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Mental Illness Stigma

There's a Hidden Dark Side to Being an Entrepreneur -- It Can Wreak Havoc on Your Mental Health

Amy Morin | Posted 03.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Morin

It's important to reconsider the romanticized notion that being your own boss is the key to happiness in life. Although there are many benefits to being an entrepreneur, for some, the psychological toll isn't worth it.

The Nightmare of Prison for Individuals With Mental Illness

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 03.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Dustin DeMoss

We need to do something about the failure of our prisons as a repository for the mentally ill. Through a series of unintended consequences we've sabotaged our mental health system and relegated the management of mental illness to a penal system designed to imprison and punish.

6 Tips to Help Live a Balanced Life With Mental Illness

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 03.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Dustin DeMoss

Living a balanced life is difficult for most people, but it is not impossible. Living a balanced life with a mental illness presents challenges that the "normal" (notice I used quotations) people of this world would not understand in a practical sense.

What We Should Do About Fears of Germs on the Subway

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 03.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

"They're finding bubonic plague on the subway!" a friend recently said to me. "How afraid should I be?" Some subway riders are scared. The disco...

People With Mental Illness Should Get What They Deserve

Liza Long | Posted 03.19.2015 | Impact
Liza Long

Like many people who become mental health advocates, I arrived in this role entirely by accident.

Combating the Stigma of Mental Illness

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 03.19.2015 | 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.

Depression Isn't Just A Health Crisis, It's An Economic Disaster

The Daily Beast | Posted 03.10.2015 | Healthy Living

Depression costs the United States $44 billion in lost wages every year, but it’s still not enough to change the perception of the disease....

11 Quotes That Perfectly Sum Up The Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 03.10.2015 | Healthy Living

The only shameful thing about mental illness is the stigma attached to it. A lack of understanding when it comes to these disorders can leave suffe...

Get Your Flawless On!

Janine Francolini | Posted 03.04.2015 | Impact
Janine Francolini

Our core message at the Flawless Foundation is "Seeing the perfection in every person." Of course, this means different things to people. For some it means forgiveness and compassion.

'Institutionalizing' Recovery in Mental Health Care

Mona Shattell | Posted 03.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Mona Shattell

We applaud the authors of the JAMA commentary, the NYT's op-ed, and the subsequent NYT's letters to the editor for bringing the issue of inadequate comprehensive psychiatric mental health care to the forefront and proposing an alternative.

Rebranding Hoarding: Choice or Affliction?

Ceci Garrett | Posted 02.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Ceci Garrett

Mental health disorders will likely never be "sexy," but our view of them can be more favorable, more open to conversation, understanding, empathy, and mutual respect. We must rebrand these challenges as the afflictions they are so that those who need help can readily access it.

Sunset ~ Sunrise

Janine Francolini | Posted 02.25.2015 | Media
Janine Francolini

I was very contemplative on my recent flight home from Colorado, traveling back from a week with my Mom as we try to manage some challenges that often go along with a vibrant life that is in it's eighth decade.

Harm-Related OCD

Debra Kissen | Posted 02.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Debra Kissen

What I enjoy so much about working with those seeking to overcome harm-related OCD is how rapid a recovery they can make -- once they begin to see their disturbing thoughts from a new vantage point.

Changing Our Tune

Liza Long | Posted 02.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Liza Long

Today, I am indeed grateful for my personal experiences with mental illness, because they prepared me to appreciate other people's struggles, especially my son's.

A Reason to Applaud Johnny Manziel

Ross Szabo | Posted 02.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Ross Szabo

I may not be a big fan of Johnny Manziel on the field, but I am cheering for everything he is going through right now off the field.

A List to Love: 10 Mental Wellness Champions to Celebrate

Janine Francolini | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact
Janine Francolini

It's raining effective advocacy and good news in the field of mental health. That is something to celebrate and love any week of the year.

Confessions of a Blue-Gened Blonde

Susan McCorkindale | Posted 02.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Susan McCorkindale

Unlike other people, I can't keep my depression in the closet. For one thing, I need the space for shoes. But more importantly, staying silent perpetuates the stigma that mental health isn't a topic for polite conversation. So might I propose we all stop being so polite?

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...

5 Reasons We Should Stop Talking About 'Recovery' For Mental Illness

Liza Long | Posted 01.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Liza Long

Let's keep talking about behavioral health for everyone. But let's stop talking about recovery for serious mental illness and start celebrating people whose brain disorders cause them to live with health challenges comparable to those experienced by cancer patients. The word we need, in the face of so much loss, is hope. Mental illness is not a choice. But hope is. Even in the face of tragedy, today I choose hope.

Suicide and Its Unrelenting Stigma

Kristina Cowan | Posted 03.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristina Cowan

Our society does a good job of saddling suicide with stigma. In an effort to make sense of it, perhaps, we label the person who ended his or her life. He was selfish. She was crazy. They took the easy way out. These sorts of things couldn't happen to us. Statistics say otherwise.

Coming Out About My Mental Illness

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 03.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Dustin DeMoss

One of the core values of the Air Force is integrity. I've always viewed integrity as something you either have or don't. Society doesn't, especially when it comes to admitting mental illness. I tried living my life under the veil of inauthenticity for years, and it achieved nothing for me.

People of Color Deal With Mental Illness, Too

Dior Vargas | Posted 03.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Dior Vargas

There is a stigma that is rampant in our society towards mental illness. Yet it is worse for communities of color. I want my community to know that this is not something to be ashamed about. This is not a white person's disease.

Reasons to Support the Mental Health Crisis Act

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 03.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Dustin DeMoss

While H.R. 3717 doesn't fix everything that is wrong with our broken mental health care system, it tackles some important issues. It's time to get this bill on President Obama's desk.

Lydia O'Connor

A New Feature On The Golden Gate Bridge Could Save Hundreds Of Lives A Year

HuffingtonPost.com | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 12.30.2014 | Healthy Living

Earlier this year, a startling statistic emerged: People jumped to their deaths from the Golden Gate Bridge in 2013 at a rate of almost once a week. N...

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.