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Police, Prisons, and Public Safety

August 30th, 2015 Posted by Advocacy, Speaking Events 0 thoughts on “Police, Prisons, and Public Safety”

July 30th, 2015

Paton spoke the other night at the Riley Institute on his past experiences with law enforcement and prisons in South Carolina. soldes newbalance He covered his current advocacy work with CIT training and how it has improved the outcomes for police enounters with mentally ill individuals. new balance pas cher He was also able to speak on the importance of mental health courts, and how the recent mental health court program act that passed in the SC legislature will help improve the lives mentally ill inmates. soldes newbalance

I was incredibly honored to be invited to speak at this event tonight that included the Chief of police from Charleston, the Director of the SCDOC, The Director of The SCPPP, The Sheriff of Richland County and several more distinct advocates in our community including Stuart Andrews of Nelson Mullins. newbalance pas cher – Paton

The Riley Institute at Furman is also still having presentations for the next couple of weeks on prisons and the justice system in South Carolina! You can learn more about the Riley Institute’s Summer Series on their website, and how to purchase tickets.

Climber Scales Table Rock Daily to Push Mental Health Court Bill

August 15th, 2015 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, News Commentary, Published Media, Video 0 thoughts on “Climber Scales Table Rock Daily to Push Mental Health Court Bill”

April 15th, 2015

Paton and Rehinge made the front page of the Greenville News today with a wonderful article written by Liv Osby and photos taken by Heidi Heilbrunn. The article covers Paton’s recent journeys up Table Rock in order to push for SC House support for S.426, the Mental Health Court Program Act. This article has great exposure for this bill, and will help bring the issue more into the light in the Upstate. You can learn more about how to support the Mental Health Court Program Act here. soldes newbalance chaussures

Read the full article on the Greenville News website

day-05-01In 2006 after he was arrested on nonviolent charges, Blough went through mental health court. Though he dealt with a couple of issues since then, he said, he credits the experience with helping him come to grips with his illness. He got support from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the right medication and therapy, he said. And for the past five years, he’s been an advocate for people with mental illness. The daily climb up Table Rock and back, which he said takes roughly three hours, is the latest effort in that advocacy. Blough starts out early in the morning on the trek, which begins with a gentle slope along a creek flanked by large mossy rocks before becoming more rugged and elevated in some sections. “Parts of it are pretty easy,” said the stay-at-home father of six, “though it’s steep in some places and 2,000 vertical feel and a little over 3 miles.” Sometimes he’s joined by supporters or his children. He believes he can continue until the bill becomes law. “I recognize I can’t keep it up for a year or whatever,” he said. new balance pas cher “But I think I can keep going.” The bill doesn’t mandate the courts, but it creates a statewide program with the provision that solicitors who take state dollars for such courts must create them within six months. While it doesn’t include any funding, its sponsor Sen. acheter newbalance Vincent Sheheen has said he hopes that money will be found in the budget at some point to help. Blough says that although it comes with no funds, he considers it a leadership bill. “I can’t say there will be a mental health court in every circuit in the next 12 months, but I think this is significant,” he said. “If it works, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be expanding it in our state.”

Judge Debora Faulkner of Greenville County Probate Court said mental health court is successful because it costs far less than imprisoning someone and it turns their lives around. Since it began, it has accepted 84 participants, she said, and 55 have graduated. There are now eight active participants. “It’s a way to not only be prudent with tax dollars, but to get people the help that they need and out of that revolving door,” she said. “Those individuals are no longer in the criminal justice system. They are productive members of society.” Mental health courts operate in Greenville, Charleston and Columbia. Greenville’s began with a grant in 2005, Faulkner said. But for years it’s been operating without any funding because officials believe so much in it. Probate pays the judge’s time, she said, and other services are provided by Greenville Mental Health and Piedmont Mental Health employees. soldes newbalance “It’s a wonderful program. new balance Homme pas cher It’s a savings for the taxpayer, it keeps the jail population down, and I can’t tell you how grateful I am to see the results,” she said. “They’re all trying so hard. I saw someone have their very first paycheck. And another graduate who has gone on and gotten a master’s in social work.” Under the system, the solicitor selects the participants, who must meet certain criteria, like being charged with nonviolent offenses such as public disorderly or property crimes and have no past convictions for violent crimes, Faulkner said. They must attend mental health court weekly along with seeing a case manager and medical professionals, she said. They are also subject to random drug testing and can be terminated if they are rearrested or otherwise violate terms of the program. And they’re linked to community resources so they can find other help they might need, like employment and housing, she said.

Paton Speaking Live in DC for Stepping Up

August 5th, 2015 Posted by Advocacy, Speaking Events 0 thoughts on “Paton Speaking Live in DC for Stepping Up”

May 5th, soldes newbalance 2015

Paton is Speaking Up today alongside of US Senator Al Franken and US Representative Patrick Kennedy and other mental health speakers! Mental health is an issue where all political sides can come together and find mental health treatments and alternatives to jail for people with mental illnesses. chaussures new balance

You can view this event live on Stepping Up’s stream!


Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream Stepping Up is a national initiative designed to push counties nationwide to work on access to mental health treatment and alternatives to jail for people with mental illnesses. NAMI is working with a powerful coalition of national organizations, New Balance Homme including the Council of State Governments Justice Center, chaussures newbalance pas cher the National Association of Counties, the American Psychiatric Foundation and numerous law enforcement, new balance femme pas cher mental health and substance abuse organizations. New Balance Baskets The initiative will challenge county, NEW BALANCE en France state and local leaders to work together to find solutions that work for the local community. Counties will be asked to follow a step-by-step process to build partnerships, assess current practices and develop a plan to implement research-based programs and services.

Mental Health Court Program Act Passes!

August 2nd, 2015 Posted by Advocacy, Media 0 thoughts on “Mental Health Court Program Act Passes!”

June 2nd, 2015

Exciting news! The Mental Health Court Program Act, bill S.426, was signed into law by Governor Nikki Haley! This a great victory for South Carolina and mental health reform. The Mental Health Court Program Act will help establish a mental health court program in every county in the state, which will help divert indicted mentally ill people to appropriated mental health programs instead of jails and prisons. new balance Homme pas cher We still have a long way to go for mental health reform, but for now we can celebrate this great victory! A HUGE thank you to everyone that helped us get this bill passed! Your calls, emails and support helped make this law a reality; you deserve the greatest thanks for your efforts. Here’s a word of thanks from Paton: I just received a call from the Governors office that S.426 The Mental Health Court Program Act was officially signed into law by Governor Haley…. acheter newbalance en ligne A special huge thanks and congratulations to everyone who wrote emails, made phone calls, shared posts etc to make this happen. acheter newbalance I am especially thankful for Vincent Sheheen who authored the bill and for Senator Shane Massey who kept it going with strength. newbalance 2018 We also could not have done this with out all the help from the media! Thank you Greenville News, Wyff 4, WSPA, WORD Radio, WLTX Columbia , The State News, The Greenville Journal, The Washington Times, The AP, Eric G. Wood, Liz Lohuis Stanislawski , April Morris, Tim Smith, Liv Osby, Gordon Dill, and Joyce Koh. chaussures newbalance pas cher Finally thank you is well deserved for the support of Marie Limnios Dunn-Blough and her team from Redhype with the point person being the fabulous designer, copywriter and web guru Mika Hearn.

Should Christians Take Medication for Mental Illness?

August 25th, 2014 Posted by Stories of Hope 3 thoughts on “Should Christians Take Medication for Mental Illness?”

Monday, February 24, 2014 Written by Perry Noble, the pastor of NewSpring Church of South Carolina.

Read the Full Article on Perry Noble’s Blog

NO!!! That’s what I used to think! I remember the very first time I ever had to deal with someone who told me they were struggling with anxiety and depression. soldes new balance chaussures I did not understand and could not relate—so, I told them what I thought was the typical “Christian” answer to all problems…they should pray more, read their Bible more and memorize more Scripture. acheter newbalance Instead of lessening the load I was unintentionally adding to it. vente de newbalance The person mentioned their doctor had told them about going on a certain type of anti-depressant to help out with their struggle, and so they asked my opinion. new balance 2018 In a completely illiterate and uneducated manner I told them that people with “weak faith” are the ones that needed such meds, that godly people did not struggle with feelings of anxiety and depression and that taking such medication would essentially be screaming to God, “I don’t trust you.” I honestly felt that way then… I don’t feel that way anymore! In 2008 I entered into the darkest time of my entire life that lasted for around three years. It was brutal. Chaussures Homme New Balance I even gave suicide serious consideration.

Rehinge at NAMI Walks Greenville

August 20th, 2014 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, Published Media 0 thoughts on “Rehinge at NAMI Walks Greenville”

Stomp Out Stigma with Rehinge at NAMI Walks Greenville!

In just a little over 2 weeks (June 7th at 9am) we are having our annual Greenville 5K NAMI Walk at Furman University and we need you to come and support our Rehinge team! If you would like to walk with us, new balance sitemap please sign up with team Rehinge on the NAMIWalks site. newbalance 2018 pas cher However, new balance sitemap if you are not able to attend the walk, acheter newbalance please consider giving $1 or even $100 dollars to NAMI Greenville by donating to our team. new balance femme pas cher The goal for our team is to raise $1,000 and I know with your help we can do that! Donate to the Rehinge Team! Remember, 100% of your donation goes to the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Greenville, soldes newbalance SC that supports Mental Health Advocacy in our community and around the country. NAMI programs like Crisis Intervention Team training and support groups help save lives and we want you to feel like you are a part of our team. soldes newbalance We are all collectively building a wall that is being seen and one day will be so high that it will no longer be able to be ignored! Please come out and join us and be part of the fun and fellowship and help raise money for this most amazing cause.

