Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Need a great starting point to getting information on mental illness? Need to find a therapist in your area or simply find people you can talk to about similar situations? Check out mentalhealth.net. News, a blog, forums, and much more. http://www.mentalhelp.net/

Can a breast enhancement or nose job treat a mental health issue?

Teeth whitening to overcome a severe anxiety disorder? These are just two procedures that people with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) have traditionally turned to in order to deal with body-related concerns. The excessive use of (and dissatisfaction with) cosmetic treatments, along with obsessive rituals and social isolation, is what scientists from the Fernand-Seguin Research Centre of Louis-H. Lafontaine Hospital, affiliated with the University of Montreal, are hoping to fight with a novel therapy to treat BDD.
BDD is not a well-known disease: it is characterized by a significant dissatisfaction with one's appearance, particularly with perceived flaws. Included in the category of obsessive-compulsive disorders, this mental health problem leads to ritual behaviours and social isolation. Although any part of the body may become the subject of these obsessions, those who suffer from BDD most often focus on their skin, eyes, nose, teeth, buttocks, stomach, hair or chest.

Read more here- http://tiny.cc/1zppd

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A campaign to de-stigmatize mental illness

Glenn close and her family promote BringChange2Mind ( www.bringchange2mind.org) a campaign against mental illness stigma. The not-for-profit offers a 24 hour phone line and many other resources and was cofounded by Glenn Close. Please follow this link to read more- http://tinyurl.com/2g8mxkx.

Help Us Help the Community: OPA's Operation Feed Goal

Times are tough. Unemployment rates are high. The economic crisis continues. And the need for food is greater than ever in the state of Ohio.

Demand for food in 2009 from the Mid-Ohio Foodbank was up seven percent over a record number of requests in 2008, and this year, the Foodbank’s Operation Feed goal is to provide six-million meals.

You can help.

OPA’s Committee for Social Responsibility is hosting a food drive until the end of June. Today, we donated 309 pounds of food, or 309 meals, to Operation Feed, thanks to the generous support of OPA members, workshop attendees, OPA Board of Directors and the Central Ohio Psychological Association.

Members have also contributed $125 in monetary donations. One dollar equals two meals, so an additional 250 meals have been provided.

We still have a month of our food drive left, and we want to donate one meal for every OPA member... so we need 1,600 meals total.

Here's how you can help:

    • Pasta meals in a can
    • Canned fruit
    • Tuna
    • Canned vegetables
    • Canned meat
    • Soup
    • Peanut Butter
  • Collect all spare change from employees in your office through the end of the month. Contact OPA to have us collect the donation for the Foodbank.

Thanks for your support!