Albany, NY -- 10.17.2016 — On Tuesday, Jesse Calhoun will participate in a forum style discussion about current concerns regarding mental health at the Desmond Hotel, hosted by the Mental Health Association in New York, Inc. He is scheduled to speak at 8 p.m.
Jesse Calhoun is a former case manager and educator, and knows how essential Mental Health care and support services are to people.
“Mental health is an issue that touches just about every family in America. I am of the belief that society as a whole needs to overcome the stigma surrounding it. We all need help. Whether it’s healthy communication, family trauma, or diagnosable mental illness, there should be no more stigma about seeking help and services than there is when you go to a doctor for a broken bone.
As a society if we do not get in front of this issue and start addressing the root causes of mental distress and injury we will face a completely unsustainable situation. We already have a need for care that far surpasses our ability to provide for it.
Take a look at the rates for example. According to Autism Speaks, Autism rates have increased 600 percent over the past 2 decades.
It is essential that we both provide appropriate care and that we work harder to address the root causes of mental health issues by reducing the overall amounts of trauma, induced both interpersonally upon our pshyche and physiologically by our environment. When it comes to environmental root causes “toxic metal exposure can result in a wide array of common mental health disorders that can mimic many psychiatric “diseases” and thus lead to psychoactive prescription drug use or other unnecessary treatments.”
The social-emotional reach of mental health issues is one of the great challenges that we face. We are dealing with high rates of stress, poverty, isolation, loneliness, abuse, and trauma. All of which can be potential triggers for psychological problems. Our interactions and relationships can be as toxic as chemicals. Currently, our institutions and our culture fall short of normalizing an open discussion about mental health. It is time to embrace a massive paradigm shift in which people’s levels of comfort and pain are placed above profits, avoidance, and black-and-white thinking.
I say all of this with personal knowledge, having felt the impact of my father’s manic depression and suicide, as well as my cousin’s institutionalization and dealings with the criminal justice system, and having the experience of being a preschool teacher for so long, and having observed and interacted with children who are clearly experiencing mental health issues.”
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