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Crime & Punishment – Paton Speaking at the Riley Institute Summer Series

August 3rd, 2015 Posted by Advocacy, Speaking Events 0 thoughts on “Crime & Punishment – Paton Speaking at the Riley Institute Summer Series”

July 3rd, 2015

On July 28th, Paton will be speaking at Straight Talk SC, Crime and Punishment: Thinking Outside the Cell, a summer series of presentations put on by the Riley Institute at Furman University, SC. Chaussures New Balance On the 28th, session moderator Mark Quinn will host a conversation with community members and law enforcement officers looking at the challenges facing police and the communities which they serve. soldes newbalance chaussures Paton will be among the presenters on this day where he will talk about being arrested and sent to prison due to actions related to Bipolar I Disorder. Chaussures NEW BALANCE He will also talk about his recovery work through advocacy for mental health reform, such as pushing for the passing of the Mental Health Court Program Act, and teaching CIT training to local law enforcement. chaussures newbalance pas cher

From the Riley Institute’s Website

It is clear that something is broken in today’s criminal justice system. new balance sitemap The massive growth in American prisons over the last four decades has burdened tax payers, overcrowded the prisons, and devastated vulnerable communities. new balance pas cher Strong economic arguments as well as compelling compassionate reasons exist for why we can no longer maintain the status quo.

Paton at the SVN Annual Conference

August 1st, 2015 Posted by Advocacy, Speaking Events 0 thoughts on “Paton at the SVN Annual Conference”

June 1st, 2015

Last week, Paton spoke at the Supervised Visitation Network Conference. acheter newbalance Paton was featured as a plenary speaker as well as leading a workshop that addressed how trauma, mental health, and substance abuse impact our work in supervised visitation. soldes newbalance His workshop focused on how to best serve the unique needs of these families and offer innovative approaches to enhancing our services for all participants. Chaussures NEW BALANCE Paton also discussed his work with Rehinge, while also sharing his own story and experience with bipolar type I. new balance femme pas cher Paton’s speech will focused on the stigma and issues that surround mental health, and his own custody battle and experiences with supervised visitation, while also discussing treatments and options that aid in living a healthy and happy life with mental illness. new balance Homme pas cher Many thanks to the Supervised Visitation Network for inviting Paton to speak during their conference! If you’d be interested in having Paton speaking for your conference or event, please visit this page. paton-at-svn-con Below is his presentation that he will be using during his speech at the conference.

TEDxYouth, Kevin Breel: Confessions of a Depressed Comic

August 28th, 2013 Posted by Stories of Hope 0 thoughts on “TEDxYouth, Kevin Breel: Confessions of a Depressed Comic”

August 28th, acheter newbalance 2013 Kevin Breel is a 19 year old writer, soldes newbalance comedian, New Balance Homme and mental health activist. NEW BALANCE en France As a rising young stand up comedian in Canada, soldes newbalance Kevin is also extremely involved in mental health work; actively speaking at schools and organizations. vente de newbalance His activist work has garnered international media attention and has impacted the lives of thousands of young people in North America.

Kennedy’s vision for mental health never realized

August 25th, 2013 Posted by Media, News Commentary 0 thoughts on “Kennedy’s vision for mental health never realized”

November 25, 2013

I think it is clear that we would not have as big of a mental health mess today if President Kennedy had not been killed 50 years ago. new balance femme pas cher Now my question is could someone get elected today on a bipartisan platform to reform mental health as their main plank?

Read the entire article on the USA Today Website.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The last piece of legislation President John F. new balance pas cher Kennedy signed turns 50 this month: the Community Mental Health Act, which helped transform the way people with mental illness are treated and cared for in the United States. Chaussures New Balance Signed on Oct. new balance 2018 pas cher 31, 1963, weeks before Kennedy was assassinated, the legislation aimed to build mental health centers accessible to all Americans so that those with mental illnesses could be treated while working and living at home, rather than being kept in neglectful and often abusive state institutions, sometimes for years on end. soldes newbalance chaussures Kennedy said when he signed the bill that the legislation to build 1,500 centers would mean the population of those living in state mental hospitals — at that time more than 500,000 people — could be cut in half.

