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Reducing Stigma and Hate Crime in Post-Election America

Kevin Hogan | Posted 12.09.2016 | Impact
Kevin Hogan

Middle school students chanting, "Build that wall!" in their school's cafeteria. A college student whose hijab was so forcibly pulled from her head ...

Not Just Another World AIDS Day

Joel Goldman | Posted 12.07.2016 | Impact
Joel Goldman

*Pictured from left to right: Joel Goldman - Managing Director of The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, Michel Sidibé - Executive Director of UNAIDS,...

When Your Hearing Loss Leads To Embarrassment

Shari Eberts | Posted 11.25.2016 | Fifty
Shari Eberts

I have a hearing loss. No big deal, right? But sometimes it is. Why is hearing loss sometimes embarrassing in a way that other conditions like vision loss or mobility challenges are not?

I Have A (Hearing Loss) Announcement To Make

Shari Eberts | Posted 10.25.2016 | Fifty
Shari Eberts

'Hi, my name is Shari and I am excited to be at this conference/retreat/class.' This is how it usually begins. We all go around the room and introduce ourselves, give a reason or two why we are here and it moves onto the next person. But at my most recent retreat, I decided to try something different.

What Does Tim Kaine Believe About Mental Health Parity?

Quora | Posted 10.10.2016 | Politics

Why do insurance companies treat mental health differently than physical health? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where co...

Why Are We Still Making A Mockery Of Mental Illness?

Rachel Brehm | Posted 10.10.2016 | Fifty
Rachel Brehm

With the emergence of fall comes the promise of Halloween and all things pumpkin spice, festive, and spooky. It's no surprise that the people behind the scenes of Knott's Berry Farm carefully curated a new attraction to cater to this season; an attraction to entertain a crowd of consumers.

To Serve And To Stigmatize?

Kevin Hogan | Posted 10.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Kevin Hogan

The Los Angeles Police Department's motto "To Protect and to Serve" was etched into my mind while I was still a kid living on the other side of the co...

Let's Call Mental Health Stigma What It Really Is: Discrimination

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 02.17.2017 | Healthy Living

It’s no secret that there’s a veil of shame surrounding mental illness. Nearly one in five American adults will experience a mental health disorde...

Bi-Erasure... Even After Death?

Kevin Hogan | Posted 09.22.2016 | Queer Voices
Kevin Hogan

Experiencing violence and hate caused by intolerance of your sexual orientation is devastating. It's even worse when you don't have the option to fully and accurately communicate the incident to the authorities because there's no distinct category for bisexuals.

Springsteen Rocks As He Confronts The Stigma Of Depression

Dr. Margaret Rutherford | Posted 09.16.2016 | Fifty
Dr. Margaret Rutherford

Bruce Springsteen is talking about his chronic depression. He has worked tirelessly to prevent depression from enveloping him. He had to ignore what people thought, or some belief that he should be able to get better alone.

The Indispensable Cornerman

Alaina Baker | Posted 09.02.2016 | Impact
Alaina Baker

In boxing, one of the fundamental necessities of the sport is the presence of a good cornerman. In an article written a few years ago providing insight into and describing the sine qua non of the cornerman, the author declared, "he [the cornerman] must be a psychologist, able to assist the fighter through the emotional minefield that is the preparation for combat.

Mental Illness Stigma: Risky Business

Emily Grossman | Posted 09.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Emily Grossman

Dear Manager at a NYC Pennsylvania Station Coffee Shop: I’m not sure if you remember, but the other day, a homeless woman came to th...

The Stigma Games: A Lose-Lose Proposition

Kevin Hogan | Posted 08.25.2016 | Impact
Kevin Hogan

No one is born with stigma. Society assigns it -- much like a suffocating, shrink-wrapped label around someone or some group suddenly deemed the outsider.

Donald Trump Is NOT Mentally Ill

Brett Gleason | Posted 08.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Brett Gleason

Or at least we, nor the media, are in a position to diagnose him. Because that’s what mental illness is -– a serious diagnosis to be given by a pr...

Teach Children About Body Shaming Young!

Rebecca Jane Weinstein | Posted 09.07.2016 | Women
Rebecca Jane Weinstein

When I was product testing my children's book Ella's Tummy: A Story of Understand for All Ages -- in other words, having kids read it and tell me what they thought -- one very bright eight year old girl said she thought it was mean that I, as the author, called the main character fat. This was an interesting response, because the book is about fat bullying, and how it is not okay to do it.

Finding The Courage To Confront Depression

Dr. Margaret Rutherford | Posted 07.04.2016 | Fifty
Dr. Margaret Rutherford

One of the huge gifts (and responsibilities) of being a therapist is being honored by people who are coming to you for help. I meet people all the time who are depressed. These are not weak people. Far from it. It takes a lot of courage to confront depression.

Stanford and My Fear of Being Tomorrow's News Headline

Matt Pipkin | Posted 06.20.2016 | Impact
Matt Pipkin

If the only time we discuss these issues and take action is when it's a big news headline, an unintended consequence is that silence will be perpetuated by people's fear of being the next headline on the evening news. No thanks.

Worshipping alone: Studies find divorce retains its sting in faith communities

David Briggs | Posted 06.10.2016 | Religion
David Briggs

m The religious stigma surrounding divorce remains a powerful source of anguish for believers, but few congregations have ministries for people recov...

I Have Borderline Personality Disorder, And I Am Not Crazy

Risa Sugarman | Posted 06.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Risa Sugarman

I have struggled with borderline personality disorder and depression for much of my life. The past two years in particular, I was severely ill with tr...

What '​Me Before You'​ Gets Wrong About Disability

Teen Vogue | Posted 06.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Teen Vogue

The movie is fictional and represents one story (and not all people with disabilities), but clearly it shows that Hollywood needs to provide more representation for people who live with disabilities.

Trump Is Breaking Bad, Not Clinically Mad

Allen Frances | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
Allen Frances

Now that Donald Trump is improbably close to becoming president, several frightened commentators are suggesting he receive psychiatric evaluation to ensure he is not mentally ill. The amateur diagnoses most often floated for Trump are Narcissistic Personality Disorder or Borderline Personality Disorder.

People Of Color Open Up About Their Experiences With Mental Illness

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 06.07.2016 | Latino Voices

Mental health activist Dior Vargas understands the importance of representation, especially when it comes to mental health. "When you google images o...

25 Ways to Fight Stigma in the Media by Reclaiming Your Right to Be in the Moment

Amy Oestreicher | Posted 06.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Amy Oestreicher

I'm packing my bags for Alexandria, VA and heading off to present at the Mental Health America Conference this week! The Power of Storytelling Gutles...

It's Time to Stop Mistaking Introversion for Social Anxiety

Jesse Andreozzi | Posted 06.01.2016 | Impact
Jesse Andreozzi

"Is everything ok? You're kind of quiet tonight." For many of us, it was an occasional inquiry from Mom at the dinner table after a tough day at school. Yet, for some, hearing that refrain was all too common throughout childhood.

Let's Talk About Mental Health Stigma in the Orthodox Community

Bin Goldman, PsyD | Posted 05.26.2016 | Religion
Bin Goldman, PsyD

It's great to be part of a community. In a community, such as the various Jewish communities, you have people to turn to, who will mobilize for you and share your joys and your challenges. Except when you don't.