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Mental Illness

The Mental Illness of Murder

Sana Syed | Posted 10.20.2014 | Crime
Sana Syed

This unnamed illness that kills without discrimination has become too ingrained on a national level and the lack of responsibility is becoming the crutch of global society.

The Strength Behind People With Mental Illness

Chelsea Stephens | Posted 10.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Chelsea Stephens

What I want to address is that not only are these stigmas inaccurate, but they couldn't be farther from the truth. People who deal with mental illness have an incredible amount of strength, even though many times they don't see it.

How Acknowledging My OCD Saved Me From It

Nile Cappello | Posted 10.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Nile Cappello

I mourn the person that I could have been had I not been too stubborn and ashamed to seek help and hurt when I think of how many years of suffering I could have avoided.

Sometimes I Forget I've Been Diagnosed With Depression

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 10.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Beth Leipholtz

I can't find much to complain about. Sometimes life is so good that I even forget I suffer from depression -- until it smacks me in the face, all like, "Hey, don't forget about me. I'm still here."

Trump l'oeil: The Donald Masquerades as Mental Health Expert

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

President Obama, as I have written before, may possess a naïve, almost absurd, belief that the law and diplomacy can settle everything. But President Obama is not psychotic.

I Am Not That Afraid of Ebola

Janine Francolini | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics
Janine Francolini

Today's headlines grab our attention, and often result in needed action. What's so much harder is for us to see and respond to the silent crises that already damage the lives of millions in our midst.

This Powerful PSA Challenges The Stigma That Comes With Suicide

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 10.17.2014 | Healthy Living

Meet Maximus Thor. He and his father, filmmaker Benny Wonka, have a message for those who are struggling with mental illness: You are brave. And you'r...

On Living With Depression, and the Dangers of Our Culture of Silence

Udoka Okafor | Posted 10.16.2014 | Impact
Udoka Okafor

We cannot continue down this path when it comes to understanding and responding to mental illness, depression, and suicide. We have to do better, for the sake of the people suffering from mental illnesses, and for the sake of society, as a whole.

How Kermit the Frog's 'Whispering Campaign' Can Help End Mental Illness Stigma

Emily Grossman | Posted 10.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Emily Grossman

Let's use Kermit's idea as motivation for a global change in the way people view those who struggle with mental illness. Kermit has a lot to teach about ending mental illness stigma once and for all.

An Actor, Writer, Law Student and Genius Award Recipient

Janine Francolini | Posted 10.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Janine Francolini

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week so let's get to work on rewriting the script with a happier ending of a world with early detection, effective treatment, and open conversations about mental health.

Be More Mindful of and Put a Stop to the Stigma of Mental Illness

Dr. Belisa Vranich | Posted 10.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Belisa Vranich

While many people yearn for well-being, fewer people understand what having a mental illness really means or even looks like. The state of your mind hasn't always received the same amount of airtime as your body's health.

3 Ways to Fight Mass Criminalization

Jordan Melograna | Posted 10.08.2014 | Crime
Jordan Melograna

This isn't rocket science. If you put people who are sick in jail instead of a hospital they don't get better; if someone bounces between a cell and the street for years, they'll never find a stable place to live.

Yoga for Warriors

Rob Schware | Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

The day after 9/11, Beryl Bender Birch, yoga teacher and Wellness Director at the time of the New York Road Runners, was called upon to help families of victims, first responders and others suffering the brutal aftermath of the attacks on New York City.

It's Mental Illness Awareness Week And Election Day Is A Month Away

Mary Giliberti | Posted 10.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary Giliberti

Help raise concern, Get people thinking and talking. Whether a candidate is running for Congress or a county board, they need to see and hear that people in their communities care about mental health care.

My OCD and Me

Marco Gonzalez | Posted 10.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Marco Gonzalez

To this day, I still catch myself closing the fridge door or turning off a light, and I'll pause and stare at it for a few seconds... telling myself that the door is closed or that the light is off.

My Brother's Keeper

Kristina Cowan | Posted 10.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristina Cowan

I begged him to stop and kept him on the line until he promised he wouldn't do it. "I'll call you back. I love you," he said, hanging up. I believed him. When I learned that he had died, the call haunted me.

In Defense of 'Crazy'

Sarah Griffith Lund | Posted 10.03.2014 | 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.

7 Tips on How to Find a Good Mental Health Counselor

Stan Popovich | Posted 10.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Popovich

Just like everything in life, you have your good counselors and you have your bad counselors. The key is to find someone that will help you solve your current mental health problems.

The Homeless: 39 Questions for Your Reflection

Kindness Blog | Posted 10.02.2014 | Impact
Kindness Blog

When you see a homeless person, do you look the other way and keep on walking? If you do ignore a homeless person's request for help, just how quickly does the incident evaporate from your mind? Seconds? Minutes? Hours?

When You're Depressed, You Can't Pull Yourself Up By Your Bootstraps

John M. Simmons | Posted 10.01.2014 | Healthy Living
John M. Simmons

I don't know exactly when it changed from discouragement to depression for me, but I do know what the difference was.

Mental Illness Stigma: Overcoming the 'Scarlet Letter' of Our Times

Emily Grossman | Posted 10.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Emily Grossman

People with mental illness are some of the most marginalized and stigmatized people in our society. And as a result, many people are forced into silence about their illness. Many don't seek out help even though they are suffering, sometimes with dire consequences.

The Real-Life Experiences Of Those Who Suffer From Bipolar Disorder

Alexandra Nyfors | Posted 10.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Alexandra Nyfors

I'm settled into the first stability I have ever had as an adult. I have been living in the same place for the longest time since I left my childhood home. I am mostly glad I decided to live, and vastly grateful that I managed to pay into Social Security every year from the age of 15 to the age of 53. Most of all, it is good to live without hiding.

Food for Thought on Yom Kippur: Suicide and Mental Illness

Joanne L. Harpel, M.Phil., J.D. | Posted 09.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Joanne L. Harpel, M.Phil., J.D.

I'm often asked whether suicide is a "choice," and of course in some literal sense it is. Yet it's a decision profoundly influenced by the hopelessness, distorted thinking, and compromised decision-making that can result from serious mental illnesses.

Protestant Clergy Rarely Preach About Mental Illness, Survey Finds

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 09.29.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Protestant clergy rarely preach about mental illness to their congregations and only one-quarter of congregations have a plan in place to assist...

Omar Gonzalez, President Obama and Safety from Mentally Ill Assassins

DJ Jaffe | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics
DJ Jaffe

Putting a tighter security cordon around Congress and the president may help keep them safe, but does nothing for those with mental illness or the rest of us. A more humanitarian approach is to help them get the treatment they need.