“Please Join Me In Fighting *STIGMA*~ For People with Mental Illness & in Addiction Recovery”


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AS a member of NAMI, and a woman with, Bipolar 2 disorder, Panic with Agoraphobia, Manic Depression problems, Adult Attention Deficit Disorder, and in Recovery from addiction…..I KNOW ABOUT “STIGMA,” Which even runs Ramped in my Family. They choose to IGNORE what Mental Illness is about.

I KNOW how others suffer from the many Mental & Emotional Disorders,…..how we are at times TREATED by the Public as “FREAKS” or be called “POSTAL”…..”NOT NORMAL”……”SLOW”……”STUPID”…….and more. Also the Stigma about having to take Medications, in which I was once called a Drug Addict! This to me is very SAD, as I thought this Country had gotten WAY BEYOND THIS POINT???……”GUESS NOT”….”Just Sayin”….

I KNOW what it’s like to be FIRED from JOB’S,……because I was to SLOW, or wasn’t Concentrating good enough, or not UNDERSTANDING DIRECTIVE well.  AND let me tell you, after having a 19+year  CAREER IN “BANKING & FINANCE”…..At least I KNOW I’m a HARD WORKING EMPLOYEE, but I gave UP looking for Part-Time work.

WHY?…..WHY are people still SO in the “DARK” about others who suffer from MENTAL & EMOTIONAL illness?

I COULD go on and on about my HISTORY of others not WANTING to understand MY & OTHERS DAILY LIFE CHALLENGES with Mental Disorders…….WHY do others have to be so CRUEL at times, or CHOOSE to not have Empathy, Compassion, or understanding for those who suffer. DO THEY think we wanted to have these DISORDERS?…..I know I wish I didn’t, but I had to accept MY MENTAL DISABILITIES & CHALLENGES, and CHOOSE TO ADVOCATE FOR THOSE’S WHO CAN NOT, and I MAKE EACH DAY THE BEST I CAN.


Every year during the first full week of October, we observe Mental Illness Awareness Week and break new ground in the fight against stigma as we broaden the national conversation on mental health.   Throughout the week, as always, NAMI will be working hard to change attitudes through outreach, education and advocacy.   With your gift today, you too can make a difference in the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.   It’s time.mental_illness_awareness_week

Mental Illness Awareness Week, Oct. 6-12, 2013

In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in recognition of NAMI’s efforts to raise mental illness awareness. Since then, mental health advocates across the country have joined with others in their communities to sponsor activities, large or small, for public education about mental illness.

MIAW coincides with the National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding (Oct. 8) and National Depression Screening Day (Oct. 10.)

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NAMI, the acronym for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is a grass roots, self help, support and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of families who have relatives with a brain disorder (mental illness). This includes the families of persons diagnosed with a mental illness, relatives and friends, mental health professionals, and all who share NAMI’s vision and mission.

NAMI South Bay is an affiliate of National and State NAMI. NAMI South Bay serves the general area from El Segundo on the north to Palos Verdes on the south; from the Beach Cities on the west to Carson/Wilmington on the east. NAMI South Bay has regular monthly meetings with a Caring and Sharing Support Group and Speaker Sessions, Family to Family and Familia de Familia Programs, Peer to Peer and Connections Programs (ongoing support group for persons with a mental illness). NAMI South Bay supports other programs such as NARSAD, dedicated to the service of persons with a mental illness and their families. Also, NAMI South Bay participates in the NAMI Los Angeles County Walk. Please consider joining and participating in NAMI South Bay.

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“Recovery Is Hard Enough ~~ Then add Mental illness….

Hello Recovery Friends, Readers, and my Followers,

As I was watching CNN yesterday, like millions of other folks…..and watched the incident unfold on another senseless killing of a Woman by D.C. police who was a Mother, Daughter, Sister, a co-worker, and much more, the very first thing that POPPED into my head was…..*Some form of Mental & Emotional illness or Disorder was going to be part of THIS EVENT STORY…..

