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“We Are All Connected: Reflection on Robin Williams’ Suicide”

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This September 30, 2014 post by Pat Deegan put into words so much of what I wasn’t finding words for with regards to the death of Robin Williams.  Pat’s post offers hope, compassion and understanding, without focusing on so much of what we initially saw in the media in the aftermath of Robin’s death.  For those who don’t know, Pat Deegan is a Psychologist, and is also a Consumer in that she has a diagnosis of Schizophrenia.  Due to her somewhat unique position, she is able to speak to both professionals and other people with mental illnesses, and has created the Common Ground software to help people with mental illnesses communicate easier with their psychiatrists.  The post is well worth reading, and like I said it isn’t your typical Robin Williams article.

“Candlelight vigil to be held in Carlisle for mental health awareness”

Candlelight Vigil in Hong Kong for the 18th An...

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This September 28, 2014 The Sentinel article talks about an upcoming candle light vigil, meant to raise awareness of mental illness, to be held on October 5, 2014  at 6:30pm on the steps of the Cumberland County Courthouse at the Square in Carlisle, PA.

This vigil is part of Mental Illness Awareness Week which runs from October 5 – 11, 2014

“Emotional toll taxes military drone operators too”

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This September 29, 2014 The Sentinel article on the cumberlink.com website talks about the mental impact that operators of drone missions are experiencing.  The mental health issues being seen include depression, anxiety and even PTSD in some operators.  The military has started to attach psychologists and chaplains to drone units in addition to adjusting the shifts worked by the operators in an effort to decrease the impact missions have on them.  The article indicates that what is seen by the operators is more than “just a video game” and can create moral injuries in addition to mental injuries the same as combat on the front lines of battle can produce.

Regions of the brain affected by PTSD and stress.

Regions of the brain affected by PTSD and stress. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“After-school exercise yields brain gains”

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This September 29, 2014 Health Day article found on the FoxPhilly website talks about a study that demonstrates the benefits of after school exercise and how it can improve mental function.

Mental Illness Awareness Week October 5 – 11, 2014

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Mental Illness Awareness Week is held the first full week of October each year and is also known as Mental Health Awareness Week.  The Awareness Week was established in 1990 in the United States spurred on by the efforts of NAMI in raising awareness about mental illness and the many facets of the issue.

 

“Nature Walks With Others May Keep Depression at Bay”

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This September 26, 2014 Health Day article found on the Philly.com website talks about the benefits being discovered about group nature walks with regards to decreasing stress and improving both physical and mental health.

“PA welfare department gets a new name”

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This September 24, 2014 WFMZ-TV News segment talks about a new law signed by Governor Corbett that officially changes the name of the Department of Public Welfare to be the Department of Human Services.  The name is felt to better encompass what the agency does or provides.

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