Posted January 26th, 2016
In a world full of self inflicted shame and perceived unworthiness, renowned researcher and vulnerability specialist Brene Brown tells us to be our authentic self - and that
"WE ARE IMPERFECT AND WE ARE ENOUGH."
Being authentic is not easy for anyone, let alone someone battling mental health issues. Yes, it is still an unspoken shameful arena that even families don't want to touch in the confines of their own homes let alone seek professional help.
Last week, interim athletic director at University of Michigan, Jim Hackett revealed he donated half his salary of $600,000.00 - A donation of $300,000.00 to "Athletes Connected". A program that works with athletes suffering from depression through the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center.
Whether it is depression, anxiety, eating disorders, bi-polar issues, autism, asperger's syndrome, the availability for immediate help is inadequate. I have friends and family struggling today with their own demons. I am going on record to say, I will do what I can to help these people and their care.
Rome wasn't built in a day and baby steps do make a difference. Mental health issues should not be behind closed doors. Do you know one in six people will experience an episode of depression in their lifetime? Depression is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide, ranked with cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
I have had the fortunate experience to be introduced to the U of M depression center last year. Established in 2001, the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center (UMDC) is the first of its kind devoted to bringing depression into the mainstream of medical research. I am a very small piece of the puzzle, in an environment of highly educated and skilled professionals working towards common goals.
Many of my readers know, we lost a good man last year to depression. Gary Field succumbed to the pain of depression. An entrepreneur, a strong faithful Christian, a father, a friend.
He tirelessly encouraged individuals to be the best person they could be and saw the good in everyone. Gary was a successful entrepreneur and will be forever remembered for his wit, selflessness and immeasurable kindness. He mentored many young entrepreneurs, and even taught a program at Wayne State University on establishing and managing new businesses.
A memorial has been set up thru UMDC in Gary's name honoring him and his passion; exercise. If you are interested, donations can be made through victors.us/garylfield. All donations will assist patients with depressive illnesses incorporate physical activity into their lives.
The Vision statement at the UMDC reads as follows:
Depression's stigma will be a vestige of the past; people will be empowered with knowledge; better detection, outcomes, and fewer recurrences will be a reality; and prevention will no longer be a dream.
I hope and pray I will see this in my lifetime.
Posted January 13th, 2016
Many people prefer to remain indoors in the winter, but staying inside is no guarantee of safety. Take these steps to keep your home safe and warm during the winter months for you and your family.
Many people spend time outdoors in the winter working, traveling, or enjoying winter sports. Outdoor activities can expose you to several safety hazards, but you can take these steps to prepare for them:
Posted January 6th, 2016
Start this year off by celebrating all that Michigan has to offer by making plans to stop by some of the upcoming local events! We have a few below to get you started but for further details and more events click through to Pure Michigan's Event Website.
Traveling this weekend? The annual Downtown Chili Cook-Off brings together some of the area's finest restaurants and their creative chili recipes for a spicy showdown in downtown Traverse City.
Tecumseh Center for the Arts - Comedian - January 16th
Godfrey is one of the hottest comedians on the road today! Growing up in Chicago, he was always in trouble for misbehaving and being an all-around class clown. He has performed on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" and is currently co-hosting the Fox show "Bullseye." His feature credits include "Zoolander." "Soul Plane," and the upcoming Indie film "Three Days in Vegas" opposite Nicolas Cage.
Experience an automotive event unlike any other. At NAIAS you have the opportunity to see up-close the vehicles and technologies that will shape the future automotive landscape. From muscle and electric cars, to high-performance supercars and full-size trucks, NAIAS has something for everyone to enjoy!