And yes, as the day and the events unfolded,……..I seemed to hit the NAIL ON The Head. As more information came out on WHO this woman WAS, and HOW the Police, Secret Service, and Capitol Police handled the incident, as some of THE FACTS were being reported and shared of this Mystery Woman, MY Heart started to Break…..A *LITTLE 1 Year old girl NOW has no Mother, and if that wasn’t devastating enough, she watched her mother get *SHOT TO DEATH*……NOW I UNDERSTAND THERE ARE 2 SIDES TO A STORY…..BUT…..

Lets think more about THE HUMAN TRADGEDY then all the media snippets, or video cut clips, and wait until ALL THE FACTS & Information comes out.

I had gotten on Twitter when *Anderson Cooper AC360* came on, due to a guy claiming it was all the woman’s fault for USING her CAR as a Weapon, that maybe true, but my feelings on that was, the police had her and her daughter BOXED IN, walked to her CAR WINDOWS with GUNS DRAWN, she was most likely SCARED for herself and HER CHILD! So she backed up and took OFF! WELL…..I think I’d have done the same for me and my CHILD if I was suffering from *Bipolar* of which I do suffer from…..

She had NO WEAPON, and they DAMN well could see there was a little baby in that car. Because the 1st reports came out that POLICE DIDN’T KNOW THERE WAS A CHILD IN THE CAR,……SORRY….I’m not Buying that part from the Police. That’s the part I’M and MANY are having a problem, and are ANGRY about.
My point is THIS……..AS THIS Story, and MANY other incidents and shootings by LAW ENFOREMENT around this country, it’s evident *THEY STILL NEED MORE TRAINING & EDUCATION ON HOW TO HANDLE people with Mental & Emotional illness and Disorders.

Yes, I’ll give the lead way that…..”THEY didn’t know” Mental illness was involved, but when these types of incidents happen, I think things could be handled a bit differently.

When the Police had her boxed in, they had the chance NOT to ADVANCE with GUNS DRAWN, they could have used a Megaphone and ask her to step out OF HER the car with hands up, not JUST RUSH UP ON HER??……Now I know I’ll get a lot of *SHIT* from this, but the BOTTOM LINE IS,…. another person with Mental illness is now DEAD.
So lets see what the Media and Police have Released so far about this Incident, and MORE about the dead Woman involved……

“Miriam Carey, Capitol Suspect, Suffered Postpartum Depression”


A woman killed by police today after a high-speed chase through Washington, D.C., that led to a lockdown of Capitol Hill suffered postpartum depression following the recent birth of her daughter, the suspect’s mother told ABC News.

The woman was believed to be Miriam Carey, 34, a dental hygienic from Stamford, Conn., authorities told the woman’s family, according to a family spokesman.

Police earlier said they were with-holding the name of the driver of the car involved in the chase pending positive identification and notification of next of kin.

Authorities said the woman led police on a chase down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol after ramming a gate at the White House.

Authorities described Carey has having a “mental illness.”

“She had postpartum depression after having the baby” last August, said the woman’s mother, Idella Carey.

She added, “A few months later, she got sick. She was depressed. … She was hospitalized.”

Carey had a 1-year-old daughter named Erica, her mother said. Police confirmed that a 1-year-old girl was taken from the car and put in “protective custody.”

*Idella Carey*, reported her daughter had “no history of violence” and she did not know why she was in Washington, D.C. She said she believed Carey was taking the little girl to a doctor’s appointment today in Connecticut.

Dr. Steven Oken, her boss of eight years, described Carey as a “non-political person” who was “always happy.”

“I would never in a million years believe that she would do something like this,” he said. “It’s the furthest thing from anything I would think she would do, especially with her child in the car. I am floored that it would be her.”

A neighbor, Erin Jackson, said she believed Carey lived in the Stamford home with the baby and the girl’s father. Asked if she believed Carey suffered from a mental illness, Jackson said “absolutely.”

Jackson recognized the black Infinity sedan seen on television from the incident as resembling Carey’s car. She said the woman’s tires recently were slashed in an incident in Connecticut.

