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Depression Screening Recommendation For All Adults Is A Step In The Right Direction

Michele Nealon-Woods | Posted 02.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Michele Nealon-Woods

As a next step, we need to ensure that funding from the federal government is in place to support community mental health centers that can offer screening and treatment services. Mental health prevention goes a long way in ensuring the overall well-being of our nation.

How To Respond To Someone Who Has Been Sexually Assaulted

Yasmin Nouh | Posted 02.08.2016 | Women
Yasmin Nouh

By addressing how our responses to survivors play a critical role in the healing process, these women show that dealing with sexual assault should not be an individual's burden alone, but a collective responsibility we embrace with compassion and the utmost care.

You Never Know Who You Are Talking To: Making Stigmatizing Assumptions About Health

Chelsea Jack | Posted 01.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Chelsea Jack

I have lived a privileged life made rich by an education and resources that helped me flourish. These privileges separate me from the suffering people in Appalachia who I think and write about. But since my diagnosis, for the first time in my life, I have an immature, but nontrivial, inkling of how social stigma feels.

Finally, You Can Now See Recovery -- and Not Just Addiction -- on the Small Screen

Patrick R. Krill | Posted 01.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Patrick R. Krill

Recovery Road is a long overdue show that will finally give faces and voices -- and a primetime slot -- to the struggles of millions of Americans whose story is too seldom told, but too often told through the lens of stigma, shame, embarrassment and otherness.

Is Bipolar Still in Disorder Really the Best We Can Do?

Tom Wootton | Posted 01.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Tom Wootton

A common refrain in the bipolar disorder community is, "I'm doing the best I can." Every time I hear this or a similar phrase, my heart weeps. I know ...

Peeling Back the Label: 5 Bisexuals Open Up About Polyamory

Kevin Hogan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kevin Hogan

"Poly has made me grow as a person. It's expanded my boundaries and possibilities of love, relationships and family. I'm more aware of my own emotions and more in tune with others."

Let's Help Heal Rudolph

Mary Walker Baron | Posted 12.29.2015 | Media
Mary Walker Baron

Both the story and the song of "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" are ingrained in our Christmas holiday narrative. This seemingly innocent and harmless Christmas song, under closer examination, is neither innocent nor harmless. In fact, it contains an insidious message that legitimizes cruelty and stigmatizes diversity.

My Two Cents About 'Unseen' Disabilities

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 12.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Shayna A. Pitre

Disability is real. Unseen and unfelt by others, it still exists if it affects at least one person's life. The unseen disability fights fiction, how...

Tearing Down Barriers Through Television

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 12.10.2015 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Culture plays a critical role in our society. It contributes to the values and ideals that define us, and what we desire to share with our families, f...

Daniel Holtzclaw, James Deen and War Machine: Sexual Assault Within and Against Marginalized Communities

Katherine Koster | Posted 12.07.2015 | Women
Katherine Koster

Now is a powerful moment of mainstream media attention to sexual assault of victims that often get ignored -- because they're sex workers, because they're promiscuous, because they drank, because they are black, because they are poor, or because they have criminal convictions.

Why Equating Mental Illness With Violence Harms Us All

Rep. Paul Tonko | Posted 12.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Rep. Paul Tonko

We are better than this. We need to make advancements on mental health issues in this country, but in so doing, we cannot advance a harmful and false understanding of these disorders.

To End AIDS, We Must End Stigma Against HIV First

Kent Messer | Posted 11.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Kent Messer

Breakthroughs in scientific medical research have prompted AIDS activists and politicians to envision "an AIDS-free generation." UNAIDS has begun a countdown to zero: "no new HIV infections, no discrimination, and no new AIDS deaths."

An Open Letter to My Depression: 4 Ways I Defeat You Every Day

Liv Raimonde | Posted 11.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Liv Raimonde

You may always be a part of my life. I will give you that. But you will never define me. You do not make me who I am. I will have good days and I will have bad days but that is okay, because no matter what I will wake up every day and value the beauty of life that you shielded from my view for so long.

5 Lies Ruining Your Mental Health

Amy Morin | Posted 11.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Morin

Despite ongoing efforts to educate the public about mental health, many misconceptions remain. Before the stigma can be stopped, these five mental health myths need to be debunked:

8 Things I Wish My Straight Girl Friends Knew About My Bisexuality

Amy Salz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Amy Salz

I feel like my straight friends don't really understand what I mean when I tell them I'm bisexual. For the record, I wanted to spell it all out. Yes, I am bisexual. No, I'm not just going through a phase, and I'm not confused.

5 Ways to Stay Strong: How Charlie Sheen's Disclosure Affects People Living With HIV/AIDS

David Fawcett | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
David Fawcett

We have a far greater understanding of the science of HIV, as well as effective prevention tools and powerful medications. Despite these advances, for someone living with HIV fear, shame and stigma are far more lethal than the virus.

The Internet Didn't Give a Damn About HIV Patients This Week. Daraprim, Who?

Josh Robbins | Posted 11.19.2015 | HuffPost Home
Josh Robbins

To the internet: Nobody deserves HIV. Nobody deserves feeling stigmatized. And if you participated in this parade of stigma -- shame on you, a-holes!

The Internet Didn't Give A Damn About HIV Patients This Week

Josh Robbins | Posted 11.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Josh Robbins

If this is what it is like in 2015 to come out of the closet as living with HIV, and this is the best we can expect from the Internet, I question why many don't understand if HIV stigma still exists. To the Internet: Nobody deserves HIV. Nobody deserves feeling stigmatized.

The Stigma Ends Now

Bonnie J. Addario | Posted 11.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Bonnie J. Addario

It is time to stop the stigma and realign the way we think about this disease. Lung cancer is a public health problem that needs to be addressed, regardless of how it came about. We need to take care of those who are sick and stop blaming patients for their condition.

Diabetes Is Carrying On

Kylah Goodfellow Klinge | Posted 11.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Kylah Goodfellow Klinge

Diabetes is contorting yourself for real estate, on your skin, where there aren't scars, for needles. Diabetes is wondering how fast you can get your blood sugar to come up before a meeting or an interview or an anything important.

Most Americans Are Getting Help -- and That's a Good Thing

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 11.05.2015 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

When we think of people on government assistance, we often conjure pictures of people living in our poorest neighborhoods. The truth is that most of us will get help at some point in our lives. That help is not charity; it is an investment in a healthy society.

No Room For Friendly Fire

Joel Goldman | Posted 10.28.2015 | Impact
Joel Goldman

None of us have the same story and path. There will never be one face of HIV, but the more of us who come out HIV+, the more understanding there will be. To see the transformation we want, it's vital to bring HIV back into the public conversation.

It's Hard to Hate Up Close: Recovery Advocacy in North Carolina

Tim Rabolt | Posted 10.28.2015 | Impact
Tim Rabolt

We need more recovery advocates like Christopher Campau. As a student at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, he's been in recovery from a substance use disorder since May of 2006. He continues to share his story publicly in a manner that includes emotions, honesty, and a call to action.

How Do I Know if I Need Mental Health Services?

John Tsilimparis | Posted 10.28.2015 | Healthy Living
John Tsilimparis

If you have ever wondered if mental health services are right for you and have been reluctant to reach out for a consultation, here's a quick referenc...

5 Reasons Why I Never Want to Pass As Straight Again

Kevin Hogan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kevin Hogan

Since my coworkers only knew me as a happily married man, they'd erroneously assumed I was straight. For my part, I didn't think my sexual orientation was my colleagues' business, so I didn't bring it up. In short, for years, I never publicly challenged my straight persona.