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By Nancy Kupka PhD, RN, Walgreens
You hear a lot of buzz in the news about depression among adolescents and new mothers, but you don’t hear much about depression among older individuals. After all, as they grow older, people develop new health problems, become less physically active and more socially isolated, so it’s normal to get a little depressed —...
By Danielle Fritze, MHA Senior Director of Public Education & Visual Communications
For many people, the holidays conjure up a Norman Rockwell-esque mental picture of people gathered to enjoy food, friends, and family, accompanied by feelings of love, warmth, and excitement.
But for others, the holidays can cause them to feel anxious or depressed despite all the decorations and festivities.
There may be pressure to impress...
By Theresa Nguyen, MHA Vice President of Policy and Programs
Over ten years ago, I started working with teenagers and adults who struggled with mental health problems.
Working with individuals and families, I witnessed how exhausting and persistent the struggle against mental illnesses is.
Youth often struggled in silence for long periods before figuring out how to tell someone about their experiences. Parents were surprised...
By Patrick Hendry, MHA Vice President of Peer Advocacy, Supports, and Services
I have Tardive Dyskinesia (TD), but I am one of the lucky ones.
My symptoms are intermittent and fairly mild. In the mornings I experience problems with my tongue wanting to protrude out of my mouth, and there is a stiffness that affects my gait. I walk my dog every...
By Jennifer Cheang, MHA Digital Marketing Manager
The 2018 State of Mental Health in America rankings are in, and mental health is not looking great for us Americans.
Over half of American adults with mental illness do not receive any type of care.
Even among the top-ranking states in the report, less than half of American adults...
By Jessica Kennedy, MHA Chief of Staff
It’s Halloween again.
That means candy (good). Too much candy (bad). Funny costumes (good). Offensive costumes (bad).
Every year we get calls about stigmatizing straightjacket costumes and “haunted asylums.” Which is a shame, because there are some people who might think that individuals...
During the fall, many feel a familiar charge of energy as the leaves take on fiery colors and the temperatures cool off.
However, for college students, the season’s progression can take on another meaning.
As the leaves and temperatures drop,...
By Madeline Halpern, MHA National Policy and Programs Analyst
Before I started working at Mental Health America (MHA), I had almost no experience with mental health screening.
My only interaction had been the one time my doctor screened me for depression and then gave me a prescription for antidepressants.
Since then, I have come to learn a lot more about mental health, screening, and how early identification can change...
By Jennifer Cheang, MHA National Digital Marketing Manager
Mental Health America (MHA) recently received an important question on our Facebook page:
“Our local Air Force Base has a Haunted Asylum planned for Halloween. It is a HUGE & popular attraction each year. What do you suggest we do to bring awareness to the stigma that this attraction promotes?”
By Caren Howard, MHA National Advocacy Manager and Nathaniel Counts, JD, MHA National Senior Policy Director
By October 1, the House and Senate Health Committees had passed bills reauthorizing Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the primary health insurance for pregnant women and children whose income disqualifies them from Medicaid insurance. But, neither chamber acted to vote on the bills before the expiration of CHIP at the end of September...