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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How Self-Hypnosis can Help Golfers Improve Their Game and Get in the Zone

How Self-Hypnosis can Help Golfers Improve Their Game and Get in the Zone










Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) July 12, 2006

In 2002, GOLF Magazine reviewed 5 hypnosis CDs for golfers. “Own The Zone,” created by Clinical Hypnotherapist Jennifer Scott, received the highest rating. As a result, she was interviewed by Kelly Tilghman on The Golf Channel. Then Jennifer was asked to write articles on golf’s “mental game” by GOLF Magazine’s online website, Golfonline. Also online, she is a featured writer for The Aspiring Golfer. She also writes on golf for regional golf magazines like GOLF JOURNEYS in cooperation with the Philadelphia section of the PGA.

In the Spring of 2005, Jennifer’s chapter “The Case for Hypnosis” was published in the landmark book “The Secret of Golf.” Compiled by George Peper, 25-year editor of GOLF Magazine, it is an anthology of golf’s most significant instructional ideas over the past 100 years. Some of those other innovators included are Ben Hogan, Tommy Armour and Dave Pelz.

A member of the National Speakers Association, Jennifer has been giving educational seminars at golf resorts coast to coast as well as at the San Diego Golf Academy. In addition, she has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows.

Because she is a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Jennifer can help golfers uncover and resolve hidden Subconscious issues which interfere with their performance — particularly if they have the dreaded swing problem called “The Yips.” Very often these uncontrollable flinches cannot be resolved by more traditional professional coaching. For this and many other reasons, golfers from all over the country fly in to see her in Scottsdale, AZ.

Jennifer has been Certified as a Clinical Hypnotherapist by the Atwood Institute for Research and Education, is a Registered Hypnotherapist with the American Board of Hypnotherapy, a Certified Stress Management Consultant with the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners and a Certified Medical Hypnotherapist with the Institute of Medical Hypnosis. She received her BA at Ottawa University.

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ShopWell and Kwikee Partner to Help Consumers Make Better Nutrition Decisions

ShopWell and Kwikee Partner to Help Consumers Make Better Nutrition Decisions











Peoria, IL (PRWEB) July 28, 2011

Today’s consumers are striving to eat healthier, but most are time-constrained and confused about the multitude of options available. Additionally, people have different nutrition needs and concerns, so it’s important for consumers to be able to customize their food choices to their specific needs. Now people can make better eating decisions using a website or mobile app that caters to their specific needs and uses a reliable source of nutritional data to ensure the information they get is accurate.

ShopWell, a free food information site and mobile app, lets shoppers create personalized profiles that include their specific health goals, conditions and/or preferences, and then scores products and provides easy-to-read product information. Foods are scored by ShopWell’s team of registered dieticians, Stanford University statisticians and engineers who evaluate foods on an ongoing basis.

“Consumers are increasingly concerned with health issues, but product information can be difficult to obtain and decipher,” said Brian Witlin, Co-Founder and CEO. “ShopWell’s goal is to help people make better food choices—quickly—using reliable information that is customized to their unique situation.”

A key issue for ShopWell and similar industry initiatives is the lack of verifiable product information consumers can trust. ShopWell selected Kwikee, a solution by MultiAd, due to its unique business model where manufacturers such as Coca-Cola, Kraft Foods, Unilever and ConAgra sponsor SKUs for product photography and data collection. All of the content in Kwikee is provided by and approved by consumer packaged goods (CPG) manufacturers, making it a reliable source for accurate product information. The retail trade has free access to the content in Kwikee, with ShopWell taking the process one step further and employing Kwikee’s XML delivery to receive dynamic updates of product content on a daily basis.

About ShopWell Solutions, Inc.

ShopWell Solutions, Inc. operates shopwell.com, a free, food information and personalized nutrition website that helps consumers make thoughtful choices about the groceries they buy and eat. ShopWell is the only free, personalized nutrition resource online, providing easy-to-understand nutrition information to help make healthy eating simple. Using aggregate data and analytics compiled from shopwell.com, ShopWell also provides consumer insights and analytics to branded food companies and grocers to help improve their understanding of consumers’ shopping preferences. The company was spun out from design consultancy IDEO in 2009. ShopWell is based in Palo Alto, California.

About MultiAd

MultiAd offers a portfolio of marketing and advertising solutions designed to increase productivity and revenue including: mobile application development, web application development, Creator Professional, Creative Outlet, Recas®, Kwikee®, ePublish (interactive online versions of print publications) and several self-service advertising solutions. For more information on MultiAd, visit multiad.com. For free access to product information and images, visit kwikeesystems.com.

Note: MultiAd, Kwikee and Recas are registered trademarks of MultiAd, Inc.

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Ottawa Author Founds Society to Help Orphaned Children in Canada

Ottawa Author Founds Society to Help Orphaned Children in Canada










Ottawa, ON (PRWEB) November 12, 2006

Elizabeth Wiebe, an Ottawa author and advocate for orphaned children in Canada, has recently formed a non-profit society to further promote her efforts to help orphaned and abandoned children in Canada. Called the Elizabeth Wiebe Society for Orphaned Children in Canada, the society’s mission is to “Give orphaned children in Canada a chance by fostering awareness and empathy and promoting a determination to give every child the right to a permanent loving home so that they can evolve in all aspects of their development.”

Ms. Wiebe, author of the recent book “Orphan – Through the Eyes of an Orphan” and an orphan herself, is currently focusing her attention on the issue of making adoptions easier in Canada. “Why is it,” she states, “that Canadian couples find it easier to adopt four overseas children than to adopt a single Canadian child? Abandonment is a real, tangible issue for orphaned children, and the current foster care system simply does not address their special needs. Making adoptions easier in Canada would be a huge step on the road to caring for these children and helping them heal.”

