Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tonight Is What It Means To Be Young

Hi Everyone, I hope you are doing well, I am great. I am loving these videos from the movie Streets Of Fire, I will be getting the movie today in the mail from netflixs, can't wait to watch it. Thanks for sharing the info with me FishHawk. They are full of passion and love, and don't we all want that in our lives, even if we have to fantasize about it, either way it is very good for our mental health LOL!. I can dream about you inspired me to write this short poem. I will have a good day today, I get to play with Bri and then go to the nook. Oh before I forget again Donna, I have been meaning to tell you since I missed you the other day there, and in case I forget to post it in my status on facebook, I am usually there about 3.00pm to 4.30pm during the week and when I don't have to work at 4, around 1 in the afternoon on the weekends again if I am not working, can't wait for this weekend, it is going to be so beautiful, I plan on spending as much time there as I can. Know I always look forward to spending time with any of my friends, if not thier are always friendly people to meet there as well. And of course I always have my buddy Abby. Remember to be aware, so very aware, April Fool's day is upon us LOL!
Have a great day,
Janet :)

As day dawns
I am back from beyond
Beyond where my thoughts
are quiet and my heart
is on fire!

Beyond where I am
Beyond where there is
Two souls engulfed
in passion
until our hunger knows

Beyond where love
burns like the day's ray's.
Beyond where sparks
light the night
Dam you dawn,
take me back to

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Teen Suicide Leads to Indictment of 9 Students

Hi Everyone,,
Hope you are doing well. I am doing good. Another tragic case of a life gone too soon. At least we are taking steps here in Ma to help prevent bullying. I do think these kids should face charges, they led her to suicide. It is tough enough being a new person and a teenager without all the abuse from the others. I had to remove Jenn's pictures and video out of respect and privacy for the family. I can understand why they wanted me too. I will be setting up a new link for donations.
Thanks for visiting my blog,
Take Care,
Janet :)

(March 29) --Two days before a high school dance, 15-year-old Phoebe Prince hanged herself at her parents' home. Now, investigators have accused nine of her fellow students with the bullying that may have prompted the suicide.

At a news conference today, Northwestern Massachusetts District Attorney Elizabeth Scheibel detailed the charges against Prince's fellow students at South Hadley High School. They included statutory rape, violation of civil rights, criminal harassment and disturbance of a school assembly, The Boston Globe reported.

Prince, who recently immigrated to the United States from Ireland with her family, was the target of abuse and bullying since last fall, Scheibel said, sometimes within the view of school staff, as is said to have been the case on the day she took her own life.

"The harassment reported to have occurred that day in the school library appears to have been conducted in the presence of a faculty member and several students, but went unreported to school administrators until after Phoebe's death," Scheibel said.

In the wake of Prince's suicide on Jan. 14, residents of South Hadley have demanded that school Superintendent Gus Sayer resign from office, the Boston Herald reported. Until Monday's indictments were handed down, no action had been taken against the students accused of bullying Prince.

It is believed that she was being bullied over a brief relationship with a boy at the school.

The students named in the indictments are Sean Mulveyhill, 17; Kayla Narey, 17; Austin Renaud, 18; Ashley Longe; 16, Flannery Mullins, 16; and Sharon Chanon Velazquez, 16. Mulveyhill and Renaud were the only students charged with statutory rape.

Three other female students were also charged with crimes including assault with a dangerous weapon and violation of civil rights, but their names were not released.

As a result of Prince's death, the Massachusetts Legislature has approved an anti-bullying bill, the Boston Herald reported, that mandates that school principals report bullies to police in cases where criminal charges might be applicable.

David Knowles

Friday, March 26, 2010

Get In That Ass Larry!!

Hi Everyone, I hope your doing good, I am. I had such a good day yesterday with my Bri, first she called me in the morning to ask me, Mimmi still coming down, then when I got there she gave me big hugs and kisses, we played in the dirt, making snowmen is still on her mind LOL! Then we flew her new turtle kite. The best part of the day is she finally sat with me again and took a picture, she has not done that for so long. I like to post some funny videos to start your Friday off with a laugh. Laughter is good for your Mental Health as well as dancing. I should post these two things more often on this blog. I realized today that I have been so focused on the mental health issues that I haven't taken the time on to brighten your day every now and then. So that is going to change. I love how Larry handles the blue tooth guy, I can't stand that either, all the vendors who come into Target seem to have them and I am always asking what? And them I get the finger pointing to their blue tooth, it is so annoying. I am looking forward to this weekend, I get out of work at 2 today and then I am free all weekend to workout, have plenty of Zen time at the nook. Live, Love and Laugh my friends and you will have a great weekend no matter what.
Thanks for visiting my blog,
Love you all
Janet :)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

