MUSINGS from Susan’s Desk

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Musings from Susan's Desk, Uncategorized | Comments Off on MUSINGS from Susan’s Desk

After Isla Vista: A glimmer of light. . . One week ago today, we were shocked and saddened by news of the killing of six young adults near Santa Barbara, CA by 22 year-old Elliot Rodger whose violent rampage ended with his death by suicide. Once again, we watched and listened as the news media reported the details of the incident and the life of the young perpetrator. So much of what we’ve heard and read about the tragedy in Isla Vista is maddeningly familiar, after Columbine and Virginia Tech, Aurora and Newtown. The isolation, anger, delusions and disintegration of a young man tormented...

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Building Cirlces of Wellness

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in depression, family support, family support organization, GPS for Youth and Families, Mental Illness, young adults | Comments Off on Building Cirlces of Wellness

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Month theme is ‘Building Circles of Wellness’.  As the month winds down to a close, I am reflecting on the theme’s appropriateness and connection to the work we’ve done this month, the work we do throughout the year and the work that remains undone and greatly needed to harness recovery, resilience and wellness for ourselves and our loved ones. The circle is a universal symbol found in all cultures.  A circle implies movement and symbolizes the cycle of time. It represents all cyclic motion, timelessness, the infinite, wholeness, totality,...

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in family support organization, Mental Illness, national federation, Uncategorized | Comments Off on May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Engaging People in Mental Health Treatment and Recovery By: Paolo del Vecchio, M.S.W., Director, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Despite advances in treatment, only about one-third of Americans who experience mental illness seek mental health services.  SAMHSA’s 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found the reasons people did not receive mental health services included social, cultural, and political factors (e.g., discrimination and prejudice), economic factors (limited insurance coverage, costly co-pays), system-level...

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Children’s Mental Health Matters

Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Children’s Mental Health Matters

Young adults with mental health challenges can prosper when they have involved allies. Young adults thrive when offered practical resources to help them reach their goals, develop respectful relationships with adults, and create opportunities for self-determination and meaningful employment. Young adults with behavioral health challenges can be resilient with the help of family, friends, providers, and other Heroes of Hope.  (watch video)     As part of our focus on young adults, resources have been collected from national organizations and Federal agencies to address young adult...

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Today is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day!

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Children's Mental Health, depression, family support, family support organization, GPS for Youth and Families, King County FSO, Mental Illness, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Today is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day!

A Very Special Story from GPS Unmet mental health needs may complicate daily activities for parents as well as for the youth and children they are raising.  Early detection and intervention improves their lives and the family’s ability to succeed in life. Parent Partners play a significant role in supporting parents who need resources and encouragement when struggling with their own emotional and mental health challenges. Here is one such story . ....

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