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By Reverend Paul N. Papas II  September 7, 2019


I admit sometimes I forget, and sometimes I can’t remember, and I don’t remember which it is. I tell the kids don’t get old and that I don’t know how that can be done, just don’t get old. Yes, they just look at me.

Where does one call to find out the offense of day, moment is? Is there a central clearing house? It sure seems like you can turn TV stations to find the same words and the same outrage coming from different talking heads. I figure someone is passing out words to say. Would someone please give me the phone number of who has a list of the current offense words, hats or whatever? This growing list is giving me a headache.

When I grew up our news came from newspapers where opinions were found in the Editorial section. News contained facts not propaganda.

Newspapers were printed once, maybe twice a day, or weekly.

There were no computers, cell phones, texting, emails, twitter, facebook or other such things that instantly post pictures and information to people worldwide.  When someone needed or wanted to pass along information or pictures if they didn’t meet in person they put them in the mail.

TV news was on early in the morning, at noon, 6 and 11pm in black and white. There were no twenty four hour TV stations. AM radio was mostly music, FM broadcasts were rare.

No one was shot up into space yet. President Eisenhower had not yet warned us of the dangers of the military industrial complex.

In others words people looked each other in the eye and spoke to each other.

Yes, in some ways you could say life was slower compared to today. In some ways life was more relaxed than today.

There actually is a way to support my statement that life was more relaxed then.  The amount of people suffering from anxiety, which is the activation of the Fight or Flight System, rose in response to increase to the strains of everyday life from the 1950s on.

“The common psychological features of these problems include a mélange of symptoms involving nervousness, sadness, and malaise. The typical physical symptoms consist of headaches, fatigue, back pain, gastrointestinal complaints, and sleep and appetite difficulties, often accompanying struggles with interpersonal, financial, occupational, and health concerns. These complaints account for a large proportion of cases found in outpatient psychiatric and, especially, in general medical treatment.” (1).

Am I suggesting we go back in time, not quite? There are very many good uses of modern technology. The biggest downside I see to modern instant communications is the lack of interpersonal communications.

Interpersonal communication is the process by which we exchange information, feelings, and meanings through verbal and non-verbal messages through face-to-face communication. It is not always what is said, but how it is said and the expressions used.  The absence of interpersonal communications can lead to a misinterpretation of what was said which today could lead to quite a flurry of tweets.

My suggestions include: count to ten before sending an instant message, perhaps you’ll change what you want to say;  text less; meet as many people as you can in person to talk face to face; and take walks.  You just might find your quality of life will improve as will those around, doing your part to make the world a better place.



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National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2019



Since 2008, when Congress established July as the Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, we at Families for Depression Awareness have used the occasion to highlight the need to both promote public awareness of mental health conditions among communities of color and improve access to mental health care treatment for members of minority groups. Ms. Moore Campbell was an author, mental health advocate, and significant figure in the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

At Families for Depression Awareness, we strive to reach, educate, and serve diverse communities.  Our messages — recognizing depression and bipolar disorder; knowing when and how to get help; and eliminating stigma — cross race and ethnicity, though the delivery methods may vary. In our trainings, we underscore that mood disorders affect all types of people; they do not discriminate on the basis of race, economic status, etc. The difference, though, tends to be in access to mental health care, a topic that we address frequently on our advocacy blog, Care for Your Mind.

During this National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, we urge you to learn more about how mental health is perceived and addressed among minority groups. To that end, we’ve provided a variety of resources below. We welcome your input and participation as we continue our work to help people get well and to prevent suicides.

If you would like to contribute your personal or family experiences, please submit your information here.

Select readings and resources:

Family Stories on Families for Depression Awareness’ site
ShanaRichardLisa, LynTerrieVivian

Posts on Care for Your Mind site
Tackling Disparities, Achieving Equity
Five Issues Related to Minority Mental Health
Working to Dispel Stigma Among Asian Americans
Does Cultural Bipolarity Create Barriers to the Delivery of Quality Mental Health Care?
Immigration, Trauma, and the Power of Faith
Learning to Live with Bipolar Disorder

Government Resources
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health
National Institute of Mental Health Minority Health and Health Disparities Program
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration(SAMHSA)
National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health

Other Resources
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Mental Health America (infographic)
Active Minds, “10 Things You Should Know About Minority Mental Health
Young Minds Advocacy, “Fighting Stigma in Minority Communities

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2019