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Mental Illness Stigma

The Tragedy of Permanence -- Depression Myths Can Be Fatal

Patrick Corvington | Posted 10.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Patrick Corvington

Over the past 400 years, we've gone back and forth -- and still, we haven't settled on what is true -- depression is a treatable illness. And, in the absence of this more informed view, we're left asking ourselves, again and again, why kids slip into this tragic permanence.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

I Am Not Anonymous

Allison Hudson | Posted 09.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

Addiction is wretched, but recovery is righteous. Recovery is possible. Recovery is living up to the spirit that is me. I can't imagine why I would I ever choose to keep that anonymous. It's who I am.

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...

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,...

A Cape for Courage

Janine Francolini | Posted 09.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Janine Francolini

If we want to slay this beast of a public health emergency, we cannot let suicide, depression, and other brain health challenges hide behind closed doors. Our only choice is to continue to build dialogue, so that we may break down the lethal secrecy and shame that surround these issues.

What We Can Do As A Community To Address Mental Illness

The Huffington Post | Sahaj Kohli | Posted 09.22.2014 | Healthy Living

After tragic incidences, the national conversation around suicide always becomes more prominent -- but we often feel helpless to address mental health...

Is Being a Bad Parent a Crime?

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 09.18.2014 | Parents
Eliot Borenstein

Holding parents criminally responsible would constitute bad legislation, even worse public policy, and a distressing sign that we as a country have completely failed to understand the relationships among individuals, families, and public institutions.

Unplugged With Liza and Janine -- Part One

Janine Francolini | Posted 09.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Janine Francolini

We decided that in order to melt down shame and fear around mental health, we needed to have real, open conversations together. We talked about many topics, including our own personal histories of mental health challenges, the civil rights components of this cause, and some of our "secrets."

Thank You, Henry Rollins, For Your Offensive Comments About Depression and Suicide

Arlene Malinowski, Ph.D. | Posted 09.16.2014 | Entertainment
Arlene Malinowski, Ph.D.

The concept that mental illness is a disease which twists reality and affects the way one thinks, perceives and remembers is one that is not often discussed. Blame towards the victim and a lack of understanding is what keeps so many alone with their secrets.

A Light in the Dark: How Suicide Can Open Our Eyes for Good

Alaina Baker | Posted 09.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Alaina Baker

Though my brother's death was a tragedy, it opened my eyes to a world I barely even knew existed. It allowed me to realize that below their outer shells every single person is fighting a battle that you know nothing about.

I Cry -- A Lot

Frank M. Hobson | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Frank M. Hobson

I have been depressed for so long that I simply do not know who I am not depressed. I don't remember a time in my adult life, adolescence, or childhood that I would consider myself not depressed. It is who I am.

Every 13 Minutes a Robin Williams

Holly Neiweem | Posted 09.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Holly Neiweem

It is our job to ask our friends and family if they are okay and to learn how to talk to someone when they are depressed. It is our job become educated and to know the warning sings of a mental illness. It's our job to advocate for our children. It is our job to reach out.

Ongoing Ignorance Surrounding Mental Illness

Chelsea Stephens | Posted 09.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Chelsea Stephens

And as time goes on and my depression has become better managed thanks to medicine and therapy, my reliance on other people as a support system has certainly lessened. But especially after my initial diagnosis, I received a series of somewhat shocking responses to my statement that I have depression.

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?

Two Williams Suicides

Molly Rowan Leach | Posted 09.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Molly Rowan Leach

I have had relationships with two men with the surname of Williams who completed suicide -- one, my fiancé. The other, someone I never met, but for whom I felt the most sincere love and appreciation for the gut laughter he brought up in me, and billions, time and again over decades.

How Does Depression Really Feel?

Laurence White | Posted 08.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Laurence White

If depression is more insidious -- and more misunderstood -- than other disorders, it is because its core symptoms are mental and emotional. This can make it difficult to distinguish the person from the disease, as our thoughts and emotions define who we are.

Stop The Stigma: 'Bipolar' Is Not A New Word For Just Darn Unpleasant

Dr. Margaret Rutherford | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Margaret Rutherford

There are many people with bipolar disorder who are highly creative, high-functioning people. They can have lives that are not governed by their illness and live happy, loving, productive lives. But there's no cure. And there are some that are not so lucky.

Depression and Addiction: We Must Break the Stigmas

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 10.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Dean Dauphinais

The reason so many people don't get the treatment they need is simple: Mental illness and addiction are still shrouded in stigma. It's 2014, but people suffering from mental illness often times don't want to ask for professional help because they fear being labeled as "crazy" or a "whack job."