“NFL player Brandon Marshall speaks out on tackling stigma of mental illness”

Article Link

This April 12, 2015 article on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette talks about NFL player, Brandon Marshall’s effort to decrease the stigma surrounding mental illness by using his NFL career as a platform to do so.  He got fined over $10k for wearing green shoes during a game he played that occurred during Mental Health Awareness week, and has a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder so  when it comes to mental health issues, he has lived experience but hopes to turn what is often viewed as a negative into a positive by helping others so maybe they won’t have to keep struggling with not on;ly their illness, but the way society treats them because of their illness.

Advertisements

“Depression puts low-income population at even greater risk for obesity and poor nutrition”

Article Link

This March 10, 2015 Science Daily article talks about ongoing research that could be showing that treating the mental health issues of low-income people may help decrease obesity rates among this population.  The study paid close attention to low-income African-Americans in 2 separate Pittsburgh neighborhoods to see if there was any patterns to be uncovered.

“Pitt joins medication study”

Article Link

 

This February 3, 2015 article on the Pittsburgh Business Times website talks about a medication study being done in the Pittsburgh area involving

 

Pittsburgh Point Park from top of Duquesne Incline

Pittsburgh Point Park from top of Duquesne Incline (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

personalized medicine.

“Why female execs get depressed more than men”

Article Link

This November 26, 2014 Pittsburgh Action News article on WTAE.com talks about some of the reasons that women in leadership positions are at a higher risk for depression then men in the same role may be.

A map of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with its nei...

A map of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with its neighborhoods labeled. For use primarily in the list of Pittsburgh neighborhoods. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“County to offer a financial helping hand to some group home residents”

 

English: Coat of arms of the city of Pittsburg...

English: Coat of arms of the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania On a field Sable, a fess chequy Argent et Azure, between three bezants bearing eagles rising with wings displayed and inverted Or. For crest, Sable a triple-towered castle masoned Argent. Category:Images of Pittsburgh Category:Official seals of places in Pennsylvania (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Article Link

This August 25, 2014 article on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website talks about a program that is nearing the point of being implemented that County Officials hope will allow people with mental illnesses or intellectual disabilities to afford stable housing that would allow them to live independently as opposed to living in a more expensive group home setting.

“Looking for Ways to Address Deficiencies in County Mental Health Services”

Article Link

This August 20, 2014 WESA NPR segment talks a little about how it isn’t just funding cuts that impact whether people are able to access mental health care, but also indicates that stigma can be a barrier.

English: Logo of NPR News.

English: Logo of NPR News. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Hoarding reclassification shines light on disorder”

Article Link

This July 14, 2014 InsuranceNewsNet.com article talks about Hoarding and what is being done in Allegheny County to try to help those with this disorder.  The article points out that they don’t believe that the number of cases involving hoarding is increasing, but rather that there is an increased awareness and attention being made into the disorder that poses health and safety risks not only to the person with the hoarding disorder, but also to anyone who may need to enter the home in the event of an emergency like a fire or medical emergency.  The article also points out that hoarding is an illness it is not that the people with this condition are lazy, they have an illness.  This, in my mind suggests that the people with a hoarding disorder, should be treated with respect and dignity just like anyone with any other type of illness would expect to be treated, no matter how difficult it is to not treat them with disgust, they are people first and that is where the focus needs to be …. on the person.  I feel that if you treat the person, then the other stuff will fall into place over time, but if you jump in and start treating symptoms first and not treating the person, it becomes a cycle where the person is less receptive to help and feels like their world is out of control.

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Allegheny County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Allegheny County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

%d bloggers like this: