MENtal Health: The Importance of Mental Health Awareness in Men

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Last week in my life span development class, we learned that in the United States although more women attempt suicide, more men die because of suicide.

This statistic was not surprising to me, as I know that there is a lack of mental health awareness for men in the United States.

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As the mother of a boy, I know it is easy to just want your son to be athletic and “tough” all the time. You forget to encourage them to talk about their feelings and that it is okay There are pressures from other family members and competition between male siblings and cousins to be the best at athletics. While focusing on athletics, boys tend to forget about their mental wellness. However, it is extremely important to stress mental wellness to young boys and men.

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By encouraging mental health awareness for men and young boys you are setting them up for a less stressful future. Individuals who understand the importance of mental wellness tend to be less stressed throughout life.

 

You are also decreasing the amount of physical aggression and anger in men by teaching them how to talk about mental illness issues and how to live a healthy lifestyle when it comes to mental wellness. According to the National Institution of Mental Health, “some men with depression or anxiety disorders hide emotions” causing them to “appear angry or aggressive when they express their emotions”.

 

By teaching your sons, nephews, and husbands to effectively express and talk about their mental wellness, one is helping them live a better lifestyle.

Remember it is completely okay for boys to express their feelings! Everyone deserves to be able to talk about their mental wellbeing, including males!

 

 

Keep on Keeping on.

 

Katheryn Burton

Clemson University, BS Psychology ’18

Case Management Intern

Destination Greatness, PLLC

 

About Destination Greatness

Destination Greatness is a mental health and substance abuse psychotherapy agency dedicated to assisting individuals and families in maximizing their level of functioning on all life domains in pursuit of Greatness. Destination Greatness provide individuals and families with the opportunity to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives. Destination Greatness strives to enrich each individual and family through greater self-awareness, focus on strengths, and belief in a greater destiny.

 

 

Shanna A. Jefferson

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It’s Time to Stand-Up and Speak-Out

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By: Kristen Pettaway, MA LPC Liberty University | Clinical Case Manager Intern Destination Greatness, PLLC

Women Stand Up

Stand UpSerious business!  There has been an enormous amount of conversation lately about sexual harassment and sexual violence.  Many of the violators have gotten away with this behavior for years.  It has now come to light as many public figures have decided to take a stand and speak out against harassment in the workplace.  I just want to take this opportunity to shine some light on what happens to the individual who may not have a voice to stand-up and speak-out against their perpetrator.

Black Tears

 

Statistics reveal that the highest rates of victimized children are from the African American community.  The effects from such maltreatment can lead to both short-term and long-term consequences on the individual’s mental health.  History of sexual violence and sexual misconduct against African American women in their childhood and adolescence may result in depression, trauma, and suicidal thoughts even successful completion of suicide.

Group DiscussionThis type of behavior should not be tolerated and should not be acceptable in our workplaces nor in our communities.  We must give a voice to the voiceless who continue to struggle through situations that cause them physical and mental harm.  This is a call to action to stand-up and speak-out against sexual predator behavior, sexual violence, sexual harassment, sexual violations and sexual misconduct of any kind.

Until next time, remember the minds of young women are at state!

LogoDestination Greatness is a mental health and substance abuse psychotherapy agency dedicated to assisting individuals and families in maximizing their level of functioning on all life domains in pursuit of Greatness. Destination Greatness provides individuals and families with the opportunity to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives. Destination Greatness strives to enrich each individual and family through greater self-awareness, focus on strengths, and belief in a greater destiny.

 

 

Reference

Vinson, E. S., & Oser, C. B. (2016). Risk and protective factors for suicidal ideation in African American women with a history of sexual violence as a minor. Violence Against Women, 22(14), 1770–1787. doi:10.1177/1077801216632614

7 Signs of Bullying

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By: Kristen Pettaway, MA LPC Liberty University | Clinical Case Manager Intern Destination Greatness, PLLC

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Male Bully

Bullying is a form of hostile aggression of an imbalance of power where the one doing the bullying presents as a more powerful person or group attacking than the less powerful one.  Bullying behavior is intended to annoy or harm the victim and occurs repeatedly over time.

 

Cyber Bully

Bullying can be in the form of verbal (i.e. name-calling, or threats), psychological (i.e. spreading rumors or exclusion) physical (i.e. kicking, hitting, or taunting).  Bullying can be done directly or indirectly at schools in the classroom, hallway, playground; and sometimes anonymously through email, and text messages, and through social media (i.e. Facebook,                                                                                           Instagram, chat rooms, etc.).

School girl Bullies

Bullying can present in many ways but maintains the same essential mean-spiritedness of dominance over others through hostile means, and no empathy for the victim.  Bullying is widespread and most likely to occur in middle school, but bullying can start as early as in late elementary school and extend into high school. Bullying victims, as well as those who bully, are usually male.  However, the population of female bullying has increased in recent years with females using relational aggression through the avenue of social media.

