As a member of the Orlando Police Department Hazmat team, Gerry Realin was dispatched to deal with the aftermath and cleanup of the Pulse nightclub shooting in June — and he hasn’t recovered from what he saw there since.
Realin’s wife, Jessica, recalled how her husband reacted when he came home from work that day.
An epidemic is spreading in Florida.
At its worst, mental illness asserts itself in paranoia and delusions that can explode into violence, which happened last month when a lawyer shot three people at Florida State University before police killed him.
But more commonly, it resides in the private and personal anguish of those who struggle daily with a mind at war with itself.
It does not discriminate.Read More
Fernandez. Guerrero. Martinez. As the names of the victims in the Orlando shooting were announced, it quickly became clear that the traumatic event had disproportionately affected the city’s Read More
Findings from NAMI and the CDC regarding suicide in Americans age 15 to 24
Because suicide is the third-leading cause of death for young people in the U.S. between the ages of 15 and 24 years, it’s important to be aware of the latest studies that track this phenomenon. Most young people who take their lives have one or more diagnosable and treatable mental illnesses, making these suicides preventable.
The tragedy of suicide is that it passes on the hopelessness felt by Read More
Therapeutic Photography just came to me. I was in a spiritual retreat, and suddenly, during the workshop realized that I can show people the reflection of their soul through the use of my camera.
First of all it is important to understand I am NOT a therapist. What I am is a very sensitive being that is walking the spiritual path and has professional photography experience. Saying I have a professional photography experience is an understatement as I Read More
Legislators who make important decisions receive much of their information about mental illness the same way the general public does: through the media. While members of Congress also have staffers to study the issues, they rely on constituents for information. That means you. The best way to inform the legislators and give them an accurate picture of the reality of mental illness is to share with them the stories of those whom have had personal experiences with mental illness.