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

NAMI-NYC Metro | Posted 07.29.2015 | Impact
NAMI-NYC Metro

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.

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.

July Is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

NAMI-NYC Metro | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
NAMI-NYC Metro

To celebrate Minority Mental Health Month the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City (NAMI-NYC Metro) is hosting its first #IWILLLISTEN Community Mental Health Fair on Saturday, July 25th.

Breaking the Silence: Mental Health Awareness Month in Beirut

Emily O'Dell | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Emily O'Dell

While on the surface our mental health awareness work in Lebanon looks like an innovation, it's more like a reclamation -- since the first mental hospitals in the world appeared in the Middle East.

Unmasking Mental Illness in Beirut

Emily O'Dell | Posted 05.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Emily O'Dell

Witnessing these four young mental health advocates share the highs and lows of their healing journeys, it was clear to all present that telling one's story openly and honestly is a sign of strength -- not weakness and shame.

#IWILLLISTEN: NAMI-NYC Metro's Mental Illness Stigma Fight Goes to the Midwest

NAMI-NYC Metro | Posted 06.30.2015 | Healthy Living
NAMI-NYC Metro

Most mental health campaigns ask those with mental illness, one out of five Americans, to speak up and tell their story. #IWILLLISTEN asks people who do not have mental illness, four out of five Americans, to listen with compassion and patience when a friend or family member talks about his or her condition.

A List to Love: 10 Mental Wellness Champions to Celebrate

Janine Francolini | Posted 04.11.2015 | Impact
Janine Francolini

It's raining effective advocacy and good news in the field of mental health. That is something to celebrate and love any week of the year.

Our Failure to Understand Mental Illness Has Debilitated Nearly 60 Million Americans

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 04.04.2015 | Healthy Living
The University of Central Florida Forum

Our country was founded on the principles of liberty and justice for all, but our failure to understand mental illness and provide assistance facilities for families and the ill has ripped away the liberty and justice deserved for nearly 60 million Americans.

In Defense of 'Crazy'

Sarah Griffith Lund | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion
Sarah Griffith Lund

Crazy is not a bad word. Crazy people are not bad. So I'm reclaiming crazy in public discourse as a way to de-stigmatize mental illness. I stand on the shoulders of many others who repurpose words to empower people whose power has been taken away.

How One Man Helps Others Suffering From Mental Illness

The Huffington Post | Sahaj Kohli | Posted 08.21.2014 | Healthy Living

One man's struggles with bipolar disorder inspired him to help others suffering from mental illness -- by finding a way to connect with them directly....

In the Gun Debate, Mental Illness Doesn't Predict Dangerousness

Paul Heroux | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics
Paul Heroux

We should be asking: Is the person is a danger to him or herself or to others if he or she had a gun? That is the question. The notion that we can use mental illness as a way to determine that someone is somehow more dangerous is just ill-informed.

Petra Costa's Intimate Film Elena Uncovers Truths About Loss, Love and Catharsis

Kristin McCracken | Posted 07.30.2014 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

In its native Brazil, Elena broke records, becoming the most-seen documentary of the year; it also sparked a national conversation about some typically taboo topics.

Let's Get This Party Started!

Janine Francolini | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

What do taking selfie photos and ending mental health stigma have to do with each other? ALOT. This may seem silly but hang in there with me on this selfie photo tour.

'Let Us Never Give Up'

Janine Francolini | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

"Let us not close our hearts. Let us not lose confidence. Let us never give up. " Pope Francis This week, as I watched the video of the historic, sac...

Gateway to Curing Mental Illness

Chantel Garrett | Posted 05.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Chantel Garrett

When we can see the millions of young people and adults among us who live with brain disorders through a lens of compassion, radical shifts in innovation and funding will undoubtedly unfold. My family is ready for action. Are you?

To Kiss or Not To Kiss Nicholas Kristof, Mental-Health Policy Wonk

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 04.11.2014 | Media
Robert David Jaffee

People with serious mental illness would tell you that what they seek is a world without stigma, a world where they don't have to fear losing their jobs or their lovers because of any perceived association with criminals.

Dreams Came True in 2013

Janine Francolini | Posted 03.02.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

The grace of the families of Newtown who recently met with Vice President Biden to advocate for better mental health treatments has taken our breath away as they pave the way toward unconditional love as a nation.

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.

I Will Listen!

Janine Francolini | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

She wanted me to be informed and to learn more about these issues. To be perfectly honest, I was not listening. I heard Gayathri talking about the stigma of mental illness in India, but I was not listening well enough.

Profiles in Courage of the Mentally Ill

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 10.12.2013 | Media
Robert David Jaffee

While we keep hearing and reading about a "cycle" of incarceration, homelessness, addiction and hospitalization for the mentally ill, the truth is that most of those with serious mental illness are more likely to blend in to society than to be on its fringes.

Will You Be Our Heroes? Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz and Mr. Williams

Janine Francolini | Posted 10.07.2013 | Media
Janine Francolini

While I have raised my 12-year-old son with language around brain health that is proactive and enlightened, he still uses slang and terms that are offensive. Media and culture have won out over my endless efforts to be a role model and educate him on the importance of words.

Being Completely Normal Living With a Mental Illness

Paul Heroux | Posted 07.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Paul Heroux

No one deserves to live with the stigma associated with a mental illness. The important thing that we need to do as a society is be more compassionate, more informed, more caring and more supportive of those with mental illness.

Of 'Monsters' and Brothers: Three Steps to Fix Our Mental Health System and Prevent Violence

Chantel Garrett | Posted 03.10.2013 | Politics
Chantel Garrett

Although Max expressed fear of being lumped together with violent murderers, he asked me to share our family's story as a means of bringing focus to a long list of potential solutions to events such as the Newtown tragedy.

Alana Horowitz

America's Mental Health Crisis

HuffingtonPost.com | Alana Horowitz | Posted 01.10.2013 | Politics

On Feb. 9, 1844, the governor of Missouri ate breakfast, went to his office and locked the door. Then he shot himself with a rifle. Thomas Reynolds’...

'Where Have All the Flowers Gone?': Thoughts After the Newtown Massacre

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Mesmerized by the coverage of the Newtown massacre, I could not get this tune (from my younger days) out of my head. More carnage. Only this time, even younger children -- not even young men, but innocents who would never come of age.