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Archives for October, 2012

ADHD Animation

ADHD and Me

Children's voices come to life in animation as they describe symptoms of ADHD and what it's like to have treatment.

The VOICES (Voices On Identity, Childhood, Ethics & Stimulants) study involved 150 children in the United States and the United Kingdom. The film uses clips from the actual interviews with the children. They describe what it's like to take Ritalin, how they feel, and what improvements they experience. It also describes downsides. Stigma is another issue tackled.

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The Benefits of Mindfulness

The Practice of Mindfulness

A former Buddhist nun who is now the director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA Mindful Awareness Center reveals her own discovery and practice of mindfulness, discusses some scientific studies, and talks about mental and physical health benefits.

She defines mindfulness as paying attention to our present experience. It's interrupting our automatic pilot, which gives our lives new vitality. Children are very mindful but as we grow up we lose that sense of presence. With practice we can...
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Five Tips for Talking about Mental Health

Tips for Talking

UK mental health charity Time to Change produced a series of short anti-stigma videos for youth, and this episode features five young people sharing five tips about how to talk about mental health with a friend who has a mental health issue.

"Talking about mental health can strengthen friendships, aid recovery, break down stereotypes and take the taboo out of something that affects us all," says the web page Don't Be Afraid To Talk. So often, people...
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Mental Illness Awareness Week Face to Face

Face-to-Face with Sandra Yuen Mackay

- A Vancouver woman who has schizoaffective disorder is profiled in a video produced for Mental Illness Awareness Week Canada 2012 (September 30 - October 6).

Sandra Yuen Mackay is an artist and author chosen as one of the campaign's Faces of Mental Illness 2012. She wrote a memoir ("My Schizophrenic Life") about living with the disorder, and she shares tips on how she has learned to cope, including using the Wellness Recovery...
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