Help available for those with mental health issues

Collentine says though a few mass murderers so have mental issues, the vast majority of those with a mental illness don’t exhibit them through violence.


Last week, Obama lamented yet another mass shooting in Oregon. Williams thinks his legislation could have prevented that tragedy, if its policies were in place during the time of the shooting.

This is Mental Illness Awareness Week, and I wonder how many people are aware of NAMI Denton, an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. “We won’t solve it by unfairly stigmatizing a single constituency and throwing them under the bus”.

Conley was presented with and signed a proclamation designating Mental Illness Awareness Week from October. 4-10 in Madison at the Town Council meeting held on Monday, September 28.

Ms Hood added: “We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health”.

In Maharashtra, the ATMIYATA project has trained community mobilisers to collaborate with local organisations to identify distress and mental health problems.

“There are lots of different events happening and each community has organised something different”, she said.

Saddleback has developed what the church calls “a sustainable Church-Initiated Mental Health Strategy” that can be built over time.

But researchers caution that gun violence is a complex area of study.

“Mass shootings are extremely rare, and the number of people with mental illness is extremely large”.

Workshops during the next week’s gathering will address topics like post-traumatic stress disorder, helping kids with mental health challenges, eating disorders, the role of faith communities in suicide prevention, among others.

Silence, on the other hand, can be deadly as noted by Kay Redfield Jamison, writer and professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine who has bipolar disorder. “Many of these people end up homeless or incarcerated because there is a scarcity of treatment options”.

“It’s a medical illness”. “Between 20 to 25 percent of the population has had mental health issues at one point or another. Mental illness is real”. Obviously mental health first aid is a key step in that process. “So they can approach them in the most effective way possible”, Latham said.

Two $15 million dollar appropriations from Congress, where the program receives bi-partisan support, have funded the national effort Schwartz said.

“Those reports are very troubling”, she said. In college, Hillis had a relapse, then admitted herself into treatment, she said. “I’m OK, ‘” she said.

Despite the pervasiveness of mental illness in the population – most estimates have it that one in four adults experiences mental illness in any given year – there remains this persistent prejudice that smothers with a pall of silence.

“It is hard to quantify”, said Stephanie Cinque, founder and director of the Newtown Resiliency Center.

“Healing people is good”. She said the spirit of volunteering is, “central to our spirit as Americans”. A 2014 evaluation indicates course graduates have an increased awareness of mental illness and exhibit a higher likelihood of assisting others. “But we’re working on it”.

She looks at it another way. Today, doctors and nurses often cite federal privacy laws when shutting families out of their loved one’s mental health care, even though, in many cases, they’re legally permitted to share the information. “It could be depression, it could be anxiety, it could be psychosis where somebody is experiencing hallucinations or delusions”.


When you need help, you should be able to get it, right?

According to the World Health Organisation nearly 50% of the population in western countries such as New Zealand suffer from depression anxiety and addiction problems