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Brandon Marshall interview: athletes struggle to identify with mental illness

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Amazing story and player, check out A Football Life on NfL Network about his story and time at McLean Hospital outside Boston

Since he was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2010, the New York Jets receiver Brandon Marshall’s image has been transformed. Once as recognised for his troublesome behaviour as his outstanding talent, he has become one of the most important and proactive mental health advocates in the United States.
“It’s my purpose,” he tells the Guardian, “not only in sport, but in this world.
“In sports there’s a lot of people out there suffering and they don’t even know it. That’s because they can’t identify with mental illness. These people just feel like they’re just having a bad day or that it’s just weakness. So, any resources available to them will never be used.”
Marshall, who went public with his illness in 2011, knows what it’s like to have the world at his feet, only for every step to be undermined by the nagging feeling something isn’t quite right.
The release offered by his own diagnosis has enabled the five-time Pro Bowler to start a conversation that has seen other suffering players flock to him for help.
“One of the things that surprised me, when I disclosed my diagnosis, immediately – I’m talking about hours later – other players and executives from around the sport started calling me and asking for help.
“It started with someone telling their story, with someone breaking the taboo through a daily conversation.”
In the NFL, just as in wider society, the reluctance to seek assistance has led to larger problems, deeply impacted lives and prompted some exceptionally unsavoury headlines. Marshall’s revelations and the work through his Project 375 Foundation have been an important step towards making it OK to talk.
“What’s cool is what’s happening now,” Marshall adds. “Even in the last couple of days, there’s are some really prominent people in our sport reaching out to our foundation, asking to be connected to the right doctors and the right hospitals. It’s confirmation and it’s fulfilling, but we also know it’s just the beginning.”

During a typically hectic and dramatic off-season, where deflated footballs and pre-season injuries dominated the headlines, the issue of mental health in the NFL briefly attracted some attention for a day or two in August.
Jonathan Martin, the now-retired former Miami Dolphins lineman, revealed he had attempted suicide multiple times during a short professional career. Martin’s long history of depression had been exacerbated by a “pattern of harassment,” characterised by racial insults and explicit sexual taunts.
His emotional struggles masked from coaches and team-mates, the Stanford-educated lineman walked away from the team, checked himself into a South Florida hospital and triggered a national discourse on locker room culture.
“We could have managed things differently if we had known some of that,” Kevin O’Neill, an assistant trainer fired following the Wells Report, told the Sun Sentinel in an interview last week. However, he also criticised Martin for “costing people their careers by not handling everything the way I think he could have.”
The reemergence of this story raised difficult questions for a league already besieged by controversy and drama. Was it doing enough to look after the mental health of its athletes? Were individual teams, obsessed with harnessing the physical attributes of players, turning a blind eye to damaged mental states?
While the league freely admits more can always be done, it is being proactive. There are resources readily available to players and through its Employee Assistance Program, free counselling sessions are offered to current and active players, as well as members of their household. Usage of those resources has tripled in the last three years, the NFL says.

The league also works with a player engagement director on every team, a go-to person at club level. Players are furnished with literature, wallet cards and offered a hotline to call.
According to Dwight Hollier, the NFL’s vice-president of wellness and clinical services, the societal hurdle over mental health stigma, “is a little higher for our athlete population, because of the macho aspect,” making coming forward even more difficult.
Holier, a former player who spent the majority of his career with the Dolphins, is a licensed professional counsellor who works with current and former players. He asserts there has been a generational shift from his playing days, but feelings of dishonour when confronting mental health issues are still too prevalent.
“When I was playing football there were points when you’d hear ‘suck it up,’ ‘push through’ ‘don’t let anyone see you hurt.’ When you hear questions like ‘what are you crying for?’, as an athlete, that really feeds that stigma around reaching out and getting assistance. That’s a bigger challenge,” he told the Guardian.
“In the African American community, it goes even deeper. There’s more stigma [towards mental health issues] in that culture and approximately 66% of our athletes are African American.”