TED Talks, Eleanor Longden: The Voices in my Head

August 8th, 2013 Posted by Stories of Hope 0 thoughts on “TED Talks, Eleanor Longden: The Voices in my Head”

August 8th, acheter newbalance 2013 To all appearances, Eleanor Longden was just like every other student, heading to college full of promise and without a care in the world. newbalance 2018 pas cher That was until the voices in her head started talking. soldes new balance chaussures Initially innocuous, these internal narrators became increasingly antagonistic and dictatorial, turning her life into a living nightmare. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, new balance sitemap hospitalized, Chaussures New Balance drugged, Longden was discarded by a system that didn’t know how to help her. Longden tells the moving tale of her years-long journey back to mental health,

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No longer silent: Man with bipolar disorder speaks up about his illness, inspiring others

August 7th, 2013 Posted by Stories of Hope 0 thoughts on “No longer silent: Man with bipolar disorder speaks up about his illness, inspiring others”

Link To Original Article: Fox News by Lren Grush, March 07, 2013

A few months ago, Logan Noone made a decision that everyone told him would be a terrible idea. newbalance 2018 pas cher He started talking. newbalance 2018 In May 2011, Noone was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, a psychiatric condition marked by alternating periods of intense depression and good or irritable moods. acheter newbalance en ligne While seeking treatment for his mental health at a hospital, his doctors and fellow patients all told him the same thing – don’t tell anyone about your illness. newbalance 2018 Logan Noone sky diving“They all said, ‘You have to be careful about who you tell, because people may discriminate against you, and it could ruin your career,’” Noone, a 23-year-old Connecticut native who now lives in California, told FoxNews.com. chaussures newbalance pas cher “And it was really frustrating for me because I thought, ‘Yeah, but they might not.’” Though he adamantly disagreed with the idea of keeping quiet, Noone ended up taking his physicians’ advice and ultimately kept his condition to himself.

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.

Lives Restored: Profiles of Mental Illness

August 25th, 2011 Posted by Stories of Hope 0 thoughts on “Lives Restored: Profiles of Mental Illness”

Link To Original Article: The New York Times, Interactive Feature


A series profiling people who are functioning normally despite severe mental illness and have chosen to speak out about their struggles.

Finding Purpose After Living With Delusion

By BENEDICT CAREY, November 25, NEW BALANCE en France 2011 In the delusional world that he inhabited for years as a younger man, Milt Greek was grandiose, messianic. newbalance 2018 He was sure that he was in contact with God and Jesus, and that he had a mission: to save the world from itself. new balance sitemap After receiving treatment for his schizophrenia, Mr. Chaussures Homme New Balance Greek saw those thoughts as a product of psychosis – but as relevant as ever, newbalance chaussures in maintaining his recovery. He takes medication and occasionally visits a therapist, new balance pas cher but to stay well he needs to be working to better the world, chaussures new balance or at least his own community.

Expert on Mental Illness Reveals Her Own Fight

August 23rd, 2011 Posted by Stories of Hope 0 thoughts on “Expert on Mental Illness Reveals Her Own Fight”

Link To Original Article: The New York Times

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By BENEDICT CAREY Published: June 23, 2011

HARTFORD — Are you one of us?

The patient wanted to know, and her therapist — Marsha M. Linehan of theUniversity of Washington, creator of a treatment used worldwide for severely suicidal people — had a ready answer. It was the one she always used to cut the question short, whether a patient asked it hopefully, accusingly or knowingly, having glimpsed the macramé of faded burns, cuts andwelts on Dr. Linehan’s arms:

“You mean, have I suffered?”

“No, Marsha,” the patient replied, in an encounter last spring. soldes newbalance “I mean one of us. Like us. Because if you were, it would give all of us so much hope.”