Police, including FBI and bomb disposal units, surrounded a home in Stamford Thursday evening that authorities say is linked to the investigation, but won’t give specifics. Police there said they were awaiting a search warrant from Washington, though 50 people from the apartment building already were being evacuated for the night.

Cops said Carey eluded police after they stopped her car and drew their guns. When she continued to flee, she drove “very erratically, very dangerously,” said Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance Gainer.

She ultimately rammed a police car and was shot by police without exiting the car, Gainer said. Two officers, one from the Capitol Police and one from Secret Service, were injured in the incident.

No weapons were found in the car, police said…….

**OK, and here is another Report**……

“The sources said that the woman, Miriam Carey, had a history of mental health problems.”

Carey, 34, was a dental hygienist living in Stamford, Conn. Details of her background began to emerge in the hours after the episode.

Dr. Barry Weiss, a dentist, told NBC Connecticut that Carey was working for him in January 2012 when she suffered a fall and missed two to three weeks. He said that she appeared increasingly stressed after an unplanned pregnancy. Relatives have said that she may have suffered postpartum depression.

Weiss said that he fired her in August 2012 after patients complained that she was too rough.

Carey was driving a black Infiniti sedan when, just after 2 p.m. ET, she struck a security fence outside the White House. She took off after hitting a Secret Service officer with her car.

From there, police said, she sped up Pennsylvania Avenue toward the Capitol, reaching 80 mph at one point. Police and the Secret Service stopped her at the foot of the Capitol, but she jammed the car into reverse and took off again as police opened fire.

Carey led police on a chase around the perimeter of the Capitol and crashed her car outside a Senate office building a few minutes later, police said. The police shot at her, and she died a short time later. The chase was captured on video.

A Capitol police officer was hurt as he was speeding to confront her and hit a barrier that popped up in the street. The two injured officers were exempt from the government shutdown and required to work but were not being paid.

Carey had an 18-month-old child, believed to be her daughter, in the car, authorities said. The girl was taken to a hospital and found to be unharmed. She was in the protection of social services Friday.

**AND ONE MORE Article to be fair & balanced**………

Source: Schizophrenia meds found at home of Miriam Carey after Capitol chase

By Michael Pearson. Lateef Mungin and Joe Johns, CNN
updated 11:31 AM EDT, Fri October 4, 2013

Washington (CNN) — Authorities investigating why a Connecticut woman rammed barricades and led police on a chase near the U.S. Capitol found medications in her apartment to treat schizophrenia and other mental disorders, a law enforcement source briefed on the investigation said Friday.

The woman was identified by law enforcement sources as Miriam Carey, 34. She was shot dead Thursday in the incident, which played out in one of the most heavily policed places in the world, temporarily locked down Congress and sparked anxiety among tourists and staffers alike.

Two law enforcement officers were injured. Police say Carey rammed barricades and police cruisers and sped down Pennsylvania Avenue before crashing.

She apparently did not have a weapon, but did have a 1-year-old child in the car with her. The child emerged from the chaos unharmed, officials said.

Authorities who searched the apartment in Stamford, Connecticut, found one medication to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and another that is an antidepressant, according to the source.

A law enforcement source involved in the investigation said Thursday that the woman’s boyfriend had told police last winter that she appeared to be delusional……..

**OK, SO….if the Boyfriend knew she had Mental illness problems back in December…..
AND if her family knew as well, WHY didn’t they DO MORE?…..There are ways the FAMILY could HELP through the Court System to Protect her?……and Protect everyone around her.

Just because a PERSON is on Medication for Depression & Bipolar illness, people have NO idea when you start on these Medications,…….It’s like being a Human Tester, because there can be side effects, and time to adjust to these types medications. I just think more could have been done by the Boyfriend & Family.

This is a perfect EXAMPLE of a PERFECT STORM for a person, with Mental illness like *Miriam*  I know,  HOW?…..I’ve been their Myself with the Meds……AND WHY we end up with *SUICIDES* &  *Prescription Intentional Overdose* as a form of Suicide as well. This too I have been touched by. I lost my SISTER-IN-LAW a Year ago this Month to taking too much of all her *Depression & Bipolar* meds, and I lost an Aunt of the very SAME THING.