We Survived

Hi Everyone, I am doing great, hope you are too. I had to post this letter right away from Sandy. I posted it yesterday on fb and it already helped a friend of mine. Bobbi lost her first son to suicide. She understands now and it helped her to ease her guilt of not being able to save him. Please share this with anyone you know that has been affected by suicide. Have a great day, Janet :)

On Sat. 3/20/10, I presented a Messages from Heaven program, a portion of the proceeds going to the American Foundation for Prevention of Suicide. Before the event, I was meditating and was given a "letter" from a "group of those in Spirit who had committed suicide." Please feel free to forward to anyone you know who is/has been affected by hope is that it will bring comfort and peace to their hearts.

To our moms, dads, families and friends…
We survived. We’re not in pain…not like some of us were when we were there. We weren’t trying to get away from you…(or your nagging)…we were just looking to have peace. And we have it. But we’re sorry it came at such a huge price to you.

You didn’t push us over the edge; and you couldn’t have called us back from the ledge.

God isn’t/wasn’t mad at us, and we’re not in “hell”. We felt surrounded by love and understanding immediately. For some, it takes a little time to accept that…but we usually all do. We got a chance to understand how we could have done things differently, so not so many people would have been hurt. We’re told we’ll get a chance to have another lifetime of serving others in some way…as our opportunity to help.

We’re all together here. We help each other…especially the new ones who join us. They’re often shocked, and we help them know it’s ok to accept peace and love and forgiveness…and help them get acclimated to life without pain.

YOU DIDN’T FAIL US! You did what you could for us. We know that…but you’re still holding on to guilt and regret. We wish you wouldn’t do that…it hurts you too much. There’s nothing you could’ve done to stop our death…you so often want to go back and re-do moments. You can’t…life doesn’t work that way. But you can be with us now…and have moments with us now.

Please remember that we are with you…but not in the way that we were. We are with you in thought, in your heart, in your mind. Meet us there. It’s real…you’re not making it up. Thank you for loving us. We chose you for our family…and we want to help you see things differently. Let her (Sandy) help you. She’s pretty cool. She understands. Let us in…the way that we are now. We are only a thought away. We love you forever.

~as written through Sandy Alemian

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Hi Everyone, I hope you are doing well, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is one of the six Anxiety Disorders that NIMH group together. I feel sorry for anyone who suffers with this, at least there are some meds that help a person to function. I have raised only one Donation gift card from my work for our fundraisers for the overnight so far. If any of you out there work for a place that will donate something we can raffle off please, please let me know. I have not received one donation for my walk either again, please, please donate so I can walk, I never ask anyone for anything, but now I am. I will raise the money, there is no doubt in my mind, I am one determined person. Thanks for visiting my blog, Take Care, Janet :)

“I couldn’t do anything without rituals. They invaded every aspect of my life. Counting really bogged me down. I would wash my hair three times as opposed to once because three was a good luck number and one wasn’t. It took me longer to read because I’d count the lines in a paragraph. When I set my alarm at night, I had to set it to a number that wouldn’t add up to a ’bad’ number.”
“I knew the rituals didn’t make sense, and I was deeply ashamed of them, but I couldn’t seem to overcome them until I had therapy.”
“Getting dressed in the morning was tough, because I had a routine, and if I didn’t follow the routine, I’d get anxious and would have to get dressed again. I always worried that if I didn’t do something, my parents were going to die. I’d have these terrible thoughts of harming my parents. That was completely irrational, but the thoughts triggered more anxiety and more senseless behavior. Because of the time I spent on rituals, I was unable to do a lot of things that were important to me.”
People with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) have persistent, upsetting thoughts (obsessions) and use rituals (compulsions) to control the anxiety these thoughts produce. Most of the time, the rituals end up controlling them.
For example, if people are obsessed with germs or dirt, they may develop a compulsion to wash their hands over and over again. If they develop an obsession with intruders, they may lock and relock their doors many times before going to bed. Being afraid of social embarrassment may prompt people with OCD to comb their hair compulsively in front of a mirror-sometimes they get “caught” in the mirror and can’t move away from it. Performing such rituals is not pleasurable. At best, it produces temporary relief from the anxiety created by obsessive thoughts.

