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Give an Hour? Calls on Mental Health Professionals and Others to Honor Volunteer Month by Joining Network, Recruiting Colleagues

Give an Hour™ Calls on Mental Health Professionals and Others to Honor Volunteer Month by Joining Network, Recruiting Colleagues

Washington, DC (PRWEB) April 12, 2011

April is Volunteer Month. Give an Hour™, a national nonprofit organization providing free mental health services to members of the military, veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, their loved ones, and their communities, is calling on mental health professionals to assist in the effort.

“No community is more needed to address the psychological and emotional issues faced by our military men and women and their families than the mental health community. We have the resources and, therefore, the power to save generations from potentially debilitating mental health problems,” says Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, founder and president of Give an Hour™. “It is my hope that more mental health professionals will join our network. Furthermore, it is my hope that the work we are doing to reduce stigma and educate families and communities will result in even more of our providers being connected with clients through Give an Hour™.”

Give an Hour™, founded in 2005, has created a network of volunteer mental health professionals pledging an hour a week of their services, free of charge, to members of the military—including active duty, reserve, and guard—veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq, their families, and their communities. Give an Hour™ is also offering free services to parents, siblings, unmarried partners, grandparents—in short anyone who loves someone affected by the current conflicts. Their services range from one-on-one counseling to substance abuse treatment, addressing the many needs of the individuals and families of the armed services.

The approximately 5,400 licensed mental health professionals working with Give an Hour™ have contributed over 37,000 hours as of March 2011 to support our troops and their families. These volunteers include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, pastoral counselors, and other mental health professionals. Providers are located across the country—in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam.

Give an Hour™ is helping to capitalize on the spirit of service that so many of our military men and women embody. Although it is not required, Give an Hour™ encourages those who have received help to give back in their own communities.

“We are proud of the opportunity to bring the military and mental health communities together as we strive to provide critical services to these deserving men, women, and families,” notes Dr. Van Dahlen.

Licensed mental health professionals agree to sign on for a minimum of one year, providing one hour of service per week. Mental health professionals interested in joining Give an Hour™ can complete an easy online form at http://www.giveanhour.org.

Give an Hour™ also utilizes volunteers in non-mental health capacities such as marketing, outreach, fund development and administration. Interested volunteers can contact info(at)giveanhour(dot)org for more information.

Visitors in need of services can log on and use the provider search to locate a mental health professional in their area who meets their needs.

Give an Hour™ (http://www.giveanhour.org) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), founded in September 2005 by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a psychologist in the Washington, D.C., area. The organization’s mission is to develop national networks of volunteers capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society. Currently, GAH is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of the troops and families affected by the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Give an Hour™ has more than 5,400 providers across the nation—in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam—and continues to recruit volunteer mental health professionals to its network.



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Breaking the Silence, Shattering the Myths: A Community Leadership Dialogue to Launch Mental Health Awareness Month at Detroit Central City Community Mental Health, Inc.

Breaking the Silence, Shattering the Myths: A Community Leadership Dialogue to Launch Mental Health Awareness Month at Detroit Central City Community Mental Health, Inc.

Detroit, MI (PRWEB) April 29, 2011

With one in five Americans struggling with mental illness at sometime in their lives, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, one of the area’s oldest community mental health organizations, Detroit Central City Community Mental Health, is bringing together elected officials and media with clients and healthcare, community and business leaders to have a candid discussion about the common cause of mental illness and community mental health. Mental Health Awareness Month will launch in Detroit with an unprecedented cross-sector leadership dialogue led by Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon and Detroit Central City Community Mental Health President & CEO Irva-Faber Bermudez on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 from 6pm – 8:30pm.

Simultaneously, a 30-second public service announcement featuring Napoloen, Faber-Bermudez, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, Detroit Police Chief Ralph L. Godbee, Jr., Henry Ford Health System President and CEO Nancy Schlichting and Bishop Edgar L. Vann will air on several TV and cable channels. The PSA is designed to celebrate Detroit Central City’s 40 years of unwavering service, while bringing awareness and encouraging people to support community mental health and seek help for mental illness if needed. “We shouldn’t have to wait for high profile examples of mental illness, left unchecked and untreated, to have a discussion about mental health and wellness. The dialogue and campaign will bring awareness of the growing demand for mental health services, encourage people to seek help, and not feel ashamed to do so,” said Irva Faber-Bermudez.

