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Mental Illness Stigma

No More Crazy Talk: Changing Usage of the C-Word

Chelsea Stephens | Posted 01.14.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Chelsea Stephens

Because this word is so offensive when used to describe an individual with mental illness, I would encourage people to rethink the way they use it, and to never use it as an insult to someone suffering from mental illness.

Let's Stop Using Mental Illnesses As Figures Of Speech

Rebecca Fuoco | Posted 01.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Fuoco

Using names or acronyms of mental illnesses to hyperbolize innocuous idiosyncrasies and experiences has become pervasive in our cultural dialogue. It is important we end this trend, because making these flippant references trivializes how devastating the illnesses can be and perpetuates myths and misunderstandings.

Not Such a Modern Family

Janine Francolini | Posted 12.31.2014 | Media
Janine Francolini

This Halloween, I received one of the scariest emails from my colleague Pete Earley alerting me to a misguided, ignorant and prejudiced piece about people living with mental illness on the hit ABC show, Modern Family.

A New 'Ice Bucket Challenge' -- Share Your Mental Illness Story (and Why I Share Mine)

Emily Grossman | Posted 12.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Emily Grossman

While the mental illness recovery movement has yet to come up with such a clever way of raising awareness that reaches millions of people, we do have one powerful tool: our own stories.

5 Ways to Love Someone With Mental Illness

Sarah Griffith Lund | Posted 12.30.2014 | HuffPost Home
Sarah Griffith Lund

The stigma and shame surrounding mental illness takes a toll on family members, making it difficult to find support when someone you love has mental illness. It's important for family members to break the silence about mental illness because as caregivers we can feel isolated and alone.

5 Career Warning Signs Every Successful Woman Should Know

Jill Dahl | Posted 12.28.2014 | Women
Jill Dahl

Your boss did not give birth to you. You did not give birth to your boss. Your boss did not sign a marriage certificate with you and promise for better or for worse. So why does your boss get to see the peppy, can-do, go-getter while your family gets the cranky, exhausted you?

The Tragedy of Permanence -- Depression Myths Can Be Fatal

Patrick Corvington | Posted 12.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Patrick Corvington

Over the past 400 years, we've gone back and forth -- and still, we haven't settled on what is true -- depression is a treatable illness. And, in the absence of this more informed view, we're left asking ourselves, again and again, why kids slip into this tragic permanence.

The Strength Behind People With Mental Illness

Chelsea Stephens | Posted 12.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Chelsea Stephens

What I want to address is that not only are these stigmas inaccurate, but they couldn't be farther from the truth. People who deal with mental illness have an incredible amount of strength, even though many times they don't see it.

How Acknowledging My OCD Saved Me From It

Nile Cappello | Posted 12.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Nile Cappello

I mourn the person that I could have been had I not been too stubborn and ashamed to seek help and hurt when I think of how many years of suffering I could have avoided.

I Am Not That Afraid of Ebola

Janine Francolini | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Janine Francolini

Today's headlines grab our attention, and often result in needed action. What's so much harder is for us to see and respond to the silent crises that already damage the lives of millions in our midst.

On Living With Depression, and the Dangers of Our Culture of Silence

Udoka Okafor | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Udoka Okafor

We cannot continue down this path when it comes to understanding and responding to mental illness, depression, and suicide. We have to do better, for the sake of the people suffering from mental illnesses, and for the sake of society, as a whole.

How Kermit the Frog's 'Whispering Campaign' Can Help End Mental Illness Stigma

Emily Grossman | Posted 12.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Emily Grossman

Let's use Kermit's idea as motivation for a global change in the way people view those who struggle with mental illness. Kermit has a lot to teach about ending mental illness stigma once and for all.

In Defense of 'Crazy'

Sarah Griffith Lund | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion
Sarah Griffith Lund

Crazy is not a bad word. Crazy people are not bad. So I'm reclaiming crazy in public discourse as a way to de-stigmatize mental illness. I stand on the shoulders of many others who repurpose words to empower people whose power has been taken away.

Mental Illness Stigma: Overcoming the 'Scarlet Letter' of Our Times

Emily Grossman | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Emily Grossman

People with mental illness are some of the most marginalized and stigmatized people in our society. And as a result, many people are forced into silence about their illness. Many don't seek out help even though they are suffering, sometimes with dire consequences.

I Am Not Anonymous

Allison Hudson | Posted 11.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

Addiction is wretched, but recovery is righteous. Recovery is possible. Recovery is living up to the spirit that is me. I can't imagine why I would I ever choose to keep that anonymous. It's who I am.

Protestant Clergy Rarely Preach About Mental Illness, Survey Finds

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 09.29.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Protestant clergy rarely preach about mental illness to their congregations and only one-quarter of congregations have a plan in place to assist...

How A Norway Ambulance Is Squashing Mental Illness Stigma

Posted 09.26.2014 | Healthy Living

By Melissa Pandika for OZY While psychiatric nurse Arjen van Dijk was working in patient admissions at the Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen,...

A Cape for Courage

Janine Francolini | Posted 11.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Janine Francolini

If we want to slay this beast of a public health emergency, we cannot let suicide, depression, and other brain health challenges hide behind closed doors. Our only choice is to continue to build dialogue, so that we may break down the lethal secrecy and shame that surround these issues.

What We Can Do As A Community To Address Mental Illness

The Huffington Post | Sahaj Kohli | Posted 09.22.2014 | Healthy Living

After tragic incidences, the national conversation around suicide always becomes more prominent -- but we often feel helpless to address mental health...

Is Being a Bad Parent a Crime?

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Eliot Borenstein

Holding parents criminally responsible would constitute bad legislation, even worse public policy, and a distressing sign that we as a country have completely failed to understand the relationships among individuals, families, and public institutions.

Unplugged With Liza and Janine -- Part One

Janine Francolini | Posted 11.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Janine Francolini

We decided that in order to melt down shame and fear around mental health, we needed to have real, open conversations together. We talked about many topics, including our own personal histories of mental health challenges, the civil rights components of this cause, and some of our "secrets."

Thank You, Henry Rollins, For Your Offensive Comments About Depression and Suicide

Arlene Malinowski, Ph.D. | Posted 11.16.2014 | Entertainment
Arlene Malinowski, Ph.D.

The concept that mental illness is a disease which twists reality and affects the way one thinks, perceives and remembers is one that is not often discussed. Blame towards the victim and a lack of understanding is what keeps so many alone with their secrets.

A Light in the Dark: How Suicide Can Open Our Eyes for Good

Alaina Baker | Posted 11.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Alaina Baker

Though my brother's death was a tragedy, it opened my eyes to a world I barely even knew existed. It allowed me to realize that below their outer shells every single person is fighting a battle that you know nothing about.

I Cry -- A Lot

Frank M. Hobson | Posted 11.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Frank M. Hobson

I have been depressed for so long that I simply do not know who I am not depressed. I don't remember a time in my adult life, adolescence, or childhood that I would consider myself not depressed. It is who I am.

Every 13 Minutes a Robin Williams

Holly Neiweem | Posted 11.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Holly Neiweem

It is our job to ask our friends and family if they are okay and to learn how to talk to someone when they are depressed. It is our job become educated and to know the warning sings of a mental illness. It's our job to advocate for our children. It is our job to reach out.