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Mental Health Care

A Simple & Powerful Light

Janine Francolini | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
Janine Francolini

This is a daunting problem, and one of the many problems in mental health that former First Lady Rosalynn Carter has been trying to solve for over 30 years.

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...

Amid Greek Austerity, This Group Fights For People With Mental Illness

The Huffington Post | Danae Leivada | Posted 10.31.2015 | World

ATHENS -- "People who suffer from severe mental disorders do not even realize that they might have rights," said Niki Darmogianni, a Greek psychologis...

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.

6 Startups That (Actually) Make the World a Better Place

Jason Choi | Posted 10.16.2015 | Impact
Jason Choi

Entrepreneurs' braggadocio has long been an item of parody, but their claims to "make the world a better place by disrupting (insert jargon)" highlight a deep-rooted problem in the world of innovation.

We Need to Train Mental Health Professionals to Treat Maternal Mental Health Disorders

Seleni Institute | Posted 10.12.2015 | Parents
Seleni Institute

It's time for graduate programs everywhere to focus on reproductive and maternal mental health. That way, women can feel secure knowing that their experiences will be understood, addressed, and adequately treated, and professionals will be prepared to help women coping with a PMAD.

A Roseburg Psychiatrist's Proposal to Reduce Gun Violence

Scott Mendelson, M.D. | Posted 10.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Scott Mendelson, M.D.

This accelerating cycle of gun violence must end, and we must use every means at our disposal to do so. This means both improving mental health care and adjusting gun laws while still honoring the text of the Second Amendment to our Constitution. We must progress beyond this impasse. Innocent lives are at stake.

Psychedelics Could Be The Next Big Thing In Mental Health Care

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 09.16.2015 | Science

Is American medicine on the brink of a psychedelic revolution? It's seeming more and more likely. A scientific review of the existing research into t...

The Killing of Natasha McKenna and the Injustice of Incarceration

Jesse Benn | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics
Jesse Benn

We need to do better for people we incarcerate -- especially those with mental health disabilities who we shouldn't be incarcerating in the first place.

Trail 'em, Nail 'em, Jail 'em: How We Treat Mental Illness

David Muhammad | Posted 08.26.2015 | Politics
David Muhammad

What should be immediately treated as a welfare issue and medical crisis for an individual experiencing a psychotic episode often becomes criminal threats and illegal behavior, punishable by imprisonment. This is inhumane. This is profiting off of human suffering. This must stop.

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.

What 'Orange Is The New Black' Gets Right About Depression

Alana Saltz | Posted 06.23.2015 | Entertainment
Alana Saltz

When I saw Brook Soso fall apart on Season 3 of Netflix's Orange is the New Black, I knew exactly what was happening to her. I know, because like Soso's character, I've also been locked in an institution and forced to deal with mental illness without the support that I needed.

'Institutionalizing' Recovery in Mental Health Care

Mona Shattell | Posted 05.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Mona Shattell

We applaud the authors of the JAMA commentary, the NYT's op-ed, and the subsequent NYT's letters to the editor for bringing the issue of inadequate comprehensive psychiatric mental health care to the forefront and proposing an alternative.

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...

Is Treatment the Best Option for Reducing Prison and Homeless Populations?

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Dustin DeMoss

There are a number of reasons why the prison and homeless populations in the United States are so high. One factor is that both of these groups include a high number of people who suffer from serious mental health issues.

Guess What? This Ain't the Holiday Inn: A Memoir on Adolescent Mental Health

Melanie Bishop | Posted 01.25.2015 | Books
Melanie Bishop

I consider teaching to be a privilege, and consider myself lucky to have loved my job. Shepherding talents like DeLeo's, witnessing her insight, hard work, growth and self-rescue, there is no greater satisfaction for a teacher than this.

Hope and Engagement, Not Control and Coercion, in Psychiatric Care

Mona Shattell | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Mona Shattell

We as a society, and for those of us who are mental health care practitioners in particular, need to examine inpatient psychiatric and forensic nursing care and create safe(r) environments.

Where Does God Stand On Mental Health Issues?

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 11.18.2014 | Religion

Ever year, more than 42 million Americans are suffering from at least one form of mental illness. Many who struggle with these issues turn to spiritua...

The Elections Are Over, But the Fight for Mental Health Funding Has Not Yet Begun

Carolyn Reinach Wolf | Posted 01.18.2015 | New York
Carolyn Reinach Wolf

Leading up to the 2014 midterm elections and in their immediate aftermath, we did not hear anything about initiating, increasing, pushing for or even looking into the possibility of addressing the poor state of mental health services in our country.

5 Ways to Love Someone With Mental Illness

Sarah Griffith Lund | Posted 12.30.2014 | HuffPost Home
Sarah Griffith Lund

The stigma and shame surrounding mental illness takes a toll on family members, making it difficult to find support when someone you love has mental illness. It's important for family members to break the silence about mental illness because as caregivers we can feel isolated and alone.

Kaiser Permanente Is Failing Its Mental Health Patients

Sal Rosselli | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Sal Rosselli

Without strict enforcement, Kaiser mental health patients will continue to endure illegal and unethical wait times for appointments; patients in need of ongoing one-on-one therapy will be forced to seek care outside Kaiser; and many patients in need of acute care will go untreated, sometimes with tragic consequences.

Go Ahead, Label Me

Elizabeth Barnett | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Barnett

My labels aren't what make me who I am or how I experience my mental health or lack thereof. My labels just give my treatment team an idea of where I fall on the spectrum and help them to decide various strategies for recovery.

Why Mental Health Reform Is Failing At The Federal Level

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 09.04.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Virginia state senator Creigh Deeds would've preferred to not be in his own position as he became the face of mental health reform in his home state. ...

Out of the Deepest Abyss: My Journey Understanding and Coping With Depression and Anxiety

Claude DiDomenica | Posted 10.19.2014 | Impact
Claude DiDomenica

Depression is like being in the deepest abyss or cave, while above you, the light of the world goes on its merry way. Anxiety can range from a feeling of general nervousness to a full-blown panic attack. I hope that what I write about today will help others who also suffer from mental illness, as I do.

Mental Health Reform Should Also Help Families

Kenneth J. Dudek | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Kenneth J. Dudek

Two separate mental health reform bills are now on the table, and both have fallen prey to the same old mental health politics. The limited research on the efficacy of various proposed treatment approaches brings the issue back to questions of ideology.