Mental Health Awareness and Empowerment – Book City Tour
Healthy Mind .… Healthy Body…. Healthy Family…. Healthy Nation!
The issue of mental illness can no longer be ignored whether in the workplace or outside of it. Nearly 1 in 5 Americans suffer from Mental Illness Each Year (Newsweek, 2014). Every year, about 42.5 million American adults (or 18.2 percent of the total adult population in the United States) suffer from some mental illness, enduring conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, statistics (SAMHSA, 2014).
A map of mental illness SAMHSA: The red colors indicate states with the highest mental illness recorded.
Mental health problems affect many employees — a fact that is usually overlooked because these disorders tend to be hidden at work. Researchers analyzing results from the U.S. National Comorbidity Survey, a nationally representative study of Americans ages 15 to 54, reported that 18% of those who were employed said they experienced symptoms of a mental health disorder in the previous month. Low treatment rates imperil workers’ careers and companies’ productivity (Harvard, 2014).
August 29, 2015 Co-host (Maxine Holt Donaldson) of Princess Fumi & Her Southern Warrior Sister Talk Radio reports: “Yesterday I had a friend post that his coworker committed suicide Thursday night: The guy that sits next to me at work took his own life last night (suicide)… we were supposed to hangout this weekend for the first time. I never thought when he left work I wouldn’t be seeing him anymore. I can’t help but think ‘could I have noticed the signs more’ It’s a tough pill to swallow right now. People are the most valuable thing in this world! If you are finding yourself in the same boat, thinking of suicide as a way out please talk with someone.”
A PARTIAL LIST CELEBRITIES WHO BATTLE MENTAL ILLNESS:
Britney Spears: Publically disclosed as a personality disorder, Britney’s poor mental health led to an extremely public mental breakdown in 2008, prompting the court to appoint a guardian to make decisions for her.
Mel Gibson’s episodes of extreme mania and deep depression have been fodder for the tabloids. Mel has bipolar I disorder
For nearly 20 years, Paula Deen suffered from intense panic attacks along with bouts of agoraphobia.
Elton John has battled bulimia, an eating disorder that causes people to eat large quantities of food and purging their body of it by vomiting or using laxatives.
Diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, bipolar disorder, and major depression, Kurt Cobain succumbed to his illness and committed suicide at the age of 27.
Drew Barrymore also has bipolar disorder, suffers from panic attacks and has battled alcohol and drug addiction. She has also self-proclaimed herself as “crazy”, and says she doesn’t use medications for her disorder.
Williams’ autopsy is clear that his death on August 11, 2014, was caused by asphyxiation, which occurred when he hung himself from a doorknob in his bedroom.
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ONE EVENT Elects Who You Are;
ONE EVENT Molds Your Values & Beliefs;
ONE EVENT Charts the Course of Your Journey… Good, Bad or Irrelevant…
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“Of Sentimental Value” is regarded as a movement that empowers, enriches, motivates and changes lives, helping to building self esteem and self image. The message? Hope Restored, Acceptance, Self-worthiness and Gratitude will create an healthy mind.
Since the first Private Screening of the movie, Of Sentimental Value, we have received many emails from guests describing the empowerment they experienced while watching the movie. Those who have read the novel also describe the inspiration they have received from the several characters in the movie.
My vision is to create a string of conferences, book , mental health awareness tours where women are represented largely.
Dove Foundation Review: “Of Sentimental Value” does a super job demonstrating the worth of every individual who lives on this planet. The film is unique in that it opens with actors in the movie sharing painful moments of their past, including abuse and health issues, and how they moved forward to find their “worth” as people of value. Other wonderful examples are featured in the film, including actor Richard Neal explaining that he used to weigh 426 pounds and that his father kicked his mother’s legs with his steel-toed boots. His step dad abused him, telling him he was fat, stupid, and worthless, and he once placed a pistol in his mouth. Instead of ending his life, he went on to lose 242 pounds in 18 months, became an actor, and now says he realizes he is “priceless.” Aleta Myles, who plays Siberia in the movie, talks about losing her hair due to a health problem but how she now has confidence dove.org
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