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Tweet Much? Who to Follow in Mental Health Field

Tweet, Tweet

Are you on Twitter? I am @UGoGrrl. You can follow me if you like. At first I took the same tack as so many others: “Why on earth would I want to ‘tweet’ in 140 characters with a bunch of strangers?”  Recently though, I learned (just like the 200 million others with Twitter accounts) that tweeting is a fun, useful social media tool that is easily incorporated into both business and social life.

Here’s a list of some of the people and organizations I follow on Twitter; they tweet about children, mental health, psychology or all of the above:

@MadPsych

PhD Candidate at York University; Therapist at The Clinic on Dupont; Guest tweeting for Ontario’s Ministry of Children and Youth Services

@HelpMeSara

Author – Am I a Normal Parent? & Character is the Key Individual, couple & Family therapist (registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario)

@TrishRohani

Marriage and Family Therapist, wife, mother, purveyor of hope, dispeler of shame, creative soul

@CherylJackson

Host/producer of tvoparents.com, TVO’s educational parenting website.

@CAMH Media

Official CAMH twitter acct. Media rep for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

There are many, many more fantastic experts, laypeople and organizations to follow on Twitter. And, you can check out my quick guide to MH experts online here, too. In fact, I’ve gained much knowledge and more than a few contacts since becoming active on this tool. Are you on Twitter? Who do you follow in the parenting or mental health field? If you’re got suggestions, let me know – you can comment here or send me a DM on Twitter!

Word up!

Yes, folks, it’s a rainy, slow Saturday. I love my blog, I do. And, I love to write. But, I will resort to incorporating some of the WordCount Blogathon‘s theme day suggestions in order to keep posting each and every day in May.

Here’s one: a super cool design site that creates a “Wordle” or word picture based on common words or blog posts. This is my Kids and Mental Health Wordle. Lovely, ain’t it?

A Kids 'n' Mental Health Wordle for a Rainy Day in May

Stats and Facts: It’s Children’s Mental Health Week

A Clear Path

I’ve been lucky enough to build relationships with mental health professionals throughout my years as a writer, researcher and curious human being.

Because it’s Children’s Mental Health Week (May 2-8, 2011) I want to present some (perhaps startling) statistics on the subject. These facts and stats are courtesy of the experts at The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, a Toronto-based children’s mental health centre.

  • One in five Canadian children suffers from a mental health problem, affecting families, schools, and sometimes entire communities.
  • For school-aged children, most mental health problems take the form of “acting out” – defiant behaviour, arguing, not following the rules, or not listening.  These behavioural problems can also lead to social difficulties if the behaviour affects kids’ ability to get along with other children.
  • While some teens experience behavioural difficulties similar to those experienced by younger children, others begin to display mood disorders such as depression and anxiety.  In some instances, the teenage years may be a time when acting out becomes more serious, leading to dangerous or criminal activity.

Like so many other health issues, early intervention appears to be a key factor in the realm of children’s mental health, too. And, for children of any age suffering from mental health problems, getting help early gives the best chance for a positive outcome.  “Most mental illness first appears in childhood or adolescence,” says Dr. Marshall Korenblum, Psychiatrist-in-Chief at The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre.  “If mental health problems are left untreated, they tend to grow worse as children get older.” Parents who feel their child might benefit from help can consult their family doctor or pediatrician, or directly approach a community mental health facility.

What are your thoughts on these mental health stats? Are you surprised or intrigued? How can we foster a better mental health system for children and families in Canada and world-wide? I queried a few other experts in the mental health field last week and, tomorrow, I will post their opinions on what’s top of mind in the field.

I’m Coming Home… Welcome

No, this isn’t a blog about that fabulous song by Diddy though I do love  the tune. However, it is a “coming home” of sorts. The focus of this blog is – yup, you got it – children and mental health. Mental health is a subject that’s intrigued me for so long and, with the onset of blogging, I’m provided the opportunity to explore the subject in more detail and share ideas.

So, welcome one and all. Grab a coffee and pull up a chair. There’s more about me and my professional writing background on the About page. But, what will this blog focus on specifically? The plan is to home in on a wide range of mental health issues pertinent to professionals, children and families, including:

  • depression
  • ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • autism
  • anxiety
  • self-esteem
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder

Beyond common mental health issues and what’s new in this field, I plan address subjects in an off-beat way; perhaps look at the connections between mental health and music or children and poetry and philosophy. -So, it’s not just the science behind the diagnosis but exploring the many facets that make up who we are and why we are the way we are.

Once again, welcome. I hope the coffee was tasty and the text satisfying.What are your thoughts and ideas on the subject of kids and mental health? I’ve got reams of ideas but am open to hearing about yours, too.

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