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Mental Illness

5 Things We Learned From Jim Morrison's Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O. | Posted 07.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O.

Jim Morrison is best known as the lead singer of The Doors. He is also infamous as one of many young celebrities who died young as a result of substan...

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month - A NAMI-NYC Metro Wrap Up

NAMI-NYC Metro | Posted 07.29.2015 | Impact

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.

Depression Can Lead to Individuals Questioning Their Value(s)

S. L. Young | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living
S. L. Young

Value -- whether it's personal, family, financial, moral, or spiritual -- is pursued by everyone. It can be a driving force, an artificial projection...

People With Mental Illness Should Not Be Denied the Right to Bear Arms

Paul Heroux | Posted 07.27.2015 | Crime
Paul Heroux

In the wake of the awful shooting in Chattanooga that claimed the lives of five US servicemen, several media outlets are quickly rushing to point to drugs and mental illness are behind the Chattanooga shooting.

Studies Show Your Financial Health Could Be a Good Indicator of Your Mental Health

Amy Morin | Posted 07.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Morin

Your debt may cost you more than just interest. Research shows there's a clear link between your financial health and your mental health, and your debt may serve as a tangible representation of your psychological state.

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?

The Tale Behind The Tat: Why A Semicolon Is A Symbol Of Strength

Unwritten | Posted 07.27.2015 | Women

It is reminder to stop and think. A reminder to keep going as you have so much to be grateful for. It is reminder than you are not merely a silhouette, but a voice that is meant to be heard. What many fail to understand is that they are not alone, and talking about it is not a crime. On the contrary, it can be your savior.

Why Finding Yourself Doesn't Mean Hurting Yourself

Unwritten | Posted 07.27.2015 | Women

When you are older, you will have faced enough adversity to have earned battle scars without looking for them. Challenges don't make you stronger or more mature if you wallow in the limbo that is not overcoming them, and often, there is a strong support system of people who will help you get through the tough times.

10 Rules to Help Black Boys Survive

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.25.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Justice cannot breathe when Black men and boys and women and girls are routinely profiled, abused, arrested, and killed with impunity by police officers. We must stop this. We must protect the lives of our young people -- all of them.

Mental Illness, Societal Oppression, and My Rebuttal to Bruce Levine

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 07.23.2015 | Healthy Living
J Nelson Aviance

In a recent piece posted on, Bruce E. Levine made the bold statement that: For nearly two decades, Big Pharma commercials have falsely tol...

Brave YouTube Star Opens Up About Depression

The Huffington Post | Nina Friend | Posted 07.22.2015 | Women

  Depression affects 350 million people around the world, but it's still a taboo topic. In a new video, YouTuber Laci Green works ...

Poet Shira Erlichman Beautifully Destigmatizes Mental Illness

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 07.20.2015 | Arts

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Why I'm Not Joining The Semicolon Movement Yet

Toni Hammer | Posted 07.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Toni Hammer

I will someday get the mark permanently placed on my wrist, but for now the daily reminder has been very healing and cathartic and powerful for me. Maybe it'll do the same for you.

What Do I Pray For?

Lynda Freeman | Posted 07.15.2015 | Good News
Lynda Freeman

"Mom, where are you? Why is your phone off? I've been trying to get you for hours!" my son said in a voice filled with urgency. Here is what happened....

My Semicolon Tattoo Is More Than Art. It's a Reminder to Keep Going

Heather Parrie | Posted 07.14.2015 | Women
Heather Parrie

A semicolon is a place in a sentence where the author has the decision to stop with a period, but chooses not to. A semicolon is a reminder to pause and then keep going. I got this tattoo as a promise to myself that I would never willingly end my sentence.

A History of Protest - Racialized Politics of Mental Illness

Eram Alam | Posted 07.13.2015 | Black Voices
Eram Alam

I trace a continuation of a vital politics that asserts that black lives have a right to existence. I see a movement repeatedly silenced by tear gas and police batons, just as a mental illness diagnosis was used as a social tranquilizer fifty years earlier.

I Was Almost Another Suicide Statistic

S. L. Young | Posted 07.13.2015 | Black Voices
S. L. Young

This month is "Minority Mental Health Awareness Month," which is dedicated to raising awareness about mental health challenges --- especially in minority communities. Therefore, as a person of color, I feel compelled to share my journey to help saves lives, as I've battled depression for years and was almost another suicide statistic.

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.

16 Things People With Social Anxiety Want You To Know

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 07.13.2015 | Healthy Living

Imagine feeling so uncomfortable in certain situations -- sometimes at random -- that you can't breathe or even process what's going on around yo...

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.

8 Things You Don't Need To Say To Someone Battling Depression

Karen Ann Kennedy | Posted 07.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Karen Ann Kennedy

Many well-meaning people are quick to give advice, but they don't understand what's really going on. Although they mean well, their advice (often not asked for) does little to help. Here are the eight things you don't need to say to someone battling depression:

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.

Achieving Bright Futures Through Modern Psychiatry

Jill Dahl | Posted 07.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Jill Dahl

I recently spoke with Dr. Helen Farrell, Psychiatrist and Forensic Psychiatrist, to talk about her work as both a practitioner and teacher of psychiatry. She currently teaches at Harvard Medical School and and is also a practicing psychiatrist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

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.

23 Photos That Nail What It Feels Like To Have Depression

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 07.07.2015 | Healthy Living

Sometimes a picture is worth more than any words could express. After being diagnosed with depression at age 16, photographer Christian Hopkins dec...