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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...

#WeAreAble

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.

Five Ways Everyone Can Participate in Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Amy Oestreicher | Posted 03.07.2016 | College
Amy Oestreicher

April is also Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  It's important for the entire campus to get involved in putting a stop to assault on campus. We need to be equipped with an awareness of not only what sexual assault is, but how it affects survivors.

Mental Illness Rears Its Beautiful Mind and Goes Wide

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 02.18.2016 | Media
Robert David Jaffee

Over the past decade or so, the climate has improved for people with mental illness, and that is true whether or not a person has a beautiful mind.

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 03.04.2016 | 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.