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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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Posted: May 10, 2017

By Jennifer Cheang, MHA Digital Marketing Manager and America Paredes, MHA Senior Director of Partnerships and Community Outreach Thank you all for joining us on a frank and honest discussion on your thoughts on media portrayal, messaging, mental health, outreach, and awareness – especially during Mental Health Month. ‘13 Reasons Why’ (13RW) provided a unique opportunity to catalyze the discussion and we thank you for your views, recommendations, and resources. The event was viewed...

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Posted: May 9, 2017

By Paul Gionfriddo, MHA President and CEO, and Nathaniel Counts, J.D., MHA Senior Policy Director Medicaid is an expensive program.  For elders in nursing homes, for adults with chronic conditions, and for children with health care needs, it is also a life-saving one. Among the many messages the House of Representatives sent in its passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), it sent this one – the majority does not value Medicaid at the level of its current spending. What...

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Posted: May 8, 2017

By Ken Majkowski, Pharm.D and Chief Pharmacy Officer at FamilyWize Taking medication to support and improve one’s mental health is very common. Researchers from the Institute of Safe Medication Practices found that more than 40 million U.S. adults reported filling one or more mental health prescriptions in 2013, the most recent year of collected information. In fact, data from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health¹ shows that about 18 percent of U.S. adults experienced...

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Posted: May 4, 2017

By Paul Gionfriddo, MHA president and CEO   On Wednesday, May 3rd, five Mental Health America staff people held an honest, hour-long Facebook live conversation about the Netflix show “13 Reasons Why,” about suicide, and about suicide prevention. More than 7,500 people tuned in live, and despite some technical difficulties with the recording, within twenty-four hours more than 9,000 people had viewed the discussion. You can view the conversation here. “13 Reasons Why”...

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Posted: May 2, 2017

By: Paul Gionfriddo, MHA president and CEO *This statement was also sent as a letter to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee As President and CEO of Mental Health America (MHA), the nation’s oldest mental health advocacy organization, I am writing in support of Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz as Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Abuse. For more than a century, MHA (first as the National Committee for Mental Hygiene and later as the...

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Posted: April 28, 2017

By: Caren Howard, Advocacy Manager It’s hard to believe that the U.S. House of Representatives, the legislative body of the people, by the people, and for the people, would seriously consider a health care bill that harms people by eliminating their eligibility to a health insurance plan. I think everyone agrees, Democrats and Republicans alike, that Obamacare was a start to making the American health care system better, but that it wasn’t perfect. It contained costs across the country by...

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