While the NFL is pushing its resources pro-actively, Jimmy Stewart, another retired NFL player who is a licensed professional counsellor, believes the 32 NFL teams can do more as “a duty of care.” Stewart advocates for NFL teams to have a counsellor on staff, in the locker room, rather than affiliated professionals off-site.
“Teams have strength and conditioning coaches, they have training staff and all of these physical people,” says Stewart, senior coordinator of mental health for student athletes at Colorado State University.
“They say ‘we value mental health’ but yet in order to go get help you have to go three miles or 10 miles down the road, or call an 800 number. What they are really saying is we don’t value it like the physical part of you.
“Coaches want to believe they have relationships where players will come to them with anything. Players aren’t going to confide in people who have role power over them.”
In Martin’s case, he certainly did not confide in coaches. He had one session with a team-affiliated psychiatrist, at the behest of his mother. Following the bullying scandal, head coach Joe Philbin said: ”We’re going to look at every avenue. We’re going to uncover every stone, and we’re going to have a better workplace. I promise you that. I’m going to make sure that happens.”
The organisation ignored multiple requests for comment on what that has specifically entailed, 18 months on. The Dolphins also refused to confirm whether there is anyone on staff for players to consult about mental health issues.
While its teams may have some catching up to do when prioritising mental health, the league itself has even larger incentives to be more proactive.
A post mortem examination of Jovan Belcher, the former Kansas City Chiefs player who murdered his girlfriend before taking his own life in 2012, found he was likely suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy; a degenerative brain disease linked to repeated head trauma. His mother later filed a wrongful death lawsuit, claiming the NFL hadn’t done enough to monitor his mental health.

In a 2014 column for Fox Sports, Brendon Ayanbadejo, a retired Super Bowl-winner with the Baltimore Ravens suggested: “There is a full-body physical before the start of every training camp and one at the end of the season. Why doesn’t the NFL at least do a mental health exam to start every NFL season?

“I would propose that each season, every NFL player is required to go through some amount of hours of counselling, simply to organically decompress.”
Indeed, besieged by other off-field controversies, scandals and tragedies, how many other headline-making, life-changing incidents could the league prevent by putting such programmes in place?
“You have to get to the root of it,” Marshall said. “We definitely think that starting with the kids is a smart thing. We use our resources and energy wisely because kids are a product of their environment.
“When there’s nothing in their environment that says it’s OK to talk, how do you deal and cope with these things? If you make it a part of their environment, you cut off a lot of the garbage that will possibly come up on their journey through life.”
Right now, while the league has incentives to ‘get to the root of it’ players still have equally good reasons to conceal their issues.
At high school level, they’re seeking college scholarships, at NCAA level, they’re looking to the draft, then to make the team, then to stay on the team, then to get the next contract. In a sport where mental toughness is preached almost as much as physical, where’s the incentive to raise what is still seen as a red flag?
“How much will that player reveal at that moment of truth when he’s fighting for a job or looking for an opportunity to improve the quality of his life? It’s a very tough call,” says Andre Collins of the NFLPA players’ union.
Marshall thinks the issue is not a football problem, but is ingrained on a societal level. The pervading taboo surrounding mental health makes coming forward a potentially career-altering decision.
“It will damage you and that’s the problem,” he says. “That’s one of the challenges that we’re facing and one of the things that we will overcome.
“It’s at government level and at corporation level. If you come forward and say ‘this is what I’m dealing with’ there’s a good chance you’ll get fired and you may not get that promotion. People will look at you as a liability.”
Was Marshall himself treated as a liability pre-diagnosis and disclosure? “Possibly,” he says, “but when you’re productive and you’re doing your job at a high level, your rope is a little longer than other people’s.”
It isn’t often the circus world of the NFL can be cited as a microcosm for society at large, but in the case of mental health there are lessons to be learned. Efforts to tackle illness can only be realised when the stigma is overcome and it becomes OK to talk.
“If [coming forward] meant making myself vulnerable, and opening myself up for criticism, I was fine with that,” Marshall added. “I’ve always been one to sell out for the cause.”

