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Mental Health Stigma

Grace

Francesca Milliken | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Francesca Milliken

She wanted us to call her Grace. She was worried that if the hospital found out her real name, they might fire her for what she had done. Before the a...

12 Years Since My Father Ended His Life

1in20 | Posted 12.04.2014 | Healthy Living
1in20

Twelve years since my father ended his life and after making every possible mistake, I have found my way back to happiness through love and forgiveness. For myself, for my father, for those who loved me but were unable to connect to my grief.

5 Tips for Mentally-Healthy Holidays

Sarah Griffith Lund | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Sarah Griffith Lund

We can easily lose touch with the joy of the holiday season when negative feelings creep into our minds. Be proactive about your mental health. Minimize the hectic and stressful aspects of the season so that your mind and heart can be touched by moments of delight, awe, and hope.

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.

Stigmatize Me, Fool

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Lauren Kruczyk

Depression isn't weakness. It's an illness. I think this message will make itself clearer as more people feel free to talk about it. So here I am, talking about it.

A New 'Ice Bucket Challenge' -- Share Your Mental Illness Story (and Why I Share Mine)

Emily Grossman | Posted 10.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Emily Grossman

While the mental illness recovery movement has yet to come up with such a clever way of raising awareness that reaches millions of people, we do have one powerful tool: our own stories.

5 Ways to Love Someone With Mental Illness

Sarah Griffith Lund | Posted 10.30.2014 | HuffPost Home
Sarah Griffith Lund

The stigma and shame surrounding mental illness takes a toll on family members, making it difficult to find support when someone you love has mental illness. It's important for family members to break the silence about mental illness because as caregivers we can feel isolated and alone.

7 Questions People Who See A Shrink Are Tired Of Hearing

Patrice Bendig | Posted 10.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Patrice Bendig

If I needed physical medical treatment like an examination or surgery, I wouldn't go to my best friend just because she cares about me. The same reasoning applies to mental health care -- the experts know best.

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 11.23.2014 | 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 11.15.2014 | 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 11.02.2014 | 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.