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Mental Health Stigma

Some Promising News When It Comes To Mental Health Stigma

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 09.01.2015 | Healthy Living

More people are starting to see mental health as a crucial part of staying well. Nearly 90 percent of American adults value mental and physical h...

This Woman's Depression Tattoo Is Going Viral For The Best Reason

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 08.31.2015 | Healthy Living

Talk about making a statement. After being diagnosed with depression last year, 20-year-old student Bekah Miles decided to get a tattoo that accu...

4 Things You Should Never Say To Someone With An Anxiety Disorder

Jennifer Rollin | Posted 08.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Rollin

Unfortunately, anxiety disorders are often misunderstood and it can be difficult to know what to say to someone who is suffering. The following are four things that you should never say to someone who is struggling with an anxiety disorder.

Why Dignity Is Our Destination

Eduardo Vega | Posted 08.24.2015 | Politics
Eduardo Vega

Dignity is every human's birthright, one value that can cut across all cultures and situations. All too often, those of us with mental health challenges have experienced their dignity being taken , though, by stigma and discrimination, forceful, demeaning and negative treatment, by silencing and shame.

Let's Talk Recovery... Mental Health Disorders and Addiction

M/R Johnson | Posted 08.05.2015 | Healthy Living
M/R Johnson

I'm an addict -- wrong, right or indifferent, I will always be an addict. Yet what makes me understand my addiction more is that I suffer with a men...

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.

Why Mental Health Should Be Supported on College Campuses

Ryan Hirsch | Posted 07.27.2015 | College
Ryan Hirsch

Colleges can play an important role in reducing mental health stigma. Peer support services, coordination between on-campus and off-campus providers, and targeted services for more susceptible communities are a few ways to improve care and better support students. Students, along with administrators, can advocate for increased visibility and publicity of mental health issues and resources.

Stop Blaming the Victims of Eating Disorders

Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh | Posted 07.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh

Eating disorders are not a choice. Eating disorders are a mental illness like Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, and they are treatable. I get a lot of flak for emphasizing the biological predisposition for eating disorders, for de-emphasizing the personal narrative, for banging on about "not your fault, not your parents' fault, not society's fault."

What the New York Times Got Right About Depression In Pregnancy

Seleni Institute | Posted 06.01.2015 | Parents
Seleni Institute

A mother and her child are two parts of a whole, and we need to treat them as such during and after pregnancy. Making sure moms are healthy is how we give birth to a healthy society.

Brilliant, Beautiful and Bipolar

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Jessica R. Dreistadt

I feel most comfortable in a classroom. Whether I am the instructor or sitting in a chair soaking up intellectually tantalizing ideas, I love to be su...

How Lebanon's Youth Are Challenging Mental-Health Stigma

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 05.15.2015 | Media

As journalists, we dutifully report on what's going wrong, from scandals and corruption to natural disasters and social problems. But far too often th...

Unfriend Your Stigma, Not Your Friend With Mental Illness

Elizabeth Barnett | Posted 05.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Barnett

I believe that I am beginning to heal from past hurts and that I am moving towards a path where I can allow new relationships to form and existing ones to grow in a healthy way.  I hope that in the future more people will come to know the hurt that exists in the world outside of the medical diagnosis.  And I hope that others with mental illness speak out.

Mara Wilson's Important Message For Teens Living With Mental Illness

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 05.05.2015 | Teen

Looking back on her experience with mental health issues, Mara Wilson wishes someone had told her that being depressed and having anxiety was OK. Sinc...

This Poignant PSA Is Here To Shatter The Stigma Attached To Mental Health

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 04.30.2015 | Healthy Living

Imagine a world where having a mental illness is as commonly accepted as having the flu. It's hard to fathom given the obvious stigma attached to m...

Inside The Mental Health Stigma In The Latino Community

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 04.27.2015 | Healthy Living

While discussions of mental health have grown in prominence in popular culture, the issue still carries stigma in many communities, including the Lat...

Mental Health Stigma Creates a Double Life

Elizabeth Barnett | Posted 06.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Barnett

On the one side, I smile and pretend to be excited about the event.  On the other side, I have deep fears and anxieties about how things will go.  And during all of this, I am worried that someone will figure out that I am faking being a functional human being.

Claims About Andreas Lubitz's Mental Health Further Stigmatize Mental Illnesses

Muffy Walker | Posted 05.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Muffy Walker

I don't know if that is the case or not, and it's possible that Lubitz's intentions will never be known, but it is irresponsible to link the crash to his mental health.

5 Important Mental Health Reminders As We Talk About The Germanwings Tragedy

The Huffington Post | Healthy Living Staff | Posted 08.31.2015 | Healthy Living

Media reports erupted today with news that Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz may have been suffering from depression or another mental illness when ...

Combating the Stigma of Mental Illness

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 05.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Dustin DeMoss

Mental illness in the United States of America is an ever-increasing issue that affects millions of individuals in various ways and to varying degrees of severity. While it's true that mental illness can sometimes be treated with great success, including the near eradication of symptoms in certain patients, sometimes symptoms are so debilitating that the individual in question is unable to work or otherwise provide for themselves. For these individuals, symptoms may never fully disappear.

Staying Healthy After Losing Someone to Suicide

Kristina Cowan | Posted 05.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristina Cowan

According to one study, sighing serves as a mental and physical reset button and may bring some relief. Such relief is sorely needed for those grieving a suicide. The mental and physical toll can be detrimental if we don't find our way onto a path toward healing.

Kate Middleton Has An Empowering Message For Those Facing Mental Health Stigma

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 02.18.2015 | Healthy Living

Kate Middleton is taking a profound stand against mental health stigma -- particularly when it comes to younger generations. In a video of support ...

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...

Anna Almendrala

5 Real Ways To Combat The Stigma Around Mental Illness

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 02.03.2015 | Healthy Living

An estimated 43.7 million American adults -- 18.6 percent of all adults in the U.S. -- suffer from a mental illness. But only 13.4 percent of U.S. adu...

Suicide Isn't Contagious; We Need to Talk About It

Marisa Lancione | Posted 03.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Marisa Lancione

It's not that we shouldn't talk about suicide because we're afraid it'll be contagious, but we need to know HOW to talk about it. We need to be sensitive to our audience. We need to be considerate of other people's experiences. We need to be kind and understanding.

The 5 Biggest Myths About Mental Strength

Amy Morin | Posted 03.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Morin

Despite the significance of mental strength, many people aren't familiar with the concept. There are a lot of misconceptions about what mental strength really is and why it's important. Here are the five biggest myths about mental strength.