Sacramento?s First Mental Health Magazine (Empowerment) has Launched.

Sacramento’s First Mental Health Magazine (Empowerment) has Launched.











Sacramento,CA (PRWEB) July 25, 2011

The Empowerment Magazine is the first print and online magazine to focus exclusively on promoting overall wellness and mental health resiliency for the Sacramento region.

The first issue features articles on pursuing contentment and happiness, the resiliency factor, working with your psychiatrist, thinking fresh and eating clean and a kid’s corner. Also, included is a special interview with Doctor Hazem Hashem on the important triangle between the physician, the patient and their psychiatric medications.

“We were lacking a publication in Greater Sacramento that promotes uplifting voices in the mental health community and we found this inexcusable,” said Amede Kyubwa, founder of the Empowerment Magazine and sacpros.org. The magazine aims at creating a new and positive image for people with lived experience of mental health challenges, “and also helps to eliminate some of the prevailing stereotypes about mental illness,” added Kyubwa

“The magazine empowers individuals with direct or indirect experience of living with or overcoming mental heath issues to talk about their positive experiences; something they normally do not get to do in a public way,” said Marilyn Washington, Sacpros Community Network Director.

25,000 copies of the Empowerment Magazine are being distributed all over the Sacramento Region in a variety of agencies, venues and retail stores. The magazine can also be read anytime online at http://www.sacpros.org. The free quarterly magazine is published by Sacpros.org. The magazine’s next issue is due in September 2011

About Empowerment Magazine:

The Empowerment Magazine is a quarterly Mental Healt Magazine promoting overall wellness and resiliency for the Greater Sacramento.It is published by SACPROS http://www.sacpros.org, a leading Mental Health Resource Guide strengthening individuals, families and community with easily accessible information about available services in Greater Sacramento area.

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Emergency Grants and Mental Health First Aid Training Available to Meet Mental Health Needs after Haiti Earthquake

Emergency Grants and Mental Health First Aid Training Available to Meet Mental Health Needs after Haiti Earthquake











Washington, DC (PRWEB) January 19, 2010

The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (National Council) is offering small emergency grants and free Mental Health First Aid training to support mental health efforts in the wake of the devastating Haiti earthquake.

“Our thoughts are with the people of Haiti and with their loved ones in the U.S. We commend the efforts of many agencies and individuals that are providing disaster relief. Our pockets are not deep but we are standing by to help in any way we can,” Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO of the National Council said.

Through its Project Helping Hands, the National Council offers small grants to organizations working to meet the mental health needs of Haitian survivors and loved ones in the U.S. Since 2005, Project Helping Hands has supported behavioral healthcare organizations responding to emergency mental health and addictions treatment needs in the wake of disaster — hiring treatment staff, setting up emergency outreach offices, and purchasing medications and emergency equipment.

It is estimated that up to 25 to 30 percent of people in the most vulnerable communities experience the onset of trauma and mental disorders in the wake of disaster. These needs usually manifest several weeks to months after a disaster, as the reality of loss and displacement sinks in. Those with pre-existing serious mental illnesses may be traumatized anew or displaced and need extra care and support.

Haitian populations in the U.S., concerned about the safety and whereabouts of any loved ones in Haiti, may also be experiencing acute anxiety and stress reactions. Further, it is likely that the U.S. will see a significant influx of surviving Haitians over the coming months and a good number will likely experience mental health issues, in addition to the challenges of settling into a new culture.

Free Mental Health First Aid USA (http://www.MentalHealthFirstAid.org) training is available for volunteers headed to help in Haiti in the coming months and for community groups and caring citizens working with Haitian populations in the U.S.

Mental Health First Aid USA — a collaboration of the National Council, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Missouri Department of Mental Health — equips members of the public with skills and resources to help someone developing a mental health problem or save someone experiencing a mental health crisis. Those trained in Mental Health First Aid can recognize the risk factors and warning signs of mental illness and connect persons in need with appropriate professional or other help, including peer and family support.

Those who wish to support the Haiti disaster mental health response may donate to the National Council’s Project Helping Hands at http://www.thenationalcouncil.org/cs/project_helping_hands.

The National Council is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) association of 1,700 behavioral healthcare organizations that provide treatment and rehabilitation for mental illnesses and addictions disorders to nearly six million adults, children and families in communities across the country.

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Psych Central Launches New Sanity Score Web Tool to Help Assess an Individual’s Overall Level of Mental Health

Psych Central Launches New Sanity Score Web Tool to Help Assess an Individual’s Overall Level of Mental Health










HAVERHILL, Mass. (PRWEB) May 2, 2007

Psych Central® today announced the public beta launch of the Sanity Score™ Web tool at http://www.SanityScore.com that can help assess an individual’s overall level of mental health. The system takes responses from 90 questions and then calculates a person’s Sanity Score, a basic overall measure of a person’s mental health. Along with the numerical result, people also get a thorough description of life factors that emerged to support the result plus a graphical representation of how high that person scored along 21 different common mental health attributes.

“Millions of Americans who have a diagnosable mental illness never seek treatment for it, in part, because they are unsure of their level of mental health,” said Dr. John M. Grohol, Psy.D., founder and publisher of Psych Central. “We’ve refined this proprietary system to provide individuals with useful information about the state of their current mental health status.”

