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Mental Health Awareness

The Way We Talk About Mental Illness Needs To Change

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 04.17.2015 | Healthy Living

Research by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy shows the loaded words used to describe drug addiction, such as "clean" vs. "dirty...

ICYMI: The Dubious Appeal Of Cryotherapy And The Limits Of ‘In Sickness And In Health'

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 04.16.2015 | Healthy Living

ICYMI Health features what we're reading this week. This week, we can't get enough of question-and-answer style interviews with captivating subjec...

Can Hope Be Taught? New Curriculum Aims to Prevent Youth Suicide

Kathryn Goetzke | Posted 04.02.2015 | Impact
Kathryn Goetzke

With the rise of bullying over the past several years, young people are having to grow up in an increasingly difficult world -- one full of discouragement and pain.

Mars and Venus in Mental Health

Ross Szabo | Posted 03.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Ross Szabo

We are two different people, but we have a lot of similarities. We are the same age and race. We were both diagnosed with bipolar disorder in our tee...

I Applaud Former NBA Player Larry Sanders for Speaking Up About Mental Health

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 03.12.2015 | Impact
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

Two weeks ago, former NBA player Larry Sanders spoke out about his struggles with anxiety and depression and his exit from the league. While mental illness is quite common, it is rarely discussed.

Vloggers Changing the Dialogue on Mental Health

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 04.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Dustin DeMoss

Vlogging has become an art form, an expressive sphere of thinking on matters of importance, and sometimes the unimportant. Vloggers the world over are...

That Which I Love Destroys Me: 'Veterans Fought For Our Freedom. Now It's Our Turn To Fight For Theirs'

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 04.13.2015 | Impact
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

This is a tough film to watch. But it needs to be to get past a viewer's defenses against what is truly a challenge to imagine for those of us sheltered from war.

Suspicious Minds, By Joel Gold and Ian Gold

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 03.08.2015 | Books
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

If you want a deep, smart, entertaining dive into the history of mental illness, especially delusions, pick up a copy of Suspicious Minds. As Drs. Joel and Ian Gold remark, "Today's delusion is tomorrow's headline."

The Passing of Natural Hair Pioneer Titi Branch

Lauren Carson | Posted 02.17.2015 | Black Voices
Lauren Carson

As the facts emerge surrounding Titi's passing, I hope that all, especially the black community, are moved to take action to significantly increase awareness and education surrounding mental health, illness and wellness so that we do not have to continue to mourn the passing of so many of our dynamic and extraordinary souls.

Violence as a Public Health Problem: A Most Violent Year

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 02.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Cure Violence appreciates that kids killing kids is the product of biological and group processes. This type of violence is a learned behavior: proximity and ongoing exposure to violence in a community triggers youth to imitate what they see.

Kaiser Mental Health Clinicians Call for Board Member's Resignation

Sal Rosselli | Posted 02.01.2015 | Business
Sal Rosselli

For four years, she has failed to even acknowledge much less resolve a crisis in Kaiser's psychiatric services that is nearly identical to the scandal that engulfed the Veterans Affairs Administration earlier this year.

Depression: It's Not Just in Your Head, It's Also in Your Genes

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 01.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

We also need to better detect and treat mothers who suffer from depression. We have strong evidence that untreated depression in moms impairs their attachment to their children and is associated with these children developing behavioral and emotional problems in childhood. If the moms are properly treated not only do they do better, so do their kids.

Breaking Plates

Francesca Milliken | Posted 01.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Francesca Milliken

That's the thing about depression -- there is often nothing to see. I felt that I had fallen apart. I felt entirely at a loss. I felt that there was no one who could help me, and that there was no way to make any of this better. Except, I had no way to prove that these things were happening. All of those symptoms were just feelings in my head.

Fixing the Broken Mental Health System

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 12.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

It has been said that measure of a society is its humane attention to the sick and vulnerable. When real reform, transformation, comes to mental health and addiction services we will meet that moral and ethical standard -- and we will be able to serve so many in need.

In Defense of 'Crazy'

Sarah Griffith Lund | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion
Sarah Griffith Lund

Crazy is not a bad word. Crazy people are not bad. So I'm reclaiming crazy in public discourse as a way to de-stigmatize mental illness. I stand on the shoulders of many others who repurpose words to empower people whose power has been taken away.

Here One Day: A Documentary Film Review

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 11.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

This award-winning documentary has many answers to the unnerving questions that suicide evokes.

Safety Planning To Prevent Suicide

Barbara Stanley | Posted 11.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Barbara Stanley

While suicide risk may last a few months, the actual time that a person plans a suicide attempt before acting is quite brief -- often a few minutes to an hour. The Safety Planning Intervention helps people recognize when they are entering this danger zone and provides ways to deescalate to prevent a suicide attempt.

The Real Importance Of World Suicide Prevention Day

Lynn Keane | Posted 11.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Lynn Keane

As a survivor of suicide I feel that it is our time to lead the conversation around suicide prevention. Those of us who have been impacted by suicide have a unique perspective, to put it mildly. We have information we need to share.

Depression: The Everywhere And Everyone Illness

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 10.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Some day we will look back and wonder how we did not measure and treat depression, and other behavioral health disorders more effectively. We are on the transformation road now. It will be uphill and bumpy. So is all change.

How We Moved Forward After A Trauma Rocked My Daughter's Life

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 05.29.2014 | Parents

As part of Speak Up for Kids, an initiative led by Child Mind Institute to provide the public with information about children's mental health, The Huf...

How an Interdisciplinary Transmedia Project Can Address Mental Illness Stigma

Mona Shattell | Posted 06.02.2014 | Education
Mona Shattell

How does one go about an interdisciplinary project spanning art and science? How might this look? we set out to explore how mental health advocacy, video game design, and documentary filmmaking could come together to enhance understanding and fight stigma about mental illness.

A Is for....

Janine Francolini | Posted 08.05.2013 | Impact
Janine Francolini

Awareness! And Awareness is what we have been focusing on this past month, as President Obama signed a proclamation declaring May as National Mental Health Awareness Month (the first president to do so!)

What's New From the White House Conference on Mental Health

Ross Szabo | Posted 08.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Ross Szabo

On Monday, President Obama opened the second White House Conference on Mental Health with a meaningful plea to end the stigma surrounding mental illness and bring these issues out of the shadows.

Take the Step: Raise PTSD Awareness

Dr. Matthew J. Friedman | Posted 08.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Matthew J. Friedman

Greater public awareness of PTSD can help reduce the stigma of this mental health problem and overcome the negative stereotypes that keep many people from pursuing treatment.

A Kinder, Braver Mental Health World

Cynthia Germanotta | Posted 08.03.2013 | Impact
Cynthia Germanotta

We believe there is a need for a new narrative, a new strategy, and new tools to construct more inviting and welcoming pathways into mental health treatment. The millenials and younger generation will drive badly needed "new rules" on de-stigmatizing mental illness.