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Mental Health Stigma

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 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.