Less Than One-Third of Adults with Mental Illness Will Get Help In 2009

Less Than One-Third of Adults with Mental Illness Will Get Help In 2009











Mental Illness Awareness Week — Oct. 4-10


Belleville, Ill. (Vocus) September 24, 2009 –

One in four Americans over the age of 18 experience a mental health disorder in any given year, but a significant number go untreated, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, which is observing Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), Oct. 4-10, 2009. Organizations, including Allsup, a nationwide provider of Social Security disability representation and Medicare services, are working to highlight the availability of support to individuals and their families.

Mental illness includes major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety disorders. About 6 percent, or one in 17 Americans, live with the most serious disorders such as schizophrenia. Less than a third of adults and less than half of children with a diagnosed illness receive treatment in any given year. Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, according to NAMI.

“We know that with early detection, appropriate treatment and support from family and friends, people with mental illness can lead healthy, rewarding lives,” said Michael Fitzpatrick, NAMI executive director.

NAMI provides a number of resources and support including:

    Find Your Local NAMI: Locate a support group in your area with this online directory.
    Medications: Find details on specific medications, dosages and treatment information.
    Information HelpLine: Reach a volunteer with your questions on information, referrals and support by calling (800) 950-6264, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time.
Mental illness can affect anyone at any time. Treatment works, but only when those who are affected seek help. The entire community benefits when it recognizes the importance of mental health to everyone’s well-being and overall health.

Allsup is observing Mental Illness Awareness Week with free posters available to hospitals, clinics and other community groups by calling Karen Hercules-Doerr at (800) 854-1418, ext. 5770.

MIAW contact:

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Christine Armstrong

(703) 524-7600

Free posters:

Allsup

Karen Hercules-Doerr

(800) 854-1418, ext. 5770

http://www.allsupcares.com

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Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Dawes to Join the Lions Clubs at the 2009 National Memorial Day Parade

Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Dawes to Join the Lions Clubs at the 2009 National Memorial Day Parade











Dominique Dawes


Washington, DC (PRWEB) May 22, 2009

Three-time U.S. Olympian and Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Dawes will appear on the Lions Clubs float in the 2009 National Memorial Day Parade. She is an honorary member of the Washington DC (Special Olympics) Lions Club.

Dawes is the first African-American to win an individual gymnastics Olympic medal. Graduating with a degree in Communications from the University of Maryland, Dawes is a renowned public speaker on health issues, sports participation, equality for women and African-Americans, and self-esteem. She has also made her mark as an actress on Broadway and in television broadcasting with CBS, CNN and TNT networks, notably as an analyst for the 2008 Beijing Olympics for Yahoo! Sports.

She will be sharing the float with reality TV star and Navy Lieutenant Dr. Andy Baldwin, Lions Clubs military veterans and a representation of the 2008 Lions International Peace Poster Contest grand prize winner.

The Lions will also be collecting unwanted glasses in their Recycle for Sight boxes around the float in an attempt to set the largest collection of recycled glasses in one day.

“We are thrilled to have Dominique on the float with the Lions,” said Paul Hawkins, District Governor of the Lions Clubs of Washington DC and metro Maryland area. “Her determination and dedication to women’s issues, health and fitness, especially her work with Special Olympics, is an inspiration to us all.”

Dominique Dawes joins other celebrities, Ernest Borgnine, Gary Sinise, Joe Mantegna and Dr. Andy Baldwin at the National Memorial Day Parade. In its third year, it expects to attract over a quarter of a million spectators and be viewed by over sixteen million homes on WJLA and the Pentagon Channel.

This is the first time the Lions Clubs have appeared in the National Memorial Day Parade. The Parade is on Monday, May 25, 2009, along Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th Streets in Washington DC and free to the public.

Lions Clubs of Washington DC, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia include over 500 clubs and almost 17,000 men and women. Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with nearly 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in 205 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions Clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world.

To schedule interviews with Dominique Dawes, please call 301-404-8010.

