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By Paul Gionfriddo, MHA President and CEO

As more stories of the horrors of child detention camps emerge, compassion, concern, and respect for human life should compel leaders across the nation to speak out. Adults and children are being harmed at our border, many in ways we can’t easily see. This is in part because we haven’t been allowed to see. But from what people have seen and we all know, it is the children who may be harmed the most.

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By Laura Susanne Yochelson, volunteer for MHA’s 2019 Annual Conference

Mental Health America (MHA) gave me an incredible gift!

My invitation to support MHA’s eye-opening annual conference came as I was getting my life on track after a year of mental health treatment in south Florida. A few months ago, I sent a message to introduce myself to Paul Gionfriddo, the CEO, after an online search of organizations in the mental health field. I took a...

Mental Health America (MHA) knows people are busy so we created the Back Home Campaign Advocacy Update to summarize federal and state mental health news and activities. If you’d like to learn about happenings in particular that are not addressed, please let us know by emailing MHA’s Caren Howard at choward@mentalhealthamerica.net.

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By Non Wels, feely human and creator of You, Me, Empathy

(Trigger warning: Disordered eating, weight, and suicidal ideation are mentioned in this blog post.)

I’m a man in recovery from Anorexia Nervosa.

As a man, I’m not here to show you how strong I am, how impervious to crying I am, how in the face of an emotional peculiarity—or emotion, period—I find the willpower to stuff it down then proceed to crush a beer can...

By Taylor Adams, Manager, Workplace Mental Health

Think back to the last time you were struggling at work because of stress or a personal issue. Did you talk to your supervisor about it? When was the last time you took a day off for your mental health? Work-related stress is common in the workplace, but your company’s culture and your relationship with your supervisor play a major role in how you perform your job and manage your stress.

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By Christine Williams and Wil Crary

Every day at 3:30pm, young men in a neighborhood near downtown Honolulu participate in a culture circle at the Kalihi Valley Instructional Bike Exchange (KVIBE), where they learn how to repair bikes. For the young men in Kalihi Valley, KVIBE is a second home that offers play, mentorship, and skill-building. They begin each culture circle by sharing their names, homes, and ancestors. This opening practice reinforces...

By Marjorie Morrison, CEO & President of Psych Hub

Through my four years as CEO and founder of PsychArmor, I learned firsthand how to create a movement through online learning. As I looked deeper into issues that veterans face, the more I learned how prevalent those issues are to the entire country’s population.

There are harrowing stats.

By Carole Mendoza, IBM Director of Global Health Benefits and Well-being Strategy, and Board Member, 2020 Mom

Pregnancy and childbirth are often an exciting, happy time in a family’s life, but it is also an incredibly stressful time to the whole family. This becomes even more difficult when mom works.

Caring for a newborn (especially the first born or a child with special needs) is a significant time...

By Amanda Lipp, Founder & CEO of The Giving Gallery

When I was 18 years old, I experienced psychosis during college and went through an experience that I now consider to be the ‘internship of my life’: becoming a patient at a psychiatric hospital. Now, at 27 years old, I have learned how deal with my mental health issues and I am proud to say that this experience led to me building The Giving Gallery...

By Madeline Reinert, MHA Policy and Programs Associate

There are many reasons people drink alcohol, whether it be to relax, have fun, or escape life’s stressors and frustrations. A lot of people indulge in alcohol safely, but it can also be incredibly risky, and if it starts to negatively impact your life, it may be a sign that you are developing an alcohol use problem or dependence. When individuals begin to wonder if their drinking is...

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