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#Flawless Favorites: The Inspirational Reads of 2015

Janine Francolini | Posted 01.04.2017 | Home
Janine Francolini

Authenticity, honesty, and compassion -- this is how the revolution for brain health starts. As the year and the holiday season draw to a close, we celebrate our favorite books of the year: inspirational reads that provide hope and take us one step closer to our goal of educated awareness and acceptance for all.

Mom Who Recently Held Down 3 Jobs Wants Stable Home For Daughters

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 12.23.2015 | Business

Shannon White finally has the home of her dreams. After spending the last five years passing between friends’ apartments, transitional housing and ...

Happy Manic Solstice Lists: Wherein My Daughter and I Pineapple, Mango and French Fries

Judy Hall | Posted 12.21.2016 | Parents
Judy Hall

I make lists. It is part of who I am when I am manic. I have always made lists and they vary in complexity and their relationship to reality depending on my ascent into mania.

Managing Your Mental Illness

Sheila Hamilton | Posted 12.15.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Sheila Hamilton

If everyone who was living well with mental illness came out of the shadows, it would be revolutionary for the people who are suffering from a mental health crisis in silence.

The Human Rights Crisis We Ignore

Melody Moezzi | Posted 12.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Melody Moezzi

At the heart of the American mental health crisis today lies the highly flawed, dangerous and unspoken assumption that people with mental disabilities are somehow less than human.

On The Shame In Admitting I'm Depressed

YourTango | Posted 12.11.2016 | Healthy Living

We get so ashamed at giving ourselves away. And I think that's the problem I'm dealing with. I might be depressed, I might not, but either way I've been skirting the issue for so long because I don't want to be rejected or hurt anymore.

Touched With Fire

Paul Dalio | Posted 12.07.2016 | Impact
Paul Dalio

Out of all the poets who received the Pulitzer, 38 percent of them were bipolar. How can we simply label it a human disorder? Think how much more they could contribute to the human spirit if they knew it could be used as a gift to humanity, instead of something to hide from humanity?

Working With Kids Is a No-Brainer

Brandon Marshall | Posted 12.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Brandon Marshall

Not enough people realize that three quarters of all psychiatric illness has its onset before the age of 24, and half before 14. And because kids are still developing, the earlier treatment is started, the better the prognosis.

What I Know To Be True On My 59th Birthday

Kimberly Montgomery | Posted 12.02.2016 | Fifty
Kimberly Montgomery

Today is my birthday. I'm officially 59, and these are my last 12 months before the 60s begin. As some of you will agree, by this age birthdays are more about reflection than celebration, good company than pricey presents.

Why We Can't Afford To Ignore 'Stage 1' Psychosis

Chantel Garrett | Posted 11.18.2016 | Good News
Chantel Garrett

Twenty years later, a lot has changed for the nine million Americans like my brother who are living with serious brain health challenges, but not nearly enough.

To My Sister Who Hated My Last Blog

Sue Carswell | Posted 11.16.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Sue Carswell

Sarah -- I hope this is up to par: Dear Little Sister: I remember when you were born, a neighborhood kid told me the information and said you were a...

Redefining Mental Illness

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 10.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Jessica R. Dreistadt

Like any science, mental health treatment is continually evolving as researchers, practitioners, and native experts such as me vigorously seek new methods that will produce better results. For me, this experimentation has led to several ideas about mental health and its treatment.

I Can't Erase the Past -- I Learned So Much From It

Sheila Hamilton | Posted 10.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Sheila Hamilton

Our daughter celebrates her birthday each June. I can't help but measure her birthdays with an equal sense of apprehension and elation. She's a teenag...

A Reminder That Carrie Fisher Was An O.G. Mental Health Hero

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 12.29.2016 | Healthy Living

Carrie Fisher was a total badass. The actress, who died Tuesday at the age of 60 after suffering a heart attack, spoke out on mental illness many time...

Mental Illness Is a Laughing Matter... If You Want

Michael C. Bryan | Posted 10.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Michael C. Bryan

Mental illness is a superpower. I wish my mother had lived long enough for me to have told her that.

Bipolar America

Bob Burnett | Posted 10.13.2016 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Recently, a friend of mine became a US citizen. Now she wonders what she let herself in for: "I don't understand U.S. politics. Are Republicans crazy? What candidates like Trump are saying makes no sense." I said, "Welcome to bipolar America. Democrats and Republicans have radically different visions of the U.S."

'A Revolutionary Step Forward': Talking About the Chaos of Mental Illness

Michaela Haas | Posted 10.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Michaela Haas

An Interview with Sheila Hamilton, author of the moving new memoir All the Things We Never Knew (Seal Press, October 2015) Even as an award-winning r...

Honest Video Captures The Real Problem With Mental Illness Stigma

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 10.08.2015 | Healthy Living

When someone has cancer, society doesn't label them or criticize them for their disease. So why isn't the same standard extended to those with a menta...

How Being Sick Has Made Me Stronger

Anna Snapp | Posted 10.08.2016 | Arts
Anna Snapp

I know now, that I can stand on my own two feet and deliver my one woman show with confidence because I survived all of it.

What It Means to Be 24 Years Old and Sick

Anna Snapp | Posted 09.29.2016 | Arts
Anna Snapp

I feel like I'm behind. I look around me, and my peers are out of their hometowns, on their own, working salary jobs and enjoying the bar scene on the weekends. My life is quite the opposite.

Why I Love Being Bipolar

Marie Marley | Posted 09.15.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I thought long and hard before deciding to publish this article. There is still a strong stigma attached to mental illness. I had to think seriously about whether I wanted to reveal this very personal information.

Stepping to the Side to Take a Look

Anna Snapp | Posted 09.14.2016 | Arts
Anna Snapp

I've been reflecting a lot about my rehearsals for my one woman show lately. I've had two or three since I last blogged, and certain themes have been coming up. One, is waiting.

Let's #StopSuicide NOW!

Janine Francolini | Posted 09.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Janine Francolini

Tara and Jim just lost their dear friend Ellie to suicide. They didn't know each other but were connected at the funeral through their friendship with...

I Found That the Sun Will Rise Tomorrow

Anna Snapp | Posted 08.31.2016 | Arts
Anna Snapp

In this show, I put on many faces. The default is me, Anna, as an actor, but I also play various roles such as doctors, a medical researcher, theatre directors, and other people who have shaped me and impacted me over the years.

What Having Bipolar Disorder Has Taught Me About Business

Heidi Thompson | Posted 08.27.2016 | Business
Heidi Thompson

Being diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 18 made a lot of sense to me and was long overdue. It may sound kind of odd but having bipolar disorder prepared me to become an entrepreneur and has actually taught me a lot of lessons that I would later apply to business.