Located in the heart of Midtown Detroit, the dialogue will include discussion about healthcare and the fact that “there is no health without mental health,” said Nancy Schlichting, Detroit Central City’s 2010 mental health hero award recipient. Participants will also discuss how mental health and wellness plays a leading role in the 15 x 15 movement to bring 15,000 new residents to Midtown by 2015; how law enforcement, legislators, businesses, non-profit organizations, practitioners and healthcare officials bonds can be strengthened to positively affect mental health and wellness; how the media plays a crucial role in erasing the stigma; and how innovative collaborations are working to serve all who seek help.

Participants, to date, include: U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Congressman John Conyers, Lt. Governor Brian Calley; Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon; Detroit Deputy Mayor Saul Green; Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee; Judge Timothy Kenny of the Wayne County Third Circuit Court; Dr. Valerie Parisi, Dean of the Wayne State University School of Medicine; Dr. Yvonne Anthony, Director of the City of Detroit Health and Wellness Promotion; Dr. Reginald Eadie, President of Detroit Receiving Hospital; Dr. Robert Lagrou of Henry Ford Health System; William Heaphy, Deputy Chief Assistant Prosecutor, Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office; Tamela Aikens of the Michigan Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative; Giancarlo Guzman of United Way of Southeast Michigan; Bishop Edgar L. Vann of Second Ebenezer Church; Marc Scheuer, Vice President of Comerica Bank; Dr. Alireza Amirsadri, Chief of Psychiatry at Detroit Receiving Hospital; Jeff Gerritt, Editorial Writer of the Detroit Free Press Editorial Board; Jay Greene, Senior Healthcare Reporter for Crain’s Detroit Business, Bankole Thompson of the Michigan Chronicle, and many others. Ron Savage, Fox 2 Anchor and Reporter will serve as moderator.

Detroit Central City, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, thanks Henry Ford Health System, Health Alliance Plan and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals for their sponsorship and participation in this program. Detroit Central City is conveniently located at 10 Peterboro, corner of Woodward, in Detroit. Parking will be available at the Detroit Central City gated lot on Peterboro as well as the Michigan State University lot on Woodward.

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Taking It to the Streets: National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month Begins July 1

Taking It to the Streets: National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month Begins July 1

Arlington, VA (PRWEB) June 28, 2010

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month begins Thursday, July 1, coinciding with the annual convention of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Washington, D.C.

NAMI’s Multicultural Action Center and 2010 NAMI Convention are important hubs for multicultural concerns, building on the U.S. Surgeon General’s landmark report on Mental Health: Culture, Race and Ethnicity.

“Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is a time for education, support and advocacy,” said NAMI Executive Director Michael Fitzpatrick. “One in four Americans experience mental health problems in any given year. Diverse communities are no exception.”

Minority Mental Health Awareness Month officially honors Bebe Moore Campbell, one of the leading African American writers of the 20th century, who died in 2006. She was a NAMI national spokesperson, co-founder of NAMI Urban Los Angeles and an instructor in NAMI’s Family-to-Family education program.

The Surgeon General has warned that minorities:

are less likely to receive diagnosis and treatment for mental illness
have less availability and access to mental health services
often receive poorer quality health care
are underrepresented in mental health research.

The 2010 NAMI Convention offers symposia and workshops that energize participants for action in their home communities:

Friday, July 2

Integrating Mental Health in Primary Care (10:45 a.m.)

People with mental illnesses die on average 25 years earlier than other Americans. For minority communities, shortages of mental health professionals and limited access to quality mental health care makes integration of mental health in primary care especially urgent.

Multicultural Mental Health Research (2:00 p.m.)

Research must include cultural competence, disparities and ethnopsychopharmacology.

Taking It to the Streets: Advocacy in Minority Communities (3:45 p.m.)

NAMI will review Minority Mental Health Awareness Month accomplishments during the past two years and brainstorm new activities.

Saturday, July 3

Spiritual Practice and Recovery (8:45 a.m.)

Spirituality is often a component recovery, including roles for African American congregations, zazen, centering prayer and Native American spirituality.

Approaches to Recovery in Underserved Urban Areas (8:45 a.m.)

Outreach and support to underserved populations in urban areas are critical during the severe economic hardship, uncertainty and increased need of current times.

About NAMI

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 1100 state and local affiliates that engage in research, education, support and advocacy.





