2.6%(6.1 million) of American adults live with bipolar disorder.
6.9%(16million of American adults live with major depression)
18.1% (42 million) of American adults live with anxiety disorder.
Nearly 1 in 25 adults (approximately 13.6 million) of Americans live with a serious mental illness. You might think that these people get helped, that their lives are spent in the warm, comforted room of their psychiatrists. That’s not necessarily the case. There are those who struggle with a multiple diagnosis or from severe cases of just one. Sometimes these people don’t get the help they need. Their psychiatrists would only prescribe more medication that may cause a whole different problem (which take even more complicated medication to fix it). Many counselors might give up on these complicated cases, and the clients? Well they may repeat the process with another councilor or fall deeper down the rabbit hole, many turn to the streets.
But that’s not where Sarah Leonard is, she’s of the few who have got out of the routine and is helping others get out/off the streets and into helping hands. Her philosophies would tell you that each person recovers differently, day by day and around the community that understands- that’s what MHCAN is (Mental Health Client Action Network). MHCAN was initially begun by PIRC- a radical group of psychiatric survivors called Psychiatric Inmate Rights Collective. MHCAN became an important figure in the community that it was established as an official organization and was given County Mental Health Funding. With the help of The William James Foundation, MHCAN turned into a nonprofit corporation (as of August 11th, 1995).
Today, MHCAN is a home/community that helps those with multiple diagnosis and gives people the loving community that they may not get anywhere else. MHCAN provides:
Dual Diagnosis Interventions
Dual Diagnosis Detox Recovery Companions
Clean and Sober Dual Diagnosis Support by the Hour
Early sobriety dual diagnosis support packages
Part time (8-12 hours) Daily support
FULL time (24hours) dual diagnosis detox recovery companions for withdrawal from heroin, methamphetamine, etc.
Sarah, Elisa, Helen, and Patrick have upheld the responsibility of helping those who struggle with mental disorders and/or addictions. Together they are part of the recovery team that focus solely to the recovering health of the men and women who arrive. This team provides what others don’t- a family that understands what each one of its members are going through. Why? Because each member has gone through something similar.
Over the years mental health issues have risen, but recovery isn’t always easy, especially when cases get more complex or the environment doesn’t offer the support they need. MHCAN teaches that those who have trouble with multiple diagnosis or heavy mental struggles have a chance to recover; One day at a time, in a safe community, and always with others who understand what they’re going through. It welcomes all, gives healthy food, and a great community.
Sarah and Thomas have been awesome shoppers at the Distribution Center every Tuesday and Thursday. They are especially known for their ability to pack so much into their black van. It’s always a warm welcome when they come in and the Second Harvest Food Bank is very grateful to have MHCAN as a partnering Agency.
The Great Agency Conference was on October 19th, 2015, only a few days ago. To all those who couldn’t attend, you were missed. To all those who could, we’d like to thank you for attending and hope you had a great time.
The Partner Agency Conference went through a great deal in providing and presenting for Second Harvest Food Bank’s Agencies. In came Agency leaders and out came the Agents of Change.
It went a little like this. .
With a self-serve breakfast snack (make your own parfait), each and all sat down to listen to the opening welcome of Willy Elliott from the Second Harvest Food Bank. Next came Rene Schaefer from twin lakes church. Rene spoke about a young boy who gave out little figures to people, only wanting a smile in return. Each of the tables at this conference had small little dinosaur figures in hopes that these would have the same effect on the diners. After Willie Stokes gave a speech, in came Sarah from MHCAN. Sarah had presented a small group of men and women called “Shadow Speakers”. These speakers talked about their personal struggle through life the importance of agencies/food distribution, in their case- MHCAN.
The workshops were not something to miss. This year we had 3 workshops presented by our SHFB staff:
Agency Debrief: Kevin and Grace- Which had shown SHBF role with agencies.
Food Safety 101: Tiffany and David- Presented the proper safety and sanitation instructions.
