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Posted: July 27, 2017

By Gayathri Ramprasad, MBA, CPS, Founder and President of ASHA International In October 2014, parents visited me for the last time in the U.S. They had lived between the U.S. and India over the last two decades and had decided to move back to India for good.  “Come here Princess,” my dad said, as we bid each other a tearful goodbye. “I am so sorry” he said hugging me tight, tears brimming his eyes, “I did not understand your suffering or support your dreams of becoming a...

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Posted: July 19, 2017

By Nathaniel Z. Counts, JD, MHA Senior Policy Director MHA appreciates your tremendous federal advocacy to stop the House and Senate health care bills. Thanks to you, we’ve been successful so far and people still have coverage – hopefully we can keep it up. We don’t want you to think that all the action is at the federal level though. Your advocacy can also make a profound difference in your local community, and a policy opportunity to improve the mental health of children in...

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Posted: July 6, 2017

By Jean-Phillipe Regis, Manager, Children, Youth and Families, Human Rights Campaign Foundation In minority and marginalized communities, mental health is often considered a taboo or weakness--something I’ve heard should be “taken to God.” Treatment for mental illness is spoken about in even more hushed tones. That’s one reason that July was designated Minority Mental Health Awareness Month back in 2008: to begin normalizing these conversations and to reduce the stigma that prevents...

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Posted: June 29, 2017

By: Marcel “Fable The Poet” Price I am a poet, teaching artist, and a full-time creative who inspires the, individuals of tomorrow, today. But what does that even mean? In a nutshell I use my stories, along with poetry, as a catalyst to get students to unpack stressors that they have been harboring or have bottled up. I speak at assemblies (Grades 5-12) and perform at universities and colleges all across the country. I workshop with people by helping them, through the use of...

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Posted: June 29, 2017

By Lauren Carson, Founder of Black Girls Smile Inc.  I remember precisely the day that I first heard the word “depression” float into the air and for some reason the word landed heavily on me in a foreshadowing manner. I was thirteen years old and overheard a conversation between my parents as my father half pleaded and half demanded my mother to “shake off her depression.” Knowing what I know now, I’m baffled that I didn’t learn about mental health and family history of mental...

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Posted: June 28, 2017

By Paul Gionfriddo, President and CEO Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called for a delay in the vote for the Senate Health Care Bill.  However, a delay doesn't mean that we stop advocating. The House bill was pulled in March only to resurface in May and passed by a narrow margin, so we need you to keep calling, keep writing, and keep visiting your senators to make sure they will promise to protect mental health care. They could be taking this up...

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Posted: June 1, 2017

By Kim Palchikoff Jessica Nagel, BS, MA, LAC, CASAC has worked with Community Access, a rights-based mental health and supportive housing agency in NYC, for more than 5 years. She has provided support to individuals as well as facilitated groups on topics that include substance use and mental health concerns. In her current role as Harm Reduction Capacity Developer, she works to teach and expand Harm Reduction approaches to promote health and positive change. She has presented workshops...

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Posted: May 31, 2017

By Leah Briick, Executive Director and David Lewis, Board Member, Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) In today’s world, sex addiction has become a term that is often seen in the media or discussed in the news. Celebrities, athletes, and reality show stars identify themselves as sex addicts and the media perpetuate the term by giving these stories more than their fair share of coverage—after all, juicy stories make for good ratings. But the term “sex addiction”...

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Posted: May 24, 2017

By David Bain, CUCB Program Specialist at the Mental Health Association of San Francisco Hoarding disorder is difficult for a lot of people to understand. Most adults can relate to depression because of the death of a loved one, a divorce or perhaps a major illness. However, it is very difficult for people to understand the inability to discard “stuff”. Frequently, people think hoarding is about excessive acquiring; however, in most cases, that is not the problem. Sometimes...

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Posted: May 16, 2017

By Suzy Favor Hamilton, Three Time Olympian and Mental Health Advocate Some people know me as a 3-time Olympian in track and field. And while my athletic journey began in my youth, my personal journey with mental illness began in 2005, a year after my retirement. I was the proud new mother of a beautiful baby girl, but was dealing with post-partum depression I sought treatment and was prescribed anti-depressants. Fast forward to March of 2011. My daughter was 6 years old and I had...

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Posted: May 16, 2017

By Lauren Smolar, Director of Helpline Services at the National Eating Disorders Association Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, and the longer they go undiagnosed, the more difficult they are to treat.¹  Early intervention, at the first sign of disordered behaviors or attitudes, offers the best hope for recovery. Although eating disorders are often dismissed as a condition of vanity, that couldn’t be further from the truth. They are...

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Posted: May 12, 2017

By Timothy Neal, MS, AT, ATC, CCISM, NATA Liaison to Mental Health America, Assistant Professor & Program Director of Athletic Training, Concordia University Ann Arbor Life is full of risks. Choices are made all day long, some of which place or remove one from risk. It seems as if one moves from one risk to another during their daily lives. While some risks can’t be controlled, there are others that can. One area of “risky business” includes exercise. One risk associated with...

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