“That did it,” said Dr. Linehan, 68, who told her story in public for the first time last week before an audience of friends, family and doctors at the Institute of Living, the Hartford clinic where she was first treated for extreme social withdrawal at age 17. newbalance 2018 “So many people have begged me to come forward, and I just thought — well, I have to do this. soldes new balance chaussures I owe it to them. I cannot die a coward.”

No one knows how many people with severe mental illness live what appear to be normal, successful lives, because such people are not in the habit of announcing themselves. They are too busy juggling responsibilities, paying the bills, studying, raising families — all while weathering gusts of dark emotions or delusions that would quickly overwhelm almost anyone else.

Now, an increasing number of them are risking exposure of their secret, saying that the time is right. The nation’s mental health system is a shambles, they say, criminalizing many patients and warehousing some of the most severe in nursing and group homes where they receive care from workers with minimal qualifications.

Moreover, the enduring stigma of mental illness teaches people with such a diagnosis to think of themselves as victims, snuffing out the one thing that can motivate them to find treatment: hope.

“There’s a tremendous need to implode the myths of mental illness, to put a face on it, to show people that a diagnosis does not have to lead to a painful and oblique life,” said Elyn R. Saks, a professor at the University of Southern California School of Law who chronicles her own struggles with schizophrenia in “The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness.” “We who struggle with these disorders can lead full, happy, productive lives, if we have the right resources.”

These include medication (usually), therapy (often), a measure of good luck (always) — and, most of all, the inner strength to manage one’s demons, if not banish them. solde newbalance map That strength can come from any number of places, these former patients say: love, forgiveness, faith in God, a lifelong friendship.

But Dr. Linehan’s case shows there is no recipe. She was driven by a mission to rescue people who are chronically suicidal, often as a result of borderline personality disorder, an enigmatic condition characterized in part by self-destructive urges.

“I honestly didn’t realize at the time that I was dealing with myself,” she said. “But I suppose it’s true that I developed a therapy that provides the things I needed for so many years and never got.”

‘I Was in Hell’

She learned the central tragedy of severe mental illness the hard way, banging her head against the wall of a locked room.

Marsha Linehan arrived at the Institute of Living on March 9, 1961, at age 17, and quickly became the sole occupant of the seclusion room on the unit known as Thompson Two, for the most severely ill patients. New Balance Homme The staff saw no alternative: The girl attacked herself habitually, burning her wrists with cigarettes, slashing her arms, her legs, her midsection, using any sharp object she could get her hands on.

The seclusion room, a small cell with a bed, a chair and a tiny, barred window, had no such weapon. Yet her urge to die only deepened. acheter newbalance So she did the only thing that made any sense to her at the time: banged her head against the wall and, later, the floor. Hard.

“My whole experience of these episodes was that someone else was doing it; it was like ‘I know this is coming, I’m out of control, somebody help me; where are you, God?’ ” she said. “I felt totally empty, like the Tin Man; I had no way to communicate what was going on, no way to understand it.”

Her childhood, in Tulsa, Okla., provided few clues. An excellent student from early on, a natural on the piano, she was the third of six children of an oilman and his wife, an outgoing woman who juggled child care with the Junior League and Tulsa social events.

People who knew the Linehans at that time remember that their precocious third child was often in trouble at home, and Dr. Linehan recalls feeling deeply inadequate compared with her attractive and accomplished siblings. But whatever currents of distress ran under the surface, no one took much notice until she was bedridden with headaches in her senior year of high school.

Her younger sister, Aline Haynes, said: “This was Tulsa in the 1960s, and I don’t think my parents had any idea what to do with Marsha. No one really knew what mental illness was.”

Soon, a local psychiatrist recommended a stay at the Institute of Living, to get to the bottom of the problem. NEW BALANCE en France There, doctors gave her a diagnosis of schizophrenia; dosed her with Thorazine, Librium and other powerful drugs, as well as hours of Freudian analysis; and strapped her down for electroshock treatments, 14 shocks the first time through and 16 the second, according to her medical records.

