Fighting The Trend

It should be understood that bipolar disorder manifests itself in ways that are uniquely
personal to the individual living with the illness. The tendency to fall into one character trait or the other is highly dictated by that particular person’s core identity and life experience. Where a person derives pleasure is often where their excess or deficit will manifest. So how then does one take the reins on how they allow their trends and tendencies to manifest during an episode? 

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Madeline Jaekle
See Something Say Something Preventing Community Catastrophe

With no guiding force providing effective prevention or intervention strategies, the responsibility to report unusual behavior rests almost entirely on community members. Since the days of Columbine there has been a growing public sentiment encouraging people to “see something, say something” ostensibly so the appropriate governing bodies can “do something.” Yet what are we to do when the relevant governing bodies fail to take action in response to a community’s appeals for aid and intervention.

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Madeline Jaekle
The State of Mental Health Community Inclusion Initiatives

Even though calls for Community Integration date back to the beginning of the survivors’ movement in the 1960s, we have only seen significant or effective implementation of services that would support community integration in the past 10 years. This reality is both disappointing and shocking in light of the long standing support of and advocacy for community integration among individuals most affected by their mental health diagnosis. The importance of community integration and its potential to drastically improve outcomes among those living with a mental health diagnosis has gained tremendous support among mental health experts, 

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Madeline Jaekle
Maintaining Wellness as a Mental Health Caregivers: Choosing Personal Wellness first so no one comes in last

Benjamin Franklin once said, ‘in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.’ A notoriously accurate assertion, however, I’m inclined to think that in life, not only are death and taxes certain but also interruptions of wellness and unexpected misfortunes are also guaranteed. Interruptions in wellness can range from, accidents, to injuries, to diseases, to trauma, to unexpected loss and everything in between. It is humanly impossible to go through life and never encounter an interruption of wellness be it brief, longterm, minor, or life altering, unexpected interruptions in wellness are unavoidable. For the most part we do a pretty good job recovering from interruptions in wellness, more often than not successfully surviving and overcoming such interruptions is in large part related to the surge of support and care we receive from our friends, family and loved ones when crisis strikes.

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Madeline Jaekle
.Coping with Celebrity Suicide : Let’s Talk Facts

Suicide can be difficult to prevent and even more difficult to understand. Despite the fact that 2/3 of people who commit suicide are depressed at the time, reports from the Center of Disease Control (CDC) reveal that suicide is very rarely caused by just one factor, in fact 54% of individuals who die by suicide have no known mental health conditions. Although, CDC findings paint a dim picture, reports that identify warning signs related to suicide reveal that there are ways in which suicide can be prevented. To enhance your understanding of how you can support someone you are worried about let’s review what we know about the ways in which suicide affects our society.

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Madeline Jaekle
#4body4mind Mental Health Awareness Month 2018

With the rise of hashtags and “share worthy” content the reach of Mental Health Awareness month has grown greatly, providing momentum for initiatives that continue long after the month ends. By taking advantage of hashtags and social media tags many organizations have been able to effectively curate yearly themes and calls to action. For the past 10 years Mental Health America, the organization responsible for the establishment of mental health awareness month in 1949, has spearheaded the use of unique themes to guide activities and events celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month.

Addressing the vital importance of the body and mind connection when working toward improving mental health and well-being this year’s theme, Fitness #4body4mind, is a call to action that is relevant and beneficial to all individuals regardless of their mental health status. This month’s #4body4mind campaign addresses both the ways in which mental health can benefit from physical health and the ways in which mental health affects the physical body.

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Madeline Jaekle
In the Aftermath of Mania A Burgeoning Mosaic Arises

As I spend each day practicing all my mindfulness, meditation, medication and faith, I hold fast to the hope that this time the aftermath of the storm will be more like a mosaic of broken pieces and less like a tornado demolished township. What I am sure of is that if it were not for my extensive FRAMALLY none of my pieces would be put together again, regardless of the level of the storm

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Madeline Jaekle