The purpose of the society is not about rescuing individual children, but rather bringing awareness to their plight; about encouraging Canadian society to do a better and more enlightened job of dealing with children who suddenly find themselves without real parents, and improving the chances of these children to be adopted. Through the society, Ms. Wiebe is seeking funding to keep up lobbying pressure on legislators, media and other organizations that will ultimately apply the pressure needed to affect change. Current projects in the works include translation of her book into French, production of an audio version of the book and creation of a second book (see below). Ms. Wiebe also accepts speaking engagements and media interviews.

The society is seeking stories from orphaned or abandoned children, from foster parents and from those trying to adopt Canadian children. A second book, which will incorporate these stories, is in the early writing stages.

More information about the society is available on the website at http://www.ElizabethWiebeSociety.org.

Her book, “Orphan – Through the Eyes of an Orphan,” is available online at http://chapters.indigo.ca.

To see her previous press release, click here

AUTHOR BYLINE

Bill Brine is an Internet Marketing consultant residing in Nova Scotia. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Elizabeth Wiebe Society for Orphaned Children in Canada and also serves as Corporate Secretary. His website is at http://www.BrinCom.com.

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D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Help D.C. Youth Focus on Fitness

D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Help D.C. Youth Focus on Fitness











D.C. Council President Kwame Brown speaking to the children of the Boys & Girls Clubs and other guests.

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) July 19, 2011

Council Chairman Kwame Brown, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (BGCGW) and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) celebrated the start of a new program to help D.C. youth live healthier through improved fitness and fun.

Chairman Brown shared his own words with the children at the event about the importance of being healthy and fit. Listen to the Kwame Brown’s audio clip.

Leah Lamb, the Chief Development Officer for BGCGW, Jenny Wallace, Women’s Leadership Committee Member, and Paul Alagero, Director of Corporate Relations for BGCGW, spoke on the benefits of reaching children and helping them to become healthier.

View the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington video.

Lamb led the day’s activities. She spoke about the partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs and CareFirst. The youth at the event joined in for a “thank you.”

Listen to Leah Lamb’s audio clip to hear her comments about the Boys & Girls Clubs’ partnership with CareFirst.

CareFirst presented a $ 75,000 check for the adoption of the Richard England Club House 14 and its goal to enrich the lives of boys and girls in the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area. Since 2005, the BGCGW has received $ 223,500 in funding from CareFirst. Most notably is the BGCGW’s Adopt a Club campaign. CareFirst sponsors Clubhouse 14, in Ward 7.

Karen Dixon, AVP of Corporate Marketing Communications at CareFirst, spoke to the children during the presentation about CareFirst’s emphasis on health and wellness. Listen to Karen Dixon’s audio clip to hear her remarks.

Approximately 858 youth ages 6 to18 from low-income families will have access to a broad range of programs and services administered by BGCGW professional staff specifically trained to deal with this demographic group.

For 125 years, BGCGW has been a leader in youth development, working with young people from disadvantaged economic, social, and family circumstances, and helping them develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington

Founded in 1886, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (BGCGW) has been serving youth in the area for more than 125 years. The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington is ‘to help boys and girls of all backgrounds, especially those who need us most, build confidence, develop character and acquire the skills needed to become productive, civic-minded, responsible adults.’ BGCGW is one of the largest affiliates of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, currently operating 21 sites over a 75-miles radius from Fredericksburg, Virginia to Germantown, Maryland. Over 21,000 members attend the Clubs for activities, sports, and encouragement. For more information, visit http://www.bgcgw.org/.

About CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

In its 74th year of service, CareFirst, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is a not-for-profit health care company which, through its affiliates and subsidiaries, offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to nearly 3.4 million individuals and groups in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. Through its CareFirst Commitment initiative and other public mission activities, CareFirst supports efforts to increase the accessibility, affordability, safety and quality of health care throughout its service areas. To learn more about CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, visit our Web site at http://www.carefirst.com or follow CareFirst news on Twitter: http://twitter.com/CareFirst_News.

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Vietnamese Canadians Urged to Help Earthquake Victims in South Asia

Vietnamese Canadians Urged to Help Earthquake Victims in South Asia










OTTAWA (PRWEB) October 21, 2005

In response to the plight of the millions of victims of the recent earthquake in South Asia, particularly in Pakistan where the death toll can rise up to 70,000, the Vietnamese Canadian Federation is calling upon all members of the Vietnamese community in Canada to join in the campaign that has been mounted to raise funds to help these victims. The money contributed before October 26, 2005 will be matched by the Canadian government.

Donations can be sent directly to either of the following organizations:    

Canadian Red Cross

National Office

170 Metcalfe Street, Suite 300

Ottawa, ON K2P 2P2

Tel: (613) 740-1900, Fax: (613) 740-1911

CARE Canada

Donation Processing Centre

P.O. Box 800, Station K

Toronto, ON M4P 2H2

Tel: 1-800-267-5232.

This is the fourth time in 2005 that the Federation has urged members of the Vietnamese Canadian community to contribute to the relief funds set up to help victims of natural disasters and human tragedies, including the tsunami in Asia and Africa last December, the fire which killed five persons of a family of Cambodian origin in Ottawa early this year, and the recent Katrina hurricane in Southern U.S.

The Vietnamese Canadian Federation is an umbrella organization of 12 community associations in the Vietnamese community across Canada. It was established in 1980 to coordinate social, cultural, and sports activities in the community. Its office is located in Ottawa.

Tel. (613) 230-8282.

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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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