A High-Profile Executive Job as Defense Against Mental Ills

August 22nd, 2011 Posted by Stories of Hope 0 thoughts on “A High-Profile Executive Job as Defense Against Mental Ills”

Link To Original Article: The New York Times


By BENEDICT CAREY Published: October 22, 2011

PASADENA, Calif. — The feeling of danger was so close and overwhelming that there was no time to find its source, no choice but to get out of the apartment, fast.

Keris Myrick headed for her car, checked the time — just past midnight, last March — and texted her therapist.

“You’re going to the Langham? The hotel?” the doctor responded. “No — you need to be in the hospital. I need you consulting with a doctor.”

“What do you think I’m doing right now?”

“Oh. Right,” he said. acheter newbalance “Well, O.K., then we need to check in regularly.”

“And that’s what we did,” said Ms. Myrick, 50, the chief executive of a nonprofit organization, who has a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, a close cousin of schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. chaussures new balance “I needed to hide out, to be away for a while. I wanted to pamper myself — room service, great food, fluffy pillows, all that — and I was lucky to have a therapist who understood what was going on and went with it.”

Researchers have conducted more than 100,000 studies on schizophrenia since its symptoms were first characterized. They have tested patients’ blood. They have analyzed their genes. They have measured perceptual skills, I.Q. new balance pas cher and memory, and have tried perhaps thousands of drug treatments.

Now, a group of people with the diagnosis is showing researchers a previously hidden dimension of the story: how the disorder can be managed while people build full, successful lives. The continuing study — a joint project of the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of Southern California; and the Department of Veterans Affairs — follows a group of 20 people with the diagnosis, including two doctors, a lawyer and a chief executive, Ms. Myrick.

The study has already forced its authors to discard some of their assumptions about living with schizophrenia. “It’s just embarrassing,” said Dr. Stephen R. Marder, director of the psychosis section at U.C.L.A.’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, a psychiatrist with the V.A. Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and one of the authors of the study. “For years, we as psychiatrists have been telling people with a diagnosis what to expect; we’ve been telling them who they are, how to change their lives — and it was bad information” for many people.

No more so, perhaps, than for Ms. Myrick, who after years of devastating mental trials learned that she needed a high-profile position, not a low-key one, to face down her spells of paranoia and despair. Her treatment regimen, like most others’ in the study, is a combination of medication as needed and personal supports, including an intuitive pet dog, the occasional weekend stay at a luxury hotel — and, not least, a strong alliance with a local psychiatrist.

“I feel my brain is damaged; I don’t know any other way to say it,” Ms. solde newbalance map Myrick said. “I don’t know if it’s from the illness, the medications, all those side effects or what. I only know that I do need certain things in my life, and for a long time — well, I had to get to know myself first.”

‘The Jagged Piece’

Keris Jän Myrick was an Army brat. She grew up around the world and nowhere in particular, moving from Bremerhaven, West Germany, to Los Angeles to Fort Leavenworth, Kan., to Englewood, N.J., to Seoul, South Korea, and back stateside again, as her father advanced in the ranks. The changing locations and temporary friends made the family close, and Col. Howard A. new balance sitemap Myrick and his wife, Roberta, were strong advocates for their daughter and her older brother, Kyl, wherever they landed.

“Let’s just say that their mother and I had to continually go to school and deal with teachers who had presumptions about their ability based on cultural factors,” said Howard Myrick, now a Temple University professor of communications who lives in Philadelphia. Roberta Myrick died in 2009.

Brother and sister thrived, in academics, in music, he in sports, but she was the more sensitive soul and felt increasingly isolated socially, and self-critical. The only black girl among her playmates in West Germany and South Korea, she also became conscious of race early on. “It’s important to know that everyone around me was white; I was the epitome of a minority,” she wrote about one period living overseas.

Yet if she looked different from her classmates abroad, she spoke and acted very differently from the African-Americans in Englewood. She was taunted, ostracized; the black world seemed no more ready to offer her a place than the white one.

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