7/9/2016 0 Comments
I've lived the devastating effect of depression, watched suicide rip lives apart. It's a deadly disease and yet so horribly common. Despite the fact that it impacts so many of us on a daily basis, we as a society are hesitant to discuss it in an open, honest way. When it is addressed, it's often with a sense of shame, confusion or even blatant misinformation. Those of us who do suffer from depression often perpetuate our isolation by hiding and using the little energy we have to disguise it from the world, creating this illusion to ourselves and other sufferers that we are, in fact, alone. We often believe the lie that we deserve our prison, we are weak, that we should be ashamed, when actually, the opposite is true! Depression is not a personality flaw; it is a disease and we need to start talking about it and treating it as such!
My book Night Shifts Black is just a small step on the road toward opening the dialogue about depression and suicide. There's so much more we can do to change the conversation about depression, remove the stigma, and start to bring others out of hiding to get the help they need.
5/1/2016 1 Comment
Welcome the 4th Annual Mental Health Awareness Month Book Fundraiser benefiting the Keith Milano Memorial Fund.
During the month of May, over 25 authors have agreed to donate a portion of May sales to the fund and over 40 authors have donated items to an online auction also benefiting the fund!
There are number of ways you can help raise money and awareness for mental health:
The Keith Milano Memorial Fund was established to help raise awareness about the devastating and deadly disease that is mental illness. Keith’s spirit and laughter is kept alive through our efforts to increase awareness about mental illness and to raise money for education and imperative research. Keith often struggled with society’s perception of mental illness. Our hope is that by having the strength to say that Keith was “Bipolar” we can strip away the stigma and help others to be more open about their disease.
If you want to know more about Keith or why Denise does what she does, here is short video/interview that speaks to that! https://vimeo.com/
Be on the lookout as she will also be posting her #ShareYourWhy this month.
Keith Milano Memorial Fund 140 Adams Ave Suite B-12 Hauppauge NY 11788 www.keithmilano.org www.kamauction.org https://www.facebook.com/keithamilano @MilanoFund Direct Donation: http://bit.ly/MilanoFund
The Keith Milano Memorial Fund benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) http://www.afsp.org/
At the end of the event, participating authors will pay AFSP directly.
Keith’s fund is a self-directed memorial fund. Funds raised are spent on programs and research programs selected by the Milano / Sprung family
AFSP is the only national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research and education, and to reaching out to people with mood disorders and those affected by suicide.
AFSP is a fully accredited 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization incorporated in the state of Delaware with primary offices in New York City. Federal tax ID # is 13-3393329.
AFSP’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) number is 10545. Donations to AFSP are tax deductible.