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Mental Disorders Top Active Duty Hospitalizations

May 14, 2012 Washington DC – The number of active duty troops hospitalized for mental disorders rose sharply in 2011, up 19 percent from the previous year.

The U.S. Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center reported that the higher number of troops hospitalized – 21,735 – means that for the second year in a row, mental health disorders were the top reason why active duty personnel were hospitalized.

Episodic mood disorders such as bipolar disorder, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, and adjustment diagnoses were the main conditions requiring hospitalization.

The report’s authors said the higher numbers could reflect am increasing awareness and understanding of mental health disorders among service members, their families and commanders and a greater willingness to seek help, rather than developing mental health problems.

 

 

NAMI Consumer Council Honors Advocate for People Living with Mental Illness

Seattle WASHINGTON, June 30, 2012 -- The Consumer Council of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) honored Marc Jacques of North Carolina at NAMI's national convention in Seattle, June 27-30.

Jacques received the Ken Steele Award, recognizing his efforts to empower individuals living with mental illness and improve their lives. He has fought to overcome the stigma associated with mental illness for over 25 years and has become a powerful advocate for the inclusion of recovery principles and language in state policies and service definitions.

The Consumer Council is an advisory body to the NAMI Board of Directors, consisting of individuals who have or have had a mental illness. Each state and the District of Columbia are represented on the Council.

The Ken Steele Award is named in honor of a national consumer leader who wrote The Day the Voices Stopped: A Memoir of Madness and Hope, about his battle with schizophrenia and advocacy career. He died in 2000

 
 
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Mental Health Recovery

What is recovery from mental illness? It is  a life-long process of learning coping skills and the information you need to offset the disabling effects of your illness.

 

The first step of recovery is to believe you can do so. For many years mental health service systems were built with the idea that we did not recover from mental illness. They were wrong! With new science we are now building recovery-orientated mental health service systems.

 

We accept mental illness as a brain chemistry problem, but with the right treatment and support you can learn to cope with symptoms and have a healthy and productive life. Even people with the most severe types of mental illnesses can learn skills and techniques to cope with their disabling effects. Thus people do better and "recover" the pieces of their lives or life skills damaged by the consequences of their illness. 

 

Recovery is possible from all types of mental illnesses. Statistics may show that clinical depression is the leading cause of disability in the United States and Canada, but the rest of the story is that hundreds of thousands of clinically depressed individuals get well every year and return to their normal lives. It is the same with other mental illnesses too. People   diagnosed with addictions, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorder, etc. have, with the right supports, returned to community and normal lives; returning to gainful employment, enjoying relationships and healthy lifestyles.

  

To start the process of recovery we must set aside the half-truths we were taught and accept new insights. We also need to get around that deep seated self-stigma about being helplessly mentally ill.  Mental illness makes accomplishments seem harder; harder, not impossible.

 

After accepting you can do better you're not automatically recovered, but you have set in motion a series of actions of lifelong learning to cope with your illness and achieve a better quality of life.

 

Mental Health Advocacy Inc. will help provide access to the information you will find helpful.

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Everyone's life is unique, but others have experienced what you are going through. You can benefit from what they have learned to help you cope with your mental illness. 

Recovery is possible by finding out what it is you need to do better. Why wait years to have a better quality of life? Learn the skills and techniques you can use to change the way you respond to symptoms; handle stress better; not give into addictive behaviors; enjoy life more fully. Learn to advocate for the services that are more helpful to the life you want. 

You are a good person. You deserve to have the best quality of life possible. All people can do better with the resources they have. The key to doing better is knowledge. Mental Health Advocacy Inc. offers advocacy, networking, peer support, economic and health tips you may need to do better. 
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