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Mental Illness Stigma

6 Tips For Recovery From Mental Illness

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 12.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Dustin DeMoss

Schizophrenics and those with severe mental illness are strong individuals, because they've had to face the worse, beat the odds, which were mightily stacked against them, and have come out on top in some cases.

A Mother's Perspective On Her Child's Bipolar Disorder

Muffy Walker | Posted 12.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Muffy Walker

Today, our son is 21 and he will tell you the worst part of his illness is the stigma. Why do we as a society stigmatize our friends, family, and others by branding them with a mark of disgrace?

3 Startling Facts About Mental Illness Stigma and 3 Ways You Can Fight It

Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O. | Posted 12.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O.

The more we talk about mental illness the same way we talk about physical illness the faster the perception and stigma will change. Your story, or a loved one who has had a victory over mental illness or addiction can inspire others.

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.

How a Psychiatrist Treats Depression: A Peek Behind the Curtain

Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O. | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O.

If you are suffering from depression, or know someone who is, my goal of writing these articles on depression is to spread a message of hope. Psychiatry is a field of medicine that specifically focuses on diseases of the mind including depression. Even a single consultation can help to clarify the diagnosis, treatment options and can begin the healing process.

The Downside Of Treating Mental Illness Like A Physical Problem

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living

One of the most established arguments in the fight against mental health stigma is a biological one. Those struggling with mental illness deserve the ...

Through the Eyes of Love......

Janine Francolini | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

What a different world it could have been if we were able to heed the Pope's call to action before tragedies like Newtown and stop isolating and discriminating against those who have all types of brain differences.

Hope and Engagement, Not Control and Coercion, in Psychiatric Care

Mona Shattell | Posted 11.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Mona Shattell

We as a society, and for those of us who are mental health care practitioners in particular, need to examine inpatient psychiatric and forensic nursing care and create safe(r) environments.

The Elections Are Over, But the Fight for Mental Health Funding Has Not Yet Begun

Carolyn Reinach Wolf | Posted 11.18.2014 | New York
Carolyn Reinach Wolf

Leading up to the 2014 midterm elections and in their immediate aftermath, we did not hear anything about initiating, increasing, pushing for or even looking into the possibility of addressing the poor state of mental health services in our country.

No More Crazy Talk: Changing Usage of the C-Word

Chelsea Stephens | Posted 11.16.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Chelsea Stephens

Because this word is so offensive when used to describe an individual with mental illness, I would encourage people to rethink the way they use it, and to never use it as an insult to someone suffering from mental illness.

Let's Stop Using Mental Illnesses As Figures Of Speech

Rebecca Fuoco | Posted 11.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Fuoco

Using names or acronyms of mental illnesses to hyperbolize innocuous idiosyncrasies and experiences has become pervasive in our cultural dialogue. It is important we end this trend, because making these flippant references trivializes how devastating the illnesses can be and perpetuates myths and misunderstandings.

Not Such a Modern Family

Janine Francolini | Posted 11.03.2014 | Media
Janine Francolini

This Halloween, I received one of the scariest emails from my colleague Pete Earley alerting me to a misguided, ignorant and prejudiced piece about people living with mental illness on the hit ABC show, Modern Family.

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.

5 Career Warning Signs Every Successful Woman Should Know

Jill Dahl | Posted 10.28.2014 | Women
Jill Dahl

Your boss did not give birth to you. You did not give birth to your boss. Your boss did not sign a marriage certificate with you and promise for better or for worse. So why does your boss get to see the peppy, can-do, go-getter while your family gets the cranky, exhausted you?

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 12.19.2014 | 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 12.17.2014 | 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 12.16.2014 | 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 12.14.2014 | 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 12.03.2014 | 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 12.01.2014 | 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 11.30.2014 | 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...