SO, These are just my *Thoughts and FEELINGS* around this Story and Incident. Not that it means much to anyone else… Just SO much senseless *Deaths*……..That’s why I renamed my Recovery Blog Here,…..
“Recovery Ramblins~~ Of Author Catherine Lyon” ……AS I enjoy Rambling about Life.

God Bless All!  🙂 🙂





A Guest Spotlight for my friends at WhatWorks4U ~ National Suicide Prevention Month

Hello Recovery Friends and New Visitors,

IN HONOR of *National Suicide Prevention Month* I wanted to have a helpful website as a *Guest Spotlight* this week, and so I picked my good friends at http://WhatWorks4U.org
There a Great organization who help young people who may have Mental & Emotional problems, illness and disorders. I’m NOT only *Spotlighting them here on my Recovery
Blog, but they are also my *WEEKLY GUEST BLOG* on my Writer/Book Blog as well at:
http://www.simplesite.com/CatherineLyonAddictedToDimes  Here is more of what they do to help others!

About WhatWorks4U.org

WhatWorks4U.org aims to improve treatment for young people with mental health problems by gathering information about what works in the real world.

If you have experience of mental health problems, you can help us build knowledge about symptoms and treatments by reporting:

  • what treatments have worked (or are working) for you
  • which health professionals you have found (or are finding) helpful
  • some of the side effects from the treatments you have tried

How does WhatWorks4U.org work?

  • The information you give will be combined with information from other young people and reported on whatworks4u.org.
  • Your information directly helps to build knowledge on what works for young people with mental health problems.
  • You give information anonymously. Whatworks4u.org does not ask for your name, address or any other information that could be used to identify you.

Who is behind WhatWorks4U.org

WhatWorks4U.org is run by researchers in the Population Mental Health Group at The Melbourne School of Population and Global Health (MSPGH), Australia. The MSPGH is a leading health research centre in Australia, with its current research programs looking at the factors affecting mental and physical health in the community, and on improving health and well-being.

Click here for more detailed information about MSPGH, The Population Mental Health Group and what we do.

Why WhatWorks4U.org?

  • Most mental health problems start in teenagers and young adults. In fact, as many as one in four people younger than 24 have a mental health problem. The most common ones are depression, anxiety and alcohol misuse.
  • We don’t know enough about treatments for people in this age group. The most common treatments are psychotherapies (talk therapies) and drug treatments but there haven’t been enough good studies on a wide enough range of mental health problems.
  • The studies that have been done don’t tend to last long enough to get good information about what works in the long-term and they don’t tend to consider what happens in the ‘real world’.
  • Most of the studies on treatments for mental health problems have been done in adults Some psychotherapies and drug treatments work differently in young people so just because a treatment works in adults, that doesn’t mean it will necessarily work in younger people.
  • We need to find out more about what works for young people in the real world.

**They also have a Great Resource Page as well on how to get some Information**

Get More Info

General Links

If you want to find out more information about mental health problems, treatments and where to get help, please check out the following websites:

Reach Out

Information, help, support, and advice for young people to manage mental health difficulties such as stress, anxiety, bullying, depression and more


Mental health and wellbeing information for young people on a range of topics, including advice on how to get help

Orygen Youth Health

Fact sheets about a variety of mental disorders especially for young people, including advice on how to get help for a friend

Mind Check

Use online screening tools to check out your mental health, plus learn about a range of disorders and where to find support

Re Think

Lots of mental health tips and advice, plus listen to some FREE ‘feel good’ tunes

The Site

Information on how to recognize  mental health problems, advice on how to deal with them and how to seek treatment

Back to top

Links by Disorder

Or if you want more specific information, select a disorder below:

Mood & Anxiety Disorders

Youth Beyond Blue

Fact sheets and info specifically for young people about depression and anxiety


FREE online self-assessment and online help program plus stacks of depression info including causes, treatment and prevention tips

Anxiety Online

Online mental health service offering information, assessment, online diagnosis and treatment programs (“e-therapy”) for anxiety disorders

Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria

Specialist mental health organization  providing support, recovery and information to people and families living with anxiety disorders

Check up from the Neck up

FREE online mental health check-up, plus learn more about mood disorders and find resources to help yourself or friends


Find out more about Bipolar and learn how others live with this disorder

Help for Depression

Learn more about the many different types of treatments out there for Depression


Psychosis Sucks

Find out everything about psychosis, from causes, early intervention and associated problems to advice for helping a friend


Learn all about schizophrenia: what it is, its causes, treatment and recovery

Get Help Early

Info about Psychosis, including symptoms, treatment and prevention, with an emphasis on the importance of getting help early

Eating disorders


Here you will find info about eating disorders, how to get help and how to help someone you know with an eating disorder

The Butterfly Foundation

A website all about eating disorders: what are they, how to get help for yourself or someone else

Eating Disorder Expert

A unique reference point on eating disorders, with info on diagnosis, signs, causes, risks and treatments

Eating Disorders Online

Clear, up-to-date information about a wide range of eating disorders, their treatment and recovering, with access to online support groups

Substance use


FREE confidential advice and information for young people about drugs, sex, mental health, body image and relationships

Talk to Frank

Not just your boring substance information site, be sure to check out Frank’s basement and other interactive games!

NZ Drug Foundation

Information for young people about drug use and the harms involved with using drugs

Personality disorders

Reach Out

Find out about the different types of personality disorders, how they’re treated, and how to help a friend that might have a personality disorder

Behavior disorders

Behavior Disorder.org

Information about behavior disorders including signs, treatment and when to seek help

Relationship problems

Love: The good, the bad and the ugly

Relationship advice and stories to help you work out where your relationship is at


Information, help and support for young people for all sorts of problems, from mental health to relationship problems……

Need help now?

Emergency Help Now: If you or someone you know is at risk of suicide or self harm, you should immediately contact your local doctor or go to your nearest hospital. In case of an emergency please call the emergency services.

Whatworks4u.org is not a help line or counselling service. But if you are feeling sad or distressed, and want to talk to someone now, please do not hesitate to contact one of the headlines listed below.

Calling from:




New Zealand:

United Kingdom:

United States:

  • Hope Line1-800-422-HOPE (4673)
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline1-800-273-TALK (8255)

    ***I really HOPE this information is helpful, especially for parents who may worry about there young kids, and all they go through these days. I know when I was that age we didn’t have a lot of the problems that younger kids face today~~ and hope it will help Educate and Make the Public more Aware and cut down on the Loss of Life we seems to hear about DAILY! So THANK YOU TO the Great Folks at
    “What Works 4 U” for Caring and Helping others!***

    Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon
    “Addicted To Dimes”, (Confessions of a liar and a Cheat)

DEAR Diary, Today I….(Page 3) *My Life Changes*

DEAR Diary,

TODAY I……… spent doing a little of everything.
Many phone calls on Airlines and prices, Rental cars and prices as which way to go to Arizona will be the least cost.
Then calling all to cancel service on what seems like a Kazillion things! YUK!
Gas, power, phone, trash, internet service, sattilite  service and More!! In between packing up what is left of our life. Finally found a storage unit here in Oregon as we decided to keep are stuff here, because we ARE COMING BACK…..I will with or without a husband!!…LOL….I’ve been listening to the 80’s station on the TV and man TIMES were much more FUN and easy going back then. And I was a hell of a lot YOUNGER TOO!!….LOL…..

SO…..THEN We thought we had a new home for one of our 2 Cats, a couple took Mr. Buttons, our male that’s 9 years old. We took him out to his Hopeful New Home Monday morning, but by 10pm the couple called and said they didn’t think it’s going to work out, that he was still hiding????……I told her it may take a couple days for him to warm up to them since we have had him so long, but out my hubby went to go pick him up!! ONE positive though….Is our landlord was nice and is letting us stay through next Friday so we won’t have the cost of staying in Motel for a week before we leave Oregon on Sept 6th……..

