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Video about Suicide and Depression

May 25, 2012 • JAK's Place

From TV station KCPT in Kansas City, Missouri, an awesome video:

http://kcpt.org/blog/2012/03/20/the-local-show-march-22-2012/

It covers important mental health issues thoroughly in only half an hour.

Depression is a far more serious problem than most people realize. Denial and stigma keep people from seeking help, too often resulting in suicide.

Mental illness is going to happen. It is as much a part of our lives as bruises, slivers, and colds. But suicide can be prevented — if we can be aware that there is a problem.

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May is Mental Health Month

May 14, 2012 • JAK's Place

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius knows how essential mental health prevention and treatment are for our overall health. Mental Health Month was established in 1949 to increase awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in Americans’ lives, and to celebrate recovery from mental illness. We know that mental health is essential for a person’s overall health. Prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can recover from mental disorders and live full and productive lives.

Over the past 20 years, SAMHSA and others in HHS and across the Federal Government, the public health community, and the general public have increased understanding of the prevention and treatment of mental health problems. These efforts have significantly improved the outlook for those affected by mental illnesses.

Successful efforts that have raised awareness about the importance of mental health and promoted acceptance, support, prevention, and recovery from these mental health conditions include:

  • Affordable Care Act
  • Community Mental Health Services Block Grant
  • Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008
  • Garrett Lee Smith State/Tribal Suicide Prevention Program.

Mental Health Month gives all of us a valuable opportunity to celebrate the tremendous strides this Nation has made in promoting mental health and increasing the public’s knowledge that effective services and support are available.

Read the Full Statement

Support Mental Health Month With These Resources:

From: SAMHSA

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The Plan — something to work on

January 23, 2012 • JAK's Place

Sixteen people attended Saturday’s Strategic Planning session. NAMI-DC board menbers, JAK’s staff, and other participants filled the meeting room to contibute their thoughts for our future.

Karen Hintz provided well organized leadership. The topics progressed from “plus and minus” lists on to suggestions for what could be improved or added to our working agenda. The results will be presented at the next board meeting.

It was a great success; everyone had something to contribute. We will have newly defined goals to strive for.

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December newsletter and Calendar

November 26, 2011 • JAK's Place

The holiday season — prime time for depression. It’s not just the long nights, the cold, and the cloudy days. It’s unrealistic expectations and the stress of trying to meet them. The great Christmas Shopping Manic Panic. What was once a happy celebration has been perverted into a painful ratrace.

Families get together not because they want to, not out of love, but because an unwritten law says they should.  The dinner table becomes a battlefield. Mothers, worn out from cooking a huge, unhealthy feast and coping with all the other extra chores, feel inadequate. The day after, there’s nothing but bitterness; after all the yearning and anticipation nothing has changed for the better.

You do have a choice. You can opt out of the ratrace. If you can’t get away from it entirely, you can at least take it less seiously. The world is not going to end if everyone doesn’t get a Big Perfect Present.

And you know what? Presents don’t matter. People matter.

Editor’s rant over. 😉

Here are the monthly goodies. Note that again, we have two Packer Parties at JAK’s this month, and of course there’s the CSP Holiday Party. See the sidebar for details.

There will be a Yoga class on Dec. 12, 5:00 to 5:45, with Anne Miller. Starting in January, it will be held on 2nd and 4th Mondays at that time. Bring a mat or some kind of cushion if you can.

So here’s the newsletter already:

December Newsletter (PDF)

And the calendar:

Dec. 2011 Calendar

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa, Festive Yule, and, if you like, have a whoopin’ great Saturnalia.

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August Newsletter and Calendar

July 29, 2011 • JAK's Place

We’re surviving the summer heat — and hoping to have air conditioning soon! Meanwhile, here’s the latest newsletter with some tips on how to keep your cool on those 90+-degree days, by Candace Worrick, and all the news that’s fit to print — or that fits in print 🙂

August newsletter (PDF)
August 2011 Calendar (PDF)

Faith in Recovery has been canceled for the month. Marlys is recovering from a broken arm, and won’t be able to drive for some time.

The storm sewer construction is making access to JAK’s a little more difficult. Our back driveway to 8th Avenue is blocked; only the front entrance is available. Our neighbors are using the front drive too, so be carefull of the extra traffic.

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