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By Jennifer Cheang, MHA Digital Marketing Manager

To honor Mental Health Awareness Month in May of 2017, artist Derek Hess posted a daily image to his social media outlets that showcased his ongoing battle with Dual Diagnosis, a term for those who live with both a mental illness and a substance use issue.

What started off as self-exploration quickly turned into a personal journey for many dealing with their own mental health and addiction...

By Leah Goodman, Collegiate Mental Health Innovation Council Member, University of Illinois at Chicago

As a kid, I played a board game called “Life” with my parents.

Each player could make decisions about the course of their life that would lead them along a different path. I always chose to go to college,...

By Kelly Davis, Director of Peer Advocacy, Supports, and Services

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and any conversation about sexual trauma should include its impact on mental health.

According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), someone experiences sexual assault every 98 seconds. Survivors of sexual violence often experience Post-Traumatic...

By Kenna Chick, Collegiate Mental Health Innovation Council Member, Georgetown University

I met Elizabeth* after she set up an appointment with the Counseling and Psychiatric Service (CAPS) at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

She first experienced suicidal ideation at 15 and needed support in her transition to college. “I only...

By Shannon Hazlitt, Social Media Specialist, bp and esperanza Magazines

On March 30th each year, the world comes together to raise awareness of a mental health disorder that affects nearly 6 million Americans, each in a distinctive way.

Bipolar disorder has an impact that goes far beyond numbers. I’ve learned...

By Rosalind Kalb, PhD

Most people living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), their support partners and their healthcare providers tend to focus their attention on the physical limitations caused by MS. After all, problems with walking, seeing or peeing are definitely attention-grabbers.

But mood changes, including...

Mental Health America (MHA) has developed a partnership with RI International to promote MHA’s National Certified Peer Specialist (NCPS) certification and RI International’s ...

By Mike Thornsbury, MHA Board Member

Dating is tough.

It’s hard to find someone you click with, but it is even harder when you have an illness. A mental illness.

And online dating? Well, that brings up its own set of difficulties because when you meet someone online you aren’t really talking to them.

They are not able to see you or your personality. And I am not my illness. It is a part of me, but there is a whole lot...

By Michele Hellebuyck, MHA Program Manager

Can too much engagement affect job performance?

Findings from a recent study conducted by Yale’s Center for Emotional Intelligence, in collaboration with the Faas Foundation, found that employers are overlooking the health of their most valued employees.

Almost 1 of 5 of employees in the study were “highly engaged” but were...

By Caren Howard, MHA Advocacy Manager

You may have heard that the President released the Fiscal Year 2019 budget.

Typically, much of the budget takes form as a narrative about the administration’s strategy and perspective about the nation over the next ten years.

And though Congress is not bound by the President’s budget - the...

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