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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.

Marginalization of Military Women, Minorities, and War Stress Casualties -- Part I

Mark C. Russell, Ph.D., ABPP | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
Mark C. Russell, Ph.D., ABPP

Unmistakable progress has been made over the decades to correct social injustice perpetrated on marginalized Americans, including our gay and lesbian citizens. However, the plight of the mentally ill, stigma, and disparity have flourished in the 21st century.

Dying of a Heroin Overdose Does Not Make You a Scumbag

A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D. | Posted 04.27.2014 | Healthy Living
A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D.

Overdosing on heroin doesn't make you a scumbag. Having a drink after 20 years of sobriety doesn't make you weak. Having an addiction is not a moral choice. In fact, I think it is accurate to say that having an addiction is not a choice at all.

Abortion and Mental Health: Connected by Stigma

Melanie Zurek | Posted 04.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Melanie Zurek

The study grabbed my attention not only as an opportunity to learn more about the whole of rural women's and health care providers' experiences, but also because of some notable parallels between the delivery of mental health and reproductive health in rural health care systems.

Renaming 'Mental Illness' to 'Brain Disorder' Will Not Erase the Stigma

Natasha Tracy | Posted 04.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Natasha Tracy

People seem to have this mistaken impression that changing the name of something changes the way people feel about that thing. And while, this may work, to a small degree, some of the time, it certainly isn't the answer to a huge problem like the prejudice and discrimination seen against those with a mental illness.

Sympathy for Nick Kristof on His Piece on Mental Illness

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 04.13.2014 | Media
Robert David Jaffee

I appreciate the good intentions of Kristof's piece. I absolutely agree with him about the need for more psychiatric beds in this country. But I disagree with Kristof's underlying premise that most of the mentally ill end up in jail or cannot hold down a job.

To Kiss or Not To Kiss Nicholas Kristof, Mental-Health Policy Wonk

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 04.11.2014 | Media
Robert David Jaffee

People with serious mental illness would tell you that what they seek is a world without stigma, a world where they don't have to fear losing their jobs or their lovers because of any perceived association with criminals.

Those Slackers at Downton Abbey

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

They don't work for a living; they keep making babies; and they have a tremendous sense of entitlement. I'm talking about the Crawleys, of course, the fictional blue bloods who live at Downton Abbey.

A Message to Remember on the State of Our Union

John Santopietro, M.D. | Posted 03.31.2014 | Impact
John Santopietro, M.D.

I am grateful for the dialogue we had as a nation in 2013, but we will all suffer if it does not proceed in 2014. The need for access to quality behavioral health treatment is critical.

Overdose Prevention and Abortion: What's the Connection?

Melanie Zurek | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Melanie Zurek

What we are finding is that when we succeed at creating a safe space for the hard conversation about abortion, other conversations surface as well.

Local Faith Leaders Can End the AIDS Crisis

David Barstow | Posted 02.15.2014 | Religion
David Barstow

In 2011, about 1.7 million people died from AIDS-related diseases, but 2.5 million people became infected by HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, a net increase of 800,000 people living with HIV.

Busted for Sex: Get tested... Or Get Prosecuted

Dick Keiser Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 02.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Dick Keiser Jr., Ph.D.

If you are unable to inform sexual partners that they may be at risk for an STD, you should not be having sex. Failing to do so only puts your health at risk (and that of your partners) but, if you are HIV+, also subjects you to criminal prosecution!

Complacency and Stigma: Is HIV No Longer a Death Sentence?

Verneda White | Posted 01.30.2014 | Impact
Verneda White

Wesley's HIV status did not change my love for him, but his death five months after that phone call, coupled with the loss of a second friend in five years hits me every time I hear the words "HIV is no longer a death sentence."

Psychosis Risk Syndrome Is Back To Haunt Us

Allen Frances | Posted 01.26.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

Preventing psychosis would be a great idea if we could really do it; but there is no reason to think we can. And reaching beyond our grasp is likely to harm those we hoped to help.

Is Alcoholism in Women the Last Taboo?

Susan Brace Lovell | Posted 01.25.2014 | Women
Susan Brace Lovell

Mary doesn't have cancer; she has alcoholism. And, like Emily, she is undergoing treatment. But hers is not chemotherapy; hers is a 30-day residential program for alcoholism/addiction. Her family, too, could use a sign-up sheet for meals and support during this difficult time.

HIV Criminalization and Stigma

Ace Robinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Ace Robinson

We must base prevention and treatment efforts in sustainable endeavors that encourage education about, prevention, and treatment of HIV. Criminalizing those infected by HIV is not one of them. Enough is enough.

'The Scars Of Having Had Breast Cancer Remain With You Forever'

Diana M. Raab | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

It has been 12 years since my diagnosis with breast cancer and I am doing fine, but the experience changed my life. I never thought I would be a part of breast cancer statistics.

Recovery, Redemption and Professional Wrestling - One-Dimensional Scoundrels and Mystified Addicts

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

If we addicts want to make real changes for ourselves -- socially, politically -- we must stop participating in our own degradation. Painting ourselves as uncanny abominations who see things that normal people cannot see -- all of this simply plays into the ongoing marginalization of addicts and drug users everywhere.

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.

Soup Kitchen Psychology: Nourishment For Impoverished Thinking

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.11.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Poverty is emotionally crushing, and stigma only adds to that burden. The poor are often disparaged as lazy and incompetent -- unable or unwilling to improve their own lot. Why don't they make better decisions for themselves?

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.