Congrats to Serena Frost and Matt Kapustianyk, Ben Gordon Center clinicians for receiving the Adult Making a Difference Award from the DeKalb County Court Services. They were honored yesterday at an awards ceremony to let the community know about the amazing work they do with their clients. Thank you!
Today is the kickoff of the Red Ribbon Week Campaign and we invite you to celebrate with us. Red Ribbon Week is one of the oldest and largest operating substance abuse prevention campaigns in the nation. As we all know, the fight against drugs and underage drinking is an on-going battle, and it is our duty to raise awareness and provide treatment to keep our community healthy and safe. This year we want to bring as much attention as possible to the campaign and we are asking for your help. Some examples on what you can do to raise awareness include:
- Attending the RX Drug Collection Event on October 26, 2013 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm at the NEW DeKalb Police Station on W. Lincoln Highway.
-Take time to educate a young person about the dangers of drugs and alcohol abuse.
-Call/Refer Ben Gordon Center to connect people in need of substance abuse treatment to our services.
-Encourage others to take the substance abuse free pledge on the red ribbon website. http://redribbon.org/.
What do Angelina Jolie, Jon Hamm, J.K. Rowling, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Princess Diana all have in common? If you guessed they all have suffered depression, you’re correct. Countless celebrities have struggled with depression at some point in life.
Depression is more than sadness; depressed individuals tend to feel helpless and hopeless. People who are depressed may become overwhelmed, exhausted and may stop participating in their routine activities. They may withdraw from family and friends. Some may even have thoughts of death or suicide.
- Depression is among the most treatable of psychiatric illnesses. Between 80 percent and 90 percent of people with depression respond positively to treatment and almost all patients gain some relief from their symptoms.
- An estimated 121 million people worldwide are currently living with some form of depression. Of these individuals, fewer than 25% have access to adequate treatment.
Women vs. Men
- Nearly twice as many women (12.0 percent) as men (6.6 percent) are affected by a depressive disorder each year. These figures translate to 12.4 million women and 6.4 million men in the U.S.
- Women were significantly more likely than men to report major depression (4.0 percent versus 2.7 percent).
- In 2010, 6.8 percent of adults aged 18 or older (15.5 million people) had at least one major depressive episode (MDE) in the past year (Figure 2.5). The percentage of adults who had past year MDE was similar between 2005 (6.6 percent) and 2010 (6.8 percent). However, the number of adults who had past year MDE significantly increased from 14.2 million in 2005 to 15.5 million in 2010.
- Among the 15.5 million adults aged 18 or older who had MDE in the past year, 10.6 million (68.2 percent) received treatment (i.e., saw or talked to a medical doctor or other professional or used prescription medication) for depression in the same time period.
Take our online screening or call 815-756-4875 today for more help and information.
Our Ben Gordon Center Special Programs team is celebrating Love Your Body Day! Check out their table at our Central Office at 12 Health Services Drive.
Every day, in so many ways, the beauty industry (and the media in general) tell women and girls that being admired, envied and desired based on their looks is a primary function of true womanhood. The beauty template women are expected to follow is extremely narrow, unrealistic and frequently hazardous to their health. The Love Your Body campaign challenges the message that a woman’s value is best measured through her willingness and ability to embody current beauty standards.
October 10, 2013, 5:58 p.m.
Twitter is great for spoiling TV shows and criticizing Miley Cyrus‘ latest performance, but researchers at Brigham Young University say the social network may also be an effective way of identifying users at risk of suicide.
A study that will be released Friday says researchers at BYU studied Twitter for three months, looking for tweets that directly discussed suicide as well as keywords and phrases related to risk factors and warning signs for suicide. They found nearly 38,000 “troubling tweets” from more than 28,000 users.
The terms included phrases like “sleeping ‘a lot’ lately,” “I’ve tried suicide before” and “always getting bullied.”
By analyzing the tweets, the researchers found that each state’s ratio of suicidal tweets strongly correlated with the state’s actual suicide rate. The correlation is important because it is preliminary confirmation that Twitter can be an accurate source for identifying users who may be at risk of committing suicide, the study says.
“Suicide is preventable,” Carl Hanson, a BYU health scientist and study coauthor, said in a statement. “Social media is one channel for monitoring those at risk for suicide and potentially doing something about it.”
Suicide prevention organizations could use the popular social network and the real-time information that it offers “to reach out to these at-risk individuals in the moment of need,” the study says.
“Tweets may be useful to address some of the functions that suicide hotline groups perform, but at the discretion and potential for such organizations to provide those services via Twitter,” Michael Barnes, a health science professor at BYU and a study coauthor, said in a statement.
Additionally, Twitter provides real-time data at a large scale that could be used by mental health officials to study suicide and potentially develop better prevention strategies.
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National Depression Screening Day: Oct 10. Help Spread the Word
National Depression Screening Day is just a few days away. Help us spread the word by wearing GREEN on Thursday in honor of Mental Illness Awareness Week and forward our link http://www.mentalhealthscreening.org/screening/BENGORDON to our Free Online Screenings for Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, Alcoholism and more. For more support or any questions you may have please contact the Ben Gordon Center at 815-756-4875 or at email@example.com
Mental Health Awareness Week – October 6 – 12, 2013
Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) doesn’t just help educate the public about the truths and myths surrounding mental illness… or what the warning signs of suicide are…or how the cruel sting of stigma keeps many from getting treatment that can be life changing. MIAW also promotes resources for those who are struggling with mental illness or love someone with a disorder. Such outreach offers support, healing, information and empowerment. And perhaps more important is that duringMental Illness Awareness Week action programs are offered, like free mental health screenings.
Why Screenings are Useful
Screenings for mental health offer tremendous advantages. Here are just a few:
- Screenings are fast and simple; taking only a few minutes to complete.
- Screenings are a cost effective way to identify at-risk children and adults.
- Screenings NOT ONLY identify those at risk, but children and adults who may already be experiencing significant symptoms.
- Screenings can also highlight subclinical symptoms, enabling early intervention.
- Screenings lead to lower disorder rates, reduced employer health care costs, reduced absenteeism, enhanced job and school satisfaction, and increased productivity.
- Screenings results can provide accessible mental health services and supports to those in need.
Mental Illness Awareness Week is October 6th through October 12th in 2013. For a free confidential screening,take our online mental health screening under the Dodgeball logo to the right or call the Ben Gordon Center for more information at 815-756-4875.