The system is free, easy-to-use, and doesn’t take long to complete. Simply go to http://www.SanityScore.com, log in with a free Psych Central account, and start taking the multiple-choice questionnaire. All-in-all, it only takes about 15 minutes to complete and receive immediate results, which can then be saved for future reference.

“Today’s public beta launch is meant to draw attention to the growing number of people who are seeking reliable and helpful information online,” said Grohol. “Visitor numbers to Psych Central, our flagship mental health Web site, have been growing consistently alongside the trend of people looking for reliable mental health information online. This is a great new tool that provides a new dimension to understanding mental health conditions that otherwise are difficult to quantify,” he said.

The Sanity Score system will become more refined and be updated as more people take the test.

After individuals complete the Sanity Score test and learn more about their mental health condition, they can head over to http://www.psychcentral.com to learn more about any concerns that they system uncovers. For each attribute, Psych Central has a complete offering of editorial news content, reference information, support communities, book reviews, blog posts, and more.

About Psych Central

Psych Central®, located at PsychCentral.com, is a leading mental health portal that features original, peer-reviewed editorial content, news, research briefs, clinical trials, ratings and reviews of medications and treatments, the popular World of Psychology blog, and a thriving online support community. Each month more than 600,000 people visit Psych Central’s independent libraries and communities, contribute to their own blogs, take an interactive screening quiz, and track their progress over time. Founded in 1995, Psych Central is published by John M. Grohol, Psy.D., a pioneer and expert in online mental health. Dr. Grohol’s leadership helped to break down the barriers of stigma often associated with mental health concerns, bringing trusted resources to the Internet. For more news from Psych Central, please visit http://psychcentral.com/about/press_releases/

Neither Psych Central nor Sanity Score are a substitution for provide professional diagnosis or treatment.

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BetterMentally.com: An Informative Online Community with Mental Health Advice

BetterMentally.com: An Informative Online Community with Mental Health Advice










Sacramento, California (PRWEB) August 21, 2009

BetterMentally.com, a blog which focuses on issues that relate to psychology, mental health, and medication, now includes pages on the causes of anxiety attacks, test anxiety, and famous people with schizophrenia.

The page entitled “Causes of Anxiety Attacks” from BetterMentally.com explores what panic attacks, also known as anxiety attacks, are and why they occur. The site explains that anxiety attacks are caused by an involuntary reaction which occurs in the sympathetic nervous system. This reaction can be triggered for many reasons, including a hereditary predisposition as well as stress or even vitamin deficiency.

“Test Anxiety” delves into the anxiety which people may face in regards to tests, be they in school, the workplace, or in other areas. BetterMentally.com states that test anxiety is a form of performance anxiety. Test anxiety can develop after a horrific or stressful past testing experience. Due to increased social pressure to perform well in school, test anxiety affects a growing number of students around the world.

BetterMentally.com enlightens readers on the page “Famous People with Schizophrenia” about celebrities who have this debilitating mental illness. One suspected musician was former Pink Floyd member Syd Barrett. Known for his often bizarre and reclusive behavior, Syd’s mental illness may have been brought about or heightened by his use of drugs. Other prominent examples of famous people with schizophrenia include James Beck Gordon and Lionel Aldridge.

About BetterMentally.com:

BetterMentally.com was launched in January of 2009, and has since expanded to introduce an online community and forum. Readers of the blog can join the community and discuss mental health issues with other members. iGoMogul is responsible for the maintenance and design of BetterMentally.com.

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The Website has Been set up as Part of a Programme for Delivering Race Equality in Mental Health Care in Dorset and Somerset

The Website has Been set up as Part of a Programme for Delivering Race Equality in Mental Health Care in Dorset and Somerset










England, Dorset and Somerset BME (PRWEB) October 8, 2006

The E-quality 4 Mental Health website for Black and Minority Ethnic Communities in Dorset and Somerset is aimed at both people from black and minority ethnic communities who want to know more about mental health care and at staff in mental health and related services who want to know more about race and culture.

This website is aimed at both people from black and minority ethnic communities who want to know more about mental health care and at staff in mental health and related services who want to know more about race and culture.

The website is concerned mainly with mental health and as such it covers information about both mental health services in Dorset and Somerset and advice on how to remain mentally healthy and particularly how to deal with everyday pressures and stresses in the modern world.

The website has been set up as part of a programme for delivering race equality in mental health care in Dorset and Somerset. Delivering Race Equality in Mental Health Care is a major policy initiative which was published in 2005 and which recognises that people from black and minority ethnic communities do not always receive the same care in mental health services and that there is still a high level of fear of mental illness in black and minority ethnic communities.

The website has been developed with the help of people from black and minority ethnic communities and staff and the intention is to continue to involve people in adding to and expanding the content of the website.

The site is still in development and has been designed so that it can grow especially when people from black and minority ethnic communities identify information which could be useful in helping people better to understand mental health issues.

The intention is that staff will also be able to access and add information about race and culture which will help them in their efforts to ensure that services are as sensitive to individuals and their needs and wishes as is possible.

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