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Mental Illness Stigma

5 Lies Ruining Your Mental Health

Amy Morin | Posted 11.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Morin

Despite ongoing efforts to educate the public about mental health, many misconceptions remain. Before the stigma can be stopped, these five mental health myths need to be debunked:

Dear Media: People With Mental Illness Are Not Monsters -- Stop Making Them Look Like They Are

Rachel Griffin | Posted 11.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Rachel Griffin

We beg people who are suffering and suicidal to get help while at the same time shaming and stigmatizing them. We give mixed messages. Our shame is dated, unethical and cruel.

5 Reasons Why I'm Not Ashamed Of My Mental Health Condition

Rachel Griffin | Posted 11.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Rachel Griffin

f you stigmatize me, that's your ignorance, not my truth. Cool people, who are educated about mental illness and confident in their own mental health, don't stigmatize. Stigma is dated, cruel and just plain wrong. Get educated about mental illness and come over to the cool side.

Why We Can't Afford To Ignore 'Stage 1' Psychosis

Chantel Garrett | Posted 11.18.2015 | Good News
Chantel Garrett

Twenty years later, a lot has changed for the nine million Americans like my brother who are living with serious brain health challenges, but not nearly enough.

The Zen of Portland's Mental Health Court

Jeff Woodward | Posted 11.16.2015 | Impact
Jeff Woodward

Forward As a professional advocate for the most fragile individuals in our communities, I deal in harsh realities. The personal toll of which is h...

Sowing #SeedsofHope for Mental Health

Janine Francolini | Posted 11.13.2015 | Impact
Janine Francolini

Last week, Flawless had the pleasure of attending NAMI-NYC's annual Seeds of Hope Gala, one of our favorite benefits held every year honoring important work in mental health advocacy.

10 Ways To Show Love To Someone With Depression

Kelley Baker | Posted 11.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Kelley Baker

Your relationship may seem one-sided during these times, but by helping your partner through a very difficult and painful affliction, you are strengthening your relationship and their mental health in the long term.

Movember Gives Men A Starting Point For All The Feels

Ross Szabo | Posted 11.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Ross Szabo

Changing your mental health requires the same amount of work as changing your physical health. All of it begins with knowing where you are right now and what you'd like to work on. To find your starting point answer these five questions:

Messages to People With Mental Illness From All Over the World: 'You're Not Alone'

Rachel Griffin | Posted 11.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Rachel Griffin

People from all over the world have come together to share their messages to people struggling with mental illness. What do they want them to know?

When Violence Moves Quietly Through The Lives Of Our Children

Rachel Brehm | Posted 10.30.2015 | Fifty
Rachel Brehm

Please listen: I need to tell you a story. The story of a 5-year-old boy who was attacked at his own school.

Redefining Mental Illness

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 10.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Jessica R. Dreistadt

Like any science, mental health treatment is continually evolving as researchers, practitioners, and native experts such as me vigorously seek new methods that will produce better results. For me, this experimentation has led to several ideas about mental health and its treatment.

Fixing Our System: Takeaways From the 2015 Gathering on Mental Health and the Church

Margaret Moodian | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics
Margaret Moodian

There is a stigma surrounding mental illness since it is something that is difficult to measure, and this keeps people from seeking and receiving help when they need it most. When it comes to mental health in the United States, our system is broken.

'Crazy Eyes' and Throwing Pies: Borderline Personality Disorder in Women's Prisons

Chandra Bozelko | Posted 10.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Chandra Bozelko

"Crazy Eyes," the nickname for character Suzanne Warren on Orange Is the New Black for which actress Uzo Aduba won her second Emmy last month, is probably the greatest lesson on the reality of mental illness in women behind bars.

4 Strategies To Help Men Get Through Depression

Austin Klise | Posted 10.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Austin Klise

Depression is devastating, insidious, it can break up relationships and ruin friendships, but it doesn't have to. With the right tools and support, it can be beaten. Helping a man who is in the throes of depression is nothing to be laughed at; I applaud you and hope the tips above will be helpful.

We Will Not Go On In Silent Desperation Anymore

Rachel Brehm | Posted 10.16.2015 | Fifty
Rachel Brehm

Patrick Kennedy's dedication to improving access to mental health care, as well as his activism in creating movement towards mental health reform, has emerged in several ways.

Mentally Ill: The 5 Really Real Reasons Your Friend Can't Talk to You

Molly Farney | Posted 10.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Molly Farney

Mental illnesses are as colorful as they are dark and as deep as those uneducated about them seem shallow. Too often, they remain faceless, minimized, stereotyped, and overwhelming.

Stop Changing the Subject When Your Friend Brings Up Mental Illness

Rachel Griffin | Posted 10.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Rachel Griffin

You don't need to know what to say. You don't have to have helpful insight to share. You can be uncomfortable. You can be awkward. But don't change the subject when your friend brings up mental illness.

How I Made My Gut-Wrenching Decision to Reveal My Mental Illness

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 10.14.2015 | Education
Gleb Tsipursky

I'm at the top of my game, orchestrating a flowing and rich class discussion. Suddenly, I feel a wave of weakness spreading from my head into my chest and thighs. I tell the students to keep talking, while I find a seat. They are looking at me confused. I try to revive the discussion, but I'm even struggling to speak myself.

Let's Put Our Money Where Our Brains Are

Janine Francolini | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
Janine Francolini

We need to stop "othering" and start respecting brain disorders as serious health issues. We also need to get political and take action to start funneling money and resources into research and care.

The High Cost of Untreated ADHD

Welansa Asrat, M.D. | Posted 10.13.2015 | Impact
Welansa Asrat, M.D.

Adults with ADHD are labeled as 'lazy,' even though they tend to be highly creative and gifted people. On this Mental Illness Awareness Week and ADHD Awareness Month, let's all take the pledge to educate, see the person and not the illness, and take action.

An Open Letter To A Person With Mental Illness

Rachel Griffin | Posted 10.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Rachel Griffin

You are not a monster. You are a valuable, unique, wonderful human being who deserves everything grand that this life has to offer. Come out of the shadows and stand proudly in who you are.

Why Talking About Mental Health Shouldn't Always Be A Discussion Of A Crisis

Mike Mennonno | Posted 10.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Mike Mennonno

Imagine if mental health care were to make the same transition, from something you did when you were "sick" to something you did when you were healthy, to stay healthy. Imagine a whole health culture where talking about mental health wasn't always actually a discussion of the crisis of mental illness.

Like a Black Hole in Space, Schizophrenia Draws in Everything: Paul's Story

Rethink Mental Illness | Posted 10.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Rethink Mental Illness

Like a black hole in space, schizophrenia draws in everything -- most of it negative -- but there are people like me who want to try to help raise awareness of what it is like to live with the illness, despite the gravity of stigma that surrounds it.

I Want to Challenge Media Stereotypes About Schizophrenia: Andrew's Story

Rethink Mental Illness | Posted 10.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Rethink Mental Illness

All people think of when they hear the word "schizophrenia" is the ramped-up media headlines about the very rare occurrences of people with the illness turning violent. The majority of people who experience schizophrenia are only likely to do harm to themselves.

I Lost a Decade to Schizophrenia: Alice's Story

Rethink Mental Illness | Posted 10.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Rethink Mental Illness

I lost a whole decade to mental illness, and it is incredibly important to me that people who have a mental health condition are treated with dignity and respect.