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World Mental Health Day: Mental Health and Older Adults

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

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World Mental Health Day: Depression
I blog for World Mental Health DayEvery year on the 10th of October,* The World Health Organization joins in celebrating World Mental Health Day.  Here at Psych Central we are (as a network) participating our 3rd Annual World Mental Health Day .  This year World Mental Health Day: Mental Health and Older Adults.

In my Mental Health Humor Cartoon, I tackle psychological disorders of depression and fear of balloons in older adults.  First here are the facts:

“Depression is common in old age. According to the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) 2010 data, the Disability

David Speicher Mental Health Hero #MentalHealthMonth

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

David Speicher 2013 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon
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I worked as a Human Resources Director for over 20 years. I partnered with executives to change culture and minds moving from a harsh bureaucratic system to one with a culture of free will to approach your profession, your job and employee involvement. I also over saw our benefits programs which often had at least minimum coverage for mental health. I also managed our Employee Assistance Programs (ESP)

As a consumer and not being diagnosed until I was 42, I took the … READ MORE

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Use your Mental Powers to become a Master Mind

Friday, October 19th, 2012

 Master Mind the Mental Block MASTER MIND

The term “Master Mind” always seems to have a sinister connotation. Not here in this third personality type of using your mental powers. The “MASTER MIND” in the Ikea BESTÅ TV storage combo entertainment center with sliding doors illustration is the one that examines the manual then looks over the image of the finished product then makes sure all the pieces to the project are there. They will make sure they have the right tools to accomplish their goal of putting the Ikea BESTÅ entertainment center together.

Block: >>>MAD/SAD<<<<

Caption: Master Mind of the Mental Block
The “MASTER MIND” for your mental health recovery is YOU! Yet, you need to make sure you have the right tools to reach recovery. These tools can be types of cognitively therapeutic exercises such as “Deep Breathing, physical exercise, or artistic exercise. The “MASTER MIND” goes even further because he/she knows the key to devolving true mental powers requires bringing other minds together and learning from them and building on the foundation. The ‘MASTER MIND” is not afraid to ask for help. Yes, just like if we get stuck putting together the BESTÅ entering center, we can always call the Ikea customer service line.
With regards to mental health, we can have much “customer service” i.e. friends we can call if we get stuck in an episode. Even if we have a mental block, the “MASTER MIND” has the right mental powers to weather the storm.

Are you a Master Mind?

P.S. – IKEA has not endorsed me or my blog in any way, the only reason why I reference them is because I still have left-over parts from the last think I put together form them and I was hoping I could figure out where they went.

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Mental Health Hero Mary Ellen Copeland – WRAP and Recovery

Friday, May 25th, 2012

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Mary Ellen Copeland
2012 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon

Drawing done by Chato Stewart

Mary Ellen CopelandMary Ellen Copeland is an author, educator and mental health recovery advocate. Her work is based on her on-going study of the day-to-day coping strategies of people who experience psychiatric symptoms, and how people have gotten well and stayed well.

She undertook these studies because of her personal frustration from dealing with her own recurring symptoms. She has achieved long term wellness and stability by using many of the coping strategies she learned while writing her books.

Mary Ellen develops resources and training programs based on her findings. She has traveled around the world with her husband, Ed Anthes, teaching recovery concepts, skills and strategies to people who experience symptoms, their supporters and care providers. She is well known in the worldwide mental health recovery movement.
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