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Jan 10
2011

Never Give Up: Two-legged dog brings hope to human beings

Posted by Cathy in puppy , mental health , hope , give up , faith , Dog , army

Cathy

          Walking with Faith. It’s not an easy thing to do, especially when Faith is a two-legged dog. The eight years old Labrador-Chow mix inspires hugs, smiles and even tears, hobnobs with celebrities, jet sets around the world and has even been made an honorary sergeant in the U.S. Army.

          Faith’s owner, Jude Stringfellow told us, “She’s an inspiration!” Faith, who was brown without front legs in 2002, was rescued by Stringfellow and her husband. After Stringfellow knew the fact that Faith couldn’t be fixed, she was so disappointed. However, she never gave up and Stringfellow thought they could help the dog even though she couldn’t be cured. At the beginning, they Stringfellow had to carry Faith to keep her off her chest and chin, but with peanut butter and practice, Faith learned to walk on her two hind legs. Stringfellow taught Faith to walk by luring her with spoons of peanut butter. Since then, Faith has been on “The Oprah Show” and has rubbed paws with celebrities including Lindsay Lohan, Samuel L. Jackson and Ozzy Osbourne.

          Faith is also a regular at U.S. Army bases and military hospitals, lifting the spirits of wounded troops and veterans, for which she was named an honorary E-4 Army sergeant.

Jun 25
2010

Mental Health Help for Inmates: The Basics

Posted by MaxWeb65 in treatment , Prison , mental health , Inmates , Depression

MaxWeb65

Statistics show that mental health issues plague prison inmates on a much higher level than the general population.  Additionally, inmates suffering from mental health issues tend to spend a much longer time in jail and actually receive the least amount of help needed in order to keep them from ever being incarcerated again.  These conditions create a revolving door effect where the inmates most in need for help are often the ones who return to prison.

            Why then does this cyclical process happen? Doesn’t the law guarantee inmates adequate treatment to address their mental health needs?  The answer lies in the fact that these mentally ill inmates are not medicated and thus, understanding their basic rights is nearly impossible.  Inevitably, this leads to our current situation where prisons house more of our mentally ill than hospitals do.  According to the National Sheriffs’ Association, 3.2 times more mentally ill persons are incarcerated rather than receiving treatment at a hospital.  Coupled with the fact that incarcerating an individual is much more costly than providing mental health treatment, it could be said that we’re facing a major crisis.

Jun 16
2010

mental health is all in your head people!

Posted by Rosenfeld in mental health

Rosenfeld

Schizophrenia, depression, bi-polar disorder. These are all examples of so-called mental health disorders, as classified by psychiatrists and psychologists worldwide. But do these “disorders” actually exist?

Organizations like the American Psychiatric Association and the National Institute of Mental Health tell us that they do. So does an organization affectionately called MAPS, or Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. MAPS seeks to use psychedelic drugs to treat mental health disorders, such as anxiety and depression. I say BULLSHIT. While it remains questionable if any of these disorders actually exist, it becomes even less believable when psychedelics are assigned to cure them. MDMA is being researched to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, LSD for severe anxiety, and medical marijuana for various other disorders. These drugs can all be found in my college roommate’s sock drawer, how are they supposed to cure mental health diseases? MDMA, which induces euphoria, is an extremely dangerous drug which can potentially harm the central nervous system. How can a drug that is most often found in techno clubs be useful for curing depression? Coming down from MDMA makes you depressed and sick. Just ask my roommate, he’ll tell you how he never thought he’d see sunshine again.