Facebook and Mental Wellness

Facebook on Health and Wellness: We want to provide enhanced tools and resources to help those with suicidal thoughts get the help they need.

Recently, I came across a friend on Facebook that was posting their personal thoughts about their lives. Unfortunately, these negative thoughts started leading toward committing suicide. I didn’t think I could help other than offering my shoulder to “cry on”. But if you are not close to your online friends other than interacting with them via social platforms, how could you help them? Why would they even talk to you or listen to you?
I came across a valuable news article in the Epoch Times newspaper. Facebook will offer its users online resources and support to help suicidal individuals. This service was made of a new collaboration between Facebook and Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention. Its an organization based in the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. Those who see suicidal posts can now report them to Facebook. Facebook will then tell you how you can help.

 

The Inner Workings of the System

When you see a post that suggests its author might consider suicide, you can click on a dropdown menu and report the post to Facebook. You’ll see a series of responses (those familiar with blocking people know it well) that asks you what you want to do. You can select the following options after selecting the appropriate topic:

• Send A Message to Author
• Contact Another Facebook Friend for Support
• Or Connect with a trained professional at a suicide helpline for guidance

 

Facebook reviews the reported post and offers support pop-up screens that automatically launches when the author logs back into the website. The screens ask them if they might want to receive help if they are still in distress. Coincidently, the responses link to a number of positive options such as videos from Now Matters Now. This program was started by Forefront research scientist Ursula Whiteside and it provides strategies and real-life accounts from real people who struggled with suicidal thoughts. It not only aims at suicidal people but to also educate and provide alternatives or guides for concerned friends or family members.

 

This is a step in the right direction for family and friends witnessing other family and friends on the edge and helping to cope with mental illness or disturbing life situations. No more do you have to stay quiet. Please call the suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for immediate intervention.

 

Source: “Facebook Adds Lifelines to Prevent Suicide” by Deborah Bach www.theepochtimes.com , March 13-19 2015.

#MasterMyWebsites Day 7

The last day of #MasterMyWebsites, day 7. What did I learn from this past week about myself?

Day 7: 2/16/15

Its Only The Beginning

Though this is the last day of my 7-day challenge, the mission is not finished. My challenge won’t be over until my website goals are completed. I had a health setback mixed with procrastination. No matter how you slice it, one has to always prepare for setbacks and disappointments.

Today was a good day though. I got a late start but managed to get a few things done.

I cleaned my room and did some laundry. I didn’t finish all my laundry as I had 5 loads, but cut it to 3 left. I also did some WordPress development on my client’s website, CurvesSouthOzonePark.com. It’s not much, but there’s only a handful of tasks left to complete before I can launch the website.

Physical Observations

Still feeling week and dehydrated. Not drinking enough water although I’m drinking plenty of Crystal Light juice. I’m not eating as healthy as I should but I’m not eating big portions either. I’ve been mostly sleeping for the week.

Emotional Observations

Mostly satisfied today except for getting sick. I was definitely having a good time this weekend although plans got changed since I wasn’t feeling 100%. Once I get back into the groove later this week, I’ll have more energy and confidence to continue my challenge.

Upcoming Tasks

  • Finish chores
  • Complete my client’s website
  • Write posts for cutiedddgamer.com and delightfulcritics.tumblr.com

Challenge Accepted

I did not complete my 7-day challenge. I realized I set an unrealistic goal for my usual lifestyle and ended up failing before I even start. However, its good to know your shortcomings. I still accept this challenge for the rest of the month – Saturday, February 28, 2015, to complete my web development project. I will still blog everyday about my progress. I learned that I have to be honest with myself and what I think I can handle. If I bite off more than I chew, it doesn’t go well when trying to talk and chew. I have to learn how to distinguish a reasonable goal versus a dream goal.

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#MasterMyWebsites Day 5 & 6

Day 5 and 6 of #MasterMyWebsites 7-day challenge

Day 5 and 6: 2/14/15 – 2/15/15

Valentine’s Day

I didn’t expect too much progress today since my Grandmother and fiancé came over. It was a family affair. Meanwhile I was still combating dehydration and lack of rest. I had some fun though and that counts.

The Day After

Sundays are always sluggish for me. I did manage to clean my room half way. Yay for progress! and this meant I was feeling a lot better. Still, I felt burdened with not being able to keep up with my 7-day challenge. I was sleeping a lot during the last 5 days and still not 100%.

What I learned/Value

While watching some movie or television show over the weekend, I came across a dilemma that involved one following their dreams no matter what? They were either striking out on their own or searching for a new career. Either way, they had enough with their current job situation. Someone asked me if I would leave my job and go back to private sector. I said, the only way I would go back to private sector is if I had my own business and I was working for myself. I will stay in public sector just until I can afford to strike out on my own with my empire.

