Back to Black

Yesterday marked the launch of BACK TO BLACK, a shopping event in SL that also seeks to raise awareness about mental illnesses. Organized and hosted by CHIC Management (http://www.chic-management.com/?page_id=1236), the event runs through 4PM February 29th, 2012. Designers were given themes of HOPE in this event and asked to create between 1 and 3 items which embraced the theme of their group. The themes are Comfort, Courage, Determination, Endurance, Family, Fighter, Friendship, Heart, Home, Hope, Life, Serenity, Spirit, Strength, and Survival. They invite you to check out the event (found here http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/CHIC/68/123/26) and hopefully become more aware while you are at it.

Over the next several articles, I plan to feature items from the event and share information about Mental Health Disorders and resources where you can find more information about some of the disorders and seeking out help, either for yourself, or someone you care about. And did you know, according to BringShange2Mind.org, “1 in 6 adults suffers from a mental illness” (http://bringchange2mind.org/).

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There are many different types of mental illness. The term itself is as broad as terms like Cancer and has many different interpretations and discussions related to those definitions and correct treatment. By no means will this event completely educate those attending with everything they need to know about mental illness or issues related to mental health in general, but it is a starting point, an opening for discussions and further personal exploration.

“One of the best ways you can help someone with mental illness is by understanding what it is — and what it isn’t. After all, myths about mental illnesses contribute to stigma, which in turn prevents those who are living with one from seeking help.

The fact is, a mental illness is a disorder of the brain — your body’s most important organ — and 1 in 6 adults lives with a brain-related illness including depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD and schizophrenia.

Like most diseases of the body, mental illness has many causes — from genetics to other biological, environmental and social/cultural factors. And just as with most diseases, mental illnesses are no one’s fault. The unusual behaviors associated with some illnesses are symptoms of the disease — not the cause.

But most importantly, mental illnesses are treatable through medication and psychosocial therapies — allowing those who suffer from them the opportunity to lead full and productive lives.”

BringChange2Mind.org

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FACT vs. FICTION

FICTION: People living with a mental illness are often violent.

FACT: Actually, the vast majority of people living with mental health conditions are no more violent than anyone else. People with mental illness are much more likely to be the victims of crime.

FICTION: Mental illness is a sign of weakness.

FACT: A mental illness is not caused by personal weakness — nor can it be cured by positive thinking or willpower — proper treatment is needed.

FICTION: Only military personnel who have been in combat can suffer from PTSD.

FACT: While PTSD is prevalent in men and women who have seen combat, experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event can trigger PTSD, including violent personal assaults such as rape or robbery, natural or human-caused disasters, or accidents.

FICTION: People with a mental illness will never get better.

FACT: For some people, a mental illness may be a lifelong condition, like diabetes. But as with diabetes, proper treatment enables many people with a mental illness to lead fulfilling and productive lives.

FICTION: Children don’t suffer from mental illness.

FACT: Millions of children are affected by depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses. As a matter of fact, 1 in 10 children suffer from a diagnosable mental illness. Getting treatment is essential.

FICTION: “Mental illness can’t affect me!”

FACT: Mental illness can affect anyone. While some illnesses have a genetic risk, mental illness can affect people of all ages, races and income levels, whether or not there is a family history.

What can you do to bring change to mind and help yourself or others with mental illness? (The following information comes from http://bringchange2mind.org/pages/get-involved/.)

Get Involved

Let’s Change Lives! Sound impossible? It’s not. Simply by visiting sites like http://bringchange2mind.org/ you’ve become a part of the initiative to bring positive change to millions of people. Every day we gain more ground against stigma. You have more influence than you think. Dialogue is key. You can change minds and inspire new attitudes about mental illness by choosing the way you speak about mental illness and by participating in our initiatives.

Take the Pledge

Sign the Bring Change 2 Mind pledge and join a growing movement that is changing the way the world thinks about and relates to people living with mental illness. Take the Pledge »

Share Your Story

Speak up! Share your experience with mental illness and help others realize that they’re not alone. Many of the bloggers and creators in this event have done just that; they have shared their own stories about their own personal battles with mental illness or those of their loved ones and how it affected their lives. Share Your Story »

Spread the Word

The easiest way to remove stigma from mental illness is to reach out and educate your friends, family and co-workers. Spread the Word »

Donate

Large, or small, every donation counts! Bring Change 2 Mind and other charities like it strive to remove stigma from mental illness & change lives. And even though this event is not actually a charity event (All proceeds go to the designers to do with it as they choose), that doesn’t mean you can’t give through organizations in the RL. There are lots of locations so I have elected to leave out recommendations and let you seek out the location you would like to donate.

Download the Toolkit

Bring change to mind created posters and cards that you can print and distribute in your school, office, and neighborhood. Download the Toolkit »

Walk to Raise Awareness

Join Bring Change 2 Mind as we walk the talk to end stigma with our partner, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). There are 80 walks across the nation in which people gather together to raise money and awareness to put an end to the bias and discrimination of stigma. The course is set. All you have to do is take the first step. Walk to Raise Awareness »

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What else can you do to help?

Choose your words wisely: Learn about the impact your words can have on those with mental illnesses

Words are very powerful.

