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Mental Health Stigma

Powerful Photo Series Shows Mental Illness Doesn't Discriminate

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 10.07.2015 | Black Voices

One activist wants to remind the public that mental health issues are “not a white person’s disease.” Dior Vargas, a self-described ...

This Is What It's Really Like To Live With Schizophrenia

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 10.07.2015 | Healthy Living

One of the common misconceptions about schizophrenia is that people who experience the disorder can't have productive, stable lives. Bu...

Why You Can't 'Just Say No' to Stress

Kristen Lee Costa | Posted 10.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristen Lee Costa

The scramble to avoid becoming fried is tricky, and begs our constant attention. It's hard as individuals to simply "just say no", to say the least. Even if we seem to be navigating fairly well, we have a responsibility to one another to raise awareness and promote better policies and practices.

Reflecting On 30 Days Of Kindness

Alicia Raia-Hawrylak | Posted 10.06.2015 | Impact
Alicia Raia-Hawrylak

I am also reminded that it takes extra effort to cross the intersection and meet those I don't encounter everyday as a function of my position and my privilege. But now the crosswalk is there, connecting me to the world, and making the intersections newly ripe places for collaboration and action.

Clinical Depression: The Silent, Soul-Crushing Killer That Claims Lives Daily

Christy Heitger-Ewing | Posted 10.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Christy Heitger-Ewing

Clinical depression is brutal and unrelenting. It's like holding 50-pound weights over your head while standing in quicksand during a thunderstorm. You're stuck. You're weighted down.

People With Mental Illness Are Tired Of Your Crap

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 09.30.2015 | Healthy Living

As if dealing with mental illness wasn't enough, some people also have to endure probing questions and unsolicited advice from others who do...

Mom Uses Selfie To Help Break Down Mental Health Stigma

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 09.28.2015 | Parents

When mom Erin Jones posted a selfie with her prescriptions for antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication on Facebook, she inspired a social med...

Into the Depths of Depression and the Journey Out: An Interview with Three Generations of African American Female Poets

Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque | Posted 09.25.2015 | Arts
Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque

In honor of National Suicide Prevention Month the authors of Design of A Woman: LaTerra Wise, Lisa Wright, and Amanda Milbourne break the silence too often felt by women in faith communities, to share some of the experiences that have shaped their poems.

This Website Tackles The Silent Epidemic Of Men's Depression

Melanie McKinnon | Posted 09.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Melanie McKinnon

Ultimately, every person is responsible for their own good mental health. The problem lies with not knowing where to start to improve your mood and thinking.

How Your Story Can Save Someone's World

Josh Rivedal | Posted 09.14.2015 | Impact
Josh Rivedal

It's common to rely on peer-to-peer advice or product reviews when buying an oven, a tractor, or even when looking for a new school district for your children. Why isn't their as much availability for advice, mentorship, or reviews when seeking out help for our physical and mental health?

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

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...