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Teach Children About Body Shaming Young!

Rebecca Jane Weinstein | Posted 07.19.2016 | 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.

North Carolina and the Specter of the Predatory 'Other'

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.12.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

"Give yourself over to absolute pleasure. Swim the warm waters of sins of the flesh - erotic nightmares beyond any measure, and sensual daydreams to t...

5 Ways Asian Americans and Mental Health Professionals Can Build Family Support

Jessica Gimeno | Posted 05.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Jessica Gimeno

In my interview with psychologist Lilian Shin, she opened my eyes to barriers like how American's Euro-centric patient model does not take into account Asian cultural norms. Thankfully, there are practical ways to bridge this communication gap.

We the People Make America Great: Viewpoint of an American Bisexual

Kevin Hogan | Posted 05.12.2016 | Queer Voices
Kevin Hogan

Ever since the race for the Republican presidential nomination began, one thing in particular has been bugging me. It's the statement that we need...

40 Years Ago the Unthinkable Happened

Greg D. Williams, M.A. | Posted 05.09.2016 | Media
Greg D. Williams, M.A.

May 9, 1976 was ground-breaking. Many people walking among us today are now entering their 40th year of long-term recovery as a result of this far reaching public awareness effort, dubbed Operation Understanding, and the coverage that followed.

How to Share Your Story for Mental Health Month

Amy Oestreicher | Posted 05.02.2016 | Impact
Amy Oestreicher

How will you take care of YOU this month? (And every month?)

It's Time to Close the Gaps in Mental Health Treatment

Michele Nealon-Woods | Posted 04.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Michele Nealon-Woods

In a presidential election year, there are lots of speeches about improving the path for America and its citizens, but words are meaningless unless we fully address the massive gaps in mental health care for our most vulnerable communities.

California Law Attacks Rehab Facilities

The Fix | Posted 04.21.2016 | Los Angeles
The Fix

By Zachary Siegel and Allison McCabe Photo via Shutterstock Earlier this year, a small handful of state legislators began what can only be described a...


Sherina Harris | Posted 04.14.2016 | Teen
Sherina Harris

As a student, I love when things I learn in school become relevant in the real world. I'm happy to say that I am able to apply the things I learned in...

3 Powerful Ways to Kick Stigma to the Curb

Toni Feldstein | Posted 04.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Toni Feldstein

Stigma has complicated effects both on our psyche and on our path to wellness. It can even keep us from seeking medical help and intensify the feelings of loneliness and isolation we're already experiencing.

Why I'm Speaking Out As A Male Survivor Of Sexual Assault

Alec Fischer | Posted 04.14.2016 | Queer Voices
Alec Fischer

The phrase "I was raped" is simplistic enough; the statement is comprised of three words, nine letters, and only eleven characters. Yet that phrase has been something I have been unable to express publicly for the past three years.

Where Do "Messy Bisexuals" Fit Into the Bi+ Community?

Zachary Zane | Posted 04.03.2016 | Queer Voices
Zachary Zane

There's an assumption about bisexuals who are more promiscuous: We're incapable of being honest, communicative or introspective. Where in fact, that's not the case.

The County in Michigan Where HIV Is a Crime

Trevor Hoppe | Posted 04.04.2016 | Queer Voices
Trevor Hoppe

Judge Dodge's courtroom has already played host to one of the most troubling criminal cases brought under an HIV-specific criminal laws in recent memory. Will Judge Dodge let stigma prevail again on Monday?

I Have Bipolar Disorder, And I'm Thriving

Melody Moezzi | Posted 03.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Melody Moezzi

Having a psychiatric condition means that you have an illness that requires treatment, nothing more. It doesn't mean that you are incapable or that you ought to lower your expectations for your life. Rather, it means you are uniquely capable and that you ought to raise the world's expectations of you.

'Brothers Grimsby' Flops and AIDS Stigma Fails

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 03.16.2016 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

Regardless of what one thinks of Donald Trump and the displays of religious intolerance, xenophobia, racism and sexism shown throughout his bid for the White House, to suggest that he deserves AIDS only perpetuates the dangerous stigma against the disease and people living with it.