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Mental Health Awareness

5 Things Psychologists Wish Their Patients Would Do

Everyday Health | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.27.2015 | Healthy Living

Does your therapist have a secret wish list of things you should do to optimize your therapy? If you’re one of the millions of people in the Un...

NFL Players Open Up To Break The Stigma Around Mental Illness

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.24.2015 | Healthy Living

HOUSTON (AP) -- Arian Foster was in a bad place, drinking heavily to self-medicate and deal with the problems in his life. The Houston Texans running...

The Zen of Portland's Mental Health Court

Jeff Woodward | Posted 11.16.2015 | Impact
Jeff Woodward

Forward As a professional advocate for the most fragile individuals in our communities, I deal in harsh realities. The personal toll of which is h...

1 In 5 NYC Residents Have A Mental Health Problem

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.13.2015 | Healthy Living

At least one in five adult New Yorkers suffer from depression, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts or other psychological disorders every year, accord...

Why Our Kids Don't Need Any More Hoops to Jump Through

Kristen Lee Costa | Posted 11.08.2015 | Parents
Kristen Lee Costa

Instead of creating more hoops for our kids to jump through and wondering why they are so anxious, depressed or constantly acting out, here are three things we need to repeatedly tell and show them.

Do We Need a New Pill Drill?

Kristen Lee Costa | Posted 10.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristen Lee Costa

This is the pill drill that needs to be revisited and dismantled. This drill involves a lack of access to preventative, alternative and/or complementary approaches, and resorts to swift prescribing without exploring additional means to understand and treat mental health and stress-related issues.

Your Mental Health is More Important Than Your Grades

Kristen Lee Costa | Posted 10.27.2015 | College
Kristen Lee Costa

Ideas about "traditional" and "non-traditional" students have flipped, with increasing numbers of students being working professionals who want to earn new and advanced degrees. But across the board, what unites students of all ages and life circumstances is this: unprecedented stress levels.

A Surprising Number Of Expectant Dads Also Get 'Pregnancy Blues'

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.21.2015 | Healthy Living

The conversation about how to address depression during pregnancy for the 10 to 20 percent of women who suffer from it is gr...

Mentally Ill: The 5 Really Real Reasons Your Friend Can't Talk to You

Molly Farney | Posted 10.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Molly Farney

Mental illnesses are as colorful as they are dark and as deep as those uneducated about them seem shallow. Too often, they remain faceless, minimized, stereotyped, and overwhelming.

Meet the Five Healthiest Campuses in America

Alison Malmon | Posted 10.06.2015 | College
Alison Malmon

We often talk about what colleges are doing wrong and where they're falling short. From sexual assault to mental health, the consequences can be tragic when student health isn't prioritized - high drop-out rates, life-long trauma, even death.

Mom Uses Selfie To Help Break Down Mental Health Stigma

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 09.28.2015 | Parents

When mom Erin Jones posted a selfie with her prescriptions for antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication on Facebook, she inspired a social med...

Tennis Pro Mardy Fish Pens Post On His Struggle With Anxiety

The Players' Tribune | Lucy McCalmont | Posted 09.02.2015 | Sports

"Don’t play.” I am hours away from playing in the biggest tennis match of my life: the fourth round of the U.S. Open … on Labor Da...

What It's Like To Be Afraid Of Vomiting

Delaney Paige | Posted 08.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Delaney Paige

Most people are familiar with some of the more common phobias, like flying, public speaking, small spaces, and spiders. Emetophobia, on the other hand, often doesn't feel like it is recognized as a legitimate fear.

Robin Williams, One Year Later: What Will Your Verse Be?

Dese'Rae L. Stage | Posted 08.09.2015 | Impact
Dese'Rae L. Stage

Robin Williams was a kind man, noted for his good deeds and the joy he brought to so many of our lives. I think he would want us to grow from this loss, to take what we've learned, and to share it with our village.

Charles Haley's Hall Of Fame Speech Was The Moment Needed On Mental Health Issues

The Huffington Post | Lucy McCalmont | Posted 08.09.2015 | Sports

While the Pro Football Hall of Fame did not allow Junior Seau's family to deliver a speech on his behalf at Saturday's ceremony, the topic of mental ...

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

NAMI-NYC Metro | Posted 07.29.2015 | Impact

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 ...