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Mental Illness

Coming Out Of The Mental Illness Closet

Literally, Darling | Posted 03.04.2014 | Women
Literally, Darling

I am slowly beginning to accept that I can make my life look however I want, but under no circumstances can I sit back and wait for things to get better. Life is what you make of it. You have a choice.

Five New Year's Resolutions for Women on the Run

Christine Pelosi | Posted 03.02.2014 | Women
Christine Pelosi

As 2014 dawns, women on the run in political office and public service have multitasking ahead. How well we juggle doing it all -- home life, work life, personal space and public engagement -- may well determine the fate of our families and our nation.

The Lasting Damage of Child Abuse

Scott Mendelson, M.D. | Posted 03.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Scott Mendelson, M.D.

The effects of childhood sexual and physical abuse last a lifetime. Abused children may grow up to be adults prone to depression, anxiety, substance a...

GOP Senators Block Franken's Mental Health Bill

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 12.23.2013 | Politics

GOP Sens. Tom Coburn (Okla.) and Mike Lee (Utah) are blocking legislation sponsored by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) geared at strengthening mental health...

New Bill Decreases Mental Health Funding, Increases Mental Illness Funding

DJ Jaffe | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics
DJ Jaffe

Rep. Murphy proposed the "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis" Act to reorient the mental health system away from it's focus on serving the largest numbers of the highest functioning and back towards providing treatment for the most seriously mentally ill.

The Future of People With Severe Mental Illness Is Safe

Dr. John Grohol | Posted 02.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. John Grohol

Susan Inman recently wrote a blog post condemning the Alternatives conference, a conference for mental health advocates, people who've undergone treat...

FBI Disrupts Shootings Through Interventions

AP | EILEEN SULLIVAN | Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI has helped to disrupt or prevent nearly 150 shootings and violent attacks this year, in part by steering potential gunmen ...

Job at Newtown

Gary Hart | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics
Gary Hart

Newtown is a very dark cloud growing over the bright promise and hope of America. It cannot be merely accepted as a fact of modern life. It must be addressed and dealt with in the best ways the human mind and heart may devise. We are not permitted to forget and move on.

The Most Harrowing Days of My Life

Patient 5150 | Posted 02.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Patient 5150

The reasons why I suffered a nervous breakdown are none of your business. What is the business of anyone who cares about mental health is that the most harrowing days of my life were when I recently tried to get help for a mental illness.

Bringing Mental Illness Into the Open Saves Lives

Tricia Baker | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Tricia Baker

Every time I hear reporters ask "Why" I want to jump through the TV screen and shake them. It is frustrating to me that the media is still so woefully uninformed about mental health.

Yoga Behind Bars

Rob Schware | Posted 02.02.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Natalie Cielle, who has taught over 250 classes to incarcerated youth and adults, and trained over 125 yoga teachers to tea...

Size of Rebuild at Orleans Parish Prison Is Scrutinized

Susan Buchanan | Posted 01.31.2014 | Crime
Susan Buchanan

The jail's giant, new high-tech kitchen can serve between 25,000 to 30,000 meals a day--far more than three squares meals needed for nearly 2,400 inmates now. Meanwhile, the Phase II jail will be able to house 1,438 inmates.

Yoga: How We Serve the Larger Woman

Rob Schware | Posted 01.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Vilma Zaleskaite, who slipped into a yoga career by accident. In the late 1990's, her American husband was introducing yoga ...

All Hearts on Deck!

Janine Francolini | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

Senator Deeds, all hearts are on deck with you. The vibrant photo of Gus playing his banjo on the campaign trail with you will be forever etched in our minds. We honor him and we honor you. We stand with you.

Why We Don't Need a 'National Database of the Mentally Ill' to Control Guns

Zach Weissmueller | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Zach Weissmueller

By targeting and stigmatizing the mentally ill, especially in the absence of a coherent risk-identification strategy, the effect may be to discourage people who need help from seeking it, while also stripping away the rights of a huge group of people who will likely never commit a violent act.

Yoga for Everyone, Everywhere: Yoga Across America

Rob Schware | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Gina Garcia, a former television journalist and California Capitol correspondent. She is a 500-hour certified Baptiste Pow...

Justifiable Homicides by Police Resulting From Attacks by Allegedly Mentally Ill Rising

DJ Jaffe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
DJ Jaffe

Fortunately, law enforcement leaders around the country are starting to fight back in an attempt to return care and treatment of the seriously ill to mental health departments.

'The Woman Who Raised That Monster'

Suzy Hayman DeYoung | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Suzy Hayman DeYoung

Viewing the "monsters" in our midst not by what they do but rather by what they suffer, is less a challenge of empathy than it is of imagination. Empathy, particularly selective empathy is simple.

Madam First Lady

Janine Francolini | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Janine Francolini

History has been made over the past month for the Mental Health Advocacy movement. A few weeks ago, Patrick Kennedy launched the Kennedy For...

No One Brings Dinner When Your Daughter Is An Addict

2012-07-03-slatelogo.jpg | Posted 11.20.2013 | Parents

Written by Larry M. Lake for Slate When my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, we ate well. Mary Beth and I had both read the terrifying patholo...

Integrative Mental Health and the Healing Power of Connection

Elana Miller, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Elana Miller, MD

Is reducing mental illness to a gene study and a lab test really what patients deserve? Is this more important than listening to their stories and understanding the social and psychological environment in which their symptoms developed and are maintained?

Dating and Mental Illness

Paul Heroux | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Heroux

It would behoove anyone seeking a partner to be compassionate and understanding of people with mental health conditions; if you don't, you are going to reduce the pool of potential partners by about half right away.

America's Mental Hospitals: Where Smoking Buys You Sunshine

Melody Moezzi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Melody Moezzi

While I've never been convicted of a crime, I have spent my fair share of time in private mental hospitals, wherein I've witnessed what may well be our nation's last great bastion of tobacco, tar and nicotine.

Obama Mental Illness Parity Regs Fail the Seriously Mentally Ill

DJ Jaffe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
DJ Jaffe

The Obama administration announced new regulations requiring private insurers to do what the federal government wont: provide health care coverage for...

Yes! Black People Can Suffer From Mental Illness!

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Elwood D. Watson

For some blacks, admitting and confronting the fact that he or she suffers from mental illness makes them appear vulnerable. Denial is commonplace.