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Dear Parents: No, I Won't Run Your Child Over With My Wheelchair

Emily Ladau | Posted 12.24.2014 | Impact
Emily Ladau

But then, you heard your son's questions and you cut him off. You told him "She could run you over!" as you laughed a condescending laugh and pulled him away. It seems you entirely missed the point of what could have been a perfect teachable moment. And it stung.

Fighting Stigma One Story at a Time

Elizabeth Barnett | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Barnett

My mental illnesses are diseases, just like my cancer, and need to be treated in a similar way. If I, myself, can't share my story then it indicates that I also have stigma so I discuss my mental health issues openly just like I do anything else. I have found that when I share my story, I have an impact.

A Mother's Perspective On Her Child's Bipolar Disorder

Muffy Walker | Posted 12.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Muffy Walker

Today, our son is 21 and he will tell you the worst part of his illness is the stigma. Why do we as a society stigmatize our friends, family, and others by branding them with a mark of disgrace?

Generations of HIV

Alex Garner | Posted 12.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Alex Garner

Each generation of gay men has the distinct experience of being uniquely impacted by HIV. One of the best-understood and often explored generational experiences of HIV is the early years -- a time when the disease violently and unexpectedly emerged in the community.

Go Ahead (And Ask Me if I Smoked)... Make My Day

Lisa Goldman | Posted 12.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Goldman

The "Did you smoke?" question is offensive, of course, because it implies that the person deserves their cancer more than other types of cancer patients and thus merits less support or inferior medical care.

3 Startling Facts About Mental Illness Stigma and 3 Ways You Can Fight It

Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O. | Posted 12.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O.

The more we talk about mental illness the same way we talk about physical illness the faster the perception and stigma will change. Your story, or a loved one who has had a victory over mental illness or addiction can inspire others.

Stigmatize Me, Fool

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Lauren Kruczyk

Depression isn't weakness. It's an illness. I think this message will make itself clearer as more people feel free to talk about it. So here I am, talking about it.

Reduce Stigma: Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say

Kyrié Sue Carpenter | Posted 11.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Kyrié Sue Carpenter

All of us have witnessed a 'new' word be put into effect, only for it to take on the same shameful stigmatizing definition as its predecessor. I challenge you today to bring awareness to your word choice.

Ebola: The Political Tool of Biological Agents

Jihad Al-Jabban | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Jihad Al-Jabban

World War Z is coming! Or at least you would think so given the media sensationalism surrounding Ebola. But as time has shown us hysteria of Ebola is far more infectious than the virus itself.

'What Do You Do?' How to Deal With a Stay-at-Home Mom's Most Dreaded Question

Reem Kassis | Posted 11.11.2014 | Women
Reem Kassis

The next time I find myself about to label or judge, I will take a step back and remember this woman's answer. I will remember the kind of world I want my daughter to grow up in and I will play my part in creating that world.

This Election Proved We Need More Recovering Alcoholics and Addicts in Politics

Patrick R. Krill | Posted 11.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Patrick R. Krill

In effect, a candidate's recovery status can be a sort of shorthand for their value system and personal code. A shorthand that, when expanded, should mean a lot more to voters than the empty campaign promises and vitriolic attack ads we have come to settle for.

Between a Rock and a Defensive Tackle: Football and Fat Kids

Rebecca Jane Weinstein | Posted 11.05.2014 | Books
Rebecca Jane Weinstein

Ben's mother had attempted to put him on a diet, at age 9. It seemed like the reasonable thing to do. It seemed like it would be easier to change he...

Anna Almendrala

What HIV And Ebola Have In Common: Lessons From That Other Stigmatized Virus

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 11.04.2014 | Healthy Living

It’s clear Ebola survivors are key to helping stop the outbreak. Their immunity to the disease means they can provide vital hands-on care to infecte...

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.

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.

Women Mobilize to Halt Spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone

UN Women | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
UN Women

Volunteers underwent intensive training to learn about the disease and their roles during the campaign. UN Women helped design the trainings, along with UNICEF, UNFPA and WHO.

Retreat Not Defeat: Self-Stigma and Mental Health

Marisa Lancione | Posted 12.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Marisa Lancione

I haven't surrendered to my illness, I've just retreated. No general would continue when the battle is surely lost. A general would regroup, tend to the wounded, gather reinforcements, and re-strategize. And that's all I'm doing. I may have lost this battle, but there's still a war to win.

Secrets Suck

Maria Senise | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Senise

Has anyone heard the song "Secrets" by Mary Lambert? Lyrically, it's one of my new favorites. Here are a few of the most poignant lines, the ones that...

Stigma and 7 Ways We Can Fix It

Wendy K. Williamson | Posted 12.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Wendy K. Williamson

Love is the universal solvent to tolerance, I say. No one's disability or lack thereof makes us in any way superior than the other. It is quite elemental, really. Just love and you will be loved back.

Come Out Against Stigma, Live Out Proud

Paul Kawata | Posted 11.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Paul Kawata

Come out against the stigma facing everyone who is LGBT and living with HIV.

When You Say, 'I Believe in Sexual Equality, But I'm Not a Feminist...'

Larry Womack | Posted 11.29.2014 | Politics
Larry Womack

I hear: "I want all of the benefits that come from gender equality, but wish to distance myself from the associated stigma that, through this very statement, I myself am propagating."

Mental Health Stigma

Krystal Reddick | Posted 11.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Krystal Reddick

Instead of shrinking from the stigma of having bipolar disorder, I have embraced it. I don't know why I don't feel the stigma. But I just don't. But I want to be the voice for those who do feel the stigma and are silenced.

What You Won't See in the Media Coverage of a New Weight-Loss Drug

Rajiv Narayan | Posted 11.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Rajiv Narayan

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration made headlines for its approval of another obesity drug. News outlets worked hard to translate the meaning of this story, but they left out something important: heads.

No Longer Hiding

Alison Dawson | Posted 11.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Alison Dawson

For years, I have worked with people with mental health issues and I have treated them with kindness and a great deal of respect. Why cannot I give myself the same respect? Why is it so hard to even talk about my limitations and issues?

A Light in the Dark: How Suicide Can Open Our Eyes for Good

Alaina Baker | Posted 11.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Alaina Baker

Though my brother's death was a tragedy, it opened my eyes to a world I barely even knew existed. It allowed me to realize that below their outer shells every single person is fighting a battle that you know nothing about.