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Study: People with Mental Illness are 16 Times More Likely to Be Killed During a Police Encounter
The shooting of Alfred Olango in El Cajon, California, is just the most recent in a string of police shootings of primarily men of color with mental illness or disability. Just last week, police in Charlotte, North Carolina, shot and killed Keith Scott, a 43-year-old father of seven who reportedly had suffered a traumatic brain injury during a motorcycle accident in 2015. In July, a police officer in North Miami contends he mistakenly shot an African-American behavioral therapist, Charles Kinsey, when he was aiming for Arnaldo Rios Soto, a 26-year-old autistic man. We speak to John Snook, executive director of the Treatment Advocacy Center. He is co-author of a recent study that found people with mental illness are 16 times more likely to be killed during a police encounter than other civilians.
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Self-Care Band-Aid Tattoos by MotivationalTattoo. Wear one when you are feeling down, to serve as a pick-me-up and reminder. ♥

I WEIGH THE HEAVIEST IVE EVER WEIGHED BUT GUESS WHAT !!!!! I HAVE THE ENERGY TO GET THROUGH MY WORKOUTS. I HAVE NICE HAIR!!!! MY SKIN HAS COLOR TO IT AGAIN!!! IM NOT ANGRY ALL THE TIME!!!! I HAVE THE ENERGY TO SMILE AND TALK TO PEOPLE WITHOUT FEELING EXHAUSTED!!!!! SCREW!! THE!!! SCALE!!!! AND!! DIET!!! CULTURE!!!! YOU WERE NOT BORN TO SHRINK YOURSELF SMALL. YOU WERE BORN TO STAND OUT!!! OKAY???!!!! #health #fitness #bodybuilding #mentalhealth

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Advice to myself: if you are upset, it is okay to be sad. It is okay to lay in bed all day. It is okay to cry on the bathroom floor. You are human. You are raw. You are real. You are vulnerable. Suppressing your emotions will not make them disappear. But do not stay sad for longer than necessary. Do not stand still forever. Make sure you get out of bed and brush your teeth. Take a shower and wash your face. Get to the gym. Nourish your body and drink your water. It’s okay to let yourself swim through your emotions, but never let yourself drown. You are one hell of a human and I am so proud of you - even on your weakest days. #wordstomyself #peptalk #wearecrush #crushfit #Fitness #mentalhealth #health #wellness #life #recovery #baddaysbuildbetterdays

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For #BlackHistoryMonth, we highlight @iamhalsey for educating folks on#bipolardisorder #mentalhealth &#bisexuality through her music and#IntersectionalFeminist lens 💖
“I find myself representing, and I say that word apprehensively because I don’t think one person can represent any community of people, a number of communities. I’m open about having bipolar disorder, I’m open about being of mixed-race, I’m open about being #bisexual, and I have this wantingness to talk about it, and for me, it’s about more than being a role model for any specific community. I think it’s about wanting to be a role model that’s comfortable with myself. That’s unafraid of being myself.” 💖

It doesn’t matter if the whole world thinks you’re crazy. Its okay that no one understands you because all that matters is the one person who does. The one person who makes you feel a little less alone in this world. The one person who reminds you that your struggles are real and valid. That it’s okay to not be okay sometimes. So here’s a reminder to let that person know you love them and you are grateful for having them be apart of your life. And if you have the opportunity to hug them- hug them so tight. Jen I wish I could hug you right now. But all I can say is thank you. Thank you for everything you’ve done. Thank you for being apart of my life and reminding me that im never alone.

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