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Make Your New Year's Resolution to Connect 4 Mental Health

Ginger Lerner-Wren | Posted 12.31.2014 | Impact
Ginger Lerner-Wren

2015 is here, along with the opportunity to positively impact the lives of individuals with serious mental illness and grow social justice in your loc...

Having a Severe Mental Illness Means Dying Young

Allen Frances | Posted 12.30.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

People diagnosed with serious mental illness -- schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or severe depression -- die 20 years early, on average, because of a combination of lousy medical care, smoking, lack of exercise, complications of medication, suicide, and accidents. The U.S. has become probably the worst place in the developed world to be mentally ill.

Light Wounds: A Film that Will Change Lives

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 01.25.2015 | Entertainment
Peter D. Rosenstein

It is an important film for many reasons. It is based on the true experiences of a brave American veteran, Dustin DeMoss, who was willing to share his story about mental illness which nearly destroyed him and his family.

Recovery From 'Schizophrenia': One Man's Journey From Patient to Therapist

Allen Frances | Posted 12.29.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

"Schizophrenia" is a name, not a disease. It presents in many different ways and has many different outcomes. There is certainly not one cause of "sch...

Surviving Suicide: A Mother's Search for Meaning

Allen Frances | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

If a mother can only be as happy as her unhappiest child, the unhappiest of mothers are those whose children have died, particularly when the death wa...

Stigma and 7 Ways We Can Fix It

Wendy K. Williamson | Posted 12.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Wendy K. Williamson

Love is the universal solvent to tolerance, I say. No one's disability or lack thereof makes us in any way superior than the other. It is quite elemental, really. Just love and you will be loved back.

The Time Has Come to End Stigma and Fund Mental Health Care in America

Ginger Lerner-Wren | Posted 11.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Ginger Lerner-Wren

The current state of mental health care delivery systems in America is non-sustainable. According to NAMI, in addition to the immeasurable human costs of untreated mental illness, the financial costs continue to spiral out of control.

The Hall of Shame -- Who Is Failing the Severely Ill?

Allen Frances | Posted 10.28.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

The mental health industry works very hard to convince government to throw money at "mental health" problems that are very broadly and loosely defined, instead of having a clear focus on delivering basic services to the seriously ill.

We Need Everyone to Connect 4 Mental Health and Just Fix It

Ginger Lerner-Wren | Posted 10.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Ginger Lerner-Wren

America desperately needs to correct the human stain of the criminalization of persons with mental illness. So, let's bring everyone into the fold, learn from others and leverage social media to drive new energy in the cause to #justfixit.

Treatment Before Tragedy: A Mother's Plea

Allen Frances | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Allen Frances

Liza Long is the mother of a son who has bipolar disorder. When her post-Newtown blog post "I Am Adam Lanza's Mother" went viral, she decided that she had to speak up for children like her son. Her goal is to expose the gaping cracks in our badly broken mental healthcare system.

Stigmatizing and Shunning the Severely Ill

Allen Frances | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Allen Frances

Our fairly recent reliance on prisons and homelessness as solutions to mental illness was the common fashion 200 years ago but now seems anachronistic and indecent in a society that has the tools and can afford to do much better.

Mental Health Reform Should Also Help Families

Kenneth J. Dudek | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Kenneth J. Dudek

Two separate mental health reform bills are now on the table, and both have fallen prey to the same old mental health politics. The limited research on the efficacy of various proposed treatment approaches brings the issue back to questions of ideology.

My Stepmom Suffered From Schizophrenia, and I Had No Idea (VIDEO)

Kathy Carter Woods | Posted 05.06.2014 | Black Voices
Kathy Carter Woods

Patty was a wonderful stepmom. Sweet and kind, she treated my sister and me like we were her very own. She worked for the airlines and often had a crazy, upside-down schedule, yet she never failed to be a loving force for good.

Treatment-Resistant Depression: Part Two

David Blistein | Posted 04.06.2014 | Healthy Living
David Blistein

Six months ago I published a book about depression. In addition to describing my own battles with the beast, I spent a great deal of time explaining in layperson's terms the diagnoses for different mental illnesses as well as the theoretical bases behind prescription drugs, counseling, herbs, supplements, and various "natural" therapies.

Nation 'Yawns' as the Sequester Attacks the Mentally Ill

Art Levine | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Art Levine

The New York Times reports, "The sword of Damocles turns out to be made of Styrofoam." But the sword feels much sharper for families, advocates, and local officials who rely on government funding to treat and care for those with mental illness.

NAMI And Brotman Partner Up On Free Classes

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert David Jaffee

Someday, it will be nice when we can have a national dialogue about mental illness without drawing any connection to violent crime, the vast majority of which is committed by those who are not mentally ill.

Mia St. John Knocks Out Stigma in Mental-Health Ring

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Robert David Jaffee

Mental illness disrupted Jimmy Piersall's baseball career. For Mia St. John, it has propelled her to three boxing championship belts.

Obama Left Out Jared Loughner and His Mom

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
DJ Jaffe

I hope that we will all do as Obama asks, and be more civil. But I also think we should think about people with mental illness and what we can do for them. And let's pray for some real heroes... their Moms.

Ron Artest: Hero for the Mentally Ill and Everyone Else

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Robert David Jaffee

Ron Artest, who said that he was fortunate enough to get counseling as a kid, qualifies as a hero. His is a story of courage and redemption that we rarely hear about on television or in the print media.

Does the National Alliance on Mental Illness represent seriously mentally ill?

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
DJ Jaffe

Pete Earley, author of Crazy, one of the best books on mental illness, recently blogged on the issue of whether pharmaceutical money drives the agenda...

Disappearing Acts: When friends are gone after a diagnosis of bipolar disorder

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

QUESTION Dear Dr. Levine, I am reeling from the awareness that certain friends who meant a great deal to me have abruptly turned their back on me no...

Listening to Depression

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert David Jaffee

Recently, I was invited to be a panelist at a conference on recovery from addiction and mental illness. In anticipation of this event, I will answer one question, which surprisingly has never been asked, and that is: What is depression actually like?

Sharon Dunas: Warrior And Angel For The Mentally Ill

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert David Jaffee

If the stigma attached to mental illness is going to end any time soon, it will be because of people like Sharon Dunas, president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness for the Westside of Los Angeles.

FDA Considers Caving to Scientology and Making Mental Illness Treatment Illegal

DJ Jaffe | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
DJ Jaffe

As far-fetched as it sounds, the FDA is considering making it more difficult to treat depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and psychosis.