Monday, May 25, 2015

Gibson Enterprises: Stop the Stigma

Ridiculing serious mental illness is a huge no-no in my book.  It's not okay anytime, anywhere by anyone.  And when I see it, I must speak up.  Here's an email I just sent to:

Gibson Enterprises, Inc.
36 Zaca Ln
San Luis Obispo CA 93401
800 528-9730 phone

I was shopping yesterday with my adult son, who happens to have a serious mental illness, when we came across your colorful Ha ha! Ha ha! display that contained butane lighters products ridiculing “Schizo-phrenics”.

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My son said, “that’s just sad.”

I thought so too and that’s why I’m writing your company.

It’s bad enough that people with schizophrenia, bipolar and other serious brain illnesses are afflicted with a terrible disease. But they also have to deal with the confusion, fear and disgust of others.

Your marketing strategy is not okay.  IT is disgusting and deplorable.   

Therefore I ask that you stop manufacturing any and all products that encourage stigma, discrimination and misunderstanding of people with serious brain illnesses. 

It is NOT a laughing matter and I hope you’ll soon be hearing from many others who feel the same way.

Karen Easter
A mom who cares

Crisis Hotline for Tennessee Veterans

Is there someone to call if a veteran is in crisis or at risk of suicide? YES

The Veterans Crisis Line is a toll-free, confidential resource that connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring VA responders.

Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 or chat online at* to receive free, confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, even if they are not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care.

The professionals at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of all ages and circumstances—from Veterans coping with mental health issues that were never addressed to recent Veterans struggling with relationships or the transition back to civilian life.

Did you know? #TB4T

Knoxville Community Men's Health Fair

We will have free shuttles running around the city to pick up and bring you home. No insurance is needed. No doctor referral needed -- Dentist, doctors, we even have vision people who can check the vision of infants! Everything is FREE! Bring your men! We need healthy men to ensure our families and communities are strong!! If you need a certain screening call the number on the flyer.

On Memorial Day, we must remember that homeless and at-risk veterans need more than just shelter.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Tennessee: Prison Health Care Spending (December 2014 report)

State Prison Health Care Spending: State Fact Sheets

Check your state here:

Time Served in Tennessee


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In Tennessee, another sentenced to jail instead of treatment. #Tb4T #aot4TN

Naked man accused of attacking Hawkins County deputy on bridge

ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. — A nude man caught walking across a bridge near Rogersville is accused of attacking a Hawkins County deputy who refused to shake his hand.
The Kingsport Times-News reports that Hawkins County Sheriff's Office Cpl. Keith Long says he received a complaint around 3:20 a.m. Thursday morning about a naked man walking in the roadway. Upon his arrival, Long says he saw 22-year-old Derrick Dalton Goins and tried to speak with him, but Goins only said his first name repeatedly.
Long says Goins reached his hand out and tried to shake hands. When Long refused, Goins punched him.
Goins is charged with assault on an officer, resisting arrest and indecent exposure. It is unclear if he has a lawyer.

Severe Mental Illness Found to Drop in Young, Defying Perceptions

From today's New York Times:

The rate of severe mental illness among children and adolescents has dropped substantially in the past generation, researchers reported Wednesday, in an analysis that defies public perceptions of trends in youngsters’ mental health.

The new report, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, comes at a time of fierce debate over the rates and treatment of childhood mental disorders. Critics argue that modern psychiatry is over-diagnosing and treating an increasing number of the worried well or merely quirky.

Read the article here:

Trends in Mental Health Care among Children and Adolescents — NEJM

Trends in Mental Health Care among Children and Adolescents — NEJM