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Mental Illness

What Men Really Think About Mental Health Stigma

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 09.14.2015 | Healthy Living

Talking about mental health is the first step to eliminating the negative stereotype around it -- but for men, this can be particularly challenging. A...

Introducing ShameOver: A Conversation About Men's Mental Health

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 09.21.2015 | Healthy Living

In our culture, men are expected to be "strong" or "tough." We regard the expression of feelings as a weakness. Look no further than the Webster's Dic...

Suicide Prevention Month: Keep Fighting -- Together

Vanessa Berben | Posted 09.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Vanessa Berben

I almost didn't make it for one of the greatest eras of my life. Right at this very moment, no career has been more rewarding, new friendships have never been so promising, and most importantly: I love someone more fiercely, more openly and honestly than I ever have before. And it almost never happened.

I Am Not That Mom

Stephanie Marsh | Posted 01.21.2016 | Parents
Stephanie Marsh

I am not that mom who sits on the floor with you playing My Little Pony for hours. I am not the mom who builds entire towns on Minecraft. I have never learned to play Pokémon and I never (ever) will. I am well aware of my failure in this aspect of parenting.

The Tremendous Power of an (Extra)ordinary Action

Alaina Baker | Posted 09.08.2015 | Impact
Alaina Baker

You are so worthy of life and of living it; sometimes it just takes someone else to help you realize that. Sometimes it is the small things you do too, that help someone else realize the same thing about themselves.

How Come, Outcomes Don't Really Exist?

Matthew Holland | Posted 09.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Matthew Holland

In order to understand a problem we must see the whole picture. If we are unable to see what happens in the middle or what makes individuals reengage the system then we are missing one of the most vital parts of the picture.

The Last Thing I See: From the Shadows to the Sun

Hilary Holland Lorenzo | Posted 09.15.2015 | Women
Hilary Holland Lorenzo

Two years ago, I was suffering from anxiety/major depressive disorder not yet being properly treated, and landed under psych hold in a local, very ske...

Broken Criminal Justice System Is Highlighted at March for Mental Health Dignity

Susan Rogers | Posted 09.03.2015 | Politics
Susan Rogers

There was a lot said, shouted, chanted and sung at the March for Mental Health Dignity on the National Mall on August 24 about the rights of individuals with mental health conditions -- of whom I am one.

An Open Letter To My Friends and Family: I Am Surviving

Shawna Ayoub Ainslie | Posted 09.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Shawna Ayoub Ainslie

I want to tell you what it feels like to wake up in a bubble. To wake up and look around to find the world is far away and your pillow is not real, or not as real as it was when you went to sleep. When you thought to yourself, "Great day. No blips on the radar. Everything's alright."

Jamycheal Mitchell: Mentally Ill, Criminalized, and Killed by the System

Vanessa Baden Kelly | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics
Vanessa Baden Kelly

America is "treating" mental illness through incarceration -- and the price we are paying as a country is enormous.

Mass Shootings and 'Crazy People'

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

If you listen to the recent televised discussions on mass shootings, you would think that those of us with serious mental-health diagnoses are responsible for most of the tragic shootings that occur in this country.

Black Lives Matter is Under Attack

Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders | Posted 09.02.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders

If Black Lives Matter is responsible for so much good, then why on Earth are they trying to link it to hate groups similar to the KKK? Because Black Lives Matter is working.

7 Mental Illness Myths People Still Believe

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 09.02.2015 | Healthy Living

Mental illness stigma can lead to a multitude of false beliefs -- and it's about time to set the record straight. Negative stereotypes create a lot of...

I Found That the Sun Will Rise Tomorrow

Anna Snapp | Posted 09.01.2015 | Arts
Anna Snapp

In this show, I put on many faces. The default is me, Anna, as an actor, but I also play various roles such as doctors, a medical researcher, theatre directors, and other people who have shaped me and impacted me over the years.

Disabled Black Lives Matter

Sarah Griffith Lund | Posted 09.01.2015 | Black Voices
Sarah Griffith Lund

We've seen the perfect storm of race, poverty, and mental disability. What does America do with her sickest, poorest and most marginalized? The largest populations in our jails and prisons are people with disabilities, people of color and people living in poverty.

Some Promising News When It Comes To Mental Health Stigma

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 09.01.2015 | Healthy Living

More people are starting to see mental health as a crucial part of staying well. Nearly 90 percent of American adults value mental and physical health...

Guns and Insanity are Not Compatible

Barbara Hammond | Posted 08.29.2015 | Politics
Barbara Hammond

Our gun culture has become insane compared to the rest of the world. Once we get a sane government, perhaps, we can finally make a difference. It won't happen overnight, but we CAN make it happen.

On the Way to a National Destination Dignity

Eduardo Vega | Posted 08.27.2016 | Impact
Eduardo Vega

On Monday August 24, 2015, a historic moment happened in Washington when people living with mental health conditions from all over the nation, along with dozens of diverse organizations, gathered to raise public awareness for change.

Hope for Mental Illness

Kay Warren | Posted 08.26.2016 | Religion
Kay Warren

When my cancer-stricken, elderly father passed away at home with family by his side, I grieved and wept, but my grief was gentle because my dad had lived a very full and rich life. I can tell you the experience of losing my 27-year-old son on April 5, 2013 to suicide was not at all the same.

No, Donald Trump, The Problem Isn't Mental Illness

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 08.31.2015 | Healthy Living

Fear not, everyone. Donald Trump is here to solve our country's issue with mass shootings -- and his solution lies in further stigmatizing the mentall...

That Kind of Mother: Parenting With Depression

Kelley Clink | Posted 08.27.2016 | Parents
Kelley Clink

The fear rises up every now and then. What if depression keeps me from being the mother I want to be? I answer the question with a question: What if depression makes me exactly the mother my son needs?

Trump l'oeil, Virginia Tragedy Edition

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 08.27.2016 | Crime
Robert David Jaffee

It seems that whenever a tragedy like the Roanoke one takes place, many of us resort to the most simplistic views, the basest arguments.

Under the Veneer

Lisa Chau | Posted 08.26.2016 | Arts
Lisa Chau

On the 19th, I attended Hannush's Under, performed by The Con-Etiquette Players. Using flashbacks between a psychiatric hospital and Yale University, a group of millennials explore the themes of friendship, mental illness and ambition.

Who's the "Mentally Ill, Homeless Man" Down the Street?

Matt Hartman | Posted 08.26.2016 | Impact
Matt Hartman

The next time you see someone rambling on the street or asking for money, put yourself in their position. We need to imagine lacking a family, lacking food and lacking simple roofs over our heads. Maybe then, we'll understand and begin showing compassion.

De-Stigmatizing Mental Health

Merritt Juliano | Posted 08.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Merritt Juliano

We praise and, in fact, incentivize preventative care for children, adults and our seniors, such as the annual visit to a GP for a "physical." Why not do the same for efforts to keep the brain healthy? We also need to start talking openly about mental health the way we talk about other health issues. Join the conversation.