8 Nutritional Healers to Overcome Mental Disorders

great list, although the one glaring exception is Magnesium which should be a part of everyone’s diets on a daily basis, whether thru a supplament or thru juiced fruits! Happy reading!
Did you know that there is a strong connection between nutrition and mental health disorders?

 While nutritional deficiencies and physical illnesses are strongly linked, poor nutrition can significantly contribute to the onset and progression of depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and other mental problems. In reference to nutritional neuroscience, an emerging discipline, nutritional factors are strongly interlinked with human behavior, emotions and cognition. The good news is that with healthy balanced diet therapies, you can cope with mental disorders.   

8 Nutritional Therapies to Overcome Mental Disorders
1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

According to Taren University of Arizona College of Public Health, Tucson, imbalances in the essential amino acids (EFAs) which include omega-fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids can heighten symptoms of depression and other mental illnesses. Incorporating omega-3 fatty acids in your diet will help to improve your mood while promoting the overall health of your brain. Diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids have also been shown to help address autism and dyslexia. Consumption of two grams of omega-3 fatty acid every day is generally accepted for healthy persons but patients with mental disorders illness can take up to 9.6 grams.
2. Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates which naturally occur as polysaccharides are very crucial in structure and function of every cell. Studies indicate that polysaccharides can influence your mood and behavior. Dishes loaded with carbohydrates prompts your body to release insulin. Insulin determines the amount of glucose that gets into the cell for energy production and also permeates the entry of tryptophan in the brain. Tryptophan has direct effects on levels of neurotransmitters, including serotonin. Studies have shown that consumption of carbohydrates that have low glycemic index (GI) will provide lasting benefits than sugar and sweets. Best sources of carbohydrates include whole grains, pasta, and some fruits and vegetables.
3. Proteins

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. While your body is capable of producing amino acids, some should be supplied in the diet. Protein intake through high protein foods and every amino acid can affect the way your brain functions and mental health. Amino acids make up most of the neurotransmitters in your brain. Tryptophan makes neurotransmitter serotonin while dopamine is made from amino acid tyrosine. Deficiencies in these amino acids will directly impact the function of neurotransmitters, which often cause aggression or low moods in patients with mental disorders. Shockingly, a buildup of the some amino acids in the brain can cause mental retardation and brain damage.  

4. B-Complex Vitamins
In reference to a study published in the journal Neuropsychobiology, both male and female participants who received nine vitamins that were 10 times the normal recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for a year had improved mood. Interestingly, their blood status of the nine vitamins hit a plateau after just 3 months. Researchers believed Vitamin B2 and B6 caused the improvement in mood. Vitamin B12 has been shown to delay the onset of dementia. Folic acid improves depression symptoms while boosting the function of antidepressant medications.

5. Calcium

In a recent study, it was observed that antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) prevent the absorption of calcium into bones. Plus, SSRIs can cause low blood pressure, leading to falls and bone injuries. Indiscriminate ingestion of SSRIs can put you at an increased risk of mental illnesses like depression. They may also cause falls and fractures. Regular consumption of foods that are rich in calcium can help in preventing mental disorder and osteoporosis.

6. Lithium

When it comes to psychiatry, experts say that it has been useful in treating mental disorders, such as bipolar disorder. It is antidepressant in nature and can help to prevent suicidal thoughts and attempts in patients with depression. Other therapeutic uses of lithium include alleviating eating disorder, excessive alcoholism and aggression.However, be careful when using lithium to deal with mental disorder due to its toxicity, particularly in pregnant and lactating women.

7. Selenium

According to Dr. David Benton, from the University of Wales, at least five studies have shown that consumption of small amounts of selenium can help in mood regulation in patients suffering from mental disorders. In addition, studies have demonstrated that patient’s populations living with mental illnesses become less anxious when administered selenium in small dosages.
8. Zinc
A number of clinical studies have shown that depression patients who receive zinc in small quantities report improvements in symptoms. In addition, oral consumption of zinc can improve the efficiency of antidepressant therapy. Zinc also helps in protecting brain damages caused by free radical in your body.

