9 Best Ways to Support Someone with Depression

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in depression | Comments Off on 9 Best Ways to Support Someone with Depression

By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S, Associate Editor at Psych Central   If your loved one is struggling with depression, you may feel confused, frustrated and distraught yourself. Maybe you feel like you’re walking on eggshells because you’re afraid of upsetting them even more. Maybe you’re at such a loss that you’ve adopted the silent approach. Or maybe you keep giving your loved one advice, which they just aren’t taking. Depression is an insidious, isolating disorder, which can sabotage relationships. And this can make not knowing how to help all the more confusing. But your...

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Momentary Healing

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Children's Mental Health, depression, Mental Illness, Recovery, Suicide, Video | Comments Off on Momentary Healing

Wynne Lee, 17, struggled with depression and cultural expectations for several years. The teen from Diamond Bar, California, is like many kids from Asian American families who often have trouble finding appropriate treatment. Watch the video:   Reprinted from Children’s Mental Health...

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On Losing My Darling Natalie – Children’s Mental Health Network

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in Children's Mental Health, depression, Mental Illness, Suicide | Comments Off on On Losing My Darling Natalie – Children’s Mental Health Network

A touching story of a mom and her daughter’s struggle with mental health published in the Children’s Mental Health Network. On Losing My Darling Natalie – Doris Fuller I lost my darling daughter Natalie to terminal mental illness last weekend.  She killed herself one month short of her 29th birthday by stepping in front of a train in Baltimore.

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Restore Non-Medicaid Funding for Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Advocacy, Children's Mental Health, depression, family support organization, GPS for Youth and Families, King County, Mental Illness, Policy Day | Comments Off on Restore Non-Medicaid Funding for Mental Health and Substance Abuse

by Pam Romine, GPS Office and Volunteer Coordinator Even during the best of economic times, youth and adults living with mental illness struggle to access essential mental health services and supports. Services are often unavailable or inaccessible for those who need them the most. One in 17 people in America lives with a serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, major depression, or bipolar disorder. About one in 10 children live with a serious mental disorder. Unfortunately, the public often focuses on mental illness only when high visibility tragedies of the magnitude of Newtown...

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Two of my Favorite Objectives

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Advocacy, Children's Mental Health, depression, family support organization, GPS for Youth and Families, King County, Mental Illness, Recovery | Comments Off on Two of my Favorite Objectives

by Ron Jaeger, GPS Board Member I’ve been looking over my notes from the King County Mental Health Forum last November.  The forum touched on two of my favorite objectives for legislative advocacy.  They are both general but apply to a lot of the changes I believe that families want to see: 1) Empower families and communities to help loved ones 2) Incentivize the systems to help people as early as possible You may remember the comments of Jim Volendroff, the new Division Director of King County Mental Health and Chemical Abuse Dependency who said  “As an adolescent, I had my...

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Are you getting enough sleep?

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Children's Mental Health, depression | 1 comment

From the Children’s Mental Health Network – Why is sleep important? http://www.cmhnetwork.org/news/why-sleep-important Sleep and wakefulness disorders affect an estimated 15-20 percent of US adults who are more likely to suffer from chronic disorders including depression, substance abuse, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, stroke, and all-cause mortality.  Resilience to stress, emotional regulation, and inter-personal relationships are impaired by sleep...

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