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Mental Illness Stigma

A Reason to Applaud Johnny Manziel

Ross Szabo | Posted 04.13.2015 | 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 04.11.2015 | 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 04.08.2015 | 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 | 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 04.01.2015 | 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 | 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.

Don't Forget Our Anniversary: The Surgeon General's Report

Mary Giliberti | Posted 02.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Mary Giliberti

This month marked the two-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook elementary school tragedy in Newtown, Conn., in 2012. In a report on State Mental Health Legislation in 2014, NAMI noted that on the first anniversary of the tragedy last year, Americans could see progress flowing from both the White House Conference on Mental Health and state legislation. This year, progress has slowed.

6 Tips For Recovery From Mental Illness

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 02.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Dustin DeMoss

Schizophrenics and those with severe mental illness are strong individuals, because they've had to face the worse, beat the odds, which were mightily stacked against them, and have come out on top in some cases.

A Mother's Perspective On Her Child's Bipolar Disorder

Muffy Walker | Posted 02.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Muffy Walker

Today, our son is 21 and he will tell you the worst part of his illness is the stigma. Why do we as a society stigmatize our friends, family, and others by branding them with a mark of disgrace?

3 Startling Facts About Mental Illness Stigma and 3 Ways You Can Fight It

Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O. | Posted 02.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O.

The more we talk about mental illness the same way we talk about physical illness the faster the perception and stigma will change. Your story, or a loved one who has had a victory over mental illness or addiction can inspire others.

5 Tips for Mentally-Healthy Holidays

Sarah Griffith Lund | Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Sarah Griffith Lund

We can easily lose touch with the joy of the holiday season when negative feelings creep into our minds. Be proactive about your mental health. Minimize the hectic and stressful aspects of the season so that your mind and heart can be touched by moments of delight, awe, and hope.

How a Psychiatrist Treats Depression: A Peek Behind the Curtain

Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O. | Posted 01.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O.

If you are suffering from depression, or know someone who is, my goal of writing these articles on depression is to spread a message of hope. Psychiatry is a field of medicine that specifically focuses on diseases of the mind including depression. Even a single consultation can help to clarify the diagnosis, treatment options and can begin the healing process.

The Downside Of Treating Mental Illness Like A Physical Problem

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living

One of the most established arguments in the fight against mental health stigma is a biological one. Those struggling with mental illness deserve the ...

Through the Eyes of Love......

Janine Francolini | Posted 01.24.2015 | Impact
Janine Francolini

What a different world it could have been if we were able to heed the Pope's call to action before tragedies like Newtown and stop isolating and discriminating against those who have all types of brain differences.

Hope and Engagement, Not Control and Coercion, in Psychiatric Care

Mona Shattell | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Mona Shattell

We as a society, and for those of us who are mental health care practitioners in particular, need to examine inpatient psychiatric and forensic nursing care and create safe(r) environments.

The Elections Are Over, But the Fight for Mental Health Funding Has Not Yet Begun

Carolyn Reinach Wolf | Posted 01.18.2015 | New York
Carolyn Reinach Wolf

Leading up to the 2014 midterm elections and in their immediate aftermath, we did not hear anything about initiating, increasing, pushing for or even looking into the possibility of addressing the poor state of mental health services in our country.

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.