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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.

A Day With HIV

Jeff Berry | Posted 11.18.2012 | Gay Voices
Jeff Berry

A few years ago, we at Positively Aware came up with the idea of A Day with HIV, an anti-stigma photo campaign that has begun to tear down the walls of shame and silence that surround HIV by showing that, even in the face of HIV, life goes on.

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.

Banyan Tree Project (VIDEO)

Bus 52 | Posted 10.13.2012 | Good News
Bus 52

For those who are infected with HIV, suffering alone, without the much-needed support of family and friends is extremely difficult but the fear associated with revealing their 'status' is as great as their need for support.

Bully Scouts of America: How Anti-Gay Scout Policy Harms Youth

Josh A. Goodman | Posted 09.18.2012 | Gay Voices
Josh A. Goodman

In reexamining their policy about gay scouts, the Boy Scouts had an opportunity to affirm the Scouts as a place where boys can be valued for being themselves.

No Matter When it Happens, Loss of a Pregnancy Can Be Devastating

Erica Berman | Posted 09.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Erica Berman

This was a major turning point in my life. It didn't make sense to me, and it did not seem right. It is one of the reasons I gave up my former career path, went back to school, and became an infertility counsellor.

Glenn Close: Let's End The Stigma Around Mental Illness Now

Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald | Posted 07.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald

With all of the incredible advances in care for mental illness, there is a huge roadblock between people and the treatment they need: the stigma and shame that pervade our culture regarding mental illness.

Sharing Office Cubicles... and Diagnoses

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 07.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

Coworkers occupy peculiar in-between roles in our lives. Most days, we spend at least half of our waking hours with them. Disclosing our personal problems to them can offer advantages, generating social support, or can prompt stigma and discrimination.

Autism and Genes: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 06.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

How we -- as individuals and as a society -- respond to burgeoning genetic discoveries will be as important as these discoveries themselves.

Will New DSM-5 Diagnosis End 'Dementia' Stigma?

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 06.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

"Dementia" is a loaded word, one that carries with it the baggage of hundreds of years of gross associations and misunderstanding of the reality of the person living with the illness.

Stigmata and Violence as Social Control

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

We must not and cannot dismiss these incidents as simply the actions of a few individuals, for oppression exists on multiple levels in multiple forms.

Arthur Delaney

Stigma Of Long-Term Unemployment Boosts Jobless Rate | Arthur Delaney | Posted 11.08.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The stigma of long-term unemployment is so bad that it actually contributes to a higher national unemployment rate, according to an anal...

Declining With Dignity

Mary Walker Baron | Posted 03.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Mary Walker Baron

There's nothing quite like "placing" an elderly family member in a "facility" to conjure up feelings of guilt and shame and anger and, yes, failure. None of those feelings was communicated to us in any way by my father-in-law.

Actress Patty Duke's Fantasy: A March on Washington

S.Z. Berg | Posted 03.19.2012 | Healthy Living
S.Z. Berg

For nearly 25 years, Patty Duke has traveled around the country educating audiences on brain disorders such as hers and speaking out about the stigma that goes along with being diagnosed with a "mental illness."

A Conversation With Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter About Stigma, Discrimination, and Brain Disorders

S.Z. Berg | Posted 02.27.2012 | Healthy Living
S.Z. Berg

For more than 40 years, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter has been an unrelenting crusader for people suffering from mental illness.

COLORed Folks -- Share Your Shame, Fight the Stigma

Adia Colar | Posted 02.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Adia Colar

There was a time when I wasn't willing to admit I had an eating disorder. After all, I was supposed to be on top of everything -- a good example for my school, my family, God, my race... and the list continued. An eating disorder didn't fit into that equation.

Why Do We Stigmatize This?

Paul Heroux | Posted 11.28.2011 | Healthy Living
Paul Heroux

In our society, we don't ask about mental illness, and we don't tell anyone about mental illness for fear of being thought of as weak or defective.

Changing Stigmas Through Sports In Ethiopia

Alex Budman | Posted 08.21.2011 | Impact
Alex Budman

From the first second Yonas Tadess enters the gates of the school, it is evident that he is the big man on campus. The stigma that is usually applied to disabled people in Ethiopia does not apply to him.

When Whites Feel Marginalized

Sam Sommers | Posted 07.31.2011 | Politics
Sam Sommers

In an era in which all groups, even the historically empowered majority, see themselves as victims of bias, deciding from which direction to combat the problem of discrimination will only continue to become an increasingly difficult task.

Bullying is Much More Than Child's Play

Patrice Bendig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Patrice Bendig

With the recent outburst of cyberbullying, and teenage suicide deaths around the country, it is about time that people understand bullying is not just a kid thing.

Mental Illness Awareness Week Is Nothing to Celebrate -- In Fact, It Doesn't Even Exist

DJ Jaffe | Posted 01.14.2012 | Healthy Living
DJ Jaffe

Right now, well meaning mental health advocates are busy hosting events to reduce the "stigma" of mental illness. Except that there is no 'stigma' to having a mental illness. There is discrimination.

Mental Illness Awareness Week Diverts Attention from Serious Mental Illness

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
DJ Jaffe

Whether one believes that there is stigma to being mentally ill; or discrimination against the mentally ill, the answer remains the same: let's help the most seriously ill.

The Meaning of Breasts

Juliette Fretté | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Juliette Fretté

There should be nothing wrong with perceiving female breasts (or male breasts) with sexual adoration. But let us also be careful to avoid pigeonholing their entire meaning based on that appreciation.

The Myth of the Teen Pregnancy Epidemic

Kierra Johnson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kierra Johnson

Teenage pregnancy isn't the epidemic. The lack of information and support for people to make healthy decisions about their lives is the true epidemic. The culture of shame and scapegoating around sex is the real problem.

Voices to be Heard, In Harmony

Shantha Rau Barriga | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shantha Rau Barriga

The documentary film, Music by Prudence, tells the story of a young Zimbabwean woman born with a congenital disease that twisted her body and led to t...