In order to do this, I have to build up my empire and it starts with these websites. My health is improving again so there’s no need to shy away now. Full throttle ahead!

#MasterMyWebsites Day 5 Epilogue

Day 5 Epilogue of #MasterMyWebsites 7-day Challenge.

What do I hope to accomplish today? Any progress is better then no progress. Any finished task brings me closer to my goals. If I keep moving then I’ll get to the finish line or at least hit the markers mapping out the course.

#MasterMyWebsites Day 3 & 4

Day 3 and 4 of #MasterMyWebsites 7-day challenge

Day 3 and 4: 2/12/15 – 2/13/15

The Unexpected

Yesterday morning  while getting ready for work I nearly fainted coming out of the shower. I sat on my bed to collect myself and realized I was abnormally shaking. I had to go to the emergency room.

All this week my health has been deteriorating. Fatigue, lightheadedness and lack of energy plagued me. While in the emergency room, I took 4 tests and the doctors found nothing wrong except for a slight high reading for blood pressure.

The physician told me that I was most likely dehydrated and have a minor iron deficiency. That makes a lot of sense because I haven’t been eating my usual 3 meals a day and not drinking enough water. I was told to get plenty of rest and take the next day off, which meant I have a total of 5 days off. However,  yesterday was like a workday since I was in that hospital for 8.5 hours.

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Treating PTSD in War Veterans with Less Drugs and More Therapeutic Treatments

Alternative Treatments to PSTD for War Veterans are becoming more and more successful rather than some traditional treatments including drug regimens.

Asking For Help

It’s hard for anyone to admit that they need therapy let alone war veterans. If you want to progress with success, ditch the “not-working” methods with fresh new experiments. You won’t know what works for you unless you try them all. Not referring to drugs. More drugs are never a good thing no matter who prescribes it.

Some alternative treatments that war veterans and others with brain injuries are using are:

  • Hikes
  • Scuba Diving
  • Horseback Riding
  • Yoga
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Companion Dogs
  • Tai Chi
  • Fish-oil Supplements
  • High-Pressure Oxygen
  • Brain-Wave optimization technology (by Brain State Technologies)
  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction
  • BattleTap

The pressure is on the Department of Veterans Affairs to inform all veterans of available alternative treatments and therapeutic activities and to expand the range of treatments for those who don’t want nor can afford to rely on a regimen of drugs.

PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome is an anxiety disorder caused by traumatic events, which can trigger nightmares, behavioral problems, emotional numbness, and extreme vigilance to perceived threats. PTSD is most common in war veterans but it is not limited to just this group. Those that experience trauma on a frequent basis such as domestic violence, abuse, bullying, extreme violence, extreme intolerance, can have PTSD. It is important to understand and to look out for symptoms associated with this disorder.

Through a recent study by the Federal Institute of Medicine, the Defense Department’s PTSD management program and VA’s program to screen, diagnose or treat PTSD were not using the best practices. They were poor or mediocre at best, only proving that traditional PTSD treatments are not working on a large-scale.

There are some other treatments that have been admired in treating PTSD:

  • eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, or EMDR
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy

 

Help Is On The Way

Legislation from Mr. Ryan and Rep. Rich Nugent (R., Fla.), has been introduced to create 10 centers across the U.S. offering pilot programs complementary and alternative mental-health treatment and pain management. Though the bill hasn’t reached the House floor as of yet.

For more information about organizations offering alternative therapy to treat PTSD, please visit the following links:

 

Source WSJ Online

Are you a war veteran, suffer from brain injuries or know war veterans or brain injured patients? If so, what treatments (if you don’t mind sharing) are you using and how are they working for you? Let me know in the comment area, send me a tweet at @QAThornton or reply to this post on Facebook or Google+!

The You Laws: Bringing It All Together

Bringing it all together – Body, Mind and Soul. You can’t do a complete change without changing every aspect of your being.

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You can’t do a complete change of lifestyle without changing every aspect of your being – your body, mind and soul need to be brought together.

I learned this while trying to succeed at my weight loss. After almost a year, there are some aspects in my life that hasn’t changed for the better. The motivation has improved but is not where it needs to be. My procrastination is still raging rampant perhaps due to less energy since my motivation is lacking.

