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Ann Marie T. Sullivan, M.D., Acting Commissioner
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Pathways to wellness

2013 May is Mental Health Month Web Links

Where in the World Wide Web will you go today? To celebrate May is Mental Health Month, we have compiled 31 interesting links to help you and your loved ones lead full and healthy lives. Check out some of these links to learn more about mental health, wellness, and emotional development.

May 1. For more than 60 years, Mental Health America has led the observance of May is Mental Health Month, this year’s theme is Pathways to wellness. Leaving OMH site

May 2. The 9th Annual NYC Mental Health Film Festival. Sunday May 5, 2013, 11:30 am to 5:00 pm, St Francis College, 180 Remsen, Brooklyn, NY. This film festival defeats stigma by bringing together mental health recipients and film buffs from around the New York City region. This year it will showcase films that introduce mental health recipients who have excelled in their lives and careers. It will include a film on young adults who have turned their lives around. Leaving OMH site

May 3. Relaxation Techniques for Stress Relief. Where do you carry your tension? In your neck? Is your jaw clenched? How about your shoulders? Learn how to relax and start melting that tension away. Leaving OMH site

May 4. It’s My Life. Brought to you by PBS, It’s My Life deals with life and the stuff kids deal with every day. Whatever problem you’re dealing with, believe it or not, other kids or teens have gone through the same thing. At It’s My Life, read informative articles, take quizzes, watch video clips of other kids talking about their feelings and experiences, get advice from other kids and experts, and contribute your own comments or questions. It’s My Life also features interviews with celebrities about stuff they had to go through when they were kids. Leaving OMH site

May 5. ParentCorps is a family-centered, school-based preventive intervention designed to foster healthy development and school success among young children (ages 3–6) living in disadvantaged neighborhoods. Leaving OMH site

May 6. Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce. Divorce can be a big challenge for both children and parents. Though times may be difficult, children can emerge feeling loved and supported. This multimedia outreach initiative provides much-needed resources for families with young children (ages 2–8) as they encounter the tough transitions that come with divorce. Leaving OMH site

May 7. Life Is Precious, a program by Comunilife, provides educational support, creative art therapy, and wellness activities to Latina teens in Brooklyn and the Bronx who have attempted suicide. The goal of Life is Precious is to eliminate suicide by Latina adolescents by giving them tools that build their resistance and provide the skills to succeed. Leaving OMH site

May 8. BAM! Guide to Getting Along. Ever notice how quickly people get angry? It seems like people can go from totally happy to totally ticked off in no time at all. In fact, the feeling of anger is actually a series of reactions that happen in just 1/30th of a second. Brought to you by the Center for Disease Control. Leaving OMH site

May 9. ReachOut USA uses the internet to provide information that teens and young adults need and want in an anonymous, non-threatening and non-judgmental space. ReachOut USA can be valuable part of how teens and young adults handle the tough times they face. Leaving OMH site

May 10. Brain Activity Map. Researchers explain the goals and structure of the new brain-mapping project. Leaving OMH site

May 11. To Write Love On Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. To Write Love On Her Arms exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. Leaving OMH site

May 12. Happy Mother’s Day! Being a new mom is an incredible experience… sleepless nights, that wonderful baby smell, first smiles, so many diapers. But it can be overwhelming at times, and many moms experience the “baby blues” shortly after giving birth. If you think it might be more than the blues, or aren’t sure, this is a good place to start. Leaving OMH site

May 13. Brain Games. The National Geographic Channel is teaming up with some of the world’s foremost neuroscientists to get inside your head and show you what’s going on in there. Delving into topics like focus, fear, persuasion, decision-making and neural fitness, Nat Geo allows you to get to know your brain like never before. Monday nights, check your local listings for times. Leaving OMH site

May 14. Reading is Fundamental and good for mental health. Children who are solid readers perform better in school, have a healthy self-image, and become lifelong learners, adding to their viability in a competitive world. These calendars of reading activities will help you to plant the seeds of a lifetime of literacy.
Ages birth to 5: PDF DocumentLeaving OMH site
Ages 6 to 15: PDF DocumentLeaving OMH site