SO now I need to put another ad in the paper for both the cats again tomorrow.
My moods from my Bipolar have been UP and DOWN, I keep telling Tom I’m sorry for being so emotional, but I know it’s just all the added stress that is effecting me. I’ve only had 1 Panic attack, and that was on Monday after we got home from taking Buttons out to that couples home.

Then yesterday and today it was back with the down Depression and Agoraphobia, not leaving the house, as Monday was the 1st I’ve been out of the house in Weeks!  Also the fear of people coming to the front door, which has really been bothering me a lot, I just don’t know why????  I have been going to bed early to get good, proper, Sleep as it seems to help keep my Anxiety level not so high. So tomorrow is another day, who knows what it will bring, but I pray each night for the lord to see me through another day with a WEE BIT of Peace and Serenity…..

**SO this is how I feel sometimes!!…LOL….THE BIG DOGS ARE PICKING ON ME!!**
Here is an interesting Article I read in my NAMI –National Alliance on Mental Illness News Letter Today…….

New research published this June in the Journal of Neuroscience suggests that the lack of sleep commonly associated with anxiety disorders may actually exacerbate symptoms of worrying. Results from the study strongly support the theory that sleep loss triggers the excessive anticipatory brain activity associated with anxiety, indicating that maintaining a healthy sleep pattern can help alleviate symptoms of anxiousness.

While past research has shown that people with anxiety disorders tend to show hyperactivity in two major emotional brain regions known as the amygdala and anterior insula cortex, researchers from the present study were the first to establish a pattern of causation by directly testing the impact of sleep deprivation on anticipatory brain responses preceding emotionally salient events.

The study conducted at the University of California, Berkeley examined the brains of 18 healthy adults, once while sleep-deprived and again while well-rested. Researchers used fMRI scans to monitor brain activity while participants viewed a series of either neutral or disturbing images. Prior to viewing the images, participants were primed with visual cues intended to trigger anticipatory anxiety. The cues depicted a red minus sign to warn for unpleasant images, a yellow circle to warn for neutral images or an ambiguous white question mark intended to provoke feelings of more intense anticipation in viewers.

The fMRI scans revealed that when participants were sleep deprived, they showed heightened activity in the emotional brain regions of the amygdala and insula cortex. Furthermore, for the participants who were already prone to experiencing anxiety, results were even more intensified— as those with the highest levels of trait anxiety showed the greatest increase in anticipatory insula activity when sleep deprived. These scans demonstrate that sleep disruption may aggravate anxiousness due to the impact of sleep loss on anticipatory brain function.

The results from this study are particularly useful for those living with anxiety disorders including panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder, as they are especially sensitive to the effects of sleep deprivation.  As head researcher Matthew Walker said, “These findings help us realize that those people who are anxious by nature are the same people who will suffer the greatest harm from sleep deprivation.”

Moreover, the findings have strong therapeutic implications, showing that sleep restoration may be beneficial in relieving symptoms of worrying for those living with anxiety disorders and highly anxious individuals alike. “By restoring good quality sleep in people suffering from anxiety, we may be able to help ameliorate their excessive worry and disabling fearful expectations,” Walker said. Since those living with anxiety disorders commonly experience co-occurring sleep abnormalities, researchers from this study strongly believe that sleep therapy is a practical treatment option.

“This discovery ultimately illustrates how important sleep is to our mental health,” said Walker. “It also emphasizes the intimate relationship between sleep and psychiatric disorders, both from a cause and a treatment perspective.” In short, those who are either living with an anxiety disorder or simply prone to experiencing anxiety on a regular basis should maintain a healthy sleep pattern in order to help manage symptoms of worrying.

Two Interesting Stories ~~ Mental Health in the Black Community & CVS on Drugs…..