7 Signs of bullying include:

Depression                                                    Hopelessness

Feelings of isolation                                    Loss of friendships

High levels of anxiety                                 Unhappiness

Self-injury and/or thoughts of suicide

 

Workplace Bully

Bullying is not only a problem for children and adolescents but adults can experience bullying as well.  Often times bullying for adults may occur in the workplace and can affect them in the same manner.

 

Recognizing the signs is the first step to combat bullying behavior.  The best way to stop bullying is to tell someone and to bring it to light.  Bullying can be stopped and help is available.

Until next time reflect on this!Workplace Stats

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http://www.destinationgreatnesspllc.org

 

It’s Time to Stand-Up and Speak-Out

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By: Kristen Pettaway, MA LPC Liberty University | Clinical Case Manager Intern Destination Greatness, PLLC

Stand UpWomen Stand Up

Serious business!  There has been an enormous amount of conversation lately about sexual harassment and sexual violence.  Many of the violators have gotten away with this behavior for years.  It has now come to light as many public figures have decided to take a stand and speak out against harassment in the workplace.  I just want to take this opportunity to shine some light on what happens to the individual who may not have a voice to stand-up and speak-out against their perpetrator.

Black Tears

Statistics reveal that the highest rates of victimized children are from the African American community.  The effects from such maltreatment can lead to both short-term and long-term consequences on the individual’s mental health.  History of sexual violence and sexual misconduct against African American women in their childhood and adolescence may result in depression, trauma, and suicidal thoughts even successful completion of suicide.

Group Discussion

This type of behavior should not be tolerated and should not be acceptable in our workplaces nor in our communities.  We must give a voice to the voiceless who continue to struggle through situations that cause them physical and mental harm.  This is a call to action to stand-up and speak-out against sexual predator behavior, sexual violence, sexual harassment, sexual violations and sexual misconduct of any kind.

The minds of our young women are at state!

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Destination Greatness is a mental health and substance abuse psychotherapy agency dedicated to assisting individuals and families in maximizing their level of functioning on all life domains in pursuit of Greatness. Destination Greatness provides individuals and families with the opportunity to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives. Destination Greatness strives to enrich each individual and family through greater self-awareness, focus on strengths, and belief in a greater destiny.

http://www.destinationgreatnesspllc.org

 

Reference

Vinson, E. S., & Oser, C. B. (2016). Risk and protective factors for suicidal ideation in African American women with a history of sexual violence as a minor. Violence Against Women, 22(14), 1770–1787. doi:10.1177/1077801216632614

Community Advocacy

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By: Kristen Pettaway, MA Student, Liberty University and Clinical Case Manager Intern, Destination Greatness, PLLC

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Saturday, October 7th marked the day of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) 5K walk, which raises money to help further the efforts of awareness about mental illness.  On this day hundreds of walkers gathered at Grant Park in Atlanta GA IMG_0035to advocate on the behalf of mental illness in the community.  At the start of the walk over $108,000.00 dollars had been raised through sponsorships for NAMI walks.

 

 

 

 

Shanti Das gave her revealing testimony about her personal battle with severe depression, a disease that cost her father and cousin their lives. I spoke to Ashanti briefly and thanked her for sharing her story and congratulated her on her accomplishments. After introducing myself and Destination Greatness’ sponsorship to Silence the Shame I became a part of their walking family of approximately 15 others.

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I had a brief conversation with a lady who asked me if Shanti said that “prayer is not enough” to get her through her feeling of depression, to which I had said “Amen” to the statement. The lady was obviously offended. To that, I quoted scripture James 2:20 “faith without works is dead”. She replied, “bring all things to God in prayer”.  I then replied to her that God answers prayer by placing therapists to fill the gap fulfilling HIS will here on earth. She agreed and said, “you are right”. She moved from being critical and judgmental to seeing God’s handy work through His vessels of mental health providers. We parted gracefully and the walk began. God can do all things.

Brenda Wood also revealed her struggles with depression before announcing the official start of the walk. The mood was jovial, filled with strength and determination to make a difference.

Along the pathway through Grant Park individuals talked, laughed, cried, made friends and acquaintances but most of all walked for a collective cause.  No one was deterred from walking even as the glumly sky loomed overhead made way to mist and drizzle.  The event was too important to sway us.

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1-800-273-8255

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September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Mental illness, specifically untreated depression, is the leading cause of suicide. You are not alone. Seek help.

Mental illness is real. You can survive and thrive.

Logic recently performed “1-800-273-8255” at the VMAs sharing his struggles with depression and suicidal ideation.

I want you to be alive.-Logic

Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline if you need to talk about your struggles. 1-800-273-8255

Call 1-800-273-8255


 

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Destination Greatness also offers convenient, confidential online and telephone therapy to residents of NC, SC, and GA. No insurance required.

 

Use the code “Survivor” for 15% off of your initial session.

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Shanna A. Jefferson, MSW, LCSW, LISW-CP/S