August 25, 2010 and ongoing, by Paul Evans
Visit NAMI, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. This is the premier connection on the web to get help and access resources. As someone who suffered from mental illness all my adult life, getting better only in recent years, I wish so much that I had accessed NAMI and the support it can provide, when I was much younger. If you think you might be suffering from a mental condition, or if you are the parent of a child who may be mentally ill, PLEASE visit this website. One sixth of Americans at some time during their lifetimes are clinically depressed so that they need medication to overcome it. There is no shame in mental illness any more than there is shame in breast cancer. These are organic and generally genetic conditions. NO, you are in NO WAY inferior if you suspect you are mentally ill. Don't let anyone tell you that, and don't you dare think it. Seek help with NAMI! You'll be so glad you did. You know and I know that there is a lot of craziness out there on the street. Only about one half of mentally ill people in the United States are getting any real help. Help yourself. Visit NAMI. What can it hurt to explore? Isn't it better than suffering alone?
If you need someone to talk to, Message me on Op Ed News and I will get back to you. At the least you will get a friendly voice and the knowledge of someone who has been there and mostly overcome his illness.... I would be glad to talk with you. And I will try to direct you to professional resources in your area. Mental illness is the second leading cause of disability in America today. Sometimes it just takes a little caring, and a gentle little push to begin treatment that may save your life. What are you waiting for? ~ Evans Liberal Politics owner Paul Evans
More Mental Health Resources:
See Five Things Psychotherapists Shouldn't Do, Politics Daily "Woman Up", August 25, 2010, by Delia Lloyd, excerpt quoted verbatim:
For Your Information, the Five Things Psychotherapists should NEVER Do Are:
Admit that they are impressed or intimidated by you. Tell you about their
own problems. Give it less than their all. Embrace or otherwise touch you.
Sleep with you. Obviously. Visit MentalHealth.com
an excellent non-profit resource. They have a huge collection of internet links
to many resources. (Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).
Visit Samhsa.gov, the government's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. They also have a feature to find treatment centers near you.
Visit Mental Help.net. Be sure to make use of Psych Central's Mental Health & Psychology Resources Online, which is the oldest collection of information and resources on the internet. You can find a therapist with the click of a mouse simply by entering your ZIP code. But, more than that, PsychCentral is a HUGE collection of resources and articles.
The Pharmaceutical company Eli Lillly has an excellent program for those who suffer with depression called Support Partners. Visit NAMI's Suppport and Programs page. Here you can find easy access to state and local resources.
Watch NAMI Connection: All About The Program, YouTube video - 9:25.
Visit the NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group. In Ohio: The Summit County Mental Health and Recovery Board has an excellent collection of LINKS to information and resources.
(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).