 Recovery Friends, Followers, and Seeker’s,

I happen to be scanning the Web, and I came across a couple Informative Articles I though should be *Shared* and I had no idea about some of the issues in which these two articles speak about. I like to share information as much as I can with the Public, as educating and knowledge is very Powerful in Recovery, and in Life. My first I’ll share is from a link a good friend of mine, *Deborah Palmer* shared on one of my many addiction Groups I follow on LinkedIn…….It’s from *Ebony* on-line, they have a Wellness page, and they write about Mental Health illness & disorders prevalent in the African-American Community……

BLACK SUICIDE: When Prayer Is Not Enough

In the wake of a young star’s death, psychologist Donald E.  Grant, Jr. says mental health is not something we can simply put in God’s  hands
Read more at EBONY http://www.ebony.com/wellness-empowerment/black-suicide-when-prayer-is-not-enough-405#ixzz2cj4vHpD3 Follow us: @EbonyMag on Twitter | EbonyMag on Facebook

Mental health concerns are among the  biggest and most dangerously tabooed topics in Black America.  A  comedian once said that the only mental condition in the Black community was “a  nervous breakdown”. This speaks to the millions of Blacks in the shadows  suffering alone, managing the weight of the world in silent bent knee  prayer.  Perhaps if we ignore it for long enough or fail to name it, it  will magically disappear.

One of Black America’s most tabooed topics recently re-entered our  consciousness, our Twitter feeds and our Facebook timelines.  Lee Thompson  Young, best known as Disney’s “Jett Jackson” and a current TNT leading man, was  found dead in his home from a self-inflicted gun-shot wound.  Black social  media was buzzing with demands for mental health awareness, touting this level  of intimacy with psychology that felt diametrically opposed to what the  realities of Black mental health show.

Although Black suicide has historically been low  when compared to other groups, don’t be fooled.  From 1981-1994, Black suicide  rates grew by a ghastly 83%. Today suicide is the third leading cause of  death among young African American men. In 2010, over  80% of all Black suicides were males. Women of most all ethnicities attempt  suicide at a higher rate than men, yet men complete the task at a higher rate; a  stomach pump does nothing for a gun-shot wound to the head. Black  women are less likely than any other American demographic to commit  suicide.

By all accounts, Young, a member of Kappa Alpha Psi  Fraternity, Inc., was a likeable star on his way to being actualized as a true  Hollywood talent.  With all this he still chooses this fatal act of  intra-personal aggression. Given the consistent vilification of Black men and  the existential emasculation associated with vulnerability, might there be an  inherent self-destructive mechanism by which we operate?  We must  understand that participation in counseling is not synonymous with weakness.  It’s clear that a very naked discussion on mental health is long overdue.   Who will lead this charge in a community where these issues remain cloaked in  invisibility?

Research has  indicated that familiarity with professional counseling services plays a  huge role in whether one will actually make an appointment with a mental health  professional6.  Blacks  under utilize mental health services across all socio-demographic domains5  and are dying silently as a result.  Statistically,  Blacks are disproportionately impacted by risk factors and experiences that  increase psychic stress, hopelessness and trauma; factors that all contribute to  suicidality.

Why do so many of us still refuse to get help? We are well represented in  the barber shops and beauty salons on Friday, in the nightclubs on Saturday and  at church on Sunday…yet our presence in the therapy room remains nil.  Do  we believe that we can style, party and pray ourselves to mental wellness?   I do see psychic value in a fresh haircut, a strong social support system and  sturdy spiritual foundation. I do, however, have a problem with our community’s  practice of praying ‘demons’ out of people plagued by schizophrenia, or beating  the defiance out of a boy suffering from undiagnosed bi-polar disorder.

Many strong and resilient qualities exist throughout Black  communities.  The natural selection of those Africans who survived  colonialism and the Middle Passage left a gene pool worth note.  We cannot  leave our legacy to untended psychological injuries.  Access to mental  health services has improved in most communities and is often offered at low to  no cost.  Our culture sanctions the rejection of this rich experience,  limiting our exposure to its value.

