Give an Hour? Calls on Mental Health Professionals and Others to Honor Volunteer Month by Joining Network, Recruiting Colleagues

Give an Hour™ Calls on Mental Health Professionals and Others to Honor Volunteer Month by Joining Network, Recruiting Colleagues












Washington, DC (PRWEB) April 12, 2011

April is Volunteer Month. Give an Hour™, a national nonprofit organization providing free mental health services to members of the military, veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, their loved ones, and their communities, is calling on mental health professionals to assist in the effort.

“No community is more needed to address the psychological and emotional issues faced by our military men and women and their families than the mental health community. We have the resources and, therefore, the power to save generations from potentially debilitating mental health problems,” says Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, founder and president of Give an Hour™. “It is my hope that more mental health professionals will join our network. Furthermore, it is my hope that the work we are doing to reduce stigma and educate families and communities will result in even more of our providers being connected with clients through Give an Hour™.”

Give an Hour™, founded in 2005, has created a network of volunteer mental health professionals pledging an hour a week of their services, free of charge, to members of the military—including active duty, reserve, and guard—veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq, their families, and their communities. Give an Hour™ is also offering free services to parents, siblings, unmarried partners, grandparents—in short anyone who loves someone affected by the current conflicts. Their services range from one-on-one counseling to substance abuse treatment, addressing the many needs of the individuals and families of the armed services.

The approximately 5,400 licensed mental health professionals working with Give an Hour™ have contributed over 37,000 hours as of March 2011 to support our troops and their families. These volunteers include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, pastoral counselors, and other mental health professionals. Providers are located across the country—in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam.

Give an Hour™ is helping to capitalize on the spirit of service that so many of our military men and women embody. Although it is not required, Give an Hour™ encourages those who have received help to give back in their own communities.

“We are proud of the opportunity to bring the military and mental health communities together as we strive to provide critical services to these deserving men, women, and families,” notes Dr. Van Dahlen.

Licensed mental health professionals agree to sign on for a minimum of one year, providing one hour of service per week. Mental health professionals interested in joining Give an Hour™ can complete an easy online form at http://www.giveanhour.org.

Give an Hour™ also utilizes volunteers in non-mental health capacities such as marketing, outreach, fund development and administration. Interested volunteers can contact info(at)giveanhour(dot)org for more information.

Visitors in need of services can log on and use the provider search to locate a mental health professional in their area who meets their needs.

Give an Hour™ (http://www.giveanhour.org) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), founded in September 2005 by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a psychologist in the Washington, D.C., area. The organization’s mission is to develop national networks of volunteers capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society. Currently, GAH is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of the troops and families affected by the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Give an Hour™ has more than 5,400 providers across the nation—in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam—and continues to recruit volunteer mental health professionals to its network.

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Breaking the Silence, Shattering the Myths: A Community Leadership Dialogue to Launch Mental Health Awareness Month at Detroit Central City Community Mental Health, Inc.

Breaking the Silence, Shattering the Myths: A Community Leadership Dialogue to Launch Mental Health Awareness Month at Detroit Central City Community Mental Health, Inc.










Detroit, MI (PRWEB) April 29, 2011

With one in five Americans struggling with mental illness at sometime in their lives, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, one of the area’s oldest community mental health organizations, Detroit Central City Community Mental Health, is bringing together elected officials and media with clients and healthcare, community and business leaders to have a candid discussion about the common cause of mental illness and community mental health. Mental Health Awareness Month will launch in Detroit with an unprecedented cross-sector leadership dialogue led by Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon and Detroit Central City Community Mental Health President & CEO Irva-Faber Bermudez on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 from 6pm – 8:30pm.

Simultaneously, a 30-second public service announcement featuring Napoloen, Faber-Bermudez, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, Detroit Police Chief Ralph L. Godbee, Jr., Henry Ford Health System President and CEO Nancy Schlichting and Bishop Edgar L. Vann will air on several TV and cable channels. The PSA is designed to celebrate Detroit Central City’s 40 years of unwavering service, while bringing awareness and encouraging people to support community mental health and seek help for mental illness if needed. “We shouldn’t have to wait for high profile examples of mental illness, left unchecked and untreated, to have a discussion about mental health and wellness. The dialogue and campaign will bring awareness of the growing demand for mental health services, encourage people to seek help, and not feel ashamed to do so,” said Irva Faber-Bermudez.

