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Mental Health Awareness

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month - A NAMI-NYC Metro Wrap Up

NAMI-NYC Metro | Posted 07.29.2015 | Impact
NAMI-NYC Metro

No matter who you are, living with a mental health condition can be challenging, but for some, culture, race, and ethnic background can exacerbate mental health challenges, and create disparities in access to quality mental health care.

Suicide Among Elementary-Aged Black Children Is On The Rise

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 05.20.2015 | Healthy Living

Since the 1990s, suicide rates among elementary-age black children have nearly doubled, while suicide rates among white children have fallen, accordin...

14 Common Misconceptions About People Who Go To Therapy

Sahaj Kohli | Posted 05.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Sahaj Kohli

I periodically hear questions or comments that remind me going to therapy is not as normalized or as acceptable as I had hoped. So in an attempt to shed light on the truth about seeing a therapist and raise awareness, here is a list of 14 things you shouldn't assume about people who go to therapy.

50 Years Of Sexist Pharma Ads May Actually Affect Who Gets Treated For Depression

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 06.02.2015 | Healthy Living

(Photo credit: Serax) Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 1967 While vintage advertising usually conjures images of...

5 Reasons Why Facebook Can Be Dangerous for People With Depression

Lorne Jaffe | Posted 05.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Lorne Jaffe

Last week I fell into panic mode. It started with intense chest pains each time I logged onto Facebook to check the groups I belong to as well as scro...

Childrens Mental Health Awareness Month: No One Is Untouched By Mental Illness

Gene Beresin | Posted 05.15.2015 | Parents
Gene Beresin

In May each year we celebrate Children's Mental Health Awareness Month. I say "celebrate" because we all need to rejoice in a child's mental health. We also need to be aware that no individual or family is untouched by mental illness. Despite ongoing and pervasive stigma, the facts speak for themselves.

Should You Be Ashamed Of Your Mental Illness? This Chart Will Tell You

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 05.11.2015 | Healthy Living

Here's a sad reality: Approximately 31 percent of people with mental illness say they choose to not seek treatment for their disorder due to fear of j...

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With Mariel Hemingway on Mental Health Awareness

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.06.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

The Academy Award-nominated actress and bestselling author is out with two new books that focus on mental health issues: Invisible Girl, written for teenaged readers, and her personal memoir titled Out Came the Sun.

Start Here for Mental Health Awareness Month

Susan Vernicek | Posted 05.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Susan Vernicek

This is an important month -- mental health plays a vital role in our identities. Our mental well-being is probably the most difficult muscle to exercise. One thing I do know is that it's never, never too late to practice, teach and learn.

Mental Illness and Identity: Would I Shed My Bipolar Disorder Skin?

Melissa Miles McCarter | Posted 06.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Melissa Miles McCarter

Lately I have been asking myself: What would I do if I could shed myself of my bipolar disorder? Is it part of the core of my identity, even if it is ...

'Warrior' Pose for Wounded Warriors

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 06.28.2015 | DC
Rep. Charles Rangel

The newly founded Congressional Yogi Association will host its first-ever Yoga on the Hill event on May 1 to advocate for better physical and mental health for veterans, which has also been a prioritized issue for First Lady Michelle Obama. As a Korean War veteran and a staunch advocate for veterans' issues, I have committed to attending the event to show my support.

The Way We Talk About Mental Illness Needs To Change

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 05.14.2015 | 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 06.02.2015 | 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 05.24.2015 | 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 05.12.2015 | 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.