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Dear Mental Illness

In just a few days it will be May. Along with flowers and budding trees and the enrichment of the landscape, May is Mental Health Month; a time to reflect and act on what we know is necessary for everyone to enjoy positive health. May is also when NAMI will kick-off its “Why Care?”...

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What’s Early Intervention Got To Do With It?

Many of us have heard or read the statistics: 13% of children ages 8-15 experience a mental health condition; approximately 50% of chronic mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75% begin by age 24. At the same time, the average delay between when symptoms first appear and intervention is 8-10 years. I...

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My Space Page

By NAMI Connecticut Guest Blogger, Diane Frost My space has been, and is, always me defining how I will live with mental illness. I have one decision every day: will I be servant to my illnesses or not? That being said, making this decision, can take me to a place of learning about positive...

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To Each His/Her Own Recovery

So, I have been at home for the last few weeks, and will be for at least another week, RECOVERING from some medical care I needed. This experience has gotten me thinking about about recovery and how it can have different meanings in different contexts. My condition was taken care of through a medical...

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Life is Good

Mornings look good to me these days and they have for awhile. I actually like getting up to see the sun. And, over the last few years I’ve enjoyed the challenge of school and regular work as a social worker. It wasn’t always that way though.

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Rocks to Heal the Challenges of Depression

We are all familiar with worrying, the apparently endless turning around of thoughts in our heads, our minds buzzing with negative commentary about our lives, our imaginations creating worse case scenarios that make us feel awful and keep us awake at night.

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Holiday Feelings

The HOLIDAYS. What does the phrase conjure up for you? Warm wishes, presents, visits with family and friends? No matter what you celebrate, the term itself can sometimes be overwhelming; it can pull up negative feelings.

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Love Will Defeat Stigma

Social isolation is unhealthy. I hope in my lifetime, that stigma surrounding mental illness will dissipate. People need to realize shame costs society too dearly. Thankfully, society has evolved to know mental illness as not one of contagion.

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What Does Early Identification and Intervention Really Mean?

Just this week I spoke to a grandfather who was looking for help for his seventeen-year old grandson who had recently experienced a psychotic episode. That led me to think about early identification and intervention and what that means practically to families and to individuals, including kids and young adults in distress.

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