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This resource, ActiveMinds.org,  is one that is working to reduce stigma about mental illness and increase awareness of mental health issues through a variety of educational outreach efforts.

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“The Ultimate Sacrifice”

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This Breaking Ground segment was found on December 29, 2014 and talks about something most of us don’t even think about …. the question of what do Military Kids go through while their Military Parent is deployed or the family has to move because of orders received by the parent to report for duty at a different place?  It’s worth reading, and offered some insight for me into a world I know little about.

“Get mental-health check up”

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This October 9, 2014 Philly.com article talks about efforts being made in Philly to improve access to mental health services through screening and education.

“Brains get sick too: How neuroscience can teach children about mental health”

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This September 25, 2014 article on The Independent, talks about how something as simple as teaching kids about the brain could help them understand mental illness better and overtime work to reducing the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

“Pa. law increases training requirements for suicide prevention”

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This August 16, 2014 Herald Mail Media article talks about a new law that would require all K-12 educators to have a minimum of 4 hours of training every 5 years on suicide awareness and prevention

“U.S. star goalie Tim Howard puts name on Tourette syndrome ‘leadership academy'”

 

 

Tim Howard during USMNT practice session

Tim Howard during USMNT practice session (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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This July 18, 2014 Philly region NewsWorks article talks about United States  Star Goalie Tim Howard who has Tourette Syndrome, but uses his fame as a goalie to help educate others about the disorder by allowing himself to be seen in front of 40,000 people playing soccer despite the tics he has as a result of having Tourette’s Syndrome.  He also helps with a foundation for helping kids who have been diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome to learn to shine despite their diagnosis.  He wants people to know that just because you have Tourette Syndrome, it doesn’t mean you won’t ever be able to drive or do the things others do.

*Side Note*

I would like to note that I do understand that Tourette Syndrome is not a Mental illness but is a neurological disorder.  I do however know that it is possible for someone with Tourette Syndrome to have a comorbid mental illness, and it is because of the idea that it is possible for someone with Tourette’s to also have a mental illness that I felt this article was a good one to share here.  My other line of thinking is that I found the piece to be a bit of an inspiration not because I have Tourette’s,, but because it offered a view of someone who overcame something that easily could have been used as a reason to give up.  I commend Tim Howard for his success and hope that others will view this as a way that one man used a sport he loved as a way to help him educate others and hopefully inspire others along the way.  I have known a couple of people who have Tourette’s Syndrome, and I know that for them it can be very frustrating for them when their tics are in overdrive.  Once I realized what was happening with regards to their tics, I was able to look beyond the tics and see a couple awesome people beyond the tics.  Which for me was a lesson in getting to know someone as a person and not focusing on their illness, deformity, or disability.  I don’t know what if any other diagnosis Tim Howard has, but I do know that he is on the right track with regards to helping others understand Tourette’s Syndrome a little better.

 

 

“The Stigma of Mental Illness Is Making Us Sicker”

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This May 13, 2014 Psychology Today article talks about the very real impacts of stigma on people with mental illnesses and their families, and offers some thoughts on what changes are needed and what those changes could mean to those with mental illnesses.

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