The Megan Meier Foundation

Megan Meier, the 13-year-old who took her own life after being bullied online, is hopefully at peace. But her mom fights on in her name, having recently created a foundation to help reduce and prevent online bullying ("cyberbulling"). The Associated Press has the story:

But in recent months, the Missouri woman has focused on ways to protect other children from bullying, even leaving her job as a real estate agent to dedicate herself to the Megan Meier Foundation.

"Megan is still my daughter,...
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Optimistic Recovery Videos

Positive messages and success stories about individuals with mental illness who have found hope and recovery are helpful for other who may feel less optimistic. They can help ease worry about future outcomes, and provide role models.

Here are a couple of videos that provide...
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Ambien Outrage

"Sleep-driving" while under the influence of Ambien has captured wide attention and continues to be an alarming problem. Ambien (zolpidem) is one of the new "Z" drugs used as sleeping pills that are popular in commercials and doctors' sample cupboards. But alternatives exist (most...
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OTC (Over the Counter) Antidepressants

Philip over at Furious Seasons thinks that antidepressants shouldn't be made available over-the-counter in the (, without a prescription). His entry was based upon this article over at Time magazine that interviews Josephine Johnston, an associate for law and bioethics at the nonpartisan research institute, the Hastings Center.

The real question you have to ask yourself when asking, "When should a drug become commonly available without a prescription?" is weighing the risks of harm versus the benefits of access. It's a simple...
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Free Counseling for Our Troops

On Memorial Day, it seemed appropriate to mention a volunteer project called, Give an Hour.

As the Washington Post notes, thousands of private counselors are offering free services to troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with mental health problems, jumping in to help because the military is short on therapists:

There are only 1,431 mental health professionals among the nation's million active-duty military personnel, said Terry Jones, a Pentagon spokesman on health issues.

About 20,000 more full- and part-time professionals provide health care services...
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