  • When we say someone is “crazy” or “that’s totally mental” we’re perpetuating stereotypes.
  • Eliminate the phrase “suffers from mental illness”. Instead, choose, “lives with mental illness” or “is affected by mental illness”.
  • When we say a person is “schizophrenic,” we make their mental illness fully define their complete identity. Instead, be clear that this is a disease that individuals manage and live with, e.g. “he is living with schizophrenia”.
  • There are many phrases and terms; “crazy,” “nuts”, “psycho”, “schiz” and “lunatic” that may seem insignificant, but really aren’t.

While there may be times when it is too challenging or simply not possible to politely correct someone else’s insensitive use of language, you can always watch your own.

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More to come in the next couple articles, Including a link to a flickr set which has pictures of as many of the items for sale as were out on the Blogger Platform by Thursday. Upcoming outfits includes an outfit and poses from MiaMai, Skins from Heartsick, and even a full look for men (shape skin and clothing included). Future articles will also include more information on mental illnesses.

Style Card

All Back to Black items found here http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/CHIC/68/123/26 Other SLURLs found on the SLURL Page.

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Skin: *VERSHE*Bianca Strength Skin (Olive) *Back to Black* (Blogger Promo)
Bandage Tattoos: *VERSHE* Back To Black: Strength Bandages *Back to Black* (Blogger Promo)
Lipstick Tattoos: .:A&M:. Nude Lips – Pale Pink 10% – Pouty *Back to Black* (Blogger Promo)
Hair and Hairbase: MINA Hair – Yva – DBR05 *Back to Black* (Blogger Promo)
Eyes: [SLB] Eyes – July’09 – Green R
Eyelashes: [ glow ] eyelashes – Secret Eyes 01, .ploom. Lashes 6, Crissy Designs – Irresistible Look Eyelashes
Dress: (Kunglers) BTB event – Silk dress *Back to Black* (Blogger Promo)
Shoes: Maitreya Gold * IXkin All-Duo-Colors Fatpack B ‘Duo Tones’
Bag: [ glow ] studio – Spiked Around bag (shoulder)(copper) *Back to Black* (Blogger Promo)
Nails: *Sexy Mamas* Prim Nails
Earings: *P* Monica Earrings ~Black~ XL  *Back to Black* (Blogger Promo)
Rings: :+*R*+: Flaminio Rings [L] *Back to Black* (Blogger Promo)
Nose piercing: basic piercing
Bracelet: EarthStones Sylvan Bracelet – Larimar (Special Edition)
Ring: Zaara : Raga oyster ring *pearl* (silver)

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Skin: AKERUKA Lisa skin for Back To Black – MK 02 (Cleavage) *Back to Black* (Blogger Promo)
.:CoLL:. I Am Strong ~ Tattoo *Back to Black* (Blogger Promo)
Tattoo: [SLB] Eyes – July’09 – Green R
Hair booN DES423 hair – blueblack
Hairbase: booN gathered lower hairbase – blueblack
Outfit: ~plank couture~ Lady Flutter – Amelia Moth *Back to Black* (Blogger Promo)
Necklace: (Caroline’s Jewelry) Serenity Necklace in Gold *Back to Black* (Blogger Promo)

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Skin: ::NVIOUS::Courage M1 *Back to Black* (Blogger Promo)
Tattoo: [sYs] MAIKO tattoo *Back to Black* (Blogger Promo)
Hair: “LoQ Hair” Bourbon – Black *Back to Black* (Blogger Promo)
Eyes: [SLB] Eyes – July’09 – Green R
Eyelashes: Crissy Designs – Irresistible Look Eyelashes, [ glow ] eyelashes – Secret Eyes 01, *YS & YS*  Tintable  Eyelash 001
Jewelry: (Caroline’s Jewelry) Serenity Necklace in Gold *Back to Black* (Blogger Promo)

Sign: Inspirational Wall Decal by Designer Prims accompanying the Comfort Is Home Skybox *Back to Black* (Blogger Promo)

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Skin: *VERSHE*Bianca Strength Skin (Olive) *Back to Black* (Blogger Promo)
Tattoo: [sYs] MAIKO tattoo *Back to Black* (Blogger Promo)
Hair: “LoQ Hair” Bourbon – Black *Back to Black* (Blogger Promo)
Eyes: [SLB] Eyes – July’09 – Green R
Eyelashes: Crissy Designs – Irresistible Look Eyelashes, [ glow ] eyelashes – Secret Eyes 01
Teeth: Silken Moon – Show your teeth – prim version *Back to Black* (Blogger Promo)
Outfit: Izzie’s – Leisure Outfit brown/beige *Back to Black* (Blogger Promo)
Shoes: PornStar Hi-Tops MultiColor v2
Necklace: (Caroline’s Jewelry) Serenity Necklace in Gold *Back to Black* (Blogger Promo)
Nails: *Sexy Mamas* Prim Nails

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2 thoughts on “Back to Black

    • The looks have been pretty fun to put together with the lovely offerings at back to black. That skin from *Vershe* I am wearing in a couple of posts, turned me onto a wonderful new skin store. And having seen previews of the new line to come very soon I am super excited.

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