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Mental Illness Stigma

Sticks and Stones May Break My bones, But Stigmas Will Forever Wound Me

Matthew Holland | Posted 07.31.2015 | Impact
Matthew Holland

When someone suffers from mental illness, they face another challenge: The stereotypes and prejudice that result from misconceptions about mental illness.

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.

The Intricate Web of Care

Angelle Albright | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Angelle Albright

Who could have ever predicted that the power of the world wide web would turn out to be a delicate roadway that can connect a villager in the Swedish ...

Sandra Bland and the Dilemma of Mental Illness in the Black Community

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 07.28.2015 | Black Voices
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

Even as the nation grapples with the sad case of Sandra Bland, there is a part of this story which is really being ignored. Official autopsy results have concluded that she died as the result of suicide. The family vehemently disagrees, as does much of the nation, but what if she did?

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Holmes

Janine Francolini | Posted 07.17.2015 | Crime
Janine Francolini

As we hold everyone involved in the horrific tragedy in Aurora in our thoughts, I wanted to take a moment to share a snapshot of the moments of my shock and horror when the news broke about the verdict in your son's case.

Pledging Allegiance to Every Flag!

Janine Francolini | Posted 07.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Janine Francolini

We should also take a moment this month to recognize the red flags that we have overlooked and remember those who have perished because we haven't taken action: the red flags of mental health that are far too often unseen.

My Mother's Suicide

Derrell Jamison | Posted 07.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Derrell Jamison

Even still, talking about these things allows everyone to be on the same page. If I had known that my mother was actually suffering from a mental illness then I may have been better able to recognize the signs she was clearly showing before she took her life. I may not have been able to stop her, but I would have been given the opportunity to try.

Mental Illness and Criminal Insanity: Is There a Link?

Liv Raimonde | Posted 07.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Liv Raimonde

Stereotypes continue to linger around mental illness. However it is time we as a society dig deeper and learn more about what it means to be mentally ill. People who suffer from mental illness are not the criminals. It seems to be the exact opposite. They are in fact more likely to be the victims.

Madness, Music and Modernity: Studying Structural Oppression Through Musicology

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 07.07.2015 | Arts
J Nelson Aviance

The title of this post is distinctly ideological and, I believe, holds implications for a discussion of the medicalization of madness and mental illness.

A Presidential Debate on Science: Mental Illness and the Human Dimensions of Science

Matthew Chapman | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Matthew Chapman

Some people think science is dry or boring and has nothing to do with their lives. Still more believe that science has become so complex that politicians are incapable of talking about it, that no one but scientists can discuss it. But science is now so integral to every aspect of our lives that it has to be talked about by those who wield power.

Political Mud-Slinging, Stigma-Style: Take the Stigmafree Pledge Instead

Mary Giliberti | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
Mary Giliberti

Let's hope that political rhetoric this time around reaches a higher standard. A good start indeed would be for candidates at every level to take the stigmafree pledge. It's simple to do and would be a good start for continuing the national conversation about mental health care policy throughout campaigns as they unfold.

The Art of Being Alive Series: Addressing Global Stigmatization of Mental Health, Time for a New Face for MentalHealth.

Adedayo Fashanu | Posted 06.23.2015 | Impact
Adedayo Fashanu

On the day after the Charleston South Carolina shooting, , I wrote on my facebook platform my thought, based on this article about about how society...

My Depression Is Not an Accessory

Jacob Hood | Posted 06.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Jacob Hood

Not only do statements such as, "I'm so depressed," or, "I swear I'm bipolar," diminish the reality of mental illness, but they also reduce the experiences of true victims to "just emotions." Depression isn't a mask you can slip on at your leisure to validate negative feelings.

Lindsay Holmes

24 Spot-On Illustrations That Combat Mental Health Stigma

HuffingtonPost.com | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 06.18.2015 | Healthy Living

Sometimes simplicity is the best way to make a point. After seeing firsthand how mental illness can take a toll, Marissa Betley decided to sketch o...

Fountain House Gallery Honors Boosters of Artists with Mental Illness

Jim Luce | Posted 06.17.2015 | New York
Jim Luce

I've come to know this yearly event as an effervescent evening of cocktails, music, and a splendid array of more than 100 original artworks exhibited for sale by Gallery artists.

Treating People with Serious Mental Illness and How Government Should Change Certain Policies

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Dustin DeMoss

If we call the criminal justice system in the US the largest facility that caters mentally ill patients, it won't be a statement much disputed. One of the largest numbers of mentally ill patients in the US is catered in the jails and prison facilities, instead of mental health institutions.

Economic Impact of Our Current Mental Health System

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics
Dustin DeMoss

The system of mental health care seems to have taken a step back with jails being the largest mental institution in the U.S. today. This means that the state funding that was once taken out of the budget and the countries' economic revenue is now being used on state prisons instead of mental health system hospitals.

The High Cost of Entrepreneurship

Mike Brcic | Posted 06.03.2015 | Business
Mike Brcic

My depression worsened and my isolation grew. I managed to, somehow, keep my company afloat, but my constant companion during those days was a terrible inner voice saying, on repeat, "life is terrible, and it will never get better."

Lindsay Holmes

Demi Lovato On Fighting Mental Illness Stigma And Finding Peace

HuffingtonPost.com | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living

Photo credit: Alexander Tamargo via Getty Images If there's one thing singer-songwriter Demi Lovato knows how to do, it's express her emotions ...

Being Vocal for Mental Health

Dr. Victor Schwartz | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
Dr. Victor Schwartz

What does it mean to be "aware" of mental health though? Of what should we be aware?

Another Peek Behind the Curtain: How a Psychiatrist Diagnoses and Treats Bipolar Disorder

Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O. | Posted 05.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O.

One of the most important things is understanding the difference between mental illness and wellness. The more we talk about mental health the way we talk about physical health, the more we can decrease the stigma and shame that often impedes those in our communities from getting the help that they need. Please share your stories, join the discussion and stay tuned!

The Case For Dropping The Word 'Mental' From 'Mental Health'

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 05.20.2015 | Healthy Living

There are many polarizing words that are used when it comes to describing mental health: "Crazy," "insane," "nutcase." All of them are wrong and perpe...

The Sticky Stigma of Mental Illness

Patrick Vaughn | Posted 05.19.2015 | Religion
Patrick Vaughn

In the summer of 1986, I had the opportunity to work as a chaplain in a large trauma hospital. That's where I met Jim. He was about my age at the time, 24 years old. The previous evening, he had attempted suicide by taking an overdose of sleeping medication.

Warrior Moms of Mental Health Advocacy

Janine Francolini | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Janine Francolini

via Stockvault.net "Perhaps it takes courage to raise children." -John Steinbeck, East of Eden Advocates. Partners. Heroes. Brave. Fierce. Hones...

Obsession With Confined Space

Marwa Azab | Posted 05.14.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Marwa Azab

Why are we so fascinated with walls? Tall, thick and soundproof? For the longest time, isolation has been a method of shunning a person who has tran...