May 15. You know when you read a book and then get disappointed when you see the movie because it didn’t quite live up to what you had imagined in your head? You created neural pathways in your brain! Build brain power by getting lost in a good book this month. Here’s a scientific explanation of how this happens from the Washington University in St. Louis. Leaving OMH site

May 16. Living with chronic pain can take its toll on your mental well being, but new treatments and therapies can help. Neurology Now explains your brain on chronic pain. Leaving OMH site

May 17. Swim your way to better health and mental health! Leaving OMH site

May 18. Is there a link between depression and menopause? Leaving OMH site

May 19. Live Through This is a photo project aimed at reducing stigma associated with attempted suicide, as well as promoting awareness, prevention, and prevention education, by confronting the viewer with images of real people who have struggled with these issues... and won. Leaving OMH site

May 20. What Happens Now? Few voices of suicide attempt survivors have emerged in the public conversation about suicide, and few resources exist for those who’ve wrestled with suicidal thoughts. This blog was launched by the American Association of Suicidology. Leaving OMH site

May 21. Self Injury Outreach and Support is a collaborative between the University of Guelph and McGill University. It is a non-profit outreach initiative providing information and resources about self-injury to those who self-injure, those who have recovered, and those who want to help. Leaving OMH site

May 22. Active Minds is a national organization that empowers college students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking. Through campus-wide events and national programs, Active Minds aims to remove the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and create a comfortable environment for an open conversation about mental health issues on college campuses nationwide. Leaving OMH site

May 23. DSM-5: The Future of Psychiatric Diagnosis. Publication of the fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) this month will mark one of the most anticipated events in the mental health field. Read more about it. Leaving OMH site

May 24a. Diagnosing the Wrong Deficit. An interesting perspective on sleep disorders versus attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Are you getting enough sleep? Leaving OMH site

May 24b. 11 tricks for perfect sleep. Leaving OMH site

May 25. National Stroke Association. May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Do you know the symptoms of a stroke? Act FAST! Explore the Resource Center for programs and activities aimed to increase awareness of lifesaving stroke information. Leaving OMH site

May 26. CompeerCORPS has been developed by Compeer to create a supportive network for veterans who could benefit from a veteran peer mentor and other community relationships. Veteran volunteer mentors are matched with a veteran based on interests, age-range, military service and gender. Leaving OMH site

May 27. It’s Memorial Day, thank the veterans you know and honor the memories of those who have passed. The PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling program provides “peer-to-peer” counseling for veterans suffering from the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Since its inception last year, the program has been assisting veterans in four test counties: Suffolk, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Jefferson. The counseling available through the program is free of charge and provided to participating veterans by fellow veterans who understand coping with and overcoming the psychological trauma experienced during intense armed conflict. Seven additional counties will receive funding to develop peer to peer veteran resources this year. They include Nassau, Erie, Onondaga, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester.
Rensselaer County: Heroes at Home Leaving OMH site
Jefferson County: The VETS Peer to Peer Outreach Center Leaving OMH site
Saratoga County: Leaving OMH site
Suffolk County: The Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans PTSD Peer Support Project Leaving OMH site

May 28. Blue Zones are pockets around the world where people live measurably better and longer. Researchers have found that the lifestyles of all Blue Zones residents share nine specific characteristics. Find out what these characteristics are and how you can optimize your health and happiness. Leaving OMH site

May 29. Want to prevent aging of your brain? Learn a new language. Leaving OMH site

May 30a. Mental Health: A guide for Latinos and their families is a video and booklet that features discussions with Latino individuals and families talking about their experiences with mental health, and with Latino psychiatrists discussing common mental health, treatments, and special issues among Latinos. In English and Spanish. Leaving OMH site

May 30b. Mental Health: A guide for African Americans and their families is a video and booklet that features African Americans talking about their experiences with mental health with an emphasis on how the traditional resilience and strength of the African American community can help people recover from mental health struggles and achieve their goals and dreams. Leaving OMH site

May 31. Watching fish has been shown to lower blood pressure, heart rate and muscle tension, so take a quick five minute stress break and check in on the Aquarium of the Pacific’s fish with live webcams placed inside some of the Aquarium’s exhibits. Leaving OMH site