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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

August 2014 HIV and Mental Healh in the News

With a Mandate for Change, a Longtime HIV/AIDS Leader Steps Up as Chief Officer for NYC's Massive Human Service Agency by (Julie "JD" Davids, August 25, 2014)

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"Tasked with managing all that HRA's 14,000 staff members do to provide direct services to New Yorkers, Tietz now oversees a broad range of programs, including Adult Protective Services; the HIV/AIDS Services Administration; Domestic Violence; Shelters and Services; Disaster Assistance and Crisis Management and Customized Assistance Services for public assistance recipients."


Opinion: Shining a light on mental illness (Robert T. Foster, Edmonton Journal

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 "Almost five per cent of admissions to hospitals are related to mental health issues, including anxiety, bipolar disorders, major depressive disorders, low-grade depression, schizophrenia, personality disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD), impulse control, eating disorders, substance abuse and suicidal behaviour. Such disorders comprise the second highest cost of running a hospital in Canada."

"Suicide is responsible for about 25 per cent of all deaths among 15- to 24-year-olds and 16 per cent among 25- to 44-year-olds. It’s one of the leading causes of death from adolescence to middle age"

With advances in HIV care, survivors face other disease risks  Contact: Connie Hughes
646-674-6348 Wolters Kluwer Health 

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"Research and Planning to Meet Health Needs of People Living with HIV"

"Large-scale HIV treatment and prevention programs have substantially lowered the rates of HIV infection and deaths from HIV/AIDS. Dr Narayan and coauthors write, "Today, with over 35 million people living (and aging) with HIV and over two million becoming infected every year, we are faced with a new challenge: addressing morbidity and mortality from NCDs—heart disease, stroke, diabetes and metabolic complications, renal disease, cancers, liver disease, and mental illness—that increase with age and may be related to HIV and its treatment."






Sunday, August 24, 2014

Writing Relaxes Me, Helps me focus when feeling Manic

You would think someone with one website up 2twenty years that focused on writing letters lobbying for city services in Boston and a short Freelance writing gig with AOL-Digital City Boston, and then finally my other website up ten years this year, with blog posts 66 in two years would mean I am a perfect speller. I'm not, editing is for editors ....I miss having one, but I learned more important is if your content is right on, then that's all that matter and lastly -- Just write.

 Writing relaxes me, helps me focus when I'm manic.

I first started writing when I was 34 years old, in twenty two years I never hit spell check and got this pop-up seen in photo I snapped above.

The little things that make your day, the photo, the ease of pulling a topic together, it truly made my day as I try to keep to a blog post schedule.  The above was from an email I wrote, how cool is it when something good comes from something you were doing anyway.

Share your little thing here either today or this week after reading mine and share via the comment button.


How to Calm a Manic Episode 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Project Hope Exchange All in 30 Seconds

I'm committee Chair for HIV/AIDS fellow consumer/peers/friend.  My goal is to ask 20 + HIV+ men or women to leave a 30 second message of hope.  It's by first name only. 
Please help me by participating and sharing this post.

Thank You

More about Project Hope Exchange

At the core of Project Hope Exchange are two key components: a PHE Hope Line
(855-975-4673), through which adversity survivors can leave 30-second messages of
hope; and a searchable online repository of recorded messages at  

“We believe something especially powerful happens
when a survivor of a particular adversity speaks directly to someone currently battling
that same adversity,” said A2A Alliance founder and PHE co-creator Jeff Bell, “and
we’ve attempted to build an interactive, multimedia platform that makes that process as
easy as possible.”

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

I Just Wish Everyone on SSDI Is Eligible for Both, Many Are Not!

Excellent  post Mathew, thank you.  "On being broke but- not poor" (source Huffington Post) August 4, 2014"   You are not alone on your dual diagnoses of HIV and mental health.   "Dr. Glenn J. Treisman, MD, Ph.D., who is Director of the AIDS Psychiatry services at John Hopkins Hospital estimates that at any given time 1 in 5 HIVers is suffering from a major depression and require psychiatric treatment."

I applaud the promotion of "Medi/Medi,” I just wish everyone on SSDI is eligible for both, many are not, I'm not and the affordable care act doesn't apply to me either as I’m at 141% of the Federal Poverty Level.

“The CDC predicts that 50 percent of those living with HIV in the U.S. will be over 50 years of age by 2015.”  “And by 2020, more then 70 percent of Americans with HIV are expected to be age 50 and older, source: (the Diverse Elders Coalition).  In 2015 I will be 56 years old.

In the article being broke but not poor, Mr. Ebert says, "I believe in Medicare,"  I couldn't agree more. Without Medicare I wouldn't be able to cover the 80% of the estimated $56,000 a year being paid for my mental health treatment, HIV labs, HIV and psychotropic medications.   

I'm also thankful for receiving all my services at a clinic where services are on a sliding scale based on income.  What's starting to happen is I'm aging, and I'm needing care of specialist, many who don't bill based on a sliding scale, so I'm being hit with co-pays as with Medicare only I have to cover 20%.

 ACRIA, Center on HIV and Aging  in 2013 held a one day conference on HIV and Aging
From that conference came the following, “ since many of these older adults with HIV have the triple diagnoses of HIV, depression and substance abuse.  These health factors are exacerbated by the impact of HIV stigma, ageism, racism and poverty, which contribute to social isolation. Consequently many adults with HIV will lack informal supports as they age and will increasingly rely on costly health and social services.”

Give up Medicare, would mean losing my SSDI.  Losing that means losing my housing and being able to afford the high costs associated with HIV and bipolar disorder as mentioned above. Take away those and substance use may come back taking down all that I've struggled with in on my bumpy road to recovery


Mental Health Problems Effect many of Us

AIDS (Dot) Gov

Diverse Elders Coalition

Growing Older With HIV/AIDS

2014 Federal Poverty Guidlines