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Dancing Around HIV: When Do You Know If You've Ever Done Enough?

Jeff Berry | Posted 07.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeff Berry

There are some days when I embrace the work, my activism, and keeping up with the latest about HIV/AIDS. And there are other days when I want to forget about it all and just escape. Because no matter what I do it never seems like it's enough, or that I could somehow be doing it better, or that maybe I waited too long to decide to act.

In Italy, Adoption by Gay Couples Is Still Illegal

Filippo Brunamonti | Posted 07.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Filippo Brunamonti

In Italy there's the Senate, where the Democratic Party's proposal on civil unions is set for its nth discussion. Civil unions; no one speaks of gay marriage. Can you imagine? In Italy, practically speaking, adoption does not exist.

Strong Enough: Fighting Stigma and Discrimination

Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr. | Posted 07.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.

HIV stigma--and the discrimination that often results from those negative and unfair beliefs--challenges all of us living with the virus to find the strength to live our lives with dignity and hope. The good news is that we all can strive to find that strength.

Depression and Anxiety: An International Perspective

Kathryn Goetzke | Posted 06.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathryn Goetzke

Until some years ago, there was a common understanding that when people talked about depression or anxiety, they were talking about exclusively Western problems. Unsurprisingly, in recent years, this myth has been seriously debunked.

The Freedom of My Ride

Liz Jackson | Posted 06.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Liz Jackson

And that look on your face when I ride in on my bike and hobble off on my cane? I see it. And inside, I'm filled with delight. Nothing thrills me more than when I cause you to question your perceptions of disability.

Should I Give Money to the Homeless?

Nick Holt, MSW, ASW | Posted 06.11.2014 | Impact
Nick Holt, MSW, ASW

Choosing to give or not to give comes down to our own beliefs as well as many momentary factors. Here are the ways I believe you can do the most good.

I See Dead People

Liz Jackson | Posted 06.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Liz Jackson

Before I got sick (with an Idiopathic Neuropathy), I thought hallucinations led to stays at an insane asylum. And now that I get them, I wonder how quickly I'll be judged when others find out.

Something to Celebrate: Improved Guidelines for Hepatitis B Screening

Jeffrey Caballero | Posted 05.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Caballero

On May 26, 2014, more people will have the opportunity to get screened, as the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) finalized their recommendation for hepatitis B screening.

The Depression Epidemic Will Not Be Televised

Jonathan Rottenberg | Posted 07.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Rottenberg

I was disappointed that the WHO report on depression did not attract any coverage from major news organizations like CNN, NBC, or The New York Times. That same week, there was intense daily coverage of the MERS virus, which has killed zero Americans and 200 people worldwide. The epidemic that is already upon us was ignored.

Talking About Hepatitis B and HIV: Working to End the Stigma

Jeffrey Caballero | Posted 07.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Caballero

Co-authored by Isha Weerasinghe, AAPCHO hepatitis B policy fellow Have you ever felt like you could be in someone else's shoes? That's what Mei felt ...

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.

Luxurious Stigma: The Plight of Liberal Arts Conservatives

Jay Dodd | Posted 07.07.2014 | College
Jay Dodd

Not being able to share why you love guns or question immigration policy in public spaces is an iota of the discomfort marginalized people feel on this campus with systems erasing and devaluing of our experiences.

4 Lessons Homeless Veterans Have Taught Me

Nick Holt, MSW, ASW | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Nick Holt, MSW, ASW

In working with veterans for the past five years, I have learned a lot about their lives, thoughts, feelings, actions, intentions and outcomes. These learnings have reshaped the way I look at homeless veterans, myself and my community.

Freeing the Media's Coverage of Incarceration and the Mentally Ill

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 07.05.2014 | Media
Robert David Jaffee

I am glad that mental illness is being discussed more openly these days, a tribute, I would like to think, to those of us who have been writing and talking about our condition for years. But this is a very complicated issue, and the language used can sometimes backfire and perpetuate stigma.

Autism, Stigma and Murder

Michelle Sutton | Posted 06.25.2014 | Crime
Michelle Sutton

April. Autism Awareness Month. And another murder. Sixteen-year-old autistic boy Robert Robinson was murdered by his mother, who then killed herself. ...

What Happened Next? The Good, the Weird and the Ugly of Coming Out of the Pot Closet

Kiri Westby | Posted 06.18.2014 | Parents
Kiri Westby

The moment we admit we toke up, there are a whole slew of assumptions and images based on stereotypes. If we call ourselves potheads, then the term loses power and legitimacy.

Ending Stigma by All Memes Necessary

Jonathan Rottenberg | Posted 06.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Rottenberg

Anti-stigma have trouble breaking through to the mainstream; their well-meaning discourse often comes across as preachy). Don't depressed people deserve as much? They are normal people who have a sense of humor who don't want to be treated like children.

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.

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.

A Ray of Hope for the Visually Impaired

Mariam Khan | Posted 05.13.2014 | Impact
Mariam Khan

As for Naqi, there is no stepping back. He wishes to study further and help serve humanitarian missions. Not only that, but he wants to spread colors in the lives of many others like him, just the way he was helped in his time of need.

Moms Taking Action to Save Lives

Gretchen Burns Bergman | Posted 05.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Burns Bergman

If it wasn't for the stigma that is promoted by punitive drug policies, this certainly wouldn't be an issue. Why isn't naloxone made as available as an epi-pen or other common antidote? The answer is misguided moralistic judgment and ignorance about the true nature of addictive illness.

I Won't Pretend That Disability Simulation Works

Emily Ladau | Posted 05.11.2014 | Impact
Emily Ladau

To me, it feels like the opposite of acceptance to have my entire identity as a person with a physical disability reduced to an isolated simulation experience. We must move away from equating empathy with acceptance

Big Girls Don't Cry

Nikki Luongo | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Nikki Luongo

We all have that ambition to be remembered for something great, and when you're learning-disabled, it's even harder because you're constantly fighting the system to pull yourself out of this label that because your disabled you aren't able to do anything.

With Suicide, Drug Overdose, We Need to Stop Blaming the Parents

Tessie Castillo | Posted 05.03.2014 | Parents
Tessie Castillo

When tragedy strikes, it is often our first response to look for someone to blame. The parents. The school system. Even the victim. But arguably, when society scapegoats the parents and family of someone who has died, we lose not only the victim, but the family as well.

Heroin Users: Not From Another Planet

Jim Anderson | Posted 05.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Jim Anderson

Methadone clinics are places that people with addiction to heroin and other opiates (pain medication) come to take methadone instead of heroin. All in all, it's a pretty darn good trade, and helps thousands of human beings break free of the shackles of heroin addiction and lead meaningful lives.