Cal fresh 101: Yaceth, Sandy, and Sandra- debunked Cal fresh myths, and taught people how to get benefits.
Don’t forget the lunch! A buffet style make your own salad. It was delicious, the cooking team out did themselves. All the fruit, chicken, rolls and dressing were as fresh as they could be.
After Bob Norton came up on stage there was the “Food donor of the year award” to be handed out to Oroweat/Bimbo Bakeries USA. Oroweat has been supplying bread to the Second Harvest Food Bank and the less fortunate for years. After the awards, came the Cal Fresh Buddies peer panel. Joel and Sandra discussed with Denise (Salvation Army), Jennifer (Inner Light), and Luz (Davenport Recourse Center) the benefits of Cal Fresh. With them, we got to debunk myths and share light on how easy and helpful it is to apply people. With Agencies and Cal Fresh working together- who knows how many more people’s lives we’d change?
The Partner Agency Conference was not something to miss. For those who did, you’ll want to come next year. Each Conference will have new things that will remind us why we are serving the community and help us to become even better at doing so. We’d like to thank ALL our agencies for helping the community and providing for the less fortunate. What you do is create memories and relationships with those you serve and create a permanent footstep in the locations you serve. In doing so- broken lives are mended, hungry mouths are fed- and the world slowly begins to change for the better.
We’ve talked about obesity, part 2 will talk about metabolism. Metabolism is the process that keeps up basic functions such as: Breathing, Blood Circulation, Hormone Level adjustments, and growing/repairing cells. There are two types of metabolic reactions that take place in the cell: ‘building up’ (anabolism) and ‘breaking down’ (catabolism). Catabolic reactions give out energy. They are exergonic. In a catabolic reaction large molecules are broken down into smaller ones.
Metabolism is the process where your body converts what you eat and drink into energy.
There are factors to keep in mind that determine your metabolism rate:
Age: As people get older, muscles decrease, and fat makes up the weight.
Gender: Men tend to have more muscles that women so they burn calories faster.
Body size: The more muscles one has, the faster calories get burned even at resting state.
–> We might not be able to control all of these factors, but two we can control are diet and exercise.
Don’t skip a meal!
We’ve all done it, skipped breakfast or lunch because of a busy day or perhaps you believed it’s part of dieting. No eating, more burning- less weight? Right? Well no, when you realize what it can do, you might end up regretting it. It doesn’t help you lose weight, quite the opposite. Skipping a meal can. .
Starve your body, causing you to eat more the next time you do have a meal.
Your metabolism slows down, which means it’s a lot easier to convert unused energy into fat.
Your body begins to hold extra calories (which are then broken down into body fat)
Note: Eating frequently during the day helps support a faster metabolism because your body is constantly burning calories for energy throughout the day.
Now let’s talk about burning those calories and increasing your metabolism. This is how you’re going to do it:
These exercises raise your heart rate and burn calories. Such activities may include: Walking, swimming, cycling, and even gardening.
For those who do want to lift or hit the gym then strength training is your category. Increasing muscle mass helps the body burn calories. Strength training also increases your resting metabolic rate. Such activities may include: Stretch band, push-ups, and weights. . Etc.
So whether your pumping iron like Arnold Schwarzenegger, doing some stretch bands, or even taking a walk and gardening- you’re helping your metabolism and burning some calories. So enjoy your day and be active!
Eating healthy foods are important because healthy foods speed up metabolism. Fruits, Vegetables, lean protein and low fat dairy tend to have less calories and are more nutrient dense. This means its breaks down easier, using it for energy.
Don’t forget to partake in an outside activity or an indoor gym to speed up your metabolism and burn some calories.
Keeping your body healthy might not be an easy task for some people, but from what we’ve learned so far- it’s a simple one. All you have to do is eat right and get a little exercise in your day. Your next step is making the decision on whether you want to be healthy or un-healthy, now let’s make the right decision!