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Mental Illness Stigma

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.

JFK to PJK -- The Kennedy Family Legacy

Janine Francolini | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

The inaugural Kennedy Forum will bring together mental health advocates to expand the national conversation around this last frontier of civil rights.

Condemned: The Award-Winning Work of Robin Hammond on Mental Illness in Africa

K.J. Wetherholt | Posted 10.17.2013 | Impact
K.J. Wetherholt

During a trip to Juba, South Sudan to cover the referendum for independence, photojournalist Robin Hammond came across a story he had never seen adequately depicted, when he saw, as he tells FotoEvidence, a mentally ill girl begging at the side of the road.

Happy Mental Health Day To All

Mahroo Moshari | Posted 12.16.2013 | Impact
Mahroo Moshari

I strongly believe that we all need to invest in the mental health needs of all of our school systems by providing on-site services that are easily accessible to students. This will help normalize mental health outreach.

I Will Listen!

Janine Francolini | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

She wanted me to be informed and to learn more about these issues. To be perfectly honest, I was not listening. I heard Gayathri talking about the stigma of mental illness in India, but I was not listening well enough.

How Having OCD Affects Me As A Mother

Rachel Joyce | Posted 11.10.2013 | Parents
Rachel Joyce

Victory is in the little battles, and I have no idea what someone else's struggle may be. I've always known that. The freedom, though, has been in learning to be awake to my own depression and anxiety and move them from the shadows into the light.

Suicide Prevention Is a Community Conversation

Alison Malmon | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Alison Malmon

All of us who struggle, all of us who care for people who need support, and all of us who have experienced this loss, need to know that other people have been where we are, and have our backs.

Eleanor Longden's TEDTalk: "The Voices In My Head"

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 08.26.2013 | TED Weekends
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

She would not be victim to her condition but rather become a survivor of it. The turning point, as she describes it, was catalyzed by three things: her search for meaning, not going it alone, and finding hope.

The Hope Within

Ashley L. Smith | Posted 08.23.2013 | TED Weekends
Ashley L. Smith

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI knew my friends were laughing at me, at least that was my perception at the time. This belief led to extreme suspiciousness that tortured my peace of mind daily. I struggled to understand how could this seemingly godly gift be so ugly?

Will You Be Our Heroes? Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz and Mr. Williams

Janine Francolini | Posted 10.07.2013 | Media
Janine Francolini

While I have raised my 12-year-old son with language around brain health that is proactive and enlightened, he still uses slang and terms that are offensive. Media and culture have won out over my endless efforts to be a role model and educate him on the importance of words.

Laugh It Off: The Stigma of Living With Mental Illness

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 10.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

So you laugh. It's funny. Because it's a joke anyway, right? People like you are funny, comic relief. People to make fun of and to brush off. Silly germophobia. Silly handwashing and rituals and constant unwanted thoughts. You laugh because it's easier than facing the fact that you've lived your whole life with this.

Looking for Attention: Passing Judgement on the Mentally Ill

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 09.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

Mental illness may be "all in your head," but that doesn't make it less real than having cancer or diabetes. And if someone you know is "vaguebooking" or posting a depressed status, they might be just trying to reach out, to feel less alone in the battle against their own mind.

9 Famous Women Who Are Erasing The Stigma Of Therapy

The Huffington Post | Julie Zeilinger | Posted 07.31.2013 | Women

“In Hollywood if you don't have a shrink, people think you're crazy,” Johnny Carson once commented. Quippy as he was being, of the 1 in 5 American...

Auctioning Off Patty Hewes

Glenn Close | Posted 09.16.2013 | TV
Glenn Close

Ms. Hewes is the mighty litigation lawyer that I had great fun playing over five seasons of Damages. I decided to auction off pieces of her wardrobe in order to raise money for an organization that is very close to my heart -- Bring Change 2 Mind.

Let's End the Stigma of Mental Illness

Melissa Thompson | Posted 09.01.2013 | Impact
Melissa Thompson

Look to your left. Look to your right. Look behind you. Look in front of you. One of the people you just saw has been diagnosed with a mental illness.

Improving Breastfeeding at Work: Is it Possible?

MotherWoman | Posted 08.31.2013 | Impact
MotherWoman

By Jessica Avery I never felt that I was meant to be a mother. Growing up, I changed career interests as often as my friends were changing th...

Losing My Religion

Julie Gray | Posted 08.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Julie Gray

Know that someone who is feeling suicidal is not thinking straight right now; their judgment is very impaired. They have a condition that medication and therapy can and will help and it won't take long until they begin to again feel hopeful.

I Lost My Wife: Our Team Was Not There Anymore

MotherWoman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
MotherWoman

By Jonathan Polgar I'm a husband and a father, 2 jobs I've looked forward to my whole life. My wife, Jennifer Dorfield is self-possessed and funny a...

Brought to You by the Mentally Ill

Melody Moezzi | Posted 08.12.2013 | Media
Melody Moezzi

As one of the roughly 60 million Americans living with a mental illness, I was happy to hear President Obama highlight the issue at last week's National Conference on Mental Health. But that's not what many of my colleagues in the media picked up on.

Shouldn't Mothers With Mental Illness Have The Chance To "Have It All," Too?

Joanne Nicholson, Ph.D. | Posted 08.12.2013 | Impact
Joanne Nicholson, Ph.D.

For some slice of American women who are mothers, "having it all" conjures up notions of marriage, a family, a professional position, a home in a safe neighborhood with a decent school system and opportunities to live a better life down the road. For women with psychiatric conditions, life is a different struggle. But with the right support, mothers and almost every person with mental illness can succeed.

The One Thing All New Mothers Need

MotherWoman | Posted 08.11.2013 | Impact
MotherWoman

By Jennifer Shiao Page "We're in This Together, Yo!" That's the name we gave to our group. We met as new parents, wandering into a hospital conferenc...