Weekly Roundup (For the Week of November 27th)

Check out NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania’s Weekly Roundup, a list of interesting blog posts and online content relating to mental illness and mental health, picked by our staff.

The articles and blogs included on this list do not necessarily represent the views of NAMI.


Local Feature

“Local designer finds success, battles mental health” by Sean Armstrong for The Duquesne Duke (Link)

Stew Frick, Pittsburgh native and fashion designer, was featured in Duquesne University’s newspaper, The Duquesne Duke. In this article, he shares how an interesting hallucination from his psychotic depression episodes and his synesthesia inspires his work. – Nicole

 

“Pa. website helps seniors and people with disabilities find services” a Tribune Staff Report for The Philadelphia Tribune (Link)

The Pennsylvania Link to Community Care website is now live. This website will work to connect individuals with a disability, individuals living with mental illness, and elderly individuals to services and support available in their community. There are 12 service and support categories, ranging from advocacy to transportation needs. – Alyssa

 

Around the Internet

“31 Ways to Take Care of Yourself If You Can’t Afford a Mental Health Day” by Haley Quinn for The Mighty (Link)

Mental health days are awesome, but sadly, many people cannot afford to take a mental health day, whether in school, working part-time, doing occasional / seasonal work, parenting, or searching for work. This useful article from The Mighty highlights some great ways to relax and take care of your mental health without having to take a whole day off. – Alyssa

 

“How avatar therapy is helping people stand up to schizophrenic voices” via BBC Lifestyle & Health on Facebook (Link)

[Content Warning: Auditory Representations of Demeaning and Stigmatizing Voices]

A new type of therapy is working to help individuals living with schizophrenia to “stand up” to their auditory hallucinations. Researchers are building avatars that put a face to the voices that some individuals with schizophrenia hear. Guided by a mental health professional, the avatar allows individuals who hear voices to have a “face-to-face” conversation and stand up to the negativity. – Alyssa

 

“Kesha: The Holidays Are Hard If You Struggle With Mental Illness. Don’t Blame Yourself” by Kesha for Time Magazine. (Link)

The immensely talented Kesha wrote an inspiring op-ed for those of us living with mental health conditions who feel anything but jolly during the holidays. As someone who lives with mental health issues, Kesha gets the struggle and shares some practical tips that help her during this time of the year. – Nicole

 

“How To Encourage Someone To See A Therapist” by Mike Jones for NAMI (Link)

Our staff often answer questions from concerned family members and friends about how to encourage their loved one seek mental health treatment. This article shares some great tips on how to voice your support and concerns in a positive and respectful manner. – Alyssa

 

Have an article on mental illness or mental health that you’d like us to consider? Send Alyssa an email at acypher@namikeystonepa.org. We’re especially interested in local features!

December 1, 2017
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