Joyful Heart’s Male Survivor PSA Series

Abuse happens to men too

Looking For The Light

NO MORE Excuses: The Male Survivors Series

We recognize that male survivors are met with persistent and harmful responses: That sexual abuse can’t happen to guys. That they just need to get over it. That guys wouldn’t “let” that happen to them.

In 2016, Joyful Heart partnered with Viacom and1in6, a leading organization that provides support and information to adult male survivors of childhood sexual abuse, released a new series of video and print ads—adding to a suite of print ads released in 2014—specifically addressing the myths and excuses that male survivors hear. They invite men who have experienced unwanted or abusive sexual abuse in childhood, and those who care for them, to visit 1in6.org for help.

In case you missed it, I wanted to share our new series in Joyful Heart’s groundbreaking, celebrity-driven NO MORE PSA campaign developed in partnership with 1in6, a leading organization providing support and information…

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A “History of Mental Illness”

Art by Rob Goldstein

Blog for Mental Health 2015

In 2005 a woman with a history of mental illness threw her three children into the Bay.

She was a single Mother who was living in a homeless shelter with her children. She was ill with severe and debilitating schizophrenia. She told everyone that “God” had commanded her to throw her baby’s to the sharks and no one intervened.

No one removed those children from her custody and no one made the connection between her psychiatric decline, her refusal to take medication and the stress of trying to Mother three children without housing.

“Relatives of a mentally troubled woman from Oakland who reported hearing voices before she allegedly threw her three young sons into the bay to die said Thursday they had tried unsuccessfully to persuade Alameda County social service workers to help them gain custody of the children.

Members of the family of La-shuan Ternice Harris said they had…

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