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Paton’s Presentation at the Riley Institute

August 7th, 2015 Posted by Advocacy, Speaking Events 0 thoughts on “Paton’s Presentation at the Riley Institute”

Here is Paton’s presentation at the Riley Institute last week. new balance pas cher He had the honor of speaking along side of others involved with criminal justice system in SC. newbalance 2018 Together they discussed experiences and possibilities for improving SC’s justice and prison system,

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.

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.

SC Could Expand Mental Health Court Program

August 15th, 2014 Posted by Advocacy, Media, News Commentary, Speaking Events, Video 0 thoughts on “SC Could Expand Mental Health Court Program”

April 15, 2014

Paton Blough of Rehinge spoke in front of the Greenville County Delegation last night on the topic of mental health courts. Paton is pushing for South Carolina to adopt more mental health courts in each county of the state. new balance pas cher This expansion of mental health courts would reduce recidivism rates of mentally ill inmates and also save the state millions of dollars. new balance sitemap

Watch and Read the Full Article at WSPA News Channel 7

A Greenville mental health advocate spoke with lawmakers Monday night to raise support for more mental health courts in South Carolina. Chaussures NEW BALANCE Right now, there are three in Greenville, Richland and Charleston counties. vente de newbalance The courts allow non-violent mentally ill offenders to meet with a judge and sign up for treatment.

Paton Blough graduated from Greenville’s mental health court several years ago. new balance Homme pas cher “I believe the program was a big part of my recovery without a doubt,” Blough said. solde newbalance map Blough faced some misdemeanors as he struggled with bipolar disorder.

Federal money fund many existing courts. newbalance pas cher Blough has worked with a state senator and hopes that a bill can be introduced this year.

Criminal Records Leave Mentally Ill Struggling to Succeed

August 15th, 2014 Posted by Media, News Commentary 0 thoughts on “Criminal Records Leave Mentally Ill Struggling to Succeed”

April 15, 2014

The Post and Courier has written an extensive article on the state of mental health in South Carolina and throughout the US. The article follows the story of a man named Glen Yerkey who has bipolar, and is struggling to find work and to escape his criminal record. The article explains how the prisons in the US have become the new mental asylums in our country. A number of other experts and advocates weigh in on the article, including Rehinge’s Paton Blough. Comprehensive mental health reform is needed in the US, especially our corrections systems.

Read the Full Article on the Post and Courier Website

At 19, Glen Yerkey notched his first arrest, an act that branded him a criminal. Today, his rap sheet of thefts and petty crimes is so long, his stays behind bars so many, that he sees no meaningful future. New Balance Homme Yerkey is 26. chaussures new balance He can’t find a job or a place to live. With few options, he wonders how he can escape a life of crime. “I can’t stand it,” Yerkey, who’s living with his mother on James Island, said. “I’m disgusted with my situation.” Yerkey contends his problems, in large part, are rooted in his struggles with bipolar disorder. new balance pas cher For years, he has suffered manic highs (like the time he took an MUSC hospital bus on a joy ride) and severe lows (which he medicated with alcohol and illegal drugs). But like tens of thousands of mentally ill people across the nation, Yerkey’s troubles are often more apt to land him in a jail cell than in treatment. new balance 2018 Prisons and jails have become the new asylums for those who once might have ended up in psychiatric hospitals or other care, experts say. “There is a clear consensus that prisons are now the largest mental hospitals,” said Dr. Harold Morgan, a long-time forensic psychiatrist in Columbia who examined seriously ill inmates to take part in the recent class-action lawsuit against the state Department of Corrections. About 40 percent of people with serious mental illnesses today have been in jail or prison at some point, studies show. In South Carolina, at least five times more are in jails and prisons than in hospitals, a 2010 study by the nonprofit Advocacy Treatment Center and the National Sheriffs’ Association found. new balance pas cher 2018 Only three states – Nevada, Arizona and Texas – had higher rates. And when the advocacy center’s researchers released a new report about the problem last week, what did they have to say about South Carolina? “The state ranks near the bottom on availability of public psychiatric beds, efforts to divert mentally ill individuals, per capita state mental health expenditures, and almost every other measure of treatment for mentally ill individuals.”

