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Youth MOVE is a youth-led organization devoted to improving services and systems surrounding mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare. Through encouragement, empowerment, and advocacy, Youth MOVE fosters positive growth and development for individuals coping with mental conditions—both moderate and severe.

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The mission of Mental Health America of Indiana is to work for the mental health of all citizens and for victory over mental illness through public education, advocacy and public health reform.

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Description: Fairbanks Alcohol and Drug Addiction Center is seeking 5 trained recovery coaches thru the Project PEERS grant to assist in a variety of recovery based activities at their main campus in Castleton with the possibility of other locations. Interns are asked to provide a minimum of 8 hours a week to be considered.

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Mental Health America has a legal service center to work with clients to make sure that they get the representation they need and gain access to services required to protect their rights.

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Across Indiana, approximately 1 in 4 people have a mental illness during a given year. When you add the number of people with addictions issues, the numbers are astonishing. Unfortunately, stigma concerning mental illness and addictions still exists and result in people not seeking treatment. 
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Addiction is a chronic brain disorder and not simply a behavior problem involving alcohol, drugs, gambling or sex, experts contend in a new definition of addiction, one that is not solely related to problematic substance abuse. Click here to read more.

The Season of Sadness

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By:  Leslie Bailey

I should have seen it coming.

The constant exhaustion, the extra glasses of wine, the forgetfulness and restless sleep. At first, it's every few days, but then suddenly, it's falling down the slippery slope until I only want to lie in bed and stare with hot tears burning my eyes at the crack just beyond the ceiling fan blades

I'm one of the millions of Americans who suffer from anxiety and depression. And like many Hoosiers, I'm feeling the winter blues in a major way. I don't usually take the weather into consideration when it comes to my mental health (I cherish a good thunderstorm), but I can't help but think that the constant extreme-cold temps and gray skies are taking their toll.

"Seasonal Affective Disorder is very real," said Stephen McCaffrey, president and CEO of Mental Health America of Indiana. "It's not whimsical or to be ignored."

SAD is considered a subtype of depression. The diagnosis can give mental health professionals and physicians a better idea of a person's condition and the best course of treatment.

If you've never experienced major or chronic depression or SAD, please understand, this is not a case of "It's so cold, I think I'll stay in and watch a movie instead of going out tonight" or "Woe is me, I haven't seen the sun in three days."

My boyfriend — once a non-believer — sat helpless as I cried my way through a breakfast skillet at Le Peep last weekend. He can assure you depression is real.

It's a feeling of absolute emptiness that makes your bones feel so heavy, a forklift couldn't get you out of bed. It's a deep sadness that usually comes with something like the loss of a loved one, not an average Tuesday night. It's an achy neck and irritable snaps, racing thoughts or no thoughts at all. It's exhausting.

Thankfully, there are things that help. Despite my resistance, medication has proven to be a crucial part of my treatment, as has regular yoga workouts and keeping an organized schedule. It can be different for everyone. For two years, my friend Shireen has been using a lamp that simulates sunlight to help her get through the winter months.

"I work indoors six days a week, so I don't get the vitamin D I so badly need," she said. "There's only so much help I can get from lamps and anti-depressants and exercise. At the end of the day, my depression is a chemical imbalance, but it definitely helps keep symptoms less extreme."

Like me, Shireen has been dealing with her depression long enough to see the signs in advance.

"I know I'm slipping when I see myself get grumpier. I can see the way my internal focus shifts. Everything is terrible, and nothing is OK. And the problem is, I can see these things happening. I know what's happening. I know where my brain is headed, but I can't stop it," she recently wrote on her blog.

For the 1 in 5 people who are at lifetime risk for depression (1 in 4 women), please take care of yourself this time of year. The extra effort to stay active and healthy and happy is worth it. For those who haven't experienced depression, please don't be dismissive, and take note if you see signs coming from the people you love.

Here's to sunnier days ahead for all of us.

Call Star reporter Leslie Bailey at  (317) 444-6094

and follow her on Twitter: @Lesalina.

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Mental Health America of Indiana (MHAI), originally chartered in 1916, was one of the first mental heath advocacy organizations in the nation to educate the public in the hope of eradicating the stigma associated with mental illness. More recently, the organization was the first mental health association in the country to include addiction advocacy in its mission, recognizing the importance of co-occurring addictive disorders to mental wellness.  Today, MHAI is the only organization in the state dedicated to all aspects of mental health and addictions--from cradle to old age--working to make mental health and addiction systems of care more accessible.

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By:  Leslie Bailey

I should have seen it coming.

The constant exhaustion, the extra glasses of wine, the forgetfulness and restless sleep. At first, it's every few days, but then suddenly, it's falling down the slippery slope until I only want to lie in bed and stare with hot tears burning my eyes at the crack just beyond the ceiling fan blades

I'm one of the millions of Americans who suffer from anxiety and depression. And like many Hoosiers, I'm feeling the winter blues in a major way. I don't usually take the weather into consideration when it comes to my mental 

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MentalHealth-Gov

The Department of Health and Human Services has launched MentalHealth.gov, a new website dedicated to providing information and resources on mental health. The site includes the basics of mental health, signs of common disorders, how to talk about mental health, and how to get help. The site also features a treatment locator widget to assist users in finding mental health services by state or zip code search.  

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