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Mental Illness Stigma

Game Changer: My Bipolar Journey

Marisa Lancione | Posted 08.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Marisa Lancione

Mental illness is insidious. It's a monster that buries itself deep in your brain and rears its ugly head when you least expect it. And just when you think you've gotten to know the game it plays, the rules change.

Changing Our Response to Behavioral Health

American Anthropological Association | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact
American Anthropological Association

Robin Williams's death has saddened and shocked many of us, and as the many displays of mourning through social media indicate, Williams's death has deeply touched so many and brought to the fore much needed conversations about mental illness.

Robin Williams, Connectedness and the Need to End the Stigma Around Mental Illness

Arianna Huffington | Posted 08.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Arianna Huffington

The first response most of us have to news of a suicide is: Why? And certainly the tragic death of Robin Williams was no exception. How could a man who brought so much joy and brightened the day for so many fail to feel the same thing for himself? Robin Williams' talent, his warmth, his energy, his generosity of spirit and his bigheartedness might have been singular, but his sad decision to take how own life was, unfortunately, all too common. And it's a heartbreaking decision that more and more people are making every year. So as we ask "why" about Robin Williams, we should also broaden the question. Why tens of thousands of people? What is happening that so many people make this irrevocable choice? What are we missing in our culture? How can we open up the conversation on this issue to make other choices seem more realistic and appealing?

Why Robin Williams' Passing Is a Reminder to Bring Mental Illness Into the Spotlight

Nicholas Covino | Posted 08.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicholas Covino

Silence should not be the legacy of a man who caused entire theaters to burst into laughter. In the wake of this tragedy, we must find the strength for an ongoing conversation about mental health, a topic that is too often addressed in whispers.

Depression Is No Laughing Matter

Nicole Luongo | Posted 08.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicole Luongo

The world is in shock over Robin Williams' death. It's hard to believe he committed suicide. Or, is it? The brilliant actor and comedian candidly disc...

It Is Time for an Awakening!

Janine Francolini | Posted 08.14.2014 | Entertainment
Janine Francolini

When a beloved person with the public affection of millions and every resource in the world loses the fight, we must not be paralyzed by our grief and emotion.

What Robin Williams' Untimely Death Can Teach Us About Human Struggle

Christina Grasso | Posted 08.14.2014 | Impact
Christina Grasso

Before I was diagnosed with an eating disorder and spent time in treatment with people facing all sorts of affliction, I, too, was one of those people who thought mental illness only happened to those people.

We Love You, Robin!

Wendy Silvers | Posted 08.12.2014 | Impact
Wendy Silvers

Allow love to fill your heart and extend over and around you in every direction, giving great gratitude for all that is in your life. We give Robin Williams a standing ovation for all he gave to us.

A Spoonful of Support Helps the Medicine Go Down

Uloop | Posted 07.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Uloop

A good attitude and healthy lifestyle goes along with taking medication. Taking pills can only do so much, but if we allow ourselves to accept it instead of marking it with disgust and disappointment, then we will be taking the first step to understand what good medicine can do.

In the Gun Debate, Mental Illness Doesn't Predict Dangerousness

Paul Heroux | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
Paul Heroux

We should be asking: Is the person is a danger to him or herself or to others if he or she had a gun? That is the question. The notion that we can use mental illness as a way to determine that someone is somehow more dangerous is just ill-informed.

Depression and Anxiety: An International Perspective

Kathryn Goetzke | Posted 06.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathryn Goetzke

Until some years ago, there was a common understanding that when people talked about depression or anxiety, they were talking about exclusively Western problems. Unsurprisingly, in recent years, this myth has been seriously debunked.

Still We Rise

Allison Berkowitz | Posted 08.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Berkowitz

Mental illness does not fight fair. For many years, it paralyzed my life, relationships, and health. Thankfully I'm well past that period, and the path of recovery inspired me to go to school for and work in the mental health field, helping others heal.

Guns vs. Misogyny vs. Mental Illness: A False Choice

Briallen Hopper | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
Briallen Hopper

In the wake of last week's massacre at UCSB, people have been arguing about what the tragedy was "really" about. The "#YesAllWomen" campaign blames mi...

Do the Mentally Ill Have to Be Extraordinary to Be Accepted?

Natasha Tracy | Posted 08.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Natasha Tracy

Why do people with a mental illness have to be only killers or geniuses? Why is it that being a regular human being isn't enough? What about all the rest of us who aren't artists, poets, musicians or world-class anything?

Fighting the Beast: Is The Cost Of Getting Sane Driving You Crazy Too?

K | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
K

I am writing anonymously to protect my daughter. She is mentally ill at the moment and suffers from, among other things, depression. I take no chances. I also won't name the corporation that is driving me insane. I am afraid of it. I'm sure it's much the same as all the others anyhow. I'll call it "The Beast."

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.

Joy Comes in the Morning?

Courtney McKinney | Posted 07.13.2014 | Religion
Courtney McKinney

Church leaders have a unique opportunity to help people heal and find comfort. I wish they would use that power to encourage people to seek help, rather than making them feel that mental illness is something that should be given time and prayer alone

Depression Stigma: What's Wrong With This Picture?

Jonathan Rottenberg | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Jonathan Rottenberg

It's hard to imagine another reason for a hospitalization -- whether for a burn, two broken legs, or for cancer treatment -- that would produce such a conspiracy of confused silence.

Combat PTSD Stigma Made Worse by Fort Hood Shooting Media Coverage

Harry Croft, M.D | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Harry Croft, M.D

It is extremely challenging to get service members (and others) to get treatment for the symptoms of PTSD with the negative connotations people already heap atop mental illness, let alone with the insinuation that these people are somehow killers in waiting.

How Video Games Can Improve Dialogue on Mental Illness

Mona Shattell | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Mona Shattell

While there are strong arguments for the games' unique potential as vehicles for a deep, experiential understanding, it is our experience that these kinds of mental health games tend to polarize.

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

Posted 04.17.2014 | 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...

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.

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.

It's Time to Bring Depression Out of the Dark

Jonathan Rottenberg | Posted 05.21.2014 | 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."

The Silence of Mothers Is Deafening

Millicent Monks | Posted 05.13.2014 | 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.