Monday, January 10, 2011

A Reminder and a Retrospective!

A REMINDER...

As Sunday is fast approaching, I wanted to reach out to all of our readers once again with a reminder that Erasing the Distance will be at Flourish Studios (3020 N Lincoln Ave) between 12pm and 4pm to interview anyone who would like to share a story about the impact of mental illness in their lives.


We are particularly interested in reaching mature Latino men who would be willing to open up about experiences with depression and substance use for ETD's first Spanish language performance, which will kick off a week of wellness programing in May from the Greater Humboldt Park Community of Wellness.


For a list of other story topics we have a particular interest in, and more details about this Sunday, check out last weeks post about ETD's Story Sharing Day.

...AND A RETROSPECTIVE


It is not enough, in our minds, to stir up the topic of mental illness for people on an emotional and empathic level.  That is a key first step to breaking down stigma, but to really help people begin to make change in their own lives we must also connect them with resources and information about mental illness.

One of our first blog series here were weekly posts all about some of the most common mental illness.  Signs, symptoms, advice, and resources for accessing further support.  But it can be tricky to wade through online archives sometimes, and easy for old posts to get lost in the shuffle. So I think it is high time we relinked to those early posts.

If you or someone you love is struggling with any of the following issues, I hope you will find the information in these posts helpful...


DEPRESSION:


BIPOLAR DISORDER:


SELF INJURY:


EATING DISORDERS:


ASPERGER'S SYNDROME:


ANXIETY DISORDERS:


OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER:


DUAL DIAGNOSIS:


SUICIDE:


*If you are in crisis, please call the 24 hr Lifeline: 1.800.273.TALK


Is there a mental illness you would like to learn more about you don't see listed above?  Let us know in the comments section!  I hope to see some of you this Sunday.

-Jessica Mondres

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