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Mental Illness

Why Teach Yoga and Mindfulness in Prison?

Rob Schware | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Elizabeth Carling, who offers a free community-based yoga program with the support of her employer, Patricia McKeen, owner of A New Awakening counseling agency in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

5 Lies Ruining Your Mental Health

Amy Morin | Posted 11.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Morin

Despite ongoing efforts to educate the public about mental health, many misconceptions remain. Before the stigma can be stopped, these five mental health myths need to be debunked:

Behold the Beauty of Bhutan

Emily O'Dell | Posted 11.23.2015 | Travel
Emily O'Dell

Two weeks ago, I headed to the Himalayas for the adventure of a lifetime in the Kingdom of Bhutan. Since I was invited to speak at the Royal Palace...

Washington's Horrible Mental Health Legislation

Leah Harris | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Leah Harris

There is no question that America's mental health care system is in dire need of an overhaul. But the "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act" (H.R. 2646), introduced by Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA), represents the worst, most regressive possible direction for reform.

Dear Media: People With Mental Illness Are Not Monsters -- Stop Making Them Look Like They Are

Rachel Griffin | Posted 11.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Rachel Griffin

We beg people who are suffering and suicidal to get help while at the same time shaming and stigmatizing them. We give mixed messages. Our shame is dated, unethical and cruel.

A Simple & Powerful Light

Janine Francolini | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
Janine Francolini

This is a daunting problem, and one of the many problems in mental health that former First Lady Rosalynn Carter has been trying to solve for over 30 years.

Suicide Prevention Has Reached a Tipping Point in America

Nancy Farrell, M.P.A. | Posted 11.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Farrell, M.P.A.

AFSP will prevent suicide, and like our mission, we will save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. We pause in memory -- then we will go back to work.

Three Most Important Steps To Help Someone In A Health Crisis

Dr. Franky Dolan | Posted 11.20.2015 | Fifty
Dr. Franky Dolan

Many people write me, asking about how to respond to someone who is diagnosed with a serious illness. People often want very badly to say or do the "right" thing.

5 Reasons Why I'm Not Ashamed Of My Mental Health Condition

Rachel Griffin | Posted 11.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Rachel Griffin

f you stigmatize me, that's your ignorance, not my truth. Cool people, who are educated about mental illness and confident in their own mental health, don't stigmatize. Stigma is dated, cruel and just plain wrong. Get educated about mental illness and come over to the cool side.

After Their Buddy's Suicide, These Friends Are Ending The Stigma

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 11.19.2015 | Healthy Living

On an early June morning in 2014, University of Missouri students Alexander Lindley and Danny Kerth learned that their childhood friend and fello...

Why We Can't Afford To Ignore 'Stage 1' Psychosis

Chantel Garrett | Posted 11.18.2015 | Good News
Chantel Garrett

Twenty years later, a lot has changed for the nine million Americans like my brother who are living with serious brain health challenges, but not nearly enough.

Washington's Amazing Mental Health Legislation

DJ Jaffe | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
DJ Jaffe

A version of this originally appeared in the excellent blog created by former Washington Post reporter Pete Earley, author of Crazy, A Father's Search...

4 Techniques for Dealing With Panic Attacks

Richelle DeVoe | Posted 11.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Richelle DeVoe

The techniques below are not easy. They are not a passive way of overcoming panic like "just breathe." These steps require work. But it's work that will pay off. (At least it did for me.)

8 Tips To Help Heal From Depression

Megan Bruneau | Posted 11.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Megan Bruneau

When we make space for depression to be there, we can make linkages and better understand what causes it. When we become more aware of these causes, we can do what we need to feel better. Finally, we can be intentional around living our lives despite the presence of depression.

The Zen of Portland's Mental Health Court

Jeff Woodward | Posted 11.16.2015 | Impact
Jeff Woodward

Forward As a professional advocate for the most fragile individuals in our communities, I deal in harsh realities. The personal toll of which is h...

Sowing #SeedsofHope for Mental Health

Janine Francolini | Posted 11.13.2015 | Impact
Janine Francolini

Last week, Flawless had the pleasure of attending NAMI-NYC's annual Seeds of Hope Gala, one of our favorite benefits held every year honoring important work in mental health advocacy.

1 In 5 NYC Residents Have A Mental Health Problem

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.13.2015 | Healthy Living

At least one in five adult New Yorkers suffer from depression, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts or other psychological disorders every year, accord...

10 Ways To Show Love To Someone With Depression

Kelley Baker | Posted 11.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Kelley Baker

Your relationship may seem one-sided during these times, but by helping your partner through a very difficult and painful affliction, you are strengthening your relationship and their mental health in the long term.

Violence and Mental Illness: Suicide, Not Homicide, Is the Major Problem

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 11.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

The major problem of violence among people with serious mental illness is not that they kill other people but that they kill themselves.

Working Well: Leading a Mentally Healthy Business

NAMI-NYC Metro | Posted 11.11.2015 | Impact

On October 29, 2015, at the New York Stock Exchange, National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City (NAMI-NYC Metro) and Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH) co-hosted the first-ever CEO Summit on Mental Health in the Workplace.

Homelessness and Jock Straps: Australia's Got Neither

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 11.10.2015 | World
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

In my interest to do some research on the causes and prevention of homelessness in the U.S. and Australia I discovered this treasure trove of comparison data on a whole host of living conditions.

Deadlier than War: Veterans Remain At-Risk

Linda Rosenberg | Posted 11.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Linda Rosenberg

This Veterans Day, do something that can make a tangible difference in the lives of our veterans. Go to and get training in Mental Health First Aid so that the next time you ask a veteran, "Are you okay?" you'll know what to do if they say, "No, I'm not."

Cultural Variations in Healing: Mental Health Outreach

Minaa B | Posted 11.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Minaa B

I believe there are many misconceptions about what mental health treatment looks like and stigma continues to be a burden by weighing down the choices that people are willing to make in regards to seeking help.

Straight Shooting: The "Gun Problem" Isn't a "Mental Illness Problem." It's Just a "Gun Problem."

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 11.05.2015 | Crime
Dr. Peggy Drexler

While it's easy to put the blame for gun violence on the mentally ill -- or the lack of support for them -- it's misleading, and ultimately unlikely to do anything to end needless gun-related deaths.

Extinguish and Evolve

Lisa Pullen Kent | Posted 11.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Lisa Pullen Kent

"Mom, do you have a pencil and paper I can have?" Haley, my 10-year-old asked as we watched the ring-tailed lemurs leap from tree to tree at the Sa...