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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.

Major Police Group: Mandated Treatment Can Help Some Mentally Ill

DJ Jaffe | Posted 10.31.2014 | Crime
DJ Jaffe

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) approved a resolution calling for greater use of mandated treatment, commonly known as assisted outpatient treatment (AOT), at their annual meeting in Orlando. Research shows that AOT reduces arrest, suicide, involuntary hospitalization and violence by the most seriously mentally ill.

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.

The Secret Dual Lives Of People Living With Mental Illness

Slate | Posted 10.29.2014 | Healthy Living

For many years, Liz Obert woke up, got dressed, went to work and acted as if everything was fine. Once she returned home, however, she found herself l...

Mental Health: The Thin Line Between Coping and Catastrophe

Ross Szabo | Posted 10.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Ross Szabo

There's a huge emphasis placed on how we cope with stress, anxiety and mental health challenges in our lives. Everyone has a different way of determining the difference between release and reinforcement.

Mental Health And The Welcoming Church

Huffington Post | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 10.27.2014 | Religion

Welcome to this week’s ALL TOGETHER, the podcast dedicated to exploring how religious ideas and spiritual practice inform and shape our personal...

Mental Health and The Whiny Generation

Laura Thompson | Posted 10.23.2014 | College
Laura Thompson

While I can accept that some of their critiques have solid foundations -- I love selfies and have now switched most of my newspaper and magazine subscriptions over to my iPad -- I won't stand by and watch an entire generation be labeled "whiny."

Advice from the Dissociated Part 1: A Peek at the Depersonalized Perception

Marina Biggio | Posted 11.17.2014 | College
Marina Biggio

The only word to describe my experience with depersonalization/derealization is "colossal." When something colossal occurs in your life, it is meant to be learned from and shared.

The Mental Illness of Murder

Sana Syed | Posted 10.20.2014 | Crime
Sana Syed

This unnamed illness that kills without discrimination has become too ingrained on a national level and the lack of responsibility is becoming the crutch of global society.

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.

Sometimes I Forget I've Been Diagnosed With Depression

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 12.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Beth Leipholtz

I can't find much to complain about. Sometimes life is so good that I even forget I suffer from depression -- until it smacks me in the face, all like, "Hey, don't forget about me. I'm still here."

Trump l'oeil: The Donald Masquerades as Mental Health Expert

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

President Obama, as I have written before, may possess a naïve, almost absurd, belief that the law and diplomacy can settle everything. But President Obama is not psychotic.

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.

This Powerful PSA Challenges The Stigma That Comes With Suicide

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 10.17.2014 | Healthy Living

Meet Maximus Thor. He and his father, filmmaker Benny Wonka, have a message for those who are struggling with mental illness: You are brave. And you'r...

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.

An Actor, Writer, Law Student and Genius Award Recipient

Janine Francolini | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Janine Francolini

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week so let's get to work on rewriting the script with a happier ending of a world with early detection, effective treatment, and open conversations about mental health.

Be More Mindful of and Put a Stop to the Stigma of Mental Illness

Dr. Belisa Vranich | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Belisa Vranich

While many people yearn for well-being, fewer people understand what having a mental illness really means or even looks like. The state of your mind hasn't always received the same amount of airtime as your body's health.

3 Ways to Fight Mass Criminalization

Jordan Melograna | Posted 12.08.2014 | Crime
Jordan Melograna

This isn't rocket science. If you put people who are sick in jail instead of a hospital they don't get better; if someone bounces between a cell and the street for years, they'll never find a stable place to live.

Yoga for Warriors

Rob Schware | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

The day after 9/11, Beryl Bender Birch, yoga teacher and Wellness Director at the time of the New York Road Runners, was called upon to help families of victims, first responders and others suffering the brutal aftermath of the attacks on New York City.

It's Mental Illness Awareness Week And Election Day Is A Month Away

Mary Giliberti | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary Giliberti

Help raise concern, Get people thinking and talking. Whether a candidate is running for Congress or a county board, they need to see and hear that people in their communities care about mental health care.

My OCD and Me

Marco Gonzalez | Posted 12.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Marco Gonzalez

To this day, I still catch myself closing the fridge door or turning off a light, and I'll pause and stare at it for a few seconds... telling myself that the door is closed or that the light is off.