Monthly Archives: September 2013

The boy who stood up to Syrian Injustice

A story of Muhammad who is just one of over one million Syrian child refugees abroad, according to the United Nations. Like most of them, he doesn’t attend school. Children like him, uneducated and unskilled, will constitute a Syrian lost generation.

Neda Radwan, a psychologist for the International Rescue Committee, counsels the refugees and sees constant signs of survivor torment.

“I’ve tried art therapy with the children,” she said. “They refuse to draw anything but dead bodies.” – The New York Times, Sunday Review

Please click on the image below for the full article from The New York Times


The boy who stood up to Syrian Injustice

So much injustice in this world makes one realize how lucky we are to have the luxury of the protection of our human rights no matter how messed up we think our countries are at times.



Because of Occupational Therapy

I can achieve my goals..

We all have hopes and dreams, we all deserve dignity, we are all human and we all have feelings…

Listen to the voices of the homeless…

Genetic Syndrome May Have Links to Parkinson’s Disease

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MONDAY, Sept. 9 (HealthDay News) — A genetic deletion may be linked to some cases of early onset Parkinson’s disease, researchers say.

The investigators found that people aged 35 to 64 who were missing DNA on a specific part of chromosome 22 were about 90 times more likely to develop Parkinson’s than people from the same age group in the general population.

People with this inherited genetic condition — called 22q11.2 deletion syndrome — have about 50 genes missing on chromosome 22. The condition occurs in about one in 2,000 to 4,000 people, and those with this genetic deletion may have birth defects (including heart defects), learning or speech difficulties, anxiety disorders, or schizophrenia.

Previously reported cases of patients with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome and Parkinson’s disease symptoms have indicated that there may be a link between the two conditions, according to the researchers from the Center for Addiction and Mental…

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World Suicide Prevention Day

The negative attitudes of ”Stigma” is something OT’s feel strongly about waving goodbye to and trying to provide some awareness and education in their roles as OT’s. A great post from Clive here helping to contribute to ”suicide awareness” and the event of ”Stigma: A major Barrier to Suicide Prevention”.

Thanks again Clive for your contribution to mental health awareness.

Gem x

Take It Easy

This coming Tuesday, 10th September, is World Suicide Prevention Day. The event is organised by the IASP (International Association for Suicide Prevention) whose website tells you all you need to know about the day. It came as a shock to me, but nearly one million people worldwide die by suicide each year. This corresponds to one death by suicide every 40 seconds. That is a staggering and frightening statistic, and it is greater than the number who die each year due to homicide and war – combined! Suicide is a worldwide issue: whilst it is already a major public health concern in high-income countries it is now growing in prevalence in low- and middle-income countries too. It is a significant cause of death amongst young people, in particular. And the figure doesn’t include the far larger number of failed suicide attempts

The theme of this year’s event – which is the 11th such…

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