We must make an intentional and strategic shift, opening dialogue about our  mental health and unique wellness needs.  We must demand that the  psychological community offer culturally congruent services and train culturally  competent clinicians.  Families must acknowledge that Aunt Sally suffered  from major depression, she did not just have a nervous breakdown.   Adjudicating bodies must see that Johnny suffered from PTSD and was not just an  incorrigible kid on drugs.  If we are serious about positively impacting  suicide, fatherlessness, incarceration, misogyny and illiteracy among Blacks, we  must act now.  As I pray for Lee Thompson Young’s family, I also pray that  the Black community discontinues its sole reliance on prayer as a scapegoat to  confronting real life issues.  We must learn to tolerate the anxiety  associated with vulnerability and not run.

Dr. Donald E. Grant, Jr.  is a professional psychologist and  the Executive Director of Mindful Training Solutions. Follow him on Twitter: @DrGrantJr

**I had NO idea about the Stats of Mental Health issues in the Black Community, that is why I found this Article So Interesting. There is a couple other Articles below I left the links for so you can check them out**…….

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**This next Article I also found interesting as well. I think it’s very RARE of a Large Pharmacy Company like CVS would go the Lengths it has on cracking down on Doctors who will GIVE ANYONE What EVER they need why it comes to DRUGS, and I FEEL it is WHY we are seeing such high influx of Prescription Drug Overdose’s and Suicides lately. The worst offenders I’m sorry to say are the *SO CALLED PAIN Management Centers popping up everywhere**………..

CVS cuts access to opioid painkillers  for suspect doctors

Published August 22, 2013

CVS Caremark Corp said on Wednesday that it has taken the unusual step of  cutting off access to powerful painkillers for more than 36 doctors and other  healthcare providers found to prescribe the drugs at an alarmingly high  rate.


The drugstore chain, which was drawn into a government crackdown on  prescription painkiller abuse last year, began revoking the dispensing  privileges of certain providers in late 2012, said CVS Chief Medical Officer  Troyen Brennan.

“This isn’t a definitive solution to the problem,” Brennan told Reuters. “We  wanted to share what it was that we did and have other people in healthcare,  including other pharmacies, look at what we did and discuss what some more  comprehensive solutions might be.”

CVS disclosed the suspensions in an article published on Wednesday on the  website of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Abuse of opioid prescription painkillers like Oxycontin ranks as the No. 2  cause of accidental death in the United States, CVS said. In 2009, painkiller  use was cited in more than 15,500 overdose deaths, according to the U.S. Centers  for Disease Control and Prevention.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has targeted large pharmacy chains  like CVS and rival Walgreen Co, as well as distributors such as Cardinal Health,  to stem the flow of prescription drugs where abuse is suspected.

The DEA revoked the controlled substance licenses of two CVS drugstores in  Florida last September. In June, Walgreen reached a record $80 million  settlement with the DEA to resolve allegations that its negligence in  record-keeping and dispensing allowed the highly addictive drugs to reach  abusers and be sold illegally.

Brennan said that CVS has not yet discussed its findings about suspect  providers with the DEA or others.

CVS said the suspensions followed an analysis of prescriptions brought to its  drugstores from March 2010 through January 2012 for hydrocodone, oxycodone,  alprazolam, methadone and carisoprodol.

CVS said it first identified several dozen healthcare providers — from a  database of nearly 1 million — with extreme patterns of prescribing high-risk  drugs. CVS checked their prescription rates versus other providers in the same  specialty and geographic region, the ages of the patients and the number of  patients paying with cash for the drugs.

For instance, one “outlier prescriber” in the field of preventive medicine  was prescribing on average more than 44,000 doses of high-risk drugs, compared  with 662 for similar providers.

CVS asked 42 providers for more details about their prescribing habits. Six  of those 42 gave what CVS said were legitimate reasons for the high volume of  prescriptions, such as a medical director at a hospice prescribing  painkillers.

The company said its stores and its mail-order pharmacy will no longer  dispense controlled substances for 36 providers who it said could not justify  their prescribing habits. Brennan said that an additional “handful” have been  suspended as the company continues its analysis…..

**I really hope that the many Large Pharmacy Chains throughout this country get on board, and do what CVS is doing. Maybe it will SLOW down these Doctors, and Doctor Shoppers, and lower the needless Drug overdoses and needless lives being lost**..

**Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon*
Recovering Addict of 6yrs…