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Mental Illness. Stigma

Coming Out About My Mental Illness

Lyndsey D'Arcangelo | Posted 05.09.2016 | Queer Voices
Lyndsey D'Arcangelo

Coming out of the closet is a right of passage for any LGBT individual. But coming doesn't necessarily have to be limited to sexuality.

Why Does a Man Die of Suicide One Hour After Hospital Release?

Natasha Tracy | Posted 05.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Natasha Tracy

I would indict these health care providers with a failure to provide actual health care. While no death by suicide is okay, this one was particularly egregious. I really hope that Young's death keeps the health care providers up at night, because it certainly has me.

Why People With Mental Illness Are Not Ashamed

Rachel Griffin | Posted 05.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Rachel Griffin

The Twitter movement is called #imnotashamed and it's generating thousands of heartfelt, inspiring tweets. Check out the strength, hope and bad-assery displayed in these selfies and statements. Society, take notes.

Measuring for Success: Employee Well-Being and Productivity

NAMI-NYC Metro | Posted 05.09.2016 | Impact
NAMI-NYC Metro

On May 2, 2016, National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City (NAMI-NYC Metro) and Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH) co-sponsored thei...

Why You Should Be Wary Of Suicide Prevention Apps

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 05.09.2016 | Healthy Living

(Reuters Health) - Smartphone apps designed to assist with suicide prevention may not necessarily get people in crisis the help they need or send the ...

Mental Health Is a Family Affair

Janine Francolini | Posted 05.06.2016 | Impact
Janine Francolini

We were so pleased that the focus of the recent Didi Hirsch "Erasing the Stigma" event was on mental health in families. This is a topic that is usually on the top of family "secrets" list which made it all the more powerful to hear inspiring stories from celebrities and families who had benefitted from treatment.

Online Self-Help Is Surprisingly Good At Reducing Depression Risk

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 05.05.2016 | Healthy Living

People who may be sliding toward depression might be able to prevent the full-blown disorder by completing some self-help exercises online, a new stud...

Is Suicide Selfish? Or Are We?

Kristen Knepper | Posted 05.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Kristen Knepper

I'm embarrassed to share the depth of the ugly, dark thoughts that my disease triggered. In the midst of contemplating death, I wasn't aware of a reality different from my own. I could not realize that I was well loved by many people. That I had worth. That my mere existence made a contribution in meaningful ways. I mattered. We all do.

Debate: Should White Supremacy Be Considered a Mental Illness?

Anna Nti-Asare | Posted 04.28.2016 | Black Voices
Anna Nti-Asare

Are people who truly believe that they are better than others based off their skin color, their chromosomes, their orientation actually unhinged? Are they actually suffering from delusions? Should we be thinking of ways to help them return to sanity?

This Viral Makeup 'Tutorial' Tackles Depression In A Genius Way

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 04.29.2016 | Healthy Living

Depression is a difficult condition to comprehend, so YouTube artist Amy Geliebter decided to explain it in a way millions of people could understand:...

It's Time to Close the Gaps in Mental Health Treatment

Michele Nealon-Woods | Posted 04.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Michele Nealon-Woods

In a presidential election year, there are lots of speeches about improving the path for America and its citizens, but words are meaningless unless we fully address the massive gaps in mental health care for our most vulnerable communities.

Patty Duke (1946-2016) A Remembrance

Peter Mac | Posted 04.26.2016 | Entertainment
Peter Mac

There are certain people, I should say, there are certain celebrities, who engrave themselves upon your heart. They transcend "celebrity" .Because the...

We Need To Start Talking About Mental Health

The Well | Posted 04.25.2016 | Black Voices
The Well

My story is just one example of a three-generation cycle of bipolar disorder and sexual assault. I myself generally avoid these conversations, and it hurts to imagine the millions of other untold stories out there.

Walk This May, Please: NAMIWalks NYC For Mental Health May 7

NAMI-NYC Metro | Posted 04.19.2016 | New York
NAMI-NYC Metro

"If you look at how mental illness has been addressed over the years, you see a lot of broken promises. You don't see a concerted, holistic effort to ...

Living With... Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Rachel Hawkins | Posted 04.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Rachel Hawkins

I simply did not have the tools nor the strength to get a hold of this irrational worrying. This in part, is what led to me reaching my lowest point at the very beginning of this year.

3 Benefits of Embracing the Truth About Your Mental Health

Alissa Lastres | Posted 04.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Alissa Lastres

Focusing on our mental health is simply about setting an intention to move the notch on that proverbial continuum toward a healthier mind; to understand that no matter where we currently fall on this continuum -- we all have room to become mentally healthier.

Fighting Stigma: Why the Depiction of Illness Matters

David M Kirby | Posted 04.15.2016 | Entertainment
David M Kirby

The media collectively wields an important power to impact public perception of illnesses like HIV / AIDS and depression. According to an American Tre...

Flawless Champions Who Are Keeping Oregon Well

Janine Francolini | Posted 04.15.2016 | Impact
Janine Francolini

Sometimes, the most important work we can do is just to share our stories and have some fun. Trillium Family Services' recent Black & Gold Gala was a ...

Bipolar Recovery: How to Survive a Mauling

Kerry Neville | Posted 04.13.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Kerry Neville

Note: The contents of this post may be sensitive for readers. My psychiatrist has a life-sized stuffed tiger in his waiting room. At the big cat's...

Dancing in the Dark

Stephen Gray Wallace | Posted 04.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Stephen Gray Wallace

A notable increase in college students seeking mental health services has been hailed by some as tangible evidence that efforts to de-stigmatize treatment have succeeded. Not so fast.

Mental Health Stigma Is Evaporating (Allegedly, Anyway)

Anna David | Posted 03.30.2016 | Healthy Living
Anna David

While sure, it's great people understand that what's going on in the brain is just as important as what's going on in the body, I wouldn't say this news means the stigma is evaporating.

Patty Duke: The Miracle Maker

Donnie Demers | Posted 03.30.2016 | Entertainment
Donnie Demers

Anna Pearce (aka Patty Duke) was a warrior and a champion for the fight against mental illness. To know that Anna is no longer on this planet is horrifying on so many levels, but it is the reality that we were all forced to sadly accept yesterday when at 69, she passed away due to sepsis from a ruptured intestine.

What I Wished I'd Had: Maternal Mental Health Screening

Laura G Owens | Posted 03.25.2016 | Parents
Laura G Owens

When I was pregnant nineteen years ago I wish my doctor had warned me I might be at risk for postpartum depression. Her words wouldn't have freaked me out, they would have helped me cope when the darkness did indeed hit.

I Have Bipolar Disorder, And I'm Thriving

Melody Moezzi | Posted 03.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Melody Moezzi

Having a psychiatric condition means that you have an illness that requires treatment, nothing more. It doesn't mean that you are incapable or that you ought to lower your expectations for your life. Rather, it means you are uniquely capable and that you ought to raise the world's expectations of you.

Exercise May Help Young People With Severe Mental Health Disorders

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 03.22.2016 | Healthy Living

For young adults who have experienced severe mental health disorders, exercise may help reduce the severity of their symptoms, a new, small study sugg...