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to his or her community.
The CDC defines
mental health conditions as: Health conditions that are characterized by alterations in thinking, mood, or behavior (or some combination of those) associated with distress and/or impaired functioning.
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Despite Winning Miss International, Raising Mental Health Awareness is Her Crowning Achievement
By Elise Banks | Aug. 27, 2015
The start of my platform Healthy Mind, Successful Life began when
I was only 9 years old, although I
did not know it at the time. My
grandmother was diagnosed with
Alzheimer’s when I was 3 years old. Therefore, all of my memories of her are of someone who did not
even know I was her granddaughter. When my grandmother passed away, right before my 10th birthday, I was able to see the devastating effects of how a mental illness can take on a person and their loved ones. This experience is what prompted me to be involved with the mental health field. I never wanted another family to go through what mine did during that time.
With my platform, I have had the opportunity to speak to children, teens and adults about the importance of staying mentally healthy and breaking the stigma associated with mental illnesses. We live in a society where talking about mental health is sometimes considered a “taboo” topic. So my mission is to start the conversation. This allows people to feel more comfortable discussing questions they may have about their mental health and seeking professional help.
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MISS INTERNATIONAL IS COMING TO WASHINGTON, DC
NOVEMBER 21, 2015
FREE PUBLIC WORKSHOP
November 19, 2015
JSSA (Jewish Social Service Agency)
Training Institute and
NAMI DC (National Alliance for Mental Health)
Grief After Suicide:
Finding Hope and Healing
by Jack R. Jordan, Ph.D.
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.