NCCAM and Tweeting For Improved Mental Health!

Hi All,

I received an email from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) earlier today.

As far as I know/can make out (apologies for my ignorance but I live in Ireland) NCCAM is part of America’s National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Here is the main content of that letter, which I am sharing as I think it is both an important issue and could be something that is of interest to our members…


Hi Kevin,

I enjoyed your post on the Mental Health Writer’s Guild about the link between exercise and mental health.

Mind and body practices like yoga, meditation, and Tai Chi are sometimes used to manage stress and anxiety, particularly during the holiday season when people can feel tense.

But what does the science say about these approaches?

The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is hosting a Twitter chat<http://nccam.nih.gov/news/events/twitterchat> on Tuesday, December 18 at 3:30 p.m. Eastern to explore the safety and efficacy of mind and body practices for managing stress and anxiety.

During the chat, consumers, health professionals and patient advocates will have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss their experiences.

Joining the discussion will be NCCAM expert John Glowa, Ph.D., who oversees NCCAM’s behavioral health research portfolio, and Daniel Pine, M.D. from NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health

To participate in or follow the chat, use the hashtag #nccamchat<http://twitter.com/#!/search/%23nccamchat>.


Jenni Glenn Gingery (contractor)
Office of Communications and Public Liaison
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
National Institutes of Health


I wanted to share this with our membership as I do feel that this could be a very important and beneficial exercise and that the perspectives, knowledge and experience base that our membership base could offer such an event could prove invaluable.

This is in my opinion exactly the sort of thing that this Guild and it’s members should be getting involved with in my opinion and I hope you will all agree and support it.

If you have any questions concerning this event please feel free to contact me and I will do my best to help and hey – how about re-blogging this on your personal sites/blogs so that we can get the word out their and show our support.

Remember to make a note and schedule this event in your diaries!

Looking forward to hearing from you all both before and during the event.

Kind Regards and God bless you.


Picture courtesy of NCCAM

Picture courtesy of NCCAM

5 comments on “NCCAM and Tweeting For Improved Mental Health!

  1. Reblogged this on Voices of Glass and commented:

    I personally believe this to be an important event and so am re-blogging this in order to get the information out there..

  2. Thank you so much for this post! In the past, I was a psychological researcher funded by NIMH (now just a humble blogger — http://ducttapeandbubblegum.com/) and you are correct, they are an important division of NIH. They are one of the exciting divisions (typically underfunded) that looks into alternative medicine approaches for healing. You have a wonderful blog here and a great resource. I will join the Twitter chat discussion and share this info with my almost nearly 3,000 followers on Twitter @TapeBubble. Also, would love to join your guild. Thanks again!!

    • Hi Bubble Gum,

      Many thanks for getting back to me on this and for showing your support via your twitter feed/channel or whatever you call these newfangled things 🙂

      It really would be great if we could get this whole thing “trending” (are you impressed with how eloquent I am will twitter parlance? To be honest I have little to know idea what it means but hey it sounded good 🙂 )

      Also many thanks for your interest in membership of the Guild.

      I have popped across to your site, and I am more than happy to include your blog “Duct Tape and Bubblegum” in our membership list and in fact have just done exactly that. So welcome!

      Please feel free to copy the member’s logo from that page and to display it on your site/blog if you wish to. As a member you are entitled to 🙂

      You are also very welcome to join in any competitions that are run and to give out the Warrior Child Award to any blogger whom you feel is deserving of it. You will find details of that award on its own page within the navigation bar.

      I should perhaps mention that due to many bloggers wishing to remain anonymous as a result of the stigma that still remains in respect of poor mental health and mental illness, membership to the Guild is awarded to the blog and not the blogger. The only way that this is relevant is that it means that should you have or start a second or further blogs membership of the Guild does not automatically transfer to that or those blogs and they must also be approved for membership.

      I think that about covers it so all that remains for me to say is that if I can be of any help please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me here or through one of my personal blogs, Voices of Glass and again “welcome to our little band of bloggers!”

      Kind Regards and God bless you.

  3. Thanks so much Kevin! We’ll post our badge with honor. We respect people’s feelings about anonymity and we respect your policy on membership. Happy to have our blog be a member!

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