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By Madeline Halpern, MHA Policy and Programs Analyst

If you are what you eat, does that mean food can change the way you think?

Based on what Mental Health America (MHA) discover in our screening data, the answer is a resounding yes.

According to the National Institute of Health, 1 in 5 Americans has a digestive disease, which can mean anything from needing a specific diet to needing surgery on an...

By Madeline Halpern, MHA Policy and Programs Analyst

Everyone knows that feeling tired can make you grumpy, but does sleep impact your mental health in other ways?

Based on what Mental Health America (MHA) discovered in our screening data, the answer is a resounding yes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), teens should be getting 8 to...

By Steven Feldman, Executive Directory of HABRI

The relationship between man and animal dates back centuries. Time has transformed this relationship from being one based on utility to one based on love and family.

Now more than ever, pets are kept for companionship over all else; they are an important and valued part of the family. Dogs and cats have moved from sleeping outside to sleeping next to us...

By Michele Hellebuyck, MHA Policy and Programs Manager

Employment can have a positive effect on mental health. It offers the opportunity to apply skills and talents, while boosting self-confidence and self-efficacy. On the other hand, finding employment can be quiet challenging for someone dealing with a mental health condition. To start with, you must confront the stigma surrounding mental health in the workplace. Despite the...

By Paul Gionfriddo, MHA President and CEO 

Photo Credit: Beth Dubber/Netflix

Warning: Some major plot spoilers below, as well as sensitive content including suicide, sexual assault

Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why gives us another opportunity to talk about some of the most troubling and traumatic events that confront young adults in American society today. It also...

By Christine Dearmont, Legacy Supply

Science is beginning to show that mood disorders are becoming increasingly prevalent. The American Academy of Pediatrics published one of these studies in 2016 titled “National Trends in the Prevalence and Treatment of Depression in Adolescents and Young Adults.” Among the surprising...

By Brooke HIlton, Dual Diagnosis Day Founder

Today May 15, 2018 is the first ever Dual Diagnosis Day! I know what you might be thinking… a) What is dual diagnosis? b) Do we really need another awareness day? and c) Why should I care?

Well, the answer, like the problem, is complex. And YES...you should care about dual diagnosis. In fact, in a recent government study, an estimated 8.2 million...

By Cynthia Germanotta, Born This Way Foundation President + Co-Founder and Colleen Werner, ChannelKindness.org Reporter

In today’s fast-paced, overworked, hectic society, stress seems almost inescapable. And while stress obviously impacts mental health, according to the American Psychological Association, it also has the potential to affect nearly every system of the...

By Jennifer Cheang, MHA Digital Marketing Manager

Not only is May observed as Mental Health Awareness Month, but it’s also designated as Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Based on data from www.MHAScreening.org, we know that Asian Americans are least likely to have a history of diagnosis even though 57% of those who completed...

By Sahar Aker, Founder of I Choose Beauty

Five years ago, I didn’t know that this snow-covered bush would have such a profound effect on my life, my mood, and how I would forever see the world.

It was the first picture I took for my #ICHOOSEBEAUTY project, something I thought would last just a couple of...

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