Located in the heart of Midtown Detroit, the dialogue will include discussion about healthcare and the fact that “there is no health without mental health,” said Nancy Schlichting, Detroit Central City’s 2010 mental health hero award recipient. Participants will also discuss how mental health and wellness plays a leading role in the 15 x 15 movement to bring 15,000 new residents to Midtown by 2015; how law enforcement, legislators, businesses, non-profit organizations, practitioners and healthcare officials bonds can be strengthened to positively affect mental health and wellness; how the media plays a crucial role in erasing the stigma; and how innovative collaborations are working to serve all who seek help.

Participants, to date, include: U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Congressman John Conyers, Lt. Governor Brian Calley; Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon; Detroit Deputy Mayor Saul Green; Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee; Judge Timothy Kenny of the Wayne County Third Circuit Court; Dr. Valerie Parisi, Dean of the Wayne State University School of Medicine; Dr. Yvonne Anthony, Director of the City of Detroit Health and Wellness Promotion; Dr. Reginald Eadie, President of Detroit Receiving Hospital; Dr. Robert Lagrou of Henry Ford Health System; William Heaphy, Deputy Chief Assistant Prosecutor, Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office; Tamela Aikens of the Michigan Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative; Giancarlo Guzman of United Way of Southeast Michigan; Bishop Edgar L. Vann of Second Ebenezer Church; Marc Scheuer, Vice President of Comerica Bank; Dr. Alireza Amirsadri, Chief of Psychiatry at Detroit Receiving Hospital; Jeff Gerritt, Editorial Writer of the Detroit Free Press Editorial Board; Jay Greene, Senior Healthcare Reporter for Crain’s Detroit Business, Bankole Thompson of the Michigan Chronicle, and many others. Ron Savage, Fox 2 Anchor and Reporter will serve as moderator.

Detroit Central City, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, thanks Henry Ford Health System, Health Alliance Plan and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals for their sponsorship and participation in this program. Detroit Central City is conveniently located at 10 Peterboro, corner of Woodward, in Detroit. Parking will be available at the Detroit Central City gated lot on Peterboro as well as the Michigan State University lot on Woodward.

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Taking It to the Streets: National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month Begins July 1

Taking It to the Streets: National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month Begins July 1










Arlington, VA (PRWEB) June 28, 2010

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month begins Thursday, July 1, coinciding with the annual convention of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Washington, D.C.

NAMI’s Multicultural Action Center and 2010 NAMI Convention are important hubs for multicultural concerns, building on the U.S. Surgeon General’s landmark report on Mental Health: Culture, Race and Ethnicity.

“Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is a time for education, support and advocacy,” said NAMI Executive Director Michael Fitzpatrick. “One in four Americans experience mental health problems in any given year. Diverse communities are no exception.”

Minority Mental Health Awareness Month officially honors Bebe Moore Campbell, one of the leading African American writers of the 20th century, who died in 2006. She was a NAMI national spokesperson, co-founder of NAMI Urban Los Angeles and an instructor in NAMI’s Family-to-Family education program.

The Surgeon General has warned that minorities:


are less likely to receive diagnosis and treatment for mental illness
have less availability and access to mental health services
often receive poorer quality health care
are underrepresented in mental health research.

The 2010 NAMI Convention offers symposia and workshops that energize participants for action in their home communities:

Friday, July 2

Integrating Mental Health in Primary Care (10:45 a.m.)

People with mental illnesses die on average 25 years earlier than other Americans. For minority communities, shortages of mental health professionals and limited access to quality mental health care makes integration of mental health in primary care especially urgent.

Multicultural Mental Health Research (2:00 p.m.)

Research must include cultural competence, disparities and ethnopsychopharmacology.

Taking It to the Streets: Advocacy in Minority Communities (3:45 p.m.)

NAMI will review Minority Mental Health Awareness Month accomplishments during the past two years and brainstorm new activities.

Saturday, July 3

Spiritual Practice and Recovery (8:45 a.m.)

Spirituality is often a component recovery, including roles for African American congregations, zazen, centering prayer and Native American spirituality.

Approaches to Recovery in Underserved Urban Areas (8:45 a.m.)

Outreach and support to underserved populations in urban areas are critical during the severe economic hardship, uncertainty and increased need of current times.

About NAMI

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 1100 state and local affiliates that engage in research, education, support and advocacy.

http://www.nami.org

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ISGA Announces International Sprout Health & Wellness Month

ISGA Announces International Sprout Health & Wellness Month











Sprouts are delicious and easy to incorporate into your daily diet. Healthy, Tasty and Local.


