Friday, August 7, 2015

TGIF - Mental Health America

Before we get into the spotlight this week, I want to give a couple small updates.

First, our community is growing nicely, and that is thanks to your help. We haven’t quite reached 100 followers yet on the Facebook page, but we’re getting there. We are growing slowly, which is exactly what I had in mind. I will never resort to spam or other cheating methods of growing either the blog or our Facebook community, but I do appreciate all of your efforts in helping to spread the word. Let’s keep it going and keep it growing. Thank you.

Second, for those following along at home, our foster care situation is moving along nicely. We had our orientation and sign-up this week to begin the formal classes to become licensed foster parents, and are excited about taking these next steps. The timing has been pretty amazing, and it feels great to be doing something so positive right now. We have received encouragement and well wishes from many of you, and are deeply appreciative of your thoughts.

Our spotlight this week circles back around to some of our original startup. Mental Health America “is the nation’s leading community-based non-profit dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives.” Established in 1909 by former psychiatric patient Clifford W. Beers, Mental Health America has spent more than a century now advocating for improved mental health treatment and removal of the stigmas so often associated with mental health issues. The organization focuses on advocacy and education, working with agencies, organizations, and legislative bodies across the country to bring about positive change in the field of mental health.

With a focus on what they call the B4Stage4 model, the goal of Mental Health America is to be proactive, to treat mental illnesses before it reaches the latter and more critical stages. Instead of the stigma and superstition that has been attached to mental health issues for so much of our history, the idea here is to bring the treatment of these issues more inline with how we address any other medical issue: preventative where we can, and early treatment preferred over postponing.

There is a wealth of educational and advocacy opportunities at the Mental Health America website so, if you would like to know more and want to help in any way, please take a look. Be aware and be involved. That is how we make things better for everyone.

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