not the same as the prescribed medicine known as Lithium, which is given at high dosages that can have adverse side effects.

Cost of supplementation…

One of the biggest obstacles to self-treating with supplementation is the cost factor. The good news about Lithium Orotate is that it is affordable.

This is the brand I use:

This product is manufactured in the USA at an FDA inspected cGMP and 3rd party rated facility. It comes in vegetarian capsules and is gluten free. No soy, no dairy. See label for more details.

This item: Weyland: Lithium Orotate – 5mg of Elemental Lithium per Vegetarian Capsule.

Dose:

Most people begin with 5 mg tablets or capsules. This is a safe dose, taken once a day. If a smaller dose is preferred, you may want to look at Ionic Lithium, which is in liquid form administered with a dropper.

 

Please Note.

This information is NOT about the prescription drug, Lithium, which is administered at much higher dosages and has different, sometimes adverse effects.

 

 

Benefits of Lithium Orotate.

  • Combats depression
  • Helps relieve anxiety
  • Improves cognitive function
  • Has anti-aging effects
  • Helps with OCD behaviors
  • Protects from environmental toxins
  • Supports the eyes
  • Supports the liver
  • Reduces inflammation
  • May help with conditions that cause involuntary muscle movement

 

Remember:

Thinking good thoughts can be beneficial to all people some of the time, but not often enough for some. #depression #anxiety #lithium Click To Tweet

 

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Disclaimer:

This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consult a qualified medical professional before beginning or altering your medical regimen.

Mindfulness for Schools

According to UrbanDictionary.com, the term “urban youth” refers to young black people living in the city. I don’t know if that’s correct or not, but it does have relevance to what I am about to talk about.

Earlier today, I saw an article on FaceBook, posted by the American Psychological Association (APA) regarding urban youth and the problems they face. What disturbed me was the comment by an obviously disengaged viewer. I have included a snapshot of the comment below.

The post stated:

Many urban ‪#‎youth‬ are repeatedly exposed to significant negative stressors including violence, poverty, and substance use. A new study suggests that a ‪#‎school‬-based ‪#‎mindfulness‬ program may lessen effects of these stressors. apapsy.ch/school-mindful‪#‎mentalhealth‬

The post linked to this article:

School-Based Mindfulness Program May Help Urban Children Deal With Negative Stress, which is linked to PsychNews.org.

Ignorant comment

As you can see, I did not black out my name with my response to this person. I am still shocked by such disregard for the problems that face people today. Those with no problems seem to have no heart or mind for hearing about the unpleasantness of growing up without money and resources.

What this male does not understand is the definition of pathetic. What is pathetic is the attitude of people sharing his belief that education should not include teaching people how to cope with desperate situations, how to have hope in the midst of trouble, and how to remain focused on preparing a better future for yourself.

There are many mindfulness curriculums already in effect in many inner city schools.

Goldie Hawn has had success with her curriculum on mindfulness, which is sold through Scholastic. You can read more about her program, MindUp, and the many great reviews at the Hawn Foundation.

You can also follow their progress on their FaceBook Page.

Mind Up provides this extremely affordable curriculum in three age groups, covering ages 3 to 14. You can find them at http://store.scholastic.com.

It is never too late to learn to be mindful, to learn to still the mind and focus on this moment, which is all we truly have for certain.

Become mindful of your power to create a better future.

Become mindful of your power to create a better future.

You can also purchase tools for using at home. If you know a student who would benefit from the art of mindfulness, perhaps consider becoming a mentor and teaching this unique yet simple approach to a small group.

Meanwhile, let us continue to expand the awareness of those people who are out of touch with the realities and suffering of young people all over the world.

Namaste.