Warwick, RI (PRWEB) June 01, 2011

The International Sprout Growers Association (ISGA) announces the launch of International Sprout Health & Wellness Month. Combining the efforts of hundreds of local growers, suppliers and retailers, the ISGA is helping consumers discover the unique and broad benefits of sprouts – local, health, taste and variety. During the month of June consumers around the world will be able to taste and learn all about these amazing vegetables, that some have called “Superfood”, and that have been harvested as a low-calorie, high benefit food source for over 3,000 years.

“Our goal is to make consumers aware of the many health benefits, taste and variety offered by the inclusion of both raw and cooked sprouts in our daily diets.”, said Steve Meyerowitz, a Director of the ISGA.

“Sprouts are highly bio-active baby vegetables. They are rich sources of enzymes and living nutrients that are easily digestible. And they are real ‘local’ agriculture. Food doesn’t get any fresher than this unless you grow it yourself.” — said Mr. Meyerowitz.

Sprouts contain super-concentrated levels of natural plant compounds and nutrients that promote health and protect against disease — sometimes up to 50 times more than those of full-grown vegetables.

The broad range of health benefits that come from eating sprouts include:

    Incorporating sprouts into your diet helps combat diabetes and obesity, because sprouts are low in calories and fat
    Alfalfa sprouts contain “saponins” – organic compounds that lower bad LDL cholesterol and stimulate the immune system
    Nutrients, enzymes, and plant compounds in sprouts can help combat coronary artery disease
    Green leafy sprouts contain high levels of anti-oxidants that enhance protection against the effects of aging
    Phytoestrogens in alfalfa, clover, and soy sprouts increased bone density in studies
    Broccoli sprouts produce the anti-tumor enzyme sulforaphane in levels 50 times higher than in the mature vegetable
    Sprouts hold great promise to help prevent, slow and reverse many forms of cancer

The range of health benefits that come from the nutrients and other natural plant compounds in sprouts are just beginning to be understood. Eating sprouts regularly can lead to better health and wellness, and increased longevity.

In addition to being good for your body, sprouts are delicious and easy to incorporate into any type of diet. There are hundreds of ways to include sprouts in your diet, and consumers and chefs are inventing more ways to enjoy sprouts every day.

According to Bob Rust of International Specialty Supply, “Throughout the month of June, the ISGA will be working aggressively to help people understand the wide range of health benefits that eating sprouts can offer, and show them how to enjoy sprouts in ways that are easy to prepare, and taste great.”

Consumers can learn more about sprouts and find more details on the health benefits and variety of sprouts, as well as great-tasting sprout recipes at http://www.isga-sprouts.org.

About the International Sprout Growers Association (ISGA)

The ISGA is an association of sprout growers, suppliers and educators. The goal of the ISGA is to promote information-sharing among its members in the areas of nutrition education, good growing practices, marketing, and recipe development.

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Record Month for Home Sales in Ottawa

Record Month for Home Sales in Ottawa











(PRWEB) May 28, 2010

The Ottawa real estate market remains strong with sales continuing to rise, reports Ottawa mortgage broker service provider, the Wilson Team. “There’s never been a better time to invest in property,” says Laurie Wilson, “particularly if you consider the fact that mortgage rates are projected to increase further in the future.”

Despite the recent rise of mortgage interest rates in Canada, Ottawa reported a record month in home sales last April. Sales saw a climb of almost 16 percent compared to last year, according to the Ottawa Real Estate Board, with 1,841 homes sold through the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

Condominiums accounted for about a quarter of those sales, surging to an increase of 32%. As for average sale prices, they managed to continue an upward trend to $ 332,979, which was an increase of 11.6% from 2009.

Homebuyers mainly rushed to sign deals in order to beat the implementation of tougher mortgage rules by Canada’s major banks, as well as the imposition of Ontario’s new harmonized sales tax (HST) due to take effect in July 2010.

While mortgage rates are on the rise, the record sales numbers show a lot of promise. “Canadians remain optimistic and confident about the economy,” says The Wilson Team. “Mortgage rates in Ottawa via our company are floating between three and five percent, which are incredible rates considering recent legislative changes,” she further stated.

Armed with 35 years worth of industry experience, The Wilson Team provides successful mortgage solutions with some of the lowest Canadian mortgage rates structured to fit personal financial goals and risk tolerances. As part of the top 1% of mortgage producers in Canada, The Wilson Team has forged successful alliances with over 30 lenders and private fund providers, enabling them to offer hundreds of mortgage products for their clients’ needs.

For more information on The Wilson Team and their various mortgage broker services for purchasing, refinancing or renovating purposes, call them or visit their website at http://www.WilsonTeam.CA.

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