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

Matt Hartman | Posted 08.26.2015 | 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.

6 Steps to Deleting the 'R' Word

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.26.2015 | Impact
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

The next time you see a middle-schooler or even a peer use derogatory terms, make faces or inappropriate impressions or gestures related to disability, take that opportunity to talk about it. It all starts with a conversation. A conversation many won't have, unless you bring it up.

Unite Against Addiction

Jason Wahler | Posted 08.21.2015 | Impact
Jason Wahler

Rockers Set to Rally for Addiction Awareness Ever since I got sober, I have dedicated my life to doing anything and everything to bring awareness to ...

THE FIGHT: Stigma vs. Shame

M/R Johnson | Posted 08.18.2015 | Healthy Living
M/R Johnson

WELCOME TO THE BOXING MATCH OF Behavioral Health Disorders Introduction of Opponents: In the right corner we have the opponent Stigma weighing...

Robin Williams and the Never-Ending Battle Against Depression

Alana Saltz | Posted 08.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Alana Saltz

Let's make sure we're there for people, that we advocate for better treatment and research, that we keep our eyes open to those who might be suffering and alone. Let's be kind to ourselves, be patient with our pain, and remember that it is possible to survive and overcome even the worst moments of sadness and depression.

Why I Resent the Term "Alimony"

Nina Boug Lichtenstein | Posted 08.07.2015 | Divorce
Nina Boug Lichtenstein

I say let's come up with a new term for alimony that makes the recipient feel less like a charity case and more like a free agent paying her/his bills with returns from wise and hard earned investment.

Stop Putting a Stigma on Uncircumcised Cock

Greg Mania | Posted 08.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Greg Mania

All these people expressing their disdain for uncut cock are acting like they're going down on someone and finding a Venus fly trap. It made me feel ashamed and embarrassed, and just added to the insurmountable anxiety I get whenever I get intimate with a man. What if the guy I'm about to have sex with takes my pants off and then stop, drop and rolls out of the room?

Facing Epilepsy Stigmas

Tiffany Kairos | Posted 07.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Tiffany Kairos

Terrible myths have been told about what epilepsy is and about people who live with the condition. Myths such as these can take such a toll on those living with this condition and their families too.

Mental Illness and Criminal Insanity: Is There a Link?

Liv Raimonde | Posted 07.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Liv Raimonde

Stereotypes continue to linger around mental illness. However it is time we as a society dig deeper and learn more about what it means to be mentally ill. People who suffer from mental illness are not the criminals. It seems to be the exact opposite. They are in fact more likely to be the victims.

Untreated Mental Illness: A Matter of Life and Death

Ginger Lerner-Wren | Posted 07.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Ginger Lerner-Wren

Policy makers must not be guided by crisis, but must overcome it. President Kennedy was right. Perhaps, his vision of recovery was ahead of its time. Yet, if timing is everything, it is beyond time to end our nation's mental health crisis -- it is a matter of life and death.

An Interview With Award-Winning Trans Escort Viktor Belmont

Michael Podell | Posted 06.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Podell

Viktor isn't just a trans man, he's a trans gay male escort. It's a whole extra layer of stigma to deal with, and one that Viktor handles with aplomb.

Who Are the Role Models Since Helen Keller?

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 06.23.2015 | Impact
Janice S. Lintz

South Africa's Freedom Charter was adopted in 1955. The Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted in 1990. The United Kingdom followed five years later with the Disability Discrimination Act. Yet where are all the great leaders championing access for people with hearing loss?

All of the Lights: Vitiligo in Black and White

Cece Jones-Davis | Posted 06.22.2015 | Black Voices
Cece Jones-Davis

In May 2009, while doing my hair in the bathroom mirror, I noticed a dime-sized white spot on my elbow. I studied it for some time, moving my arm at...

Unloading a Weighty Taboo

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 06.16.2015 | Women
Jessica R. Dreistadt

I can wrap both of my legs behind my head. My triglyceride level recently registered at 62. My favorite food is kale. And in addition to all of these glorious qualities, I am overweight.

Fathers: Our Well-Being

Geoff McDonald | Posted 06.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Geoff McDonald

We fathers must learn to share our emotions and feelings more. It is only through doing this that we can get the early intervention needed to get well, flourish or better manage our illness vs. the all too awful alternative of leaving it all too late.

Elton John: Compassion, Abandoning Stigmas Keys To Ending AIDS

Vox | Elton John | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact

I have some good news. The single biggest change that could most radically improve our health-care systems is free. It can't be patented by any corpor...

Fountain House Symposium Takes On Schizophrenia

Jim Luce | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Jim Luce

I'm interested in mental health issues, but I'm not a physician and have no medical training. That's why I look forward to the annual Fountain House Symposium and Luncheon, where cutting-edge information is presented by top-drawer experts in terms accessible to a lay audience.

14 Common Misconceptions About People Who Go To Therapy

Sahaj Kohli | Posted 05.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Sahaj Kohli

I periodically hear questions or comments that remind me going to therapy is not as normalized or as acceptable as I had hoped. So in an attempt to shed light on the truth about seeing a therapist and raise awareness, here is a list of 14 things you shouldn't assume about people who go to therapy.

I'm Admitting My Shame: I. Am. A. Crowdfunder.

Rebecca Jane Weinstein | Posted 05.19.2015 | Money
Rebecca Jane Weinstein

As a three-time crowdfunder let me tell you a little secret: almost no one gets rich. There are a few exceptions, those are celebrities and people pre-selling really cool gadgets.

Love Between a Mother and Son is Stronger than Mental Illness

NationSwell | Posted 05.08.2015 | Impact
NationSwell

Orlando Montes knows mental illness in an intimate way. His mother was a diagnosed with schizophrenia when he was a child. Growing up was hard for...

Burying the Stigma of Mental Illness

Heather Rorrer | Posted 05.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Heather Rorrer

When the death of a loved one is suicide, or any facet of mental illness is involved, there's a stage in the grieving process psychologists don't list: stigma. Survivors bear the stigma of survival. Even as friends gather to sympathize, you sense an unspoken undertone: Surely you knew something.

This Poignant PSA Is Here To Shatter The Stigma Attached To Mental Health

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 04.30.2015 | Healthy Living

Imagine a world where having a mental illness is as commonly accepted as having the flu. It's hard to fathom given the obvious stigma attached to m...

#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.

Beware the Scare Tactics: Stop Negative Portrayals of Disability in PSAs

Emily Ladau | Posted 06.27.2015 | Impact
Emily Ladau

"Stand up to osteoporosis. Before you can't." I'm here to tell you that I'm sitting down, but I'm still on board with the prevention of osteoporosis. These two concepts are not mutually exclusive.

Why This Woman Celebrates The Day She Was Diagnosed With Herpes

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 04.27.2015 | Women

In a conversation with HuffPost Live on Friday, writer Ella Dawson opened up about the "tidal wave of shame" she felt when she first found out she had...