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Mental Health Awareness

The Passing of Natural Hair Pioneer Titi Branch

Lauren Carson | Posted 12.18.2014 | Black Voices
Lauren Carson

As the facts emerge surrounding Titi's passing, I hope that all, especially the black community, are moved to take action to significantly increase awareness and education surrounding mental health, illness and wellness so that we do not have to continue to mourn the passing of so many of our dynamic and extraordinary souls.

Violence as a Public Health Problem: A Most Violent Year

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Cure Violence appreciates that kids killing kids is the product of biological and group processes. This type of violence is a learned behavior: proximity and ongoing exposure to violence in a community triggers youth to imitate what they see.

Kaiser Mental Health Clinicians Call for Board Member's Resignation

Sal Rosselli | Posted 12.02.2014 | Business
Sal Rosselli

For four years, she has failed to even acknowledge much less resolve a crisis in Kaiser's psychiatric services that is nearly identical to the scandal that engulfed the Veterans Affairs Administration earlier this year.

Depression: It's Not Just in Your Head, It's Also in Your Genes

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

We also need to better detect and treat mothers who suffer from depression. We have strong evidence that untreated depression in moms impairs their attachment to their children and is associated with these children developing behavioral and emotional problems in childhood. If the moms are properly treated not only do they do better, so do their kids.

Breaking Plates

Francesca Milliken | Posted 11.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Francesca Milliken

That's the thing about depression -- there is often nothing to see. I felt that I had fallen apart. I felt entirely at a loss. I felt that there was no one who could help me, and that there was no way to make any of this better. Except, I had no way to prove that these things were happening. All of those symptoms were just feelings in my head.

Fixing the Broken Mental Health System

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 12.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

It has been said that measure of a society is its humane attention to the sick and vulnerable. When real reform, transformation, comes to mental health and addiction services we will meet that moral and ethical standard -- and we will be able to serve so many in need.

In Defense of 'Crazy'

Sarah Griffith Lund | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion
Sarah Griffith Lund

Crazy is not a bad word. Crazy people are not bad. So I'm reclaiming crazy in public discourse as a way to de-stigmatize mental illness. I stand on the shoulders of many others who repurpose words to empower people whose power has been taken away.

Here One Day: A Documentary Film Review

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 11.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

This award-winning documentary has many answers to the unnerving questions that suicide evokes.

Safety Planning To Prevent Suicide

Barbara Stanley | Posted 11.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Barbara Stanley

While suicide risk may last a few months, the actual time that a person plans a suicide attempt before acting is quite brief -- often a few minutes to an hour. The Safety Planning Intervention helps people recognize when they are entering this danger zone and provides ways to deescalate to prevent a suicide attempt.

The Real Importance Of World Suicide Prevention Day

Lynn Keane | Posted 11.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Lynn Keane

As a survivor of suicide I feel that it is our time to lead the conversation around suicide prevention. Those of us who have been impacted by suicide have a unique perspective, to put it mildly. We have information we need to share.

Depression: The Everywhere And Everyone Illness

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 10.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Some day we will look back and wonder how we did not measure and treat depression, and other behavioral health disorders more effectively. We are on the transformation road now. It will be uphill and bumpy. So is all change.

How We Moved Forward After A Trauma Rocked My Daughter's Life

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 05.29.2014 | Parents

As part of Speak Up for Kids, an initiative led by Child Mind Institute to provide the public with information about children's mental health, The Huf...

How an Interdisciplinary Transmedia Project Can Address Mental Illness Stigma

Mona Shattell | Posted 06.02.2014 | Education
Mona Shattell

How does one go about an interdisciplinary project spanning art and science? How might this look? we set out to explore how mental health advocacy, video game design, and documentary filmmaking could come together to enhance understanding and fight stigma about mental illness.

A Is for....

Janine Francolini | Posted 08.05.2013 | Impact
Janine Francolini

Awareness! And Awareness is what we have been focusing on this past month, as President Obama signed a proclamation declaring May as National Mental Health Awareness Month (the first president to do so!)

What's New From the White House Conference on Mental Health

Ross Szabo | Posted 08.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Ross Szabo

On Monday, President Obama opened the second White House Conference on Mental Health with a meaningful plea to end the stigma surrounding mental illness and bring these issues out of the shadows.

Take the Step: Raise PTSD Awareness

Dr. Matthew J. Friedman | Posted 08.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Matthew J. Friedman

Greater public awareness of PTSD can help reduce the stigma of this mental health problem and overcome the negative stereotypes that keep many people from pursuing treatment.

A Kinder, Braver Mental Health World

Cynthia Germanotta | Posted 08.03.2013 | Impact
Cynthia Germanotta

We believe there is a need for a new narrative, a new strategy, and new tools to construct more inviting and welcoming pathways into mental health treatment. The millenials and younger generation will drive badly needed "new rules" on de-stigmatizing mental illness.

Shining a Light of Hope on Depression

Kathryn Goetzke | Posted 07.30.2013 | Impact
Kathryn Goetzke

Depression is treatable, yet less than half of those with depression worldwide are receiving treatment, due in part to the stigma associated with the disease. This misunderstanding about depression is what prevented my father from getting treatment.

Mental Health Patients: Ending Stigma Must Come From Us

Simi Lichtman | Posted 07.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Simi Lichtman

If we had a chronic illness, no doubt we would tell our friends and welcome their support. If we were hospitalized for cancer, we would want our family by our sides to rally for our health. Mental health is no different, and deserves equal treatment.

In Wake of Tragedies, Action Needed -- on More than Guns

Sen. Debbie Stabenow | Posted 06.02.2013 | Politics
Sen. Debbie Stabenow

Over the last few months the country has been engaged in an in-depth conversation about guns. We need an equally serious conversation about mental health care.

The Painted Bird: Stigma and Mental Illness

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 05.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

At a moment when mental health is so much at the forefront of the minds of Americans and our media, it seems time, again, to try to understand the damaging views so commonly held about people with mental illness.

Standing Up to an Eating Disorder

North by Northwestern | Posted 04.28.2013 | Healthy Living
North by Northwestern

I’m telling my story in the hopes that people can begin to realize that eating disorders and mental disorders can affect everyone. What I am doing is something that has scared me for a long time, but I feel like it is something I need to do.

We Need More Than Dialogue About Mental Illness

Ross Szabo | Posted 04.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Ross Szabo

I have spent half of my life as a mental health advocate, and it's really refreshing to see how many people understand the need to talk about these issues. However, these problems won't be changed with conversation. They will be changed with action.

Why We Need To Talk About My Brother

Rachel Hollis | Posted 03.30.2013 | Women
Rachel Hollis

"If he had cancer or heart disease I feel like I could talk about it with other people and find support. But I'm terrified to say anything, I don't want them to think this is all he's ever been... he used to be so much more."

Two Mental Health Red Flags That Could Save Someone's Life

Kim Gorgens | Posted 03.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Kim Gorgens

As a psychologist, I've been asked frequently about red flags or warning signs that may contribute to violent or aggressive behavior. For the most part, dozens of interpersonal red flags can be summarized by two alarms: change and disclosure of information.