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The month of September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. I am grateful for the continued public awareness and open discussions about this very serious topic. In a recent Impact Survey led by the TAA, an alarming 51% of adults and 32% of parents of children with TS reported to have considered suicide or participated in self-harming behaviors. In light of this, there are a number of helpful organizations (AFSP, NIMH, NAMI) and resources to support you and your loved ones, including Chapters and Support Groups across the country. Please know that if you need help, there is always someone to call. A Support Group Leader from the TAA Florida Chapter shared a personal story about how suicidal thoughts impacted her family that really hit home for me.
While living with tics and other co-occurring conditions can certainly bring substantial difficulty, coping with a chronic condition like Tourette Syndrome can also build persistence, grit, and determination. In this free webinar, Dr. Kenneth Phelps, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, will identify key components of adapting and thriving while living with tics.
Group Portrait of TAA 2019 Youth Ambassadors in Orlando
During our recent Youth Ambassador and Rising Leaders training in Orlando, Florida, we discussed the three basic types of advocacy: self, individual or systems advocacy. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, advocacy is defined as “the act or process of supporting a cause or proposal: the act or process of advocating something.” Advocacy is not only lobbying your Members of Congress and Senators, though that is also an important part.