Blough, who has bipolar disorder, spent one-third of his life from 2005 to 2008 behind bars or in psychiatric hospitals. new balance 2018 pas cher He’s seen the criminal justice system become the frontline of mental health care. He was arrested six times. Three times it went badly. Three times it went well. “The difference wasn’t me. I was fully manic in all six. The difference was the officers who dealt with me,” said Blough, now a married father in recovery. During one arrest, he spit on a detention officer. Another time he yelled threats against a local sheriff’s deputy. Both led to felony charges. Today, he deals with what he deems PTSD from being jolted with a stun gun, strapped to chairs, pepper sprayed and locked in isolation. He also gained a record of felonies. He blames a lack of hospital beds for those who need it. “Instead, it’s jail,” he said. “We criminalize the mentally ill.” Now, he’s an advocate and speaks to law enforcement groups and lawmakers. Blough didn’t set out to commit crimes. He believed he was waging nuclear war with China and that former President Bush was obeying his signals from a jail cell. He was trying to save the world. “It felt as real as the sky is blue,” Blough said. “It’s all from a mental health basis. It’s not a behavioral issue.

Haley Needs to Address Treatment of Inmates

August 10th, 2014 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, Published Media 0 thoughts on “Haley Needs to Address Treatment of Inmates”

Posted in the Letter to the Editor section of the Greenville News on February 09, 2014

I am somewhat appalled at the lack of response from Gov. Chaussures Homme New Balance Nikki Haley after Judge Michael Baxley highlighted the way our Department of Corrections has been abusing the severely mentally ill in our prisons. Gov. chaussures newbalance pas cher Haley had the opportunity during her State of the State Address to mention these issues along with a plan to remedy this situation but instead decided to remain silent. newbalance 2018 She has also yet to respond to a letter signed by over 300 of her constituents and over a dozen elected officials asking her to drop the appeal that was immediately mentioned after the ruling came down. Judge Baxley highlighted in his 45-page ruling how some inmates with severe psychotic disorders have been in solitary confinement for years, and in tat least one case where a man died with rotting food trays surrounding him. chaussures newbalance pas cher Judge Baxley has given the state six months to come up with a plan to make the necessary changes. soldes newbalance chaussures It’s time we all wake up to the fact that we need to invest in our mental health system in this state to avoid the higher fiscal and human cost down the road. new balance femme pas cher The real solution is to come up with a plan that would stop the vicious, expensive cycle of why the mentally ill end up in prisons in the first place. acheter newbalance If we could stop 3,000 severely mentally ill from being incarcerated we would save over $52 million annually in the Corrections costs alone.

One Year After Newtown

August 11th, 2013 Posted by Media, News Commentary 0 thoughts on “One Year After Newtown”