Other common rituals are a need to repeatedly check things, touch things (especially in a particular sequence), or count things. Some common obsessions include having frequent thoughts of violence and harming loved ones, persistently thinking about performing sexual acts the person dislikes, or having thoughts that are prohibited by religious beliefs. People with OCD may also be preoccupied with order and symmetry, have difficulty throwing things out (so they accumulate), or hoard unneeded items.

Healthy people also have rituals, such as checking to see if the stove is off several times before leaving the house. The difference is that people with OCD perform their rituals even though doing so interferes with daily life and they find the repetition distressing. Although most adults with OCD recognize that what they are doing is senseless, some adults and most children may not realize that their behavior is out of the ordinary.

OCD affects about 2.2 million American adults,1 and the problem can be accompanied by eating disorders,6 other anxiety disorders, or depression. It strikes men and women in roughly equal numbers and usually appears in childhood, adolescence, or early adulthood. One-third of adults with OCD develop symptoms as children, and research indicates that OCD might run in families.

The course of the disease is quite varied. Symptoms may come and go, ease over time, or get worse. If OCD becomes severe, it can keep a person from working or carrying out normal responsibilities at home. People with OCD may try to help themselves by avoiding situations that trigger their obsessions, or they may use alcohol or drugs to calm themselves.

OCD usually responds well to treatment with certain medications and/or exposure-based psychotherapy, in which people face situations that cause fear or anxiety and become less sensitive (desensitized) to them. NIMH is supporting research into new treatment approaches for people whose OCD does not respond well to the usual therapies. These approaches include combination and augmentation (add-on) treatments, as well as modern techniques such as deep brain stimulation.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Two More Reasons


Hi Everyone,
I hope you are doing well. I guess I am suppose to be better. I got flowers, wine, and all that happy horseshit to try and make me forget his unacceptable behavior. It just doesn't work for me anymore. He couldn't even use the I was drunk excuse the other day, it was 5 in the afternoon, right after he got home from work. Any way I will focus on the people who make me happy and see what changes or doesn't change and take it from there. My heart breaks for Marie, I would have to be heavily drugged out to be able to bury my child, especially to suicide. Then you would just have to lock me up. Two more reasons to walk, so tragic for their loved ones. Thanks for visiting my blog, Take Care, Janet :)

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

NAMI StigmaBuster Alert

Hi Everyone, Hope you are doing well. I am doing good. I receive this Stigma Alerts usually once a month. I hope some of you out there have the time to advocate to stop the stigma surrounding the Mentally Ill. They need our support in so many ways on so many levels. Thanks for visiting my blog, Take Care, Janet :)

NAMI StigmaBuster Alert: February 25, 2010

Different Movies, Different Strategies

Last weekend, Shutter Island was released. This week it's The Crazies. They are two very different movies. Different movies require different strategies. In a previous alert, we asked for ideas.

The Crazies

It's a science fiction horror film and remake of a 1960s cult classic. It has nothing to do with mental illness in the real world, but links an extremely stigmatizing title to an extremely stigmatizing plot. A town's water supply is infected by a mysterious toxin turning people "insane" and violent. Those who are unaffected have to fight their way out or die from "the plague or the military."

Language + stereotype = stigma. The plot is so extreme and disgusting that many people won't take it seriously. Protest may seem ridiculous or only help sell tickets by giving the film more publicity-except it is an example of the most outrageous kind of stigma.

What's sad is that Chris Albrecht, president & CEO of Starz Entertainment, which owns Overture Films, the studio that produced the movie, is "a long time advocate" for homelessness and children's health. He has raised funds for Los Angeles' Shelter Partnership and co-chaired a $250 million fundraising campaign for Children's Hospital in Los Angeles.

Please contact Mr. Albrecht to express disappointment that he is even remotely associated with a movie that undermines everything he stands for. Please send a copy to Los Angeles' Children's Hospital.

Mr. Chris Albrecht
President & CEO
Starz LLC
8900 Liberty Circle
Englewood, CO 80112
Feedback e-address

Gail L. Margolis, Esq.
Vice President, Government, Business & Community Relations
Los Angeles Children's Hospital
4650 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Hospital feedback e-address

Tell Overture Films that the film's title and linkage of violence to the buzzword "insanity" stigmatizes people with mental illness. The U.S. Surgeon General has warned that stigma and stereotypes, like the ones they have generated, are a barrier to people getting help when they need it. The company now needs to help set the record straight by funding public education on mental illness.

