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Monday, August 24, 2015

Wellness in the 8 Dimensions

Wellness in the 8 dimensions 

I recently attended a one day conference presented by Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey, , and the Institute for Wellness and Recovery Initiatives,  living in New Jersey with a mental illness I never new both these existed and was happy that this year I was able to attend via my 2012-13 Voice Award Fellowship.

Before the conference I experienced most of the eight in the diagram but never understood the over all connection.  One of the questions on the "2013 Wellness Conference Evaluation form," 2. Name 3 ways in which you will apply what you have learned from this conference in your life and or work." One of my responses was to add it to my blog and share it with my readers.

Emotional, "Coping effectively with and creating satisfying relationships."

Intellectual, "Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills."

Physical, "Recognizing the need for physical activity, diet, sleep and nutrition."

Social, "Developing a sense of connection, belonging and well-developed support system."

Environmental, "Good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being."

Financial, "Satisfaction with current and future financial situations."

Spiritual, "Expanding our sense of purpose and meaning in life."


CSPNJ and Wellness and Recovery Conference 2013

Million Hearts
"Million Hearts™ is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Million Hearts™ brings together communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke."
"Improving employment outcomes for people with psychiatric disabilities."

SAMHSA's Wellness Initiative
"Through its Wellness Initiative, SAMHSA pledges to promote wellness for people with mental and substance use disorders by motivating individuals, organizations, and communities to take action and work toward improved quality of life, cardiovascular health, and decreased early mortality rates.
* Source Peggy Swarbrick (2006). A Wellness approach, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 29(4), 3311-3314"

Friday, August 7, 2015

JP Morgan Chase: If I Can Speak About Mental Illness, So Can Chase. Mentally Ill Man Returns Lost $450

Sunday September 2, 2015 
Mentally Ill Consumer Finds Lost and Return $450 to JP Morgan Chase

Open Letter to my Readers:

August 6, 2015

Mr. Eric Timmerman - Media Relations
JP Morgan Chase & Company
270 Park Avenue
New York,  NY                 10017-2070

Dear Sir,

This started Sunday, August 2, 2015.  I put in my card, no pin and out comes $450 (4 $50's and 10 $20 bills), this is at 111 8th Avenue, NY, NY 10011.  I asked for a simple letter that I'm there and that I'm here to do the right thing.  I was told no such letter can be given, I said may I have your card and I gave her my card.  "I said I'm now going to hold the money, the Assistant Branch Manager response to my amazement, "Its like you weren't even here."

I head out, find a larger Chase and ask if there is a Vice President and I had pretty much the same conversation, I asked what's the policy if no one claims the funds.  At this point its about two hours of my day.  I met with Vice President-Branch Manager at 230 Park Avenue South.

Again I like, I'm not giving this money, but along as I live with bipolar 1, as a child my parents always telling me never to steal, so I turn around, give $430 and said, "today $20 Chase is buying me lunch, it's been almost two hours of my time.  I also added, "you have my card, if the customer steps forward, contact me and I will return the lunch money.

Sir, I'm disabled, trust me, to find $450 and making the decision to do the right thing was very hard, but I did.

On 8-4-15, I was told they are still looking into and as of 8/6 still no call, I did after writing this letter receive email that they found someone who made  deposit, my reply is deposits you put money in, to find money in the dispenser where the cash comes out makes no sense.

As a bipolar Consumer Advocate, I then say lets ask Chase to spin a positive story as the media is always quick to do negative stories on people who are mentally ill.

Sir, I'm asking not for myself, but for two charities, $225 for AIDS/HIV and $225 for Mental Health be presented to my by the Vice President-Branch Manager from the 230 Park Avenue South Branch in Manhattan, along with a photo as I want to wrap up the day and make this a Positive Blog Story for my Blog, found on my ,my contact information is at the bottom, as are my accolades.  Please visit my PRESS page, nothing would make me happier then to see a story...PRESS Release from JP Morgan Chase sharing my story, showing two checks handed to a man living with bipolar and HIV who wanted to do the right thing.

I found JP Morgan Code of Conduct slogan, "It Begins With Me,a"  I hope this is you.

Thank you for your attention on my story.   If I can speak about mental Illness, so can chase.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Suicide Apps and Siri, I'm Feeling Suicidal? " Reply If You Are Feeling," .......

credit: Google Images

Personal note, August 5, 2015  

I'm not feeling suicidal, this is true story of my fascination as a 56 year old man living with bipolar, keeping up with technology and sharing with you.  If I can speak about mental illness, so can you.

I recently purchased an I-phone 6 plus.  Like all new smart phones I was quick to learn, using You Tube how to videos.  The one I found amazing was on Siri.  Like the instructor said you can ask "Siri," almost anything, for me one day I said, Siri, I'm feeling suicidal and to my amazement, this is what I got, not once, not twice, but several times asking me would you like me to call, "If you are thinking about suicide, you may want to speak to someone at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.  They are at 1-800- 273-8255, Shall I call them for you  NO or YES.   

As someone who lives alone, lives with bipolar disorder, just hearing a voice  was as a very positive experience and of course I said, "No Siri, I'm fine, thank you,  and Siri said OK.

credits: The Goodman Project 

This is the topic of today, smart phones, Siri from Apple and many other, apps.  So I did a search on other apps and found, the following which I will list the links below each. 

Hit play and watch clip 

Thank You to
where I found the ones above and others.

credit: Pinterest


Inspirational ****