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ISGA Announces International Sprout Health & Wellness Month

ISGA Announces International Sprout Health & Wellness Month

Sprouts are delicious and easy to incorporate into your daily diet. Healthy, Tasty and Local.

Warwick, RI (PRWEB) June 01, 2011

The International Sprout Growers Association (ISGA) announces the launch of International Sprout Health & Wellness Month. Combining the efforts of hundreds of local growers, suppliers and retailers, the ISGA is helping consumers discover the unique and broad benefits of sprouts – local, health, taste and variety. During the month of June consumers around the world will be able to taste and learn all about these amazing vegetables, that some have called “Superfood”, and that have been harvested as a low-calorie, high benefit food source for over 3,000 years.

“Our goal is to make consumers aware of the many health benefits, taste and variety offered by the inclusion of both raw and cooked sprouts in our daily diets.”, said Steve Meyerowitz, a Director of the ISGA.

“Sprouts are highly bio-active baby vegetables. They are rich sources of enzymes and living nutrients that are easily digestible. And they are real ‘local’ agriculture. Food doesn’t get any fresher than this unless you grow it yourself.” — said Mr. Meyerowitz.

Sprouts contain super-concentrated levels of natural plant compounds and nutrients that promote health and protect against disease — sometimes up to 50 times more than those of full-grown vegetables.

The broad range of health benefits that come from eating sprouts include:

    Incorporating sprouts into your diet helps combat diabetes and obesity, because sprouts are low in calories and fat
    Alfalfa sprouts contain “saponins” – organic compounds that lower bad LDL cholesterol and stimulate the immune system
    Nutrients, enzymes, and plant compounds in sprouts can help combat coronary artery disease
    Green leafy sprouts contain high levels of anti-oxidants that enhance protection against the effects of aging
    Phytoestrogens in alfalfa, clover, and soy sprouts increased bone density in studies
    Broccoli sprouts produce the anti-tumor enzyme sulforaphane in levels 50 times higher than in the mature vegetable
    Sprouts hold great promise to help prevent, slow and reverse many forms of cancer

The range of health benefits that come from the nutrients and other natural plant compounds in sprouts are just beginning to be understood. Eating sprouts regularly can lead to better health and wellness, and increased longevity.

In addition to being good for your body, sprouts are delicious and easy to incorporate into any type of diet. There are hundreds of ways to include sprouts in your diet, and consumers and chefs are inventing more ways to enjoy sprouts every day.

According to Bob Rust of International Specialty Supply, “Throughout the month of June, the ISGA will be working aggressively to help people understand the wide range of health benefits that eating sprouts can offer, and show them how to enjoy sprouts in ways that are easy to prepare, and taste great.”

Consumers can learn more about sprouts and find more details on the health benefits and variety of sprouts, as well as great-tasting sprout recipes at http://www.isga-sprouts.org.

About the International Sprout Growers Association (ISGA)

The ISGA is an association of sprout growers, suppliers and educators. The goal of the ISGA is to promote information-sharing among its members in the areas of nutrition education, good growing practices, marketing, and recipe development.


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Record Month for Home Sales in Ottawa

Record Month for Home Sales in Ottawa

(PRWEB) May 28, 2010

The Ottawa real estate market remains strong with sales continuing to rise, reports Ottawa mortgage broker service provider, the Wilson Team. “There’s never been a better time to invest in property,” says Laurie Wilson, “particularly if you consider the fact that mortgage rates are projected to increase further in the future.”

Despite the recent rise of mortgage interest rates in Canada, Ottawa reported a record month in home sales last April. Sales saw a climb of almost 16 percent compared to last year, according to the Ottawa Real Estate Board, with 1,841 homes sold through the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

Condominiums accounted for about a quarter of those sales, surging to an increase of 32%. As for average sale prices, they managed to continue an upward trend to $ 332,979, which was an increase of 11.6% from 2009.

Homebuyers mainly rushed to sign deals in order to beat the implementation of tougher mortgage rules by Canada’s major banks, as well as the imposition of Ontario’s new harmonized sales tax (HST) due to take effect in July 2010.

While mortgage rates are on the rise, the record sales numbers show a lot of promise. “Canadians remain optimistic and confident about the economy,” says The Wilson Team. “Mortgage rates in Ottawa via our company are floating between three and five percent, which are incredible rates considering recent legislative changes,” she further stated.

