South Lyon parents who lost son to mental illness push for awareness, education in schools
Frank and Claire Domanico lost their son Eric to suicide when he was 19 years old. As they struggle through a year of firsts without him, they are pushing for a change in the education system to raise mental health awareness.
National Eating Disorder Awareness Week highlights just how many people live with these disorders
Eating disorders can come in many different forms, and understanding the complexities involved is likely why events such as National Eating Disorder Week exists from Feb. 22-26. In fact, 28.8 million Americans will suffer from an eating disorder in their life, and it doesn’t matter what the person’s age or gender is. All types of people suffer from eating disorders, and behind opioid overdoses, it’s the second deadliest mental illness, with about 10,200 deaths each year. AdRecognizing that a loved one has an eating disorder can be hard, but there are signs to look for: food rituals, unusual eating habits, extreme obsession with body size and losing weight. Combine that with extreme noticeable weight loss and fatigue, and that person may be suffering from an eating disorder.
Musicians around the world perform to honor South Lyon musician lost to suicide
SOUTH LYON, Mich. – World-class saxophonist Eric Domanico would have turned 20 years old on Monday, but he unfortunately lost his battle with mental illness over the summer. Musicians across the globe are honoring the South Lyon teen while bringing awareness to depression among the youth. The childhood photos of Eric Domanico are like any other families’ -- birthday parties, playing outside, friends, family and just being a kid. To honor Eric’s memory, 40 saxophonists from around the world came together to perform with Eric in a virtual tribute. “I was with my sister-in-law when we played it,” said Claire Domanico, Eric’s mother.
Ann Arbor-based adult rehabilitation nonprofit gets fresh start during pandemic
(Meredith Bruckner)Read: Local nonprofit impacted by Lucky’s Market closing in Ann ArborIn June, some members of staff were able to come back after they secured state funding. However, the fiscal year ended on Oct. 1 and with no funding for the next fiscal year, Fresh Start Clubhouse was back at square one. “The Clubhouse, in partnership with Community Mental Health, spent a month talking with our members, staff and advisory board,” said Berman. It’s going to allow us to reach way more people.”It will also allow Fresh Start Clubhouse to seek other revenue streams outside its contract with CMH, such as grants and individual giving. Monthly sessions will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and people can come and go as they want.”Fresh Start Clubhouse is also currently hiring.
Survey: Opioid misuse decreases, serious mental illness increases among Americans
The annual survey was released on Friday by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and includes data on mental health and substance use among Americans. Serious mental illness is also reportedly increasing among adults 18-49 years old. The report concluded that substance abuse and mental disorders are common among throughout the U.S. Those with serious mental illness are more likely to misuse substance, as individuals misusing substances are likely to experience mental health issues, according to the survey. “Increases in marijuana and methamphetamine use and in serious mental illness are very concerning, and we expect that these challenges will be exacerbated by this year’s pandemic," Azar said. “The NSDUH data provide a foundation that helps to focus resources to address the important areas of mental health and substance use issues in our nation,” said Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, assistant secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use.