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Mental Health Stigma

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 04.15.2015 | 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 03.30.2015 | 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 03.31.2015 | 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.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Bollywood Superstar Turns To Mental Health Advocacy After Battling Depression

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 01.23.2015 | Entertainment

WASHINGTON -- In the eyes of the public, Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone has spent the last two years at the top of her career. She starred in two ...

Fighting Stigma One Story at a Time

Elizabeth Barnett | Posted 02.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Barnett

My mental illnesses are diseases, just like my cancer, and need to be treated in a similar way. If I, myself, can't share my story then it indicates that I also have stigma so I discuss my mental health issues openly just like I do anything else. I have found that when I share my story, I have an impact.

Grace

Francesca Milliken | Posted 02.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Francesca Milliken

She wanted us to call her Grace. She was worried that if the hospital found out her real name, they might fire her for what she had done. Before the a...

12 Years Since My Father Ended His Life

1in20 | Posted 02.03.2015 | Healthy Living
1in20

Twelve years since my father ended his life and after making every possible mistake, I have found my way back to happiness through love and forgiveness. For myself, for my father, for those who loved me but were unable to connect to my grief.

5 Tips for Mentally-Healthy Holidays

Sarah Griffith Lund | Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Sarah Griffith Lund

We can easily lose touch with the joy of the holiday season when negative feelings creep into our minds. Be proactive about your mental health. Minimize the hectic and stressful aspects of the season so that your mind and heart can be touched by moments of delight, awe, and hope.

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.

Stigmatize Me, Fool

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 01.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Lauren Kruczyk

Depression isn't weakness. It's an illness. I think this message will make itself clearer as more people feel free to talk about it. So here I am, talking about it.

A New 'Ice Bucket Challenge' -- Share Your Mental Illness Story (and Why I Share Mine)

Emily Grossman | Posted 12.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Emily Grossman

While the mental illness recovery movement has yet to come up with such a clever way of raising awareness that reaches millions of people, we do have one powerful tool: our own stories.

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.

7 Questions People Who See A Shrink Are Tired Of Hearing

Patrice Bendig | Posted 12.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Patrice Bendig

If I needed physical medical treatment like an examination or surgery, I wouldn't go to my best friend just because she cares about me. The same reasoning applies to mental health care -- the experts know best.