CSHC Mental Illness (Health) Talk

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This is a talk I gave at the Men's Breakfast of Christian Stronghold Church on April 9, 2011. It was a blessing and once again I healed a bit more on giving it.

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  • CSHC Mental Illness (Health) Talk

    1. 1. Mental Illness (& Health): What We Need To Know & Do To Cope Christian Stronghold Church Men’s Breakfast April 9, 2011 Craig A. DeLargeApril 09, 2011 CSHC Mens Breakfast 1
    2. 2. Today’s Topics• Mental Illness (MI): – What is it? – What causes it? – How is it treated?• My Mental Health Story• What We Can Do for Ourselves, Our Families & Communities re: MIApril 09, 2011 CSHC Mens Breakfast 2
    3. 3. My Goal Today• Educate your Mind against Fear & Stigma• Inspire your Heart to Compassion• Animate your Will to ActionApril 09, 2011 CSHC Mens Breakfast 3
    4. 4. Disclaimer• I am NOT a doctor or therapist• I am NOT professionally trained• I am experientially trained• I am on a journey & I am here to share what I have acquiredApril 09, 2011 CSHC Mens Breakfast 4
    5. 5. Our Fear & Stigma Will Not Save Us Job 3:25 - For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.April 09, 2011 CSHC Mens Breakfast 5
    6. 6. Life’s Trouble Equips for Comfort II Corinthians 1:4 - Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.April 09, 2011 CSHC Mens Breakfast 6
    7. 7. What is Mental Illness?• abnormal patterns of thinking, emotion or behavior• associated with distress & a lack of functioning, that can vary greatly• can manifest: – as acute or chronic – with stable or fluid symptomsApril 09, 2011 CSHC Mens Breakfast 7
    8. 8. What is Mental Illness?• onset is common in adolescence and early adulthood• lack of awareness of illness & refusal of care commonApril 09, 2011 CSHC Mens Breakfast 8
    9. 9. What are the Mental Illnesses?• Depression• Panic & Anxiety• Bipolar Disorder• Obsessive - Compulsive Disorder• Schizophrenia• Click link below to see definitions at: http://www.delicious.com/cadelarge/nami_mental_illnessesApril 09, 2011 CSHC Mens Breakfast 9
    10. 10. Mental Illness Depicted In Bible Nahum 2:10 - She is emptied! Yes, she is desolate and waste! Hearts are melting and knees knocking! Also anguish is in the whole body. And all their faces are grown pale! Jonah 2:5-7 - The waters closed in over me to take my life; the deep surrounded me; weeds were wrapped about my head at the roots of the mountains. I went down to the land whose bars closed upon me forever.April 09, 2011 CSHC Mens Breakfast 10
    11. 11. What Causes Mental Illnesses?• Genetic Heritage• Traumatic Stress• Brain chemistry & structure• Usually combinations of all the aboveApril 09, 2011 CSHC Mens Breakfast 11
    12. 12. What are Effects of Mental Illness?• Individual – inability to function, even if willing – incarceration – alienation/transience• Familial – systemic sickness; – caregivers role – coping with stigma – grieving – dealing with torturous mental health systemApril 09, 2011 CSHC Mens Breakfast 12
    13. 13. Effects & Opps Among A-As • Poverty, foster status (45%), homelessness (40%) & incarceration (50%), violent exposure increase odds of MI • A-As: – less likely to get accurate diagnosis thus need for more competence in dealing with SYSTEM – underrepresented as treaters thus need for more A- As to train as Psychs & SWs – have cultural bias against MH system resulting in lower access to care thus greater need for educationwww.nami.org April 09, 2011 CSHC Mens Breakfast 13(http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/mentalhealth/cre/execsummary-2.html
    14. 14. Effect & Opps Among A-As • A-As: – prone to seeking support in community vs system thus community needs mental health competence – metabolize meds more slowly while getting higher doses resulting in worst side effects & lower compliance thus need to better understand treatment regimens – Click link to see NAMI African American Fact Sheetwww.nami.org April 09, 2011 CSHC Mens Breakfast 14(http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/mentalhealth/cre/execsummary-2.html)
    15. 15. Typical, but Unproductive, Responses to Mental Illness• Denial/Stigma• Shame/Guilt• Anger/Bitterness• Isolation/Despair• Succumbing to MI under “caregiver stress”April 09, 2011 CSHC Mens Breakfast 15
    16. 16. How is Mental Illness Treated?• Psychotherapy• Medication• Diet/Exercise/Rest• Time/CareApril 09, 2011 CSHC Mens Breakfast 16
