Is Your Teen Depressed?

 Watch for these warning signs! Many times they are NOT just kids being kids. Watch your kids closely. Early treatment and communcation is the key to health. 

Are You 35 or Over and Depressed In DFW?

 Check out the free ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Tarining ) group meetings offered by Mental Health America of Greater Tarrant County that start August Tuesday, August 23rd and last 8 weeks. You can choose Tuesday mornings or Thirsday afternoons.. Read more on my schedule page! I am thinking of going on Tuesday mornings 

Would You Like to Volunteer to Help ?

 Mental Health America of Greater Tarrant County is in need of people to help them continue to help provide free services to the community. Your time and abilites are worth so much to us. There are all kinds of volunteer needs from of one time tasks of handing out water bottles at the 5k Run,  to offering financial support or your unique auction item at the Peppers and Pinatas silent auction, to  giving of your expertise in any industry to help us function better at MHA , to support at the office that you could help us do to help!  No level of time or support is too little. You are valuable to us! 

Mental Health

Mental Health Information 

Facts


1. Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans suffer from Mental Health Conditions? 
2. Did you know that there are more suicide's than homidides in my average community in the DFW area? 
3. 2oo people died by suicide only in Tarrant County in 2010!

Mental Health Conditions are treatable and are not ANY different than other physical condtions in the body. There are damaging myths out there that cause people with depression to believe:

-depression is a result of sin or lack of faith in God.
-due to a lack of self discipline
-people seeking attention and in other way NOT a real and treatable medical condition
-that all medicine is bad andt holisitc and/or behavioral treatments can always work on mental illnesses  
** Although these are all good practices  there are many cases of genetic imbalances such as depression, bipolar and schizophrenia where  mediciation and medical treatments  like ECT are still the only hope! 

Stigmas

Even though the United States has come a long way with regard to civil rights, gay rghts and religious tolerance in the last 200 years, we still have a long way to go with understanding mental health conditions. You have heard the jokes and referrences to people being called "crazy" for seeing a Psychiatrist . And you have certainly heard the media mention a person's "Bipolar"  diagnosis with a sort of wink and nod as to indicate "and that we all know what that means". How often have you seen a cozy commercial for a mental hospital like you have seen for cancer treatment facilities ? Never!, I will answer that for you. The Ignorance and stigmas surrounding mental illness are still preventing hurting people who are simply sick ( in a way that is no different from having cancer or other non self-induced illness) from getting the medical treatment the need in the year 2012! This is ridiculous and needs to be stopped!  Many people who could be living healthy, managable lives with the aid of medical treatment will suffer needless shame and isolation and not to mention the devestating symptoms of depression, anxiety, mood swings, hallucinations, eating disorders, ruined relationships, homelessness, etc. as a result of this ignorance still in our society today. Some sufferers will be so afraid to be labelled or defined by their condition that they will never seek treatment and die tragically to suicide; which, as an aside, will probably not be reported in the obituary in the paper by the family as as "death due to depression" rather "death by tragic accident"  or some other "cover up" if they are mentioned at all. This only exacerbates and indicates the very problem and the cycle continues.

Want to help fight the stigmas with me?
Wear a T-Shirt as speak out! Look for my T-Shirts under Merchandise. 
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Mental Health Resources

Mental Health Resources

Hang in there! Help is Available!   Are You in Crisis?
Please Call
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Dallas- Fort Worth

If you live in the Dallas- Fort Worth area, I have a great resource for you!  Mental Health America of Greater Tarrant County(http://www.MHATC.org) is non-profit, free place for you to call for help. They are there to connect you with the people who can help. Call them if you are overwhelmed and just don't know where to turn, or need help finding a mental health provider or just need guidance navigating around the whole process of getting help.  Go ahead and give them a call. Just ask!  (They are very friendly. I know them! )
817-335-05405
Mental Health America of Greater Tarrant County also sponsors Yoga (check the site) and Survivors of Suicide Support Group (sos) First Tuesday of Each Month at 7:00 PM 3136 W. 4th Street Fort Worth, Tx 76107 (817)335-5405

Beautiful Amazing Me (B.A.M)- www.beautifulamazingme.com I would like to personally recommend this amazing program for your sweet girls ages 11-13. Sisters, Tricia Davis and Paige Killian are incredibly gifted team . Read about their summer retreat!They are helping these girls grow in healthy self esteem and address issues such as eating disorders and bullying. You will love this for your daugher!

Eating Disdorders -
(Read More about these organizations on my schedule page as I will be participating in an event with them on October 27, 2012 at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas). 

Neda-  www.nationaleatingdisorders.org 

The Elisa Project - www.theelisaproject.org



Texas
For Texas Suicide Information and Resources visit www.TexasSuicidePrevention.org  (I like this site a lot)

If you know someone who needs help call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
Red Nacional para la Prevencion de Suicide En Espanol:1-888-628-9454

Are You in Crisis?
Please Call
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

If you feel suicidal or you need to help someone else who does, put down this toolkit and call for help immediately.

On the Phone

Call 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255) to be connected to a suicide and crisis center in your area.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is the only national suicide prevention and intervention telephone resource funded by the Federal Government. Its mission is to provide immediate assistance to individuals in suicidal crisis by connecting them to the nearest available suicide prevention and mental health service provider through a 24-hour, toll-free telephone number-1-800-273-TALK (8255). http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Call the local crisis center listed in the first few pages of your local phone directory.
Call 911 and ask for the mental health crisis team of your local law enforcement agency.
Call or go to the nearest hospital emergency room in your area.
Call one of the Texas crisis centers listed in the Appendices section of this toolkit.
Call your doctor or other health care provider for a referral to someone who provides suicide prevention and intervention services.

On the Web

http://www.txcouncil.com/crisis.html. The Texas Council of Community MHMR Centers has a list of Texas crisis lines supported by local mental health authorities on a county by county basis.

http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhservices/default.shtm - The Texas Department of State Health Services, Community Mental Health Services division maintains an easy to use listing of local mental health authorities and their 24/7 crisis lines. You are able to search by county, city or zip code to find the one nearest you.

http://www.befrienders.org - An international, multilingual, 24-hour confidential service operated by the Samaritans.

http://suicidehotlines.com/texas.html - A Web-based listing of Texas crisis hotlines with links to other resources.



National

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800- 273-8255 call 24 hours

National Institute of Mental Health www.nimh.nih.gov

Here is a wealth of information.

email:nimhinfo@nih.gov
Call for information (not the crisis line)- 1-866-415-8051 (toll free)


More Resources to come soon...
Also, stay tuned for the Health Resources for Fibroyalgia and Holistic Health Soon to Come to www.HeatherMcCready.com











 

Mental Health Resources Link