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Canada’s Brightest Entrepreneurs Face Off in National Competition – 2009 Nicol Entrepreneurial Award Finalists Announced

Canada’s Brightest Entrepreneurs Face Off in National Competition – 2009 Nicol Entrepreneurial Award Finalists Announced










Ottawa, Ontario (PRWEB) March 19, 2009

The next generation of young Canadian entrepreneurs is getting set to face off in a boardroom in the Nation’s Capital to compete for the prestigious National Nicol Entrepreneurial Award.

Participating in this year’s Nicol Award competition are teams from across the country, including Acadia University, Carleton University, St. Francis Xavier University, the University of Victoria, the University of Western Ontario and Wilfrid Laurier University. The teams have advanced from local competitions at their own schools, with entries from thirteen of Canada’s top universities.

The Nicol Award, launched in 1997, is unique for its emphasis on the value of the entrepreneurial spirit and the key role it plays in the success of a business. No other business award offers as true-to-life an experience or is as inclusive as the Nicol Award, which welcomes entries from any undergraduate student with a solid business idea, from any program.

Even though he’s faced some challenges this past year, Chris Carmichael, winner of the 2008 Nicol Award credits the experience for giving him the confidence to roll with the punches and realize success. “Competing for the Nicol Award gave me the confidence to trust my instincts and make solid business decisions even when faced with unexpected hurdles,” said Carmichael. “This competition gave me a real taste of what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. The total experience, from developing an idea to pitching it to venture capitalists, is invaluable – you can’t get this experience in a classroom. “

In the midst of the current global economic crisis founder Wes Nicol believes that the Nicol Award is more relevant than ever. “People with a strong entrepreneurial spirit and good business sense are going to play an extremely important role in driving the Canadian economy forward in the coming years,” said Nicol, a successful Ottawa business leader. “I founded this competition 12 years ago to encourage that spirit and provide students with a true-to-life, supportive venue to develop and test their business ideas. The fact that so many universities across Canada are participating and encouraging their entrepreneurs is a good sign for the future.”

The 2009 Nicol Award will be presented during the 5th Annual Nicol Award Gala on March 24, 2009 at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel. Mr. Nicol is pleased to welcome Mr. Frank McKenna, Deputy Chairman of TD Bank Financial Group and former Canadian Ambassador to the United States, as the keynote speaker at the event.

For more information please visit http://www.nicol-award.com/

MemaScene, Acadia University

MemaScene provides its clients with an act of closure and remembrance for a loved one using a variety of digital media. MemaScene will combine client-supplied photographs, videos, spoken words, and music into a tasteful and unique presentation for use at funerals, visitations and private viewing, and will also package this material as a permanent memento.

GetMovers, Carleton University

GetMovers is a web-based moving lead generation company. It provides a simple way for individuals to specify their moving requirements and then sells these leads to pre-screened moving companies. GetMovers’ services are offered at no cost to the customer and save its customers from the time-consuming chore of finding a suitable and reputable moving company.

Fratpackers, St. Francis Xavier University

Fratpackers is a moving and storage company that targets the unique needs of university students. Many students leave campus each summer to return home and must find some way to store their belongings. Fratpackers provides them with a simple, comprehensive and inexpensive solution to their moving needs.

Synergy, University of Victoria

Synergy is a green business consulting firm operating in Victoria that works with small and mid-sized organizations to help them overcome the existing barriers to utilizing sustainable practices and policies. The company has adopted the Social Enterprise framework and will offer a range of services such as greenhouse gas inventories and energy audits, and source and provide green products such as lighting and waste management systems.

Make It Digital, University of Western Ontario

Make it Digital takes customers’ print photographs, negatives, slides, and video in obsolete formats and converts them to a standard digital form. Make it Digital will emphasize high levels of customer service at moderate prices, combining local store-front locations for convenient drop-off and pick-up with off-shore subcontracting of labour-intensive tasks like photo touchup and graphics manipulation.

Tilted Pixel, Wilfrid Laurier University

Tilted Pixel builds websites that help small-to-medium sized companies achieve real, measurable business results. All its websites are built on top of the Tilted Pixel Platform, which provides common capabilities such as security management, database access, and content abstraction.

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