    17. 17. Recovery & Functionality are Possible!!!April 09, 2011 CSHC Mens Breakfast 17
    18. 18. My Story: MI Effect on Me• Anger & deep sense of grief & sadness as father over lost opportunities• Guilt over my role as cause of son’s MI as well as enforcer of care & accountability• In denial & confused regarding balance between care & accountabilityApril 09, 2011 CSHC Mens Breakfast 18
    19. 19. My Story: My Coping & Recovery• Education, on own, & in community• Seeking community with like afflicted – National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)• Care & comforting of self, wife, son, siblings & extended family, community• Patient, persistent practice & engagement to build resilienceApril 09, 2011 CSHC Mens Breakfast 19
    20. 20. God Knows How To Restore Joel 2:25 - And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eatenApril 09, 2011 CSHC Mens Breakfast 20
    21. 21. What Can We Do!April 09, 2011 CSHC Mens Breakfast 21
    22. 22. What We Can Do for Ourselves?• Avoid denial when getting feedback about your own abnormal patterns• Engage in continuous counseling: self (BC-1), community & one-on-one• Commit to preventative self-care of mind, emotions, body, diet, sleep & relationships• When ill, submit to treatment (if you can)April 09, 2011 CSHC Mens Breakfast 22
    23. 23. What We Can Do for Our Families?• Patiently persist towards recovery• Get educated (though perplexing)• Balance accountability with care• Cultivate a “community of like- afflicted”April 09, 2011 CSHC Mens Breakfast 23
    24. 24. What We Can Do for Our Communities?• Be models of mental health & resilience• Stand against stigma & shame• Be compassionate - “Good Samaritans”• Learn available resource & the SYSTEMApril 09, 2011 CSHC Mens Breakfast 24
    25. 25. Very Key Point!• Mental Illness is no one’s fault and not a character flaw• Mental Illness is a journey we must travel together with care & accountability• Energy better invested in work towards recovery than in blame & angerApril 09, 2011 CSHC Mens Breakfast 25
    26. 26. Key Resources I Suggest (click links below)• National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – Family to Family Education Program – NAMI Resource & Forensics Guide – NAMI PA Main Line Forums• Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Health Awareness Month (July)April 09, 2011 CSHC Mens Breakfast 26
    27. 27. Photo Credits• shadow boy: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_NR48UcL2XMI/SSRPG7ODnyI/ AAAAAAAAAyw/PqU6BQnemcU/s400/mentalillness.jpg• man holding head: http://l.thumbs.canstockphoto.com/canstock1156116.jpg• tearing lady (black & white): http://newsone.com/files/2010/01/ sad_black_woman.JPG• girl with head on: lap:http://api.ning.com/files/ 8Uel2jMyfVVRmCy2uTU64GmzA3NShrBCH*QLyh7hpVXDSqDn7-7HMRGpMQw6Cr 6j5M-TbVrHvaP-*bWOkdwrs1Y0l7HHH-Og/up_2727.jpg?crop=1%3A1• boy with head in hands: http://www.uwhealth.org/files/uwhealth/images/img3/ img_depression_150.jpg• woman in yellow tank: http://www.blackhealthzone.com/wp-content/uploads/ 2011/02/depression.jpg• brain & stethescope: http://imrehealthiq.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/ iStock_000002667412Small.jpg• woman in black kerchief: http://www.race-talk.org/wp-content/uploads/ 2009/12/105641_behind-the-scenes-precious-150x150.jpgApril 09, 2011 CSHC Mens Breakfast 27
    28. 28. Photo Credits• boy in chair: http://www.blackballot.com/weekly_report/images/ 022110_Manic_Depression_African_American.jpg• child in cell: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://cdp.edu.au/cdp/sites/ default/files/slideshow/03_LISS.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.cdp.edu.au/cdp/ photojournalist/juvenile-detention-steve- liss&usg=__KxPd9VKA_EMzqIx6UZFcwyq5D9c=&h=400&w=600&sz=59&hl=en&star t=171&sig2=WwaPlw9Bk4_tPyweekpVCQ&zoom=1&tbnid=ZX9930vgN3hlOM:&tbnh =90&tbnw=135&ei=2KqfTdzhGbGz0QHe0uSXBQ&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dmental %2Billness%2Bafrican%2Bamericans%26start%3D160%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN %26gbv%3D2%26tbm%3Disch&itbs=1• hands reaching for man: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_BPyXil2_m7c/TPG57oduVfI/ AAAAAAAAAGw/X_YOXcrjvuA/s1600/schizophrenic%25252520- %25252520joem.jpg• bottle of pills: http://helpwithintervention.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/pills.jpgApril 09, 2011 CSHC Mens Breakfast 28

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