Armed with 35 years worth of industry experience, The Wilson Team provides successful mortgage solutions with some of the lowest Canadian mortgage rates structured to fit personal financial goals and risk tolerances. As part of the top 1% of mortgage producers in Canada, The Wilson Team has forged successful alliances with over 30 lenders and private fund providers, enabling them to offer hundreds of mortgage products for their clients’ needs.

For more information on The Wilson Team and their various mortgage broker services for purchasing, refinancing or renovating purposes, call them or visit their website at http://www.WilsonTeam.CA.

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Groups Focus on Underage Drinking During Alcohol Awareness Month

Groups Focus on Underage Drinking During Alcohol Awareness Month

Canadian, OK (PRWEB) April 19, 2006

The latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that nearly 4.5 million teens between the ages of 12 and 17 are current alcohol users. In an effort to combat this statistic the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) held approximately 1,200 town hall meetings across the country as part of a campaign to prevent underage drinking.

The spring time is when there is the most attention on underage alcohol consumption and binge drinking, especially since alcohol abuse by minors increases for spring break, prom and graduation as well as the fact that April is Alcohol Awareness Month.

Research has found that adults who first used alcohol before age 15 are five times more likely to report dependence on or abuse of alcohol than adults who first used at age 21 or older, according to SAMHSA. In addition to its negative impact on health, alcohol use among youth is strongly correlated with violence, risky sexual behavior, poor academic performance, alcohol-related driving incidents, and other harmful behaviors. In fact, alcohol is responsible for six times the number of youth deaths than can be attributed to all other drugs combined.

“Underage drinking is not inevitable, as some parents may think,” said SAMHSA Administrator Charles Curie in a release from the Administration. “For too long, underage drinking has been accepted as a rite of passage in this country, and far too many young people, their friends and families, have paid the price. It’s time to change attitudes toward teen drinking from acceptance to abstinence. It’s time to get real, get focused, and push back. It’s time for parents and teachers, clergy and coaches to talk with children early and often about alcohol, especially before they’ve started drinking.”

Joining the effort to cut the use of any toxic substance among youth is Narconon Arrowhead, whose education and prevention program reaches tens of thousands of young people annually with anti-drug messages. Delivering truth about what drugs and alcohol do to a person’s mind and body, whether legal or not, Narconon Arrowhead is one of the nation’s largest and most successful education and rehabilitation programs, based on the drug-free social education model developed by L. Ron Hubbard.

Research shows that parents of teens generally underestimate the extent of alcohol used by youth as well as the harm drinking can do. Parents also underestimate the extent to which their opinion matters to their children.

To get free information on how you can help educate your children about the dangers of alcohol and drug use, contact Narconon Arrowhead today by calling 1-800-468-6933 or visit http://www.stopaddiction.com. Information on the national campaign to “Start Talking Before They Start Drinking” is available at http://www.stopalcoholabuse.gov.


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July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month poster is available for download at AllsupCares.com

Belleville, Ill. (PRWEB) June 28, 2011

Mental illness is a leading cause of disability, yet nearly two-thirds of people with a diagnosable mental illness do not seek treatment, and racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S. are even less likely to get help, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, and Allsup, a nationwide provider of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) representation, is raising awareness of the importance of treatment in improving mental health and accessing resources that support wellness.

“Unfortunately, disparities in mental health care still prevent people in diverse communities from getting the treatment they need,” said NAMI Multicultural Action Center director Majose Carrasco. “The outcomes of poorer quality of care come at a high cost to our community.”

The U.S. Surgeon General reported in 2001 that minorities:

Are less likely to receive diagnosis and treatment for their mental illness.
Have less access to and availability of mental health services.
Often receive a poorer quality of mental health care.
Are underrepresented in mental health research.

“Poorly delivered or unmet mental health may be a major contributing factor as to why individuals from racial and ethnic minority groups are overrepresented in many of the nation’s most vulnerable populations,” said Henry Acosta, executive director of the National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health (NRCHMH).

Mental disorders are as disabling as cancer or heart disease in terns of premature death and lost productivity. From 2005-06, mental illness was the second-most frequent condition, after arthritis, causing activity limitation among adults 18-44 years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Social Security Administration reports that nearly one-third of disabled workers receiving SSDI benefits have a mental disorder.