I thought about it for a bit and made some distinctions. When I force myself to come out of my comfort zone, I feel better and more alive. A couple of weeks ago, I had to get up at 5:30 AM to visit my grandfather so that my mom could treat us to breakfast and to paint the town ‘Red’. My normal wake up time is after 12:00 PM. You can only imagine how cranky I was when I woke up. Surprisingly, I felt really good and full of energy given that I only slept 3-4 hours that night.

Another distinction I made is the times I eat meals and snacks. If I eat every 2-3 hours I don’t eat big portions and then I don’t feel full and can’t move. These are body changes, so what about mind and soul changes?

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I like to day-dream a lot about my glorious future, where I want to live, how my dream job will look like, and how awesome my marriage would be. Positive thoughts are what changes your mind fields. Keeping thinking positive thoughts and those positive thoughts manifest itself with the help of the Universe energy waves. They bring back positive results to you. I experienced this when for a few months I kept thinking about how happy I would be to get some money to pay for my web hosting every month. And every month, though not a substantial amount, I received money which was mostly used to pay for web hosting.

To give my soul some challenge, I have to fulfill the goals I set for myself in both personal and business wise. Currently, only 1/3 of the goals I set for myself are completed and the year is almost half way gone. This is unacceptable and I am writing this to hold myself accountable. Bringing it all together is the only way I can make a complete lifestyle change and to finally become the person I know I can be.

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The Weight Loss Diaries: Entry #2

My second entry in The Weight Loss Diaries. I lost a total of 12.5 inches and 17.5 lbs since August 2012.

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Its been about three months since my last entry in The Weight Loss Diaries. I’ve had some ups, downs and a shocker. I’ll give you the bad news first. The beloved gym that helped me to get to where I am is closing in June, unless a buyer comes forward before June 8th, 2013. However, my last day will be May 23rd, 2013. This is very sad news but it will not discourage me for I know I can continue on my journey. 

The good news is that from my last weigh in, I made the second wall again! Making the second wall means that I have lost a total of between 12 – 24 inches. The first wall is from 1 – 11 inches, the third wall is between 24+ inches, and the fourth wall is the biggest ‘losers’. If the gym is closing in a couple of months, there is a good chance I could make the third wall but I will have the most powerful will power to achieve that. 

I recently found a nice women’s apparel store in Brooklyn, New York but their biggest size is a 26. I am a 28. I have said to myself that I am going to lose 2 dresses sizes so I can fit those clothes by the summer. Therefore I started exercising at home in addition to the gym to have at least an hour of exercise. I won’t say that I am following a strict schedule, although I should because growing better habits now will help me in the long run. 

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The Day My Depression Went Away

The Day My Depression Flew Away – How I Overcame My Massive Depressive State.

After watching a documentary about emotions and how they have an effect on our lifestyles, I began to think about depression and its lingering to hold on to a person for a long period of time. Since I was 16 years old, I felt fully aware that there was something wrong with my mental state and it was causing me to have massive amounts of weight gain. Realizing that my efforts to talk to my relatives about this was not working, I immediately sought counseling in my high school. Once to twice a week I would pour out my emotional baggage and it felt so good. Before, I used to write poetry. During counseling sessions, I was told to keep an emotional diary, for when I didn’t have sessions. Both the poetry and diary helped me in ways I couldn’t have ever imagined and of course the counseling helped a lot too.

Pinpointing The Problem

I felt that I could overcome what ails me in my journey, however, I still was not sure about what exactly ailed me. It’s really hard to pinpoint the exact something that makes you depressed or sad. I tried the best I could to keep the diary and talk what caused my emotions to go sour. I am usually a happy person but there are some people who are on the extreme sides of emotions. When I’m happy, I’m really happy. When I’m sad, I’m really depressed. People are really alarmed when I am sad because I am not sad often. I could hide it extremely well from people. I was that person and I started to believe my own lies when it came to my emotional state.

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Beginning A Weight Loss Lifestyle: Entry #1

Usually every weight loss story starts with how the person was overweight a majority of their life and how it affected everything that they did or did not do. Who really cares about that stuff? Let’s start with the here and now.

Before starting Curves

I already knew I had a problem with maintaining energy levels just to complete exercise routines. I decided to join a gym to help me with that. Little did I know there was a Curves gym 8 minutes from my residence! I joined the program on my birthday, July 23rd, 2012. Every 23rd of every month I have to get weighed in. These were my weigh-in measurements the day I joined:

Bust: 66.75
Waist: 62
Abdomen: 65.75
Hips: 66
Thighs: 34
Arms: 22.5
Weight: 393 lbs
Body Fat %: E4 (above 50%)
Date: 7/23/2012



Before Pictures


I rarely take pictures of myself but here’s a small gallery from 2010 – 2012

2011
2010
2012

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