SARDAA Awarded Donation of $9000 From the Shon & John Cruise Wedding

Sincerest gratitude to the Bride and Groom and their wedding guests for their compassionate support of SARDAA. John and Shon Cruise selflessly asked their guests to donate to two charities in lieu of personal gifts to attend their reception. Thank you all for the generous $9,000 gift!!! Please attend the Hearing Voices of Support Experiential Event in NYC May 16 – 20th. View John’s video at for a glimpse of the event.

NIMH WEBINAR: Mental Health Research: What You Need to Know

On January 23, 2017, 1:00­1:30 PM ET

Clinical research is medical research that involves people like you. People volunteer to participate in carefully conducted investigations that may ultimately uncover better ways to treat, prevent, diagnose, and understand human disease such as mental illnesses. Join Kalene DeHaut, LCSW, of the NIMH for this webinar on clinical research. Learn about the basics of clinical research – what it is, why it’s important, key research concepts, and steps to take if you, a family member, or a client is interested in participating in clinical research.

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Strongest Evidence to Date ties Maternal Smoking to Psychosis

A Finnish study provides the most definitive evidence to date linking prenatal nicotine exposure to increased risk for schizophrenia in offspring, researchers say. Investigators found a 38% increased likelihood of schizophrenia in young adults whose mothers smoked heavily while pregnant, as evidenced by higher maternal serum cotinine level. “To our knowledge, this is the first biomarker-based study to show a relationship between fetal nicotine exposure and schizophrenia,” Solja Niemelä, MD, PhD, from University of Oulu, Finland, and colleagues write. “Given the high frequency of smoking during pregnancy, these results, if replicated, may ultimately have important public health implications for decreasing the incidence of schizophrenia,” they conclude. The study was published online May 24 in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

Source: Medscape. To read the complete article, please click here.

Unlocking the Black Box of Schizophrenia – 7 myths about schizophrenia

Few mental disorders are as misunderstood as schizophrenia. When we turn on the television, we’re saturated with images of unpredictable “psychotic” villains. The word “schizo” is an insult that might be heard in a high school hallway. People with schizophrenia are often discriminated against, in part because most of the public doesn’t understand what schizophrenia really is.

Here are seven commonly held myths about schizophrenia and the facts that prove them wrong.

1. People with schizophrenia have multiple personalities.

Many individuals incorrectly believe that people with schizophrenia have multiple personalities. In fact, a 2008 survey by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) found that a startling 64 percent of the population couldn’t recognize the symptoms associated with schizophrenia and instead thought that the disorder caused people to experience “split” or multiple personalities.

To read further, please click here to visit the Sovereign Health Group website.

Federal Grant Funds Now Available to Launch New AOT Programs!

They said it couldn’t happen! As a result of our dedicated advocacy and your support, the federal government has – for the first time ever – allocated $15 million for assisted outpatient treatment (AOT).
SAMHSA posted a grant announcement earlier this week inviting state and local authorities to apply for up to four years of federal support of NEW AOT PROGRAMS.

Make your SARDAA Health Storylines app your own

Sardaa Health Storylines

Did you know that you can customize your SARDAA Health Storylines app to best meet your wellness needs? You can personalize your app with the tools that you need to optimize your care and wellbeing.

Simply go to the tool library on the left-sidebar of your app, and browse through many categories to find the tools that will best help you. Please let us know if you need any assistance, and don’t be shy to contact us at (844) 475-4637. We are here to help you!

Click here to know more about the SARDAA Health Storylines App.

Transforming Mental Health Care

Reference: Report from Medscape

Starting With Change Around the Edges

As nurses, we hold an ethical imperative to care for all who are ill. We aspire to be forces for social good. And we are educated in holistic and humanistic theories of “caring.” Yet most of us work in health care systems that operate from the medical model. Health care delivery is divided by specialty care that is intent on disease intervention and focuses on reductionist reasoning for many of the tasks we undertake daily. From this dominant paradigm, health professionals have a shared view that approaches the treatment of a person by separating mental and physical illness. In practice, maintaining this paradoxical distinction in our work as caregivers can be straining and can impede our efforts to do what is right for our patients, families, and communities. To be sure, the Affordable Care Act expanded mental health parity for all Americans by making it one of the essential health benefits. But the implementation of this parity is far from complete. One need only follow the many stories presented by the media regarding mental health issues to form a picture of a bleak, complex, and broken system. There is some accuracy in the dark side of this picture, but there is also hope. Parts of the system are innovating and changing how we care for the whole person. Some of this innovation and change rests on a vision of a more comprehensive health care system that will also support mental health integration. Two steps toward fulfilling this vision are underway: Treating the patient at the point of care where she or he is most comfortable and using teams of health care providers that can address social, economic, and culture differences to truly deliver a patient-centered approach to treatment and prevention. This type of good news seldom receives the same level of media attention. Thus, it is essential for those of us who work in health professions to recognize the good work individuals and organizations are doing to improve the delivery of mental health services in communities across the country.

To read a pdf of the complete report, please click here.

Schizophrenia Awareness Week: 17 – 23 May 2016

Schizophrenia is an illness, a medical condition. It affects the normal functioning of the brain, interfering with a person’s ability to think, feel and act. Some do recover completely, and, with time, most find that their symptoms improve. However, for many, it is a prolonged illness, which can involve years of distressing symptoms and disability.

People affected by schizophrenia have one ‘personality,’ just like everyone else. It is a myth and totally untrue that those affected have a so-called ‘split personality’.

To get more information about Schizophrenia, please click here to visit The Psych Professionals Blog.