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Fixing Our System: Takeaways From the 2015 Gathering on Mental Health and the Church

Margaret Moodian | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics
Margaret Moodian

There is a stigma surrounding mental illness since it is something that is difficult to measure, and this keeps people from seeking and receiving help when they need it most. When it comes to mental health in the United States, our system is broken.

Labeling Suicide 'Selfish' Is Just Stupid

Kimberly Montgomery | Posted 10.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Kimberly Montgomery

My daughter has schizoaffective disorder. She is also happy, incredibly smart, funny, creative, nerdy, talented, so very kind and a good soul. She is not her illness.

Six Weeks After Sheila Hamilton's Husband Was Diagnosed as Bi-Polar, He Died by Suicide. Her New Book Can Save Others.

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 10.16.2015 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

Sheila Hamilton's business is getting the story. She does it very well -- as a television reporter, she's won five Emmys. In Portland, Oregon, where she hosts the morning drive-time show on KINK FM, she uses her celebrity to promote good causes and creative people.

#MedicatedAndMighty: How My Friend's Selfie Has Inspired Thousands, Me Included

Sharon Kay Edwards | Posted 10.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Sharon Kay Edwards

It takes strength to tell people your weakness. I know that now. Today I went to Erin's page and "liked" her selfie. She is brave to have come out the way she did, and I am so thankful to her for giving me the courage to come out myself.

Autopsy: Another NFL Ex-Player Who Killed Himself Had Brain Disease

Associated Press | Nico Pitney | Posted 10.14.2015 | Sports

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A former NFL lineman from Pennsylvania who killed himself at 25 had a brain disease that has been linked to repeated blows to the h...

Here's Why Thousands of Teens Are in Danger and Society Does Not Care

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 10.14.2015 | Impact
Dr. John DeGarmo

Perhaps the biggest impact you can make with those who have aged out of the system is to become an advocate of change. By contacting lawmakers, politicians, and publicity agents you can bring attention to the needs of these young adults.

The Therapeutic Value in the Process of Writing a Memoir

Tara Lal | Posted 10.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Tara Lal

Now that everything that was inside is out. I'm complete. I took myself around the journey of my life and I came back to where I am with a fuller deeper understanding of life and myself, the reasons why I am the way I am that I could not have had had I not taken the time to write my life story.

Let's Put Our Money Where Our Brains Are

Janine Francolini | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
Janine Francolini

We need to stop "othering" and start respecting brain disorders as serious health issues. We also need to get political and take action to start funneling money and resources into research and care.

'A Revolutionary Step Forward': Talking About the Chaos of Mental Illness

Michaela Haas | Posted 10.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Michaela Haas

An Interview with Sheila Hamilton, author of the moving new memoir All the Things We Never Knew (Seal Press, October 2015) Even as an award-winning r...

A Historic Event at the United Nations in Mental Health; UN Defines Mental Health as a Policy Priority in Latest Global Development Agenda

Kathryn Goetzke | Posted 10.19.2015 | Impact
Kathryn Goetzke

This agenda is designed to be 'a plan of action of the people for the people' and will be the leading global development policy of the next 15 years.

Could Feminism Save Men's Lives?

Kelley Clink | Posted 10.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Kelley Clink

I'm now the mother of a son. He's going to grow up under the weight of some gender stereotypes -- after all, you don't undo this kind of programming in a single generation -- but I hope the world he inherits will be a safer place for both men and women to be vulnerable. A place where emotions are allowed to be part of the human experience, and we're all taking better care of each other and ourselves.

We Need an Army of the Kind

Janine Francolini | Posted 10.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Janine Francolini

There are many pieces to this complex puzzle but another important place for prevention is within our schools. It should not be overlooked that most of these shootings take place in institutions that house our most vulnerable citizens -- our children

Clinical Depression: The Silent, Soul-Crushing Killer That Claims Lives Daily

Christy Heitger-Ewing | Posted 10.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Christy Heitger-Ewing

Clinical depression is brutal and unrelenting. It's like holding 50-pound weights over your head while standing in quicksand during a thunderstorm. You're stuck. You're weighted down.

ICYMI: Disappearing Amazon Tribes And Why Kids Hate School Lunch

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.20.2015 | Healthy Living

ICYMI Health features what we're reading this week. This week, we were taken with a radio interview featuring Dr. James O'Connell, who spent his 30-ye...

It Always Seems Impossible Until it's Done (and Why Zero Suicide is Possible, Dammit)

Josh Rivedal | Posted 10.02.2015 | Impact
Josh Rivedal

Whatever difficulty you're dealing with on a personal level or within a larger system--it always seems impossible until it's done. Alone we are vulnerable but together we can achieve much. Suicide prevention is everyone's business. What will you commit to doing?

Proposals for Common Sense Gun Control

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

In the current political climate, the chances for comprehensive common sense gun control in the United States is only a pipe dream as long as the National Rifle Association controls Congress and state legislatures, for if they did not, we would have seen effective laws passed years ago resulting in countless lives saved.

How to Identify Someone at Risk for Suicide

Richard Taite | Posted 09.30.2015 | Impact
Richard Taite

It's splashed all over social and mainstream media. Another person in the public eye has passed away from suicide. Tomorrow, it will be someone else,...

Why I Didn't Kill Myself

Z Zoccolante | Posted 09.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Z Zoccolante

I decide I've been looking in the wrong place for God and begin to morph my beliefs with reincarnation. The books I read tell me that we keep coming back, life after lifetime. This terrifies me because it means that if I don't heal the eating disorder in this life I'm gonna come back and face it again.

Tom Boy?

Janna Barkin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Janna Barkin

Being transgender is not a "lifestyle choice;" rather, it is just one more beautiful, normal variation of being human. Having the support of family is the number one way to prevent depression and suicide among transgender youth. Every child deserves to be loved and supported unconditionally.

The First Time I Called 911

Sue Kerr | Posted 09.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Sue Kerr

When someone in the family is living with mental illness, adult or child, everyone needs support. Silence and secret keeping will come back to haunt you. There's nothing shameful about talking with a therapist or counselor. Maybe just once, maybe on a regular basis. There's nothing to be lost and the world to be gained.

Suicidal Ideation: How to Avoid the Thought Trap

Elisabeth Corey | Posted 09.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Elisabeth Corey

I recently experienced a physical release in my body. I get these often as a part of my recovery. The emotions and memories have been stored in my bod...

Post Traumatic Growth: How Amanda Mills "Amandafested" Amanda Mills Los Angeles

Ira Israel | Posted 09.28.2015 | Los Angeles
Ira Israel

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master, If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster An...

It's Time to Talk: South Asian Women in the U.S. Have Some of the Highest Suicide Rates

Sheena Vasani | Posted 10.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Sheena Vasani

I hope to initiate conversation not just about the mental health crisis in our communities, but also about what it actually means to be an emotionally healthy South Asian female.

How Millennials Achieve Their Dream of Making Theater Off Broadway In New York City

Tim Ranney | Posted 11.13.2015 | Arts
Tim Ranney

Most children have an idea of what they want to be when they grow up, but as they face reality sometimes that dream isn't always attainable. Young adults often find that dreams become out of reach and day jobs must be attended to. That is unless you're Phil Blechman and his team of producers.

Into the Depths of Depression and the Journey Out: An Interview with Three Generations of African American Female Poets

Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque | Posted 09.25.2015 | Arts
Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque

In honor of National Suicide Prevention Month the authors of Design of A Woman: LaTerra Wise, Lisa Wright, and Amanda Milbourne break the silence too often felt by women in faith communities, to share some of the experiences that have shaped their poems.