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The Mental Health Month 2017 Toolkit Is Here! (MHA)

mhaMore than sixty years ago, MHA made a choice – that we would bring our fight for mental health out into the open by asking public officials to declare May as Mental Health Month.

Every May, to promote mental health awareness and wellbeing, MHA distributes a May Is Mental Health Month toolkit that provides educational resources and other materials to share with communities, individuals, and organizations.

In 2016, the May Is Mental Health Month toolkit invited people to share their experiences with mental illness by using the hashtag #mentalillnessfeelslike or anonymously through our #mentalillnessfeelslike microsite (http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/feelslike).

This year, the 2017 May is Mental Health Month toolkit encourages people to educate themselves about habits and behaviors that increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illnesses, or that could be signs of mental health problems themselves, i.e. Risky Business.

Access the 2017 May Is Mental Health Month toolkit now!


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Resource: MEDICAID AND MENTAL ILLNESS: WHAT’S AT STAKE FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT (NAMI CA)

NAMI_logoThe American Health Care Act, Congress’ bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), would result in massive cuts to Medicaid that will affect people with mental illness and families-and law enforcement.

On March 13th, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found that Medicaid would cover 14 million fewer people over the next 10 years. In total, an estimated 24 million more Americans would be uninsured by 2026 if the bill becomes law.


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Mental Health America Announces National Certified Peer Specialist Credential

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After years of development, Mental Health America is proud to announce the release of our MHA National Certified Peer Specialist (NCPS) credential. This first national advanced credential lets peers show they have the highest levels of knowledge and experience to create new opportunities in public and private settings.

From improving quality of life to inspiring hope to keeping people out of the hospital, we know peer support works and has the potential to transform systems, services and supports. Developed with the input of thousands of peers and leaders from both public and private services, MHA’s NCPS credential is true to the core values of peer support and creates the high, uniform standards needed for expansion into the private sector.

The certification is not meant to replace existing certifications or trainings but builds upon current standards to ensure peers can thrive in a growing workforce with increasing job opportunities

Learn more about the MHA National Certified Peer Specialist credential here. A limited number of scholarships for the application and examination are available through the site.

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Cannabis Review | Ep. 3: Korova Cookies

16712051_10154216901752823_462477995365247833_nIn this episode, Eve is learning there is a downside to smoking cannabis. That is, it really sucks when you have a cold. How does one battle the nasty, lung invasion while attempting to puff, puff, pass? Solution: Cookies.

Over at the #SchoolofBadass, this episode’s teacher gets a rowdy bunch of students. After a self-care smoke break, teach gets back to the lesson of CBDs.

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Cannabis Strain Review | Ep. 2: Mango Fire

15966268_10154126975047823_1877066604699105751_nIn this episode, Eve blasts off to the #SchoolofBadass. First lesson, THC.

Well, that’s if Eve, er, the teacher, can say any of the words right. She also reviews the cannabis strain Mango Fire via Blackbird Botanical Deliveries.

Things get rather creative when the meds hit the body.

Yup. They sure do.

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Cannabis Strain Review: Ripped Bubba

Strain: Ripped Bubba | 60% indica-dominant hybrid of Pre-98 Bubba Kush with sativa, Jack The Ripper.

Mental Wellness: Lots of anxiety relief without getting stuck in the couch. Really impressed with the specific relief of anxiety. It dropped my everyday baseline — something I didn’t realize was so high-key. Wow. Incredible for that. Will try it again before an event and see how it does with my social anxiety and update here.

Also, definite mood boost in a positive, rather happy manner. After awhile I did get sleepy and take a nap. For me this is a good thing. Continue reading Cannabis Strain Review: Ripped Bubba

#StayStrong | Keep Hope | Music to live.

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Music to live.

Here’s a video playlist that includes musicians who’ve known the walk of a neurodivergent peer, and songs that remind about hope and staying true to you.

Have a suggestion?

Have a song (available on Youtube) that inspires hope and to #staystrong? Share it in the comments below. We’re always looking to add to this list. Any genre of music accepted.

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Holiday Tips for Autistics (The Adult Variety)

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Holiday tips for Autistics | 8 Ways You Can Support an Autistic Adult Through the Holidays

Ways to support an Autistic:

  1. Ask. Don’t assume
  2. Don’t be offended
  3. Give me extra time
  4. Don’t expect eye contact
  5. Choose sensory friendly environments
  6. Don’t change plans last minute
  7. Tell me specifically
  8. Offer to drive and/or shop for me

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WTF is Neurodiversity?

“Neurodiversity is short for neurological diversity. …Refers to the diversity of the human brains and minds and to the idea that this is a natural, valuable form of diversity.”

via Autism Acceptance Month | Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)

“Neurodiversity is the diversity of human brains and minds – the infinite variation in neurocognitive functioning within our species.”

 “Neurodiversity is not a political or social activist movement. That’s the Neurodiversity Movement, not neurodiversity itself.”

via Nick Walker @ NEUROCOSMOPOLITANISM

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Autism Movement: What the heck are they calling it now?

abameme_nocureformeyetneurodiversityThe Neurodiversity Movement.

Society, the final frontier. … These are the American Badass Advocates who boldly go where no neuro-atypical has gone before: social integration and neurodiversity acceptance.

What is Neurodiversity?

The short answer: People who think different aren’t disabled, rather their brains are a “normal” genetic variation. Continue reading Autism Movement: What the heck are they calling it now?