Mental Illness Awareness Week October 6-10th
Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is Oct. 6-12, 2013 and is an opportunity to learn more about serious mental illnesses such as major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
Jackson Hole Community Counseling Center is sponsoring free depression screening in observance of National Depression Screening Day as part of MIAW on October 10, at our offices (733-2046) or online.
Depression Costs U.S. Workplaces $23 Billion in Absenteeism
About 12% of workers have been diagnosed with depression at some point.
Workers in the U.S. who, at some point in their lives, have been diagnosed with depression miss an estimated 68 million additional days of work each year than their counterparts who have not been depressed -- resulting in an estimated cost of more than $23 billion in lost productivity annually to U.S. employers.
The Other Side: Short Film
The Other Side:
50th Anniversary of the Community Mental Health Act Video
"The Other Side" is an evocative rendition of the journey from despair and loneliness to hope and community, as told by those who've recovered from mental illness and addictions. Download this short video; add your organization's name, if you like; and share with your legislators, funders, and stakeholders the message that recovery is possible and that community supports for people with mental illnesses make a difference.
SafeTALK, about three hours in duration, is a training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help to stay safe. Alert helpers know how to use these opportunities to support that desire for safety. As a safeTALK-trained suicide alert helper, you will be better able to:
move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid suicide;
identify people who have thoughts of suicide;
apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe) to connect a person with suicide thoughts to suicide first aid, intervention caregivers.