Nutritional deficiencies can play a part in the development of mental disorders irrespective of your age. If poor nutrition exposes you to altered brain or behavioral functions, they can be corrected using dietary measures, but only to certain degree. It is recommendable to contact a mental health expert if you need dietary therapies to overcome mental disorder.
– See more at: http://www.yoganonymous.com/8-nutritional-healers-to-overcome-mental-disorders#sthash.1NbhH0yb.dpuf

 The Story Of Our Most Unique and Poweful Crystal – From Gina’s Sacred Mine 

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Gina’s Sacred Seven Mine – The Story Of Our Most Unique Crystal
We are very blessed to be surrounded by the absolute most exqusiite collection of crystals that come straight from our partner Gina’s mines and family collection in Brazil. We have handselected each and every crystal that we showcase from that collection. That guarantees the quality and loving energy from each crystal is passed on to our clients and they dont have to worry that the crystals come from a country that may be wartorn or mined unethically.
These Brazilian crystals are truly life changing. There is quartz in many places from Arkansas to Colorado to Maine to Pakistan but from an energy pertspective there is nothing on earth quite like Brazilian quartz. That leads me to a certain crystal that has changed the lives our the v2C Family and all those around us who have been lucky enough to acquire a Sacred Seven Crystal.
The Sacred Seven crystals are from one of Gina’s sacred mines and she had the intuition to know that something special was hidden in this mine. She had a sense there was something incredible on this land. She purchased it from three brothers who didnt quite know what they had other than a mine that was producing some quartz and amethyst. She came up with the money to buy this sacred mine and for years she was pulling out Quartz and cacoxonite until she started to pull these exquisite and perfect crystal specimens (see images/shop link here!). These crystals are the only ones in the world that are not only self cleansing but also designed the align and clear your chakras. One of the rarest stones on the planet, these help you stay rooted while learning incredible things about yourself and the world around you. My hey contain seven amazing minerals listed below and visually are exquisite!

Following are the metaphysical properties of the minerals that make up this amazing stone. Their energies are all present within the Sacred Seven stone.

AMETHYST is a variant of quartz. An important companion stone for those seeking spiritual enlightenment. Amethyst bestows strength, stability, patience and calm in stressful situations,

and a strong stone for changing negative energy to positive energy.
CLEAR QUARTZ CRYSTAL, also known as Rock Crystal, known for enhancing energyand communication and listening skills. Clear Quartz Crystal increases energy flow and harmony.
SMOKY QUARTZ exhibits a light to dark smoky grey to black color. Enhances focus, attentiveness, creativity, good business acumen and for those under stress it is an excellentgrounding and centering crystal.
CACOXENITE can help to bring spiritual awakening, promote new ideas and understanding,and seeing the positive, benevolent side of life.
GOETHITE can facilitate communication, as well as stimulate and amplify clairvoyant abilities. Goethite is wonderful for those wishing to lessen the burden of distraction, and enhance their ability to concentrate and focus.
LEPIDOCROCITE while acting as a stimulus to intellectual pursuits, lepidocrocite can help to promote grounding, centering, clear thoughts, expanding and retaining knowledge.
RUTILE can bring strength, love, ease in making transitions, and accelerate growth in all levels of body, mind and spiritual development. An excellent choice for promoting and building stability within relationships, as well as emotional and mental imbalances. It is an incredible tool for dispelling unwanted energy and can aid astral travel.
These stones can be coupled with others like moldavite and rose quartz. We are happy to discuss other stones that make sense to pair with a Sacred Seven!

I Tried a Crystal Bath — and I Think it Worked

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https://www.yahoo.com/beauty/i-tried-a-crystal-bath-and-i-think-it-worked-121278545538.html​
Really cool article about a new treatment that is popping up at spas. It is expensive, it is not easy to find and may be something (well not yet at least) that you could do at home. In the meantime, finding a crystal or crystals you are comfortable with May be your best bet – just find some that really resonate with you HERE and keep them next to you in a relaxing bath. Can even run them under the faucet to cleanse them as well!  Happy chilling!

