Mental Illness in Youth and Young Adults
June 10, 2010 1:00- 2:00 PM Eastern
Presented by the NCPD Council on Mental Illness as part of its Welcomed and Valued Initiative, and the National federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, helping parishes support the spiritual life of youth and young adults.
Dr. Paul Myers, Director of Student Health Services,
University of Portland, OR.
Linea Johnson is a self-advocate,motivational speaker, author, and blogger.
She is a recent college graduate with a degree in creative writing and English from
Seattle University, in Washington.
Linea says of herself, “As a young woman diagnosed with bipolar disorder,
I hope to use my experiences to speak for those unable to speak for themselves.”
Down Syndrome Patients Could Unlock Secrets of Aging
Questions seem to arise too often which question the value and purpose of lives of people with disabilities. We tragically hear that 90% of pregnancies with a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome end in abortion. As people of faith, we strongly believe in the value of all life. As friends and/or families with people who have a member with Down syndrome, we can attest personally to the enrichment our lives have gained through our relationship with people having this disability. A recent article in USAToday provides even more reason to value the contributions which come through the lives of people with Down syndrome.
“As they live longer, adults with Down syndrome — who have an extra copy of chromosome 21 — are teaching scientists about the genetic roots of aging, says Ira Lott, head of pediatric neurology at the University of California-Irvine School of Medicine.”
“Scientists today are searching this chromosome, which contains only about 200 of the body's roughly 20,000 genes, to learn why people with Down syndrome suffer disproportionately from some health problems, such as Alzheimer's disease, but are spared many others, such as heart attacks, strokes and certain types of cancer.”
“By studying adults with Down syndrome, researchers hope to find new ways to combat diseases of aging in the larger population as well, Lott says.”
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This video was produced in collaboration with NCPD by the Archdiocese of Washington's Department of Life Issues and the Department of Special Needs Ministries. It premiered at the annual Youth Rally for Life in Washington, DC on January 22, 2010. We commend Peg Kolm, the video's producer, who is the Archdiocese's Coordinator in the Office of Ministry for Persons with Disabilities.
The first day's events will include a talk on spirituality and social action by Jesuit Father Allan Figueroa Deck, executive director of Cultural Diversity in the Church for the USCCB, and an opening Mass celebrated by Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre, New York, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.
On February 8, John Carr, executive director of the USCCB's Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development, will offer a reflection on the common work of Catholic social ministry, especially in light of Pope Benedict's latest encyclical. The Domestic Issues Plenary speaker, Ray Boshara, vice-president and senior fellow at New America Foundation and consultant to the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, will speak on reducing poverty in America.
The International Issues Plenary speaker will be Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love, associate professor in the Department of Politics of The Catholic University of America and a consultant to the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace. She will address how the teachings of Pope Benedict XVI impact the international mission of the U.S. Church and both affirm and challenge U.S. foreign policy.
On February 9, attendees will break into state delegations and visit their U.S. Representatives and Senators on Capitol Hill to discuss immigration reform, health care reform, job creation and policies that uphold the life and dignity of human life and pursue justice and peace worldwide.
The gathering's closing luncheon will feature David Brooks and Mark Shields of NewsHour on PBS offering commentary on how politics shape issues of human life and dignity and justice and peace.
Below is a request from the USCCB to act to ensure that moral protections are included in the health care reform bill that is approaching resolution between the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Please do what you can to protect the lives of unborn people people with disabilities and the medical personnel that care for them.
More information is available at www.usccb.org/healthcare.
The attachments referenced in the request are available by clicking here. They include a Spanish version and bulletin announcements and prayer petitions. The flyer pictured above is also available for download by clicking on it.
As you are aware, the House and Senate have begun discussing how to meld their respective health care reform bills into a final bill. The bishops continue to advocate that the moral criteria to 1) maintain current conscience protections and prohibition on federal funding for abortions and abortion coverage; 2) provide adequate and affordable coverage for all people, especially the poor and vulnerable; and 3) protect access to coverage and health care for immigrants are met in the final bill.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a press release regarding the Senate rejection of the Nelson-Hatch-Casey amendment. The amendment sought to "retain existing abortion funding restrictions and safeguard conscience protections." Cardinal Francis George, President of the USCCB remains hopeful that "the protections overwhelmingly passed by the House will be incorporated into needed reform legislation."
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Episcopal Moderator of NCPD and Chair of the bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, is quoted in the press relase as saying: “Congress needs to separate facts and truth from political rhetoric on abortion funding. Even our opponents claim they do not support federal funding for elective abortions and they want current restrictions to apply. The way to settle this often misleading debate is simply, clearly and explicitly to apply Hyde restrictions to all the federal funds in the legislation. That is what the House did and what the final bill must do. The Senate should not approve this bill in its current form.”
To read the complete statment click here to be taken to the press relase on the USCCB website.