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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.

Using Trauma to Spark Change in the New Year

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 03.04.2013 | Parents
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

As we enter 2013, the acute pain of the Sandy Hook massacre is beginning to recede. While some people yearn to move on, others vow never to forget. As part of the healing process, I suggest we do both. Action aimed at creating something meaningful can go a long way toward recovery.

This Thanksgiving, Thank Your Therapist -- Or Go Get One

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 01.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Adam Kirk Edgerton

We should start referring friends to good therapists, unashamedly, the way we would refer them to a good dentist. For now, I thank my own, and hope that others find their own path to wellness, no matter what anyone else says.

Recognizing Mental Health as Public Health

Neal L. Cohen, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Neal L. Cohen, M.D.

While 21st century approaches to public health have increasingly focused on healthy living with diet, exercise, smoking cessation, and access to preventive health care, there is a growing evidence base to incorporate mental health into our nation's public health agenda.

Better Living Through Empathy: A National Day Without Stigma

Tamar Chansky | Posted 12.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Tamar Chansky

Changing the conversation about mental health means making care for mental health as matter of fact as going to get treatment for asthma or a broken leg. What good sense that makes. But even those of us who aren't currently suffering from mental health problems stand to gain.

National Day Without Stigma

Alison Malmon | Posted 12.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Alison Malmon

This Oct. 9, in honor of Mental Health Awareness Week, Active Minds chapters across the country will gather on their campuses for National Day Without Stigma.

Fight for Equality in Mental Health Coverage

Michele Nealon-Woods | Posted 11.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Michele Nealon-Woods

Mental health illnesses should be treated no differently than any physical illness in the body. The days of stigmatizing mental illness, of turning our backs on those who need our help, of walking away from this problem, are over.

What About the Human Infrastructure?

Toni Raiten-D’Antonio | Posted 09.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Toni Raiten-D’Antonio

Still stigmatized in our culture, mental health care is so tightly controlled by insurers that great numbers of people are denied treatment by corporate gatekeepers who, using the vague but official-sounding term "medical necessity," deem it not worthy of payment.