You ARE Beautiful <3

Just wanted to make sure you start off your Monday with a little reminder that you are beautiful.

Inside and out.

No matter what they say.

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Check this out ❤ More to come. I will be starting to be more active again starting today! Love you, and hope everyone has been doing well!!!

This is basically a PowerPoint calling for action.

There are millions of people suffering around the world with Mental Illnesses who are posting on social media sites just waiting for people like you and me to notice them. To love them. To give them hope. Please take the time to go through the slides ❤

Mental Health

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Monday Motivation

I ran across this blog talking about the benefits of fitness on mental health: Monday Motivation. Check it out! So get started now! Sometimes it is the only thing that keeps me sane and going.

NAMI Recognition Dinner

So I was lucky enough to have off last Friday night so I could make it to the first NAMI Rensselaer County Recognition Dinner and Art Show. It is always great to meet with people who accept you and understand you, and to see them get rewarded/recognized for all the great work they have put into the organization. Specifically touching was Gail Moore who spoke about her life and childhood, and who was recognized for her many years of dedication to helping people with mental illnesses. I also got to meet the Dean of Public Health at the college I attended: SUNY Albany. He was sitting at my table! What a small world! If you want to help support your local NAMI group, get involved, or reach out you can find them at the following website:

http://www.nami.org/

It is such a great organization filled with compassionate and skilled people waiting to reach out and do whatever they can to help you get through the tough times. I hope that I can make the time to get involved, sometime in the next few years.

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They also featured art from some of the members which you can see below:

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Strength of Us

Found this gem on the NAMI website (National Alliance on Mental Illness):

http://www.nami.org/

Here is a small description of the website and where you can find it:

http://strengthofus.org/

StrengthofUs is an online community designed to inspire young adults impacted by mental health issues to think positive, stay strong and achieve their goals through peer support and resource sharing. We believe every young adult deserves to feel hopeful, supported and encouraged to love who they are.

StrengthofUs is a user-generated and user-driven community; so basically it’s whatever you make it. Everything here has been developed and created by and for young adults with you specifically in mind. We hope every time you visit, you find hope, encouragement and support.

I will be posting from these blogs in order to help support the website and to help share the amazing stories that others have share to help raise awareness, and reach out to people in similar situations. Today it is about an elderly lady who has dementia. The story is beautiful, and it is touching to see someone with such imagination, kindness, and understanding caring for the elderly.

It is titled: Her Invisible People, by MelissaMT

http://strengthofus.org/blog/view/203551/her-invisible-people

I arrive early to the home of my first client of the week.  I am greeted by her daughter, a senior citizen herself, who is visibly sleep-deprived and distraught.   She explains that her mother has been up all night and the dementia is worse than ever.  She describes this stage as a whole new dimension, one of visions and voices, erratic mood swings and lack of sleep….

(click on the link to read the whole story)

Fight Like a Girl- Breast Cancer Awareness and Research is Important BUT….

So I am all about saving the Ta Ta’s!

However, I want to remind everyone that while breast cancer awareness and fund raising is important, it is by far not the leading cause of deaths around the world.

You can see this on the World Health Organization’s website: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs310/en/

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As you can see breast cancer isn’t even really on this list. Lung cancer is actually the top killer in the cancer family. But who wants to talk about lungs when we have boobs! The reason breast cancer gets so much attention is it is easily marketable, and people like to participate. There is pink for the girls, and boobs for the guys lol

So yes we should donate to this cause and raise awareness, but also remember there are other more prominent and dangerous killers out there!

NAMI Event :)

Will be trying to go. I enjoyed the last event tremendously, and it is really nice to be around people who understand and are trying to manage their illness too.

TONIGHT!
NAMI Rensselaer County is excited to announce that Jane Hartenstein will be speaking on "Voices" at the SUNYA School of Public Health, 1 University Place, Rensselaer, on Thursday, June 26th at 6:30pm.

"In 1100AD a monk named Henri hears voices telling him he is Saint Martin of Tours. Today we would recognize it as an illness called schizophrenia. Knowing his behavior will be a costly embarrassment to church and King,a unique solution is found.Thus begins a journey through the inland waterways on a ship of fools at the dawn of medicine and psychiatry." This is a blurb about the book "Voices" written by Jane Hartenstein. Jane has worked with people who hear voices and their families for over thirty years. She often wondered what life would have been like for them in other times, perhaps the time of the Crusades, 1100AD. "Voices" is the result of extensive historical research and a lifetime of experience.

This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 588-6949 or email: namirensco@gmail.com.