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May 9, 2013 is Childrens’ Mental Health Awareness Day

SAMHSA Childrens' MH Awareness Day Logo 2013

May 9, 2013 is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

Today is National Self-injury Awareness Day

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March 1, 2013 is Self-Injury Awareness Day

For those who want to learn a little more about Self-injury, here’s a link to a paper I wrote in college on the subject ….. “An Opinion Paper on Self-Injury

 

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“Is Your Red The Same as My Red?”

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This YouTube video, published on Feb 17, 2013 by Vsauce discusses the question of perception of not only colors, but tastes and other experiences.  I found it intriguing, because for me I’ve always felt like I saw the world very different from how others saw or experienced it, but to try to explain why my view of the world is different or what makes it different is something I’ve often gotten frustrated over, because I never felt there were words I could use to explain those differences.  As I watched this video though, I was reminded of my life-long struggle to try to see the world like others did, and this video shed some new light on that for me.  In the video the presenter talks about apes who use sign language, but then points out that no ape has ever asked a question in sign language.  Could it be that I just haven’t found the question I need to define the difference I perceive? It’s hard to say for sure, but this video definitely was a bit of food for though and the concepts discussed could be applied to things like mentally ill vs. non-mentally ill perspectives of the world.

 

“Movember celebrates sixth year in U.S.”

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This November 15, 2012 article is about Movember which is one where men grow moustaches as a fundraiser for cancer one other possibility was to help mental health

“Spirituality May Boost Mental Health: Study”

 

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This August 23, 2012 article found on the Philly.com website talks about a recent study that may show that spirituality may have a positive impact on mental health, one aspect listed that kind of stood out was how it seems to create a situation where people are able to develop a broader perspective and see not just their needs and desires, but also allows them to begin to see the needs and desires of the world around them and may allow them to be less self-centered.

 

 

“Band of Brothers pairs veterans with music to raise PTSD awareness”

 

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English: Cases of PTSD and Severe Depression Among U.S. Veterans Deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan Between Oct 2001 and Oct 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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This August 8, 2012 article found on the West Chester, PA Daily News site, talks about an unusual pairing of reality TV with US Veterans and music to raise awareness about PTSD.  What makes this unusual is that most reality TV shows don’t have causes and are generally purely for entertainment.  This could be an interesting show … too bad I don’t have cable.

 

 

“Because My Mom Was Autistic, Our Answer Was Autism”

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This article on the OpEdNews.com website dated May 25, 2012 talks about how life was for the writer growing up with an undiagnosed Autistic Mother.

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