The SSDI program provides monthly income based on the FICA taxes individuals have paid during their working years as well as eventual access to Medicare. Both of these benefits contribute to stability and access to care for people with mental illness. However, obtaining these benefits is difficult without medical evidence of a severe disability.

“Medical documentation from mental health professionals is critical when seeking Social Security disability benefits,” said David Bueltemann, Allsup manager of senior claims representatives. “Social Security relies on medical diagnoses and details about the doctors they visit, information on the medical facilities they’ve used, medications and their side effects, as well as information on the restrictions and limitations that have resulted from the mental illness.”

During National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, learn more about mental health treatment and resources available through NAMI at NAMI.org and NRCHMH at NRCHMH.org.

“Treatment works and all Americans deserve a transformed mental health system that provides quality and culturally competent services to all citizens, regardless of their race, ethnic and language capabilities,” said Mr. Acosta.

For referrals to mental health resources near you, call the NAMI HelpLine at (800) 950-NAMI (6264). For information on SSDI eligibility call (888) 841-2126 or visit Allsup.com.

For a free National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month poster, click here.

About Allsup

Allsup is a nationwide provider of Social Security disability representation and Medicare plan selection services. Founded in 1984, Allsup employs nearly 800 professionals who deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. The company is based in Belleville, Ill., near St. Louis.

About NAMI

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. Founded in 1979, NAMI has affiliates in every state and in more than 1,100 local communities across the country. As a national organization, NAMI focuses on mental health education; support and advocacy efforts to offer hope, raise awareness and initiate change throughout the United States.

About The National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health

The National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health is a private nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to promoting quality mental health services through policy development initiatives, training, technical assistance, research, data collection, best practice development, and anti-stigma and anti-discrimination campaigns. The NRCHMH specifically aims to reduce disparities and to increase treatment quality and availability of mental health services for Hispanics throughout the nation.


Tai Venuti


(800) 854-1418 ext 8573


Majose Carrasco                


(703) 524-7600


Henry Acosta


(609) 838-5488 ext 205


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Free Audio Books Every Month with Simply Audiobooks’ ‘Free Download of the Month’ Program

Free Audio Books Every Month with Simply Audiobooks’ ‘Free Download of the Month’ Program

Toronto, ON (PRWEB) April 7, 2006

Whoever said ‘you can’t get something for nothing’ never visited SimplyAudiobooks.com. North America’s largest online source for audio books announced today it is giving away a free downloadable audio book every month, beginning with the autobiography of GoodLife Fitness Club CEO, David Patchell-Evans’ “Living the GoodLife.”

The Free Download of the Month program offers Simply Audiobooks members and non-members a featured audio book free each month for an indefinite period of time.

“Our goal is to make audio books easily accessible to anyone who enjoys reading, but can no longer find time to fit it into their schedules,” said Kathryn Kennedy with the Simply Audiobooks business development team. “Multitaskers are particularly attracted to downloading audiobooks as it is the most time-efficient and convenient means of accessing the books they want to read.”

This month’s free download, “Living the GoodLife” was written and narrated by the founder and CEO of Canada’s largest fitness company. A platinum member of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies list, and Canadian Business’ Most Innovative Executive of 2005, Patchell- Evans offers helpful tips on diet, exercise and healthy living while chronicling his business and personal story. The audio book features an exclusive interview foreword with respected Canadian journalist, Jim Reed (not available in print version).

Simply Audiobooks also offers free content through podcasts, thanks to a partnership recently formed with AudioFile Magazine, the only subscription magazine devoted exclusively to audio books. The magazine’s “Audiopolis” audio book reviews are available as free podcasts hosted on the Simply Audiobooks web site.

Through its AudioFile partnership, Simply Audiobooks is also giving away a free download exclusively to its members. Simply Audiobooks subscribers will receive a free copy of AudioFile Magazine’s digital edition (PDF format), simply by providing their email address and verifying their account.

About Simply Audiobooks

Simply Audiobooks is North America’s top audio book source, offering the most comprehensive range of online services with unlimited rentals, sales and direct downloads. Launched in 2003, the company was the first to provide an unlimited rental model for audio books on CD, with free direct-to-door delivery and no due dates or late fees. Simply Audiobooks now offers audio books on tape or CD for purchase, as well as direct downloads in open-standard WMA files. The company has offices in Toronto, Buffalo and Las Vegas. For more information visit http://www.simplyaudiobooks.com.

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