December 11, 2013

Supporting Articles: The Newtown Bee – Sandy Hook Families Joining Vice President Announcing $100 Million In Mental Health Funding Rasmussen Reports – 54% Think More Focus on Mental Health Issues Will Prevent Future Newtown Incidents One year ago in Newtown, Conn., our nation experience what I consider to be perhaps the saddest tragedy in our 237-year history. soldes newbalance All of us parents remember hugging our children extra tightly that day, and having a tough time understanding how anyone could take the life of a defenseless child. soldes newbalance In the aftermath of this horrific event, I continue to pray for all those affected by the tragedy. But while I wish it had never happened, I still am thankful for the good that has come from this. When I speak of good following the shooting, I speak of the subsequent nation-wide focus on mental health. Keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals is certainly part of the solution to prevent mass shootings. NEW BALANCE en France But the root of the problem lies in our ability to adequately treat mental health issues in this country. new balance femme pas cher One of the reasons people suffering from mental health issues do not get the treatment they deserve is because of the staggering amount of stigma that still exists around the issue. soldes newbalance My belief is that the more open we are about our issues and the more we talk about – and collectively face – our problems, the more that stigma will fade. newbalance pas cher It may be uncomfortable to imagine that Adam Lanza, the Newtown shooter, was experiencing an episode of psychosis when he committed these crimes, but from my perspective, that could likely be the case. At first, I might have said that Newtown added to the existing mental health stigma in a way, because, let’s face it – who would want to identify with a mass killer? I’m happy to say, though, that I saw a change in the media climate over the past six months, and it seems like most of the articles I read stressed that openness about mental health issues and early prevention are keys to reducing or eliminating the number of mass shootings in this country. There is no shame in dealing with a mental illness. And while serious, it is common for persons to have thoughts that are either homicidal or suicidal. The shame comes when a person is dealing with these sorts of issues, and the only response they receive in return is one based in fear. We need to respond in love and understanding every time and explain to the person in crisis that their struggle is a medical one, no different than a broken leg or even cancer. We should all be willing and open to receiving psychiatric help with our heads held high. I am proud of the way many of the family members of those injured, killed or affected by the Newtown tragedy have kept the focus on mental health, and I want them to know that their effort is helping to make a difference in saving lives. chaussures newbalance pas cher A new Rasmussen poll has shown that 54 percent of Americans now believe that a focus on mental health issues will help prevent another Newtown tragedy, which is up from 48 percent of respondents in a poll conducted just one year ago. While a six percent increase may not seem like a lot, consider where we’ll be if we can move the needle 6 points per year in the next seven years. Today, let’s all take the time to pray and grieve with the families on the one-year anniversary of Newtown.

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.

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10 Fundamental Elements of Recovery

August 4th, 2013 Posted by Stories of Hope 0 thoughts on “10 Fundamental Elements of Recovery”

Link To Original Article: Choices in Recovery

Following is a summary of The National Consensus Statement on Mental Health and Recovery created by an expert panel convened by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The panel worked to define the key elements of recovery in mental health. newbalance pas cher They are: 1. Self-direction: Essentially, a person with a mental health condition leads the process of recovery by defining life goals and then designing a unique path toward those goals. 2. Individualized and person-centered: The pathway to mental health recovery is based on a person’s unique strengths, needs, preferences, experience, and cultural background. 3. Empowerment: People with a mental health condition have the authority to choose from a range of options and to participate in all decisions that will affect their lives. They also have the ability to join with others to speak as advocates for their needs, wants, and desires. solde newbalance map Through empowerment, they control their own destiny. 4. Holistic: Mental health recovery comprises mind, body, spirit, and community. It encompasses all aspects of a person’s life such as employment, education, mental health, addiction treatment, spirituality, creativity, social network, and family support. 5. Nonlinear: Mental health recovery is an organic process that is based on growth, occasional setbacks, and learning from experience. The initial stage of recovery is awareness that positive change is possible, and from there, being able to take an active role in the recovery journey. 6. Strengths-based: The mental health recovery journey builds on a person’s strengths and talents, and moves forward through interactions with others in supportive, trust-based relationships. 7. newbalance 2018 Peer support: Mutual support plays a key role in recovery. People with mental health conditions can encourage each other, share experiences, and provide each other with a sense of belonging and community. 8. Respect: Acceptance and appreciation of people living with mental health conditions — including protecting their personal rights and eliminating discrimination and stigma. Self-acceptance and self-confidence also are vital. chaussures new balance 9. Responsibility: Individuals have a personal responsibility for self-care, and their recovery journey. Working toward goals can require great courage. Identifying coping strategies and healing processes can promote wellness. 10. vente de newbalance Hope: Recovery is a message of hope and understanding that people do overcome the barriers and obstacles that confront them. soldes newbalance chaussures Peers, friends, and family can help to foster that hope. Hope is what can get the recovery process started.

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.

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