Paton Stepping Up in Washington DC

August 28th, 2013 Posted by Advocacy, Media, Speaking Events 0 thoughts on “Paton Stepping Up in Washington DC”
Paton speaking in front of the SC capital court house in 2014

April 28th, 2015

On May 5th in Washington DC, Paton Blough will be speaking for the Stepping Up initiative, where he will talk about his personal experiences with type 1 bipolar, his recovery and advocacy efforts. NEW BALANCE en France What is Stepping Up? Stepping Up is a national initiative designed to push counties nationwide to work on access to mental health treatment and alternatives to jail for people with mental illnesses. new balance femme pas cher NAMI is working with a powerful coalition of national organizations, including the Council of State Governments Justice Center, the National Association of Counties, the American Psychiatric Foundation and numerous law enforcement, mental health and substance abuse organizations. new balance pas cher The initiative will challenge county, state and local leaders to work together to find solutions that work for the local community. acheter newbalance en ligne Counties will be asked to follow a step-by-step process to build partnerships, assess current practices and develop a plan to implement research-based programs and services. new balance 2018 pas cher It will also support local leaders by providing resources and examples of effective reforms and connecting them with other communities that are successfully reducing the number of people with mental illness in jails. soldes newbalance To kick off the initiative there will be four launch events around the country, starting on May 5. new balance sitemap The events will be livestreamed here.​ If you can, please join us in person or plan to watch the livestream.

Paton Speaking Alongside Sen. Al Franken and Rep. Patrick Kennedy in DC

August 4th, 2013 Posted by Advocacy, Speaking Events 0 thoughts on “Paton Speaking Alongside Sen. Al Franken and Rep. Patrick Kennedy in DC”

May 4th, 2015

Tomorrow at noon, May 5th, in Washington DC, Paton Blough will be speaking for the Stepping Up initiative, alongside of US Senator Al Franken and US Representative Patrick Kennedy. soldes new balance chaussures Mental health is an issue where all political sides can come together and find mental health treatments and alternatives to jail for people with mental illnesses. chaussures newbalance pas cher Here’s hoping that Paton, Senator Franken, Representative Kennedy and other speakers can inspire action throughout the country for mental health reform! What is Stepping Up? Stepping Up is a national initiative designed to push counties nationwide to work on access to mental health treatment and alternatives to jail for people with mental illnesses. NAMI is working with a powerful coalition of national organizations, including the Council of State Governments Justice Center, the National Association of Counties, the American Psychiatric Foundation and numerous law enforcement, mental health and substance abuse organizations. acheter newbalance The initiative will challenge county, state and local leaders to work together to find solutions that work for the local community. new balance 2018 pas cher Counties will be asked to follow a step-by-step process to build partnerships, assess current practices and develop a plan to implement research-based programs and services. soldes newbalance It will also support local leaders by providing resources and examples of effective reforms and connecting them with other communities that are successfully reducing the number of people with mental illness in jails. soldes newbalance To kick off the initiative there will be four launch events around the country, starting on May 5. newbalance 2018 The events will be livestreamed here.​ If you can, please join us in person or plan to watch the livestream.

Paton on the Russ Cassell Show: Recovery Is Possible

August 4th, 2013 Posted by Audio, Media, Published Media 0 thoughts on “Paton on the Russ Cassell Show: Recovery Is Possible”

October 4th, 2013

Full Broadcast: Russ Cassell, W.O.R.D., News Radio


Paton calls into the show to challenge Russ on why mental health is important. Chaussures Homme New Balance Russ Cassell goes on to claim that being mentally ill has no impact on whether someone commits murder or not. soldes newbalance Paton explains that those who deal with mental illness often feel threatened, and need help over being neglected. vente de newbalance Paton goes on to explain that mental illness is a medical issue and needs to be treated as such. newbalance pas cher Russ responds that evil is evil, regardless of mental illness. acheter newbalance en ligne Paton agrees that mental illness cannot be a crutch for criminals, but that those with mental illness that are convicted of crimes need to be treated by the law in a different manner, which is why the mental health court exists.

Paton on the Mike Gallagher Show

August 17th, 2012 Posted by Audio, Media, Published Media 0 thoughts on “Paton on the Mike Gallagher Show”

December 17th, new balance pas cher 2012

Full Broadcast: The Mike Gallagher Show

Paton calls out Mike Gallagher and previous callers about creating more stigma for mental health,

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  • “It has been one of my greatest rewards as NAMI Greenville, SC Program Director to see your recovery from when we first met to your award as NAMI South Carolina’s Recovery Person of the Year to your appearance on the same stage with author Pete Early. I hope your book is every bit as successful as his has been.”

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