Mr. Chris McGurk, CEO
Overture Films
9242 Beverly Blvd, Suite 200
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(424) 204-4000
E-mail address for comments

Shutter Island

This one is a serious film with megastars, but its significance may be lost in too many dark or disturbing images. StigmaBusters have hated the promotional advertising, but those who have actually seen the film are split.

The story is about a 1950's "asylum for the criminally insane" (authentic language from that era), a struggle for recovery and conflict between competing methods of psychiatry at a critical point in history- surgery, medication, and intense psychotherapy. The novel on which the movie is based credits Boston's McLean Hospital and the book Mad in America, which NAMI NYC Metro once honored, for providing background.
Ask the Company for Help

Ask Phoenix Pictures, which produced the film, to help fight the stigma that surrounds mental illness in 2010 by donating some of the film's profits to community mental health services in your community. Express disappointment that advertising around the film has been so extreme. If you have seen the film, offer your comments (pro and con).

Arnold Messer
President & CEO
Phoenix Pictures. Inc.
9415 Culver Boulevard
Culver, City, CA 90232
(424) 298-2788
E-mail address for comments
Use Them as a Teaching Moment

Use the publicity that has surrounded both movies to create a teaching moment in your community.

* Call news editors and feature editors of local newspapers and news directors of local television stations
* Shutter Island is about 1952. Local newspapers and television have run advertising about the movies. They should also run a story-or a series-about treatment and recovery in 2010.
* Offer to help arrange interviews with individuals and families affected by mental illness.
* Write letters to the editor, offer comments on local newspaper and television station Web sites and share short messages through social media like Facebook. Recommend NAMI's Web site for up- to-date information about mental illness.
* Remind them that the Surgeon General has reported that most people living with mental illness are not violent. Instead, they are 10 times more likely to be victims of violence.
* The Crazies is pure stigma. Forget poison water supplies, insanity and violence. Movies like it create a real public health hazard-stigma-that the Surgeon General has warned against.

Monday, March 1, 2010

The Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act (HR 4247)


Hi Everyone, I hope your doing well, I am doing good. I received this notice in my email and I thought I would share it with you. It is an important issue. I went to apply once for a teaching job for special needs children in Canton Ma. I was horrified by what I saw, it paid well but I could not do what they were doing to the children, restraining them on the floor, using stun type devices, just horrifying. So for the sake of the Children we should all do our part and tell our House Members to vote yes. I want to thank you for helping out if you do. The children will appreciate it more than you will ever know. Thank you for visiting my blog, Take Care, Janet :)

Tell Your House Members To Vote "Yes" For House Bill 4247 - Preventing Harmful Restraint & Seclusion In Schools Act!
ACT NOW! - HR 4247 Will be Voted on by the House on Wednesday

Call your Congressional Representatives and ask them to VOTE YES for HR 4247. Also tell them to vote against any amendments that will weaken the bill.

The Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act (HR 4247) is a bill that will stop schools from restraining children except in emergency circumstances, confining them in seclusion rooms, and using aversive interventions to harm them. A Government Accountability Office (GAO) study found hundreds of cases of alleged abuse and death from restraints and seclusion in public and private schools over the last two decades. The majority of students in the GAO study had disabilities, including mental illness.

HR 4247 creates a federal minimum level of protection for school children that all states must meet or exceed. Currently, almost half of the states have no laws or laws with little protection for children.

ACT NOW! We need your help to get this vitally important legislation enacted. Contact your House Representatives and tell them to vote YES for HR 4247. Call them by using the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and email them by using NAMI's Legislative Action Center.

Every child deserves to be safe and protected in school. Without federal regulation, more children, especially those with disabilities, will be harmed and traumatized by the unregulated use of restraint and seclusion in public and private schools. The children in our nation, especially those with mental illness, deserve far better and the time for this federal legislation is long overdue.

Further Resources:

To learn more about HR 4247, visit the House Education and Labor Committee Web site and read Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in the Schools Act and MYTH VS. FACT: Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in the Schools Act. The Committee has already voted in favor of this bill to move it to the House Floor.

Many thanks for your swift action!