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Mental Health Stigma

How A Norway Ambulance Is Squashing Mental Illness Stigma

Posted 09.26.2014 | Healthy Living

By Melissa Pandika for OZY While psychiatric nurse Arjen van Dijk was working in patient admissions at the Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen,...

You're So Dramatic!

Elizabeth Barnett | Posted 09.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Barnett

The problem with using the word dramatic to describe my own expression of emotion is that I am not intentionally seeking out to attract attention. I have been consistently feeling emotions in an intense way for 35 years of my life. So it may be a jolt to you, but to me it is what it is like to live inside my brain every day. It's exhausting.

8 Tips For Dealing With Mental Health Stigma In Today's Society

Stan Popovich | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Popovich

In some cases your friends and relatives might give you a hard time regarding your mental health struggles. Here eight suggestions on how to deal with mental health stigma from your peers.

Ending the Stigma: the Marketing of Mental Illness?

Tom Fielder | Posted 09.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Tom Fielder

Think carefully the next time you are reading or writing an article about mental-health issues. Would the feelings and emotions the article evokes make you feel ashamed to be a victim, or inspired to believe in the solution?

The Robin Williams Tragedy: Publicized Suicide and the Stigma Problem

Dr. Victor Schwartz | Posted 10.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Victor Schwartz

With physical illness, there is a continuum of symptoms and severity of illness. We usually go for help if physical pain is very bad pain or too persistent. We should do the same thing with anxiety or depression.

Veterans' Well-Being: Improving Veterans Access to Health Care

Robert Piper | Posted 07.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert Piper

I hope that one day a veteran can walk into any VA hospital or health care facility and be given options for any affliction that they're facing without being put on a waiting list. The government needs to help veterans get access to health care that they deserve.

Building a Transmedia Project for Young Adults With Mental Illness, Their Families and Their Health Care Providers

Mona Shattell | Posted 06.22.2014 | Impact
Mona Shattell

Telling stories across multiple media forms, tapping the strengths of each, offers the potential to develop meaningful stories in much deeper and more engaging ways.

Words Matter (If You Want People to Listen!)

Carrie Wilkens, PhD | Posted 06.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Carrie Wilkens, PhD

Words like "addict," "abuser" and "alcoholic" are widely used indiscriminately to describe people who struggle with substance use issues and are laden with negative connotations for much of the culture. As a psychologist who treats substance use disorders I usually discourage my clients and their families from using these words to describe themselves or their loved one.

Will You Be Yours?

Janine Francolini | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

I get asked over and over again how I can possibly face and shine light on such difficult issues as mental illness, abuse, trauma, grief, the criminal justice system and all of the related baggage surrounding these topics.

Dreaming...

Janine Francolini | Posted 03.22.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

When he went outside, he grabbed his cart with his sleeping bag and other worldly possessions and took a moment to smile and wave at me through the window. The gift of feeling "one" in our humanity with this beautiful man left me with the priceless feeling of being connected and alive.

In Reaching Budget Deal, Congress Turns its Back on Those Who Have Served

Christina Brown | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics
Christina Brown

When Congress returns from its holiday vacation in 2014, following an historic unproductive session, waiting for them should be a thunderous voice demanding results, not excuses, from the 23.2 million strong American veteran population.

Dating and Mental Illness

Paul Heroux | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Heroux

It would behoove anyone seeking a partner to be compassionate and understanding of people with mental health conditions; if you don't, you are going to reduce the pool of potential partners by about half right away.

It's Time We Talk About Mental Health in America

Kyle McMahon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kyle McMahon

The next time someone you know may be experiencing issues of their own, do what you would do if they had just broken their arm. Be supportive and urge them to go to the right health care provider to get the treatment they deserve.

Suicide Prevention Is a Community Conversation

Alison Malmon | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Alison Malmon

All of us who struggle, all of us who care for people who need support, and all of us who have experienced this loss, need to know that other people have been where we are, and have our backs.

Give Me Love, Give Me Peace on Earth!

Janine Francolini | Posted 10.26.2013 | Impact
Janine Francolini

Over the past month there has been an important national discussion concerning discriminatory remarks about people living with mental illness in the media.

WATCH: My Mental Illness Helped Me Find A Job

HuffPost Live | Posted 08.15.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

For many people suffering from mental illness in the U.S., proper treatment can be difficult to find. But in a HuffPost Live discussion on challenges ...

Looking for Attention: Passing Judgement on the Mentally Ill

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 09.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

Mental illness may be "all in your head," but that doesn't make it less real than having cancer or diabetes. And if someone you know is "vaguebooking" or posting a depressed status, they might be just trying to reach out, to feel less alone in the battle against their own mind.

Losing My Religion

Julie Gray | Posted 08.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Julie Gray

Know that someone who is feeling suicidal is not thinking straight right now; their judgment is very impaired. They have a condition that medication and therapy can and will help and it won't take long until they begin to again feel hopeful.

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.

Just Like My Mother

Catherine Menta | Posted 07.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Catherine Menta

After that night we began our long process of rebuilding. I had to get to know my mother through fresh eyes -- eyes not clouded with resentment. What I learned is that my mother has the purest heart.

Ending the Silence on Mental Illness

Lynn R. Goldman | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Lynn R. Goldman

The truth is that from the college campus to the workplace, we are all members of a national and increasingly global community. We must all learn the signs of depression and other mental disorders and reach out to someone in trouble.

Titanium Hearts

Janine Francolini | Posted 07.14.2013 | Impact
Janine Francolini

As we struggled to make sense of hundreds of statistics and research studies on recidivism, gun violence, homicide, suicide and juvenile justice, one clear, simple concept emerged: We know what to do. We just need the will to do it. Where does this will come from?

May 18-22, 166th Annual APA Conference: A Profession in Need of a Brand Makeover

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 07.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Goulston, M.D.

Over the past couple years I have stopped my clinical psychiatric practice after 35 years and have been searching for anything that will lessen the stigma and that will cause those with mental disorders to seek and receive 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.