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Mental Illness

Blogger's Death Highlights Need To 'Redefine What Strong Is' In Black Community

Posted 04.16.2014 | Black Voices

The news of "For Brown Girls" founder Karyn Washington's death struck a major chord among African-Americans, as the black community continues to grapp...

Simple Math

Janine Francolini | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

It is that monumental time of year. Spring is in the air. Cherry blossoms are blooming. Letters stuffed with confetti are arriving... or not. For man...

A Misfortune, Not a Crime

Thomas R. Insel | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Thomas R. Insel

There are now 10 times more people with serious mental illness in state prisons (207,000) and county jails (149,000) than there are in state mental hospitals (35,000). In 44 of the 50 states, the largest single "mental institution" is a prison or jail. How can this be possible?

4 Signs That You Should Go To Therapy

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. | Posted 04.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

I recently had a friend who was feeling stuck reach out to me to ask if she should start seeing a therapist. After our call, I thought that it would be useful to share some of these ideas with others who are considering "the talking cure."

Is the Nonprofit Mental Health Industry Misleading Congress?

DJ Jaffe | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics
DJ Jaffe

If Congress wants to improve care, save money, and reduce violence, it should stop funding groups working to improve people's mental health and use the savings to treat people with serious mental illness. Replace mission creep with mission control.

Sending Love to Fort Hood

Janine Francolini | Posted 04.11.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

Questions of "how/why" always remain during times of shock and trauma related to our country's tragedies around shootings. What we should know is that we cannot look the other way.

What Everyone Gets Wrong About Mental Illness | Posted 04.10.2014 | Healthy Living

Mentally ill people aren’t killers. Angry people are. ...

Finding Hope and Help in Tragedy

Kimberly Williams | Posted 04.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Kimberly Williams

Whenever a person with a mental disorder (or assumed to have a mental disorder), veteran or civilian, commits a violent act that makes headlines, there is a call to address the "mental health issue" in violent crimes. However, what is meant by the "mental health issue" is generally unclear. The fact is that killings and overall violence are extremely rare by people with serious mental illness.

The Time Is Now to Focus on Mental Health

Chris Underhill | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Chris Underhill

Recognition of mental illness as a profound public health problem that affects productivity and, therefore, a threat to the economy of nations; and that in a world where economies are rapidly becoming "brain-based."

'Senseless' Does Not Describe Ft. Hood Shootings

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

Give up on humanity? No, I will not choose that option. But I will call us all to new commitments. Military bases, work places, school campuses, households, houses of worship are all places to notice those in need, to ask, to care, to really care.

Why 'Mentally-Ill Soldier' Reporting On Fort Hood Shooting Was Sloppy Journalism

Mark Joyella | Posted 04.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Joyella

These kinds of subtle connections, floated out in headlines, ledes and in repeated questions to experts in endless cable news coverage, result in reinforcement of stigma and a lost opportunity to educate viewers and readers on what mental illness and PTSD really are.

Mental Illness and Guns Aren't the Enemy: Ignorance Is

Paul Heroux | Posted 04.03.2014 | Crime
Paul Heroux

America is saddened by the tragic shooting a Fort Hood on April 2, 2014. The loss of life of anyone is difficult but there is an added level of traged...

Violence and Serious Mental Disorders: Do Something, Don't Just Wait for a Diagnosis

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 04.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Answers to this puzzle are more known than is generally appreciated. Taking an approach that identifies and addresses risk and protective factors in violence, whether it be directed against the self or others, is one thing we can do right now.

How an Interdisciplinary Transmedia Project Can Address Mental Illness Stigma

Mona Shattell | Posted 04.02.2014 | 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.

New Mexico Governor Urges Calm After VIolent Protests

Reuters | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics

(Recasts with governor urging calm, details on protests) By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE, March 31 (Reuters) - New Mexico's g...

'Let Us Never Give Up'

Janine Francolini | Posted 03.28.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

"Let us not close our hearts. Let us not lose confidence. Let us never give up. " Pope Francis This week, as I watched the video of the historic, sac...

Yoga: How We Serve in Hospitals to Prevent Illness and Foster Health

Rob Schware | Posted 03.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Judi Bar, a yoga therapist and yoga program manager at Cleveland Clinic's Wellness Institute. Cleveland Clinic is ranked as ...

From the Lunatic Asylum of Old to the Jails and Prisons of Today: Is This Progress?

Gerald Landsberg | Posted 03.25.2014 | New York
Gerald Landsberg

Today, the new asylums for the mentally ill are our local jails and state prisons, and not only have the public costs for their "care" risen as a result, but the conditions for the mentally ill have deteriorated.

Former Lawmaker Working On Memoir About Addiction

AP | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy is working on a book about his struggles with addiction and mental illness, to be published next ye...

It's Time to Bring Depression Out of the Dark

Jonathan Rottenberg | Posted 03.21.2014 | Impact
Jonathan Rottenberg

Depressed and formerly depressed people are ever on the defensive. We need better marketing and messaging. We need symbols that people can get behind, rallying points for a more productive conversation. Enter free wristbands printed with the phrase "Come Out of the Dark."

Gateway to Curing Mental Illness

Chantel Garrett | Posted 03.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Chantel Garrett

When we can see the millions of young people and adults among us who live with brain disorders through a lens of compassion, radical shifts in innovation and funding will undoubtedly unfold. My family is ready for action. Are you?

Yoga: How We Serve The Blind In The Art Of Self-Study

Rob Schware | Posted 03.18.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 39 million people are blind; over 15 million live in India.

Author of 'Far From the Tree' Not Always Close to the Truth

Neil S. Greenspan | Posted 03.14.2014 | Books
Neil S. Greenspan

Andrew Solomon is the author of the positively-reviewed, quite popular, and award-winning book, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search f...

The Silence of Mothers Is Deafening

Millicent Monks | Posted 03.13.2014 | Parents
Millicent Monks

I feel as if society treats mothers with mentally ill children like the Witches of Salem -- and that perhaps is one of the reasons the silence of the mothers is deafening. We need to face the fact that we are in the dark ages around mental illness.

Reactions to Peter Lanza and 8 Pieces of Advice for Parents Concerned About Their Child's Violent and Aggressive Behavior

Dr. Kate Roberts | Posted 03.13.2014 | Parents
Dr. Kate Roberts

In the same way that when a parent is ill they must "trust" their own physician for treatment, when their child needs treatment, doctors must be trusted -- even when there is no clear and direct answer.