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Mental Illness Stigma

An Open Letter To My Friends and Family: I Am Surviving

Shawna Ayoub Ainslie | Posted 09.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Shawna Ayoub Ainslie

I want to tell you what it feels like to wake up in a bubble. To wake up and look around to find the world is far away and your pillow is not real, or not as real as it was when you went to sleep. When you thought to yourself, "Great day. No blips on the radar. Everything's alright."

Drugs Are Not the Problem

M/R Johnson | Posted 09.01.2015 | Impact
M/R Johnson

What do you say to a person with an addiction? How do you address the social issues of mental health disorders without making others feel uncomfortable?

Hope for Mental Illness

Kay Warren | Posted 08.27.2015 | Religion
Kay Warren

When my cancer-stricken, elderly father passed away at home with family by his side, I grieved and wept, but my grief was gentle because my dad had lived a very full and rich life. I can tell you the experience of losing my 27-year-old son on April 5, 2013 to suicide was not at all the same.

Who's the "Mentally Ill, Homeless Man" Down the Street?

Matt Hartman | Posted 08.26.2015 | Impact
Matt Hartman

The next time you see someone rambling on the street or asking for money, put yourself in their position. We need to imagine lacking a family, lacking food and lacking simple roofs over our heads. Maybe then, we'll understand and begin showing compassion.

De-Stigmatizing Mental Health

Merritt Juliano | Posted 08.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Merritt Juliano

We praise and, in fact, incentivize preventative care for children, adults and our seniors, such as the annual visit to a GP for a "physical." Why not do the same for efforts to keep the brain healthy? We also need to start talking openly about mental health the way we talk about other health issues. Join the conversation.

2015 Could be the Year for Mental Health Reform

Bobbie Brinegar | Posted 08.20.2015 | Politics
Bobbie Brinegar

In 1963, Congress passed President Kennedy's Community Mental Health Act, and a few years later, Medicare and Medicaid designated funding for the community services mentioned in the bill. Now, nearly 50 years later, lawmakers in both houses are considering bipartisan bills that would reform mental health care in America.

Doomed to Struggle?

Amy Leo | Posted 08.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Leo

"Why did you do that? You should have..." "You know better than that!" "Try this..." These phrases echoed throughout school corridors, provider off...

We are Society!

Janine Francolini | Posted 08.13.2015 | Impact
Janine Francolini

One would think James Holmes' recent sentence of life in prison would be a relief to me. How can I celebrate this verdict when a man who had a promising future as a doctoral student is sentenced for actions stemming from his brain disorder that our system completely failed to address?

Remembering Robin Williams

Janine Francolini | Posted 08.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Janine Francolini

Over a month ago, I launched a campaign (#50til50) for the 50 days leading up to my 50th birthday. What started as something spontaneous without much ...

A L'Arche Serving of Love in Kolkata

Rumni Saha | Posted 08.06.2015 | Religion
Rumni Saha

I must admit that L'Arche, Kolkata, was another experience to behold and left me feeling shameful for ever doubting its sanctity. However, what saddened me was the enormity of need there; how fortunate were the few who had miraculously found a home at Asha Niketan.

Living With Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Dan Truong | Posted 08.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Dan Truong

The best description that I can come up with is that it's like a parasite that attaches itself to your mind and grows and grows and slowly infects every aspect of your life. It's like a slow, unceasing progression. It starts in your thoughts, then your behavior, then your personality, and soon, it messes up your relationships with other people.

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 08.31.2015 | 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...