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Mental Health Care

It's Called "Battered Race Syndrome." Or, Something Like That

Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D. | Posted 08.26.2016 | Black Voices
Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D.

We are ridiculed for being angry We are pressured to quietly pacify our pain We are mocked for feeling victimized We are urged to 'forgive' in the fac...

Happy Holidays To All Anthem Blue Cross And Blue Shield Executives!

Ira Israel | Posted 08.19.2016 | Business
Ira Israel

As an Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield healthcare provider, as well as having been both an Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield customer over the past three years, I have a very specific list of holiday wishes for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield executives.

3 Benefits of Embracing the Truth About Your Mental Health

Alissa Lastres | Posted 04.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Alissa Lastres

Focusing on our mental health is simply about setting an intention to move the notch on that proverbial continuum toward a healthier mind; to understand that no matter where we currently fall on this continuum -- we all have room to become mentally healthier.

I Am Strong...

Janine Francolini | Posted 03.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Janine Francolini

"I am strong, I am bold... my own power, I can hold." -- Bent on Learning Student Mantra In keeping with our series inspired by the Kenne...

Charlie Sheen, Why Are You Asking a Heart Doctor About Your Brain?

Janine Francolini | Posted 03.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Janine Francolini

I ask Charlie Sheen, and all those who may face these health challenges, to not be dismissive of their conditions and seek real help from real professionals. We live in a culture where each person's words and perceptions have great impact; and since every one in four Americans has a brain health condition, imagine what could happen if we started treating a quarter of our population with the dignity, respect, and care they deserve.

5 Foundations of Hope for Flawless Brain Health

Janine Francolini | Posted 02.29.2016 | Impact
Janine Francolini

On Tuesday, February 23, we were privileged to join the Kennedy Forum for its second annual Mental Health State of the Union, which brought together thought leaders, clinicians, health care providers, politicians, and activists, who have been instrumental in fighting for better mental health policies in the U.S.

What Will You Do?

Janine Francolini | Posted 02.03.2016 | Impact
Janine Francolini

I'm no stranger to tough situations; my work has taken me into a lot of intensely challenging environments, from psychiatric hospitals to jails. I, my...

Hospitality, Hope and Recovery: A Revolutionary Model of Mental Health Care

Janine Francolini | Posted 01.28.2016 | Impact
Janine Francolini

But more importantly, Unity will provide what emergency rooms cannot: a collaborative, non-coercive, decriminalized model of care. Open 24/7, the center will offer crisis stabilization, medication, crisis counseling, family support, peer support, and a team of qualified social workers and transition-of-care staff to ensure that long-term solutions are made accessible.

How Do Entrepreneurs With Anxiety Succeed?

Williesha Morris | Posted 01.21.2016 | Business
Williesha Morris

My cell phone with the bulky, pink cover was shaking a little in my hand. I was staring at my calendar app and crying. I was 30 minutes late for ...

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.

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 | Posted 10.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristen Lee

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 th...

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 08.26.2016 | 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 07.29.2016 | 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 06.22.2016 | 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.