The Story Of Our Most Sacred Crystals From Our Most Sacred Mine! Story Of The Super/Sacred Seven Crystals!

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We are very blessed to be surrounded by the absolute most exqusiite collection of crystals that come straight from our partner Gina’s mines and family collection in Brazil.  We have handselected each and every crystal that we showcase from that collection.  That guarantees the quality and loving energy from each crystal is passed on to our clients and they dont have to worry that the crystals come from a country that may be war torn or mined unethically.

These Brazilian crystals are truly life changing.  There is quartz in many places from Arkansas to Colorado to Maine to Pakistan but from an energy pertspective there is nothing on earth quite like Brazilian quartz.  That leads me to a certain crystal that has changed the lives our the v2C Family and all those around us who have been lucky enough to acquire a Sacred Seven Crystal.

The Sacred Seven crystals are from one of Gina’s sacred mines and she had the intuition to know that something special was hidden in this mine.  She had a sense there was something incredible on this land. She purchased it from three brothers who didnt quite know what they had other than a mine that was producing some quartz and amethyst. She came up with the money to buy this sacred mine and for years she was pulling out Quartz and cacoxonite until she started to pull these exquisite and perfect crystal specimens (see images/shop link here!). These crystals are the only ones in the world that are not only self cleansing but also designed the align and clear your chakras. One of the rarest stones on the planet, these help you stay rooted while learning incredible things about yourself and the world around you. My hey contain seven amazing minerals listed below and visually are exquisite!

We are blessed to be able to pass these incredible pieces on to you! Feel free to email at info@v2crystals.com with questions!

Following are the metaphysical properties of the minerals that make up this amazing stone. Their energies are all present within the Sacred Seven stone.

AMETHYST is a variant of quartz. An important companion stone for those seeking spiritual enlightenment. Amethyst bestows strength, stability, patience and calm in stressful situations,
and a strong stone for changing negative energy to positive energy.

CLEAR QUARTZ CRYSTAL, also known as Rock Crystal, known for enhancing energy and communication and listening skills. Clear Quartz Crystal increases energy flow and harmony.

SMOKY QUARTZ exhibits a light to dark smoky grey to black color. Enhances focus, attentiveness, creativity, good business acumen and for those under stress it is an excellent grounding and centering crystal.

CACOXENITE can help to bring spiritual awakening, promote new ideas and understanding, and seeing the positive, benevolent side of life.

GOETHITE can facilitate communication, as well as stimulate and amplify clairvoyant abilities. Goethite is wonderful for those wishing to lessen the burden of distraction, and enhance their ability to concentrate and focus.

LEPIDOCROCITE while acting as a stimulus to intellectual pursuits, lepidocrocite can help to promote grounding, centering, clear thoughts, expanding and retaining knowledge.

RUTILE can bring strength, love, ease in making transitions, and accelerate growth in all levels of body, mind and spiritual development. An excellent choice for promoting and building stability within relationships, as well as emotional and mental imbalances. It is an incredible tool for dispelling unwanted energy and can aid astral travel.

These stones can be coupled with others like moldavite and rose quartz. We are happy to discuss other stones that make sense to pair with a Sacred Seven!

Buy These Crystals To Bring Loving Kindness and Calm The Change In Seasons!

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Change in season can bring joy and happiness but also feeling of anxiety, being unsettled and being adverse to change. I get it, I feel all those things. Transitioning to the calm and quiet of the snow to the fast paced world in nicer weather is not always easy. But adding crystals to your life to tackle those feelings is very helpful!

We are blessed that one of the largest collections of crystals from two sacred Mines in Brazil have been bestowed upon us for the singular purpose of sharing with people who will truly appreciate their beauty and incredible everyday healing energy!

