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Mental Illness Stigma

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.

On Being the Parent of a Seriously Ill Child

Millicent Monks | Posted 04.30.2014 | Parents
Millicent Monks

I wish I could offer brilliant ways to cope with someone who is seriously mentally ill. My daughter and I have some good times together and we love her very much.

What We Could All Learn From Seth Rogen: A Discussion on Mental Health

Carolyn Reinach Wolf | Posted 04.30.2014 | New York
Carolyn Reinach Wolf

We are not working hard enough to address the stigma, the legislation and the funding for mental health services. Once again, the silence is deafening.

Voices of Pain and Peace

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.29.2014 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

The festival's mission, which it accomplishes every year, is to "raise awareness of peace, nonviolence, social justice and an eco-balanced world." This is no small feat.

Powerful Photographs Saving Lives: Fighting Mental Illness One Picture At A Time

Posted 02.25.2014 | Style

By Mary Alice Stephenson Some of the most beautiful, moving photographs I've seen are not from the pages of fashion magazines or photography books ...

Let's Take Mental Illness Out of the Shadows

Millicent Monks | Posted 04.20.2014 | Parents
Millicent Monks

I don't want mental illness to be the forgotten illness. I don't want mothers to feel alone. I want mothers to speak up and become empowered.

With Reverence -- Philip Seymour Hoffman

Janine Francolini | Posted 04.05.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

As we weep over the tragic loss of one of the most brilliant actors of our time, the questions of why and how are surfacing.

Fighting Against the Stigma of Mental Illness

Sarah Fader | Posted 04.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Sarah Fader

If your friend tells you she she's having a panic attack, ask her what you can do to help. I promise you, she's not being lazy. She's trying to survive.

Stop Talking and Start Acting on Mental Health

Carolyn Reinach Wolf | Posted 04.01.2014 | New York
Carolyn Reinach Wolf

Even as a mental health attorney who works with individuals, families and mental health professionals and institutions everyday, I was brought to tears. I share the heartbreak, frustration and, ultimately, disbelief that this is still being discussed and still not moving forward with any concrete actions.

The Most Harrowing Days of My Life

Patient 5150 | Posted 02.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Patient 5150

The reasons why I suffered a nervous breakdown are none of your business. What is the business of anyone who cares about mental health is that the most harrowing days of my life were when I recently tried to get help for a mental illness.

Bringing Mental Illness Into the Open Saves Lives

Tricia Baker | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Tricia Baker

Every time I hear reporters ask "Why" I want to jump through the TV screen and shake them. It is frustrating to me that the media is still so woefully uninformed about mental health.

All Hearts on Deck!

Janine Francolini | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

Senator Deeds, all hearts are on deck with you. The vibrant photo of Gus playing his banjo on the campaign trail with you will be forever etched in our minds. We honor him and we honor you. We stand with you.

Dating and Mental Illness

Paul Heroux | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Heroux

It would behoove anyone seeking a partner to be compassionate and understanding of people with mental health conditions; if you don't, you are going to reduce the pool of potential partners by about half right away.

We Are Totally Not Supposed to Talk About This at All

Corbyn Hightower | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Corbyn Hightower

So in a few days, I need to figure out a way to bring my job out there into my world. That's my medicine, I think -- my town and the people in it. Just to be near them, to look at their faces and maybe smile and get a smile back.

It's Time We Talk About Mental Health in America

Kyle McMahon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kyle McMahon

The next time someone you know may be experiencing issues of their own, do what you would do if they had just broken their arm. Be supportive and urge them to go to the right health care provider to get the treatment they deserve.