I want to focus on three areas that align with three different crystals from this Sacred Collection –

Self Love/Confidence – Watermelon Tourmaline

Emotional Grounding – Smoky Elestial Quartz

Positivity –Clear Quartz and Aquamarine

Watermelon Tourmaline is a heart balancer and aids in removing insecurities and is also believed to help attract love and resolve issues in relationships. In addition, Watermelon Tourmaline also promotes understanding of self emotions, enhances flexibility, happiness, objectivity, compassion, serenity, and positive self-transformation. Watermelon Tourmaline teaches one the meaning of joy and love – that happiness is not only caused by external circumstances but is instead the natural condition of being. This also is the source of Watermelon Tourmalines capacity for healing and feelings of love, joy and beauty is which are almost always experienced by those in contact with the stone. The stone also assists in calming the mind and releasing the stresses of the day – Click HERE to view the full collection!

Elestial quartz is said to be especially useful in healing emotional problems and providing balance between heart and mind. Elestial quartz is also said to impart wisdom, enhance insight, and to be an excellent transformational tool to help you understand and adjust to change. It is also said to be of significant assistance during meditation for the ability to keep you rooted while bringing things to the surface in a calm and gentle way.
Click HERE

Quartz is a stone of clarity which dispels negativity and clears away negative energy. It can be used to purify and clarify on the spiritual, mental and physical planes. It is also powerfully protective. Quartz enhances spiritual growth, spirituality and wisdom. Because it clarifies though processes and emotions it increases inspiration and creativity. It can also help particularly with concentration, studying and retaining what one learns. Quartz is also a stone of harmony because it balances energies and is even helpful in romantic relationships. Aquamarine shares the soft loving and positive energy and is amazing to help keep you calm and helps with communication! Click HERE to see full collection!

Happy to help you out together an amazing collection! Feel free to email info@v2crystals.com any time! Enjoy the sun, we all deserve it!

All Love, v2C Family

Add These Crystals To Your Daily Life (Stay Calm, Stay Positive, Stay Full of Loving Kindness!)

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We are blessed that one if the largest collections of crystals from two sacred Mines in Brazil have been bestowed upon us for the singular purpose of passing these on to people who will truly appreciate their beauty and incredible everyday healing energy!

I want to focus on three areas that align with three different crystals from this Sacred Collection –

Self Love/Confidence – Watermelon Tourmaline

Emotional Grounding – Smoky Elestial Quartz

Positivity –Clear Quartz and Aquamarine

Watermelon Tourmaline is a heart balancer and aids in removing insecurities and is also believed to help attract love and resolve issues in relationships. In addition, Watermelon Tourmaline also promotes understanding of self emotions, enhances flexibility, happiness, objectivity, compassion, serenity, and positive self-transformation. Watermelon Tourmaline teaches one the meaning of joy and love – that happiness is not only caused by external circumstances but is instead the natural condition of being. This also is the source of Watermelon Tourmalines capacity for healing and feelings of love, joy and beauty is which are almost always experienced by those in contact with the stone. The stone also assists in calming the mind and releasing the stresses of the day – Click HERE to view the full collection!

Elestial quartz is said to be especially useful in healing emotional problems and providing balance between heart and mind. Elestial quartz is also said to impart wisdom, enhance insight, and to be an excellent transformational tool to help you understand and adjust to change. It is also said to be of significant assistance during meditation for the ability to keep you rooted while bringing things to the surface in a calm and gentle way.
Click HERE

Quartz is a stone of clarity which dispels negativity and clears away negative energy. It can be used to purify and clarify on the spiritual, mental and physical planes. It is also powerfully protective. Quartz enhances spiritual growth, spirituality and wisdom. Because it clarifies though processes and emotions it increases inspiration and creativity. It can also help particularly with concentration, studying and retaining what one learns. Quartz is also a stone of harmony because it balances energies and is even helpful in romantic relationships. Aquamarine shares the soft loving and positive energy and is amazing to help keep you calm and helps with communication! Click HERE to see full collection!

Happy to help you out together an amazing collection! Feel free to email info@v2crystals.com any time! All Love, v2C Family

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