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For Better Mental Health, Experience the Pet Effect

By Steven Feldman, Executive Director, The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI)


MHA Staff and their Furry Friends

Living in today’s fast-paced and interconnected world can be tough on our mental health.

The Power of Spoken Word

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.

Road to Wellness: An African American Female’s Journey

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.

9 Things You Should Know (and Share) About the Senate Health Care Bill

MHA Statement on Dr. McCance-Katz

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.

A Nonstarter: Repealing Mental Health Reforms Granted by Obamacare

By: Caren Howard, Advocacy Manager

One in five people in their lifetime will experience a mental health condition and four in 20 people will experience chronic, ongoing issues. Mental health is integral to overall health of an individual throughout their lifespan.

What’s REALLY Scary about Mental Health

By: Kelly Davis, MHA Policy and Programs Associate and Theresa Nguyen, MHA Senior Director of Policy and Programs

Celebrating 107 Years

by Casey Dillon, Advocacy Associate

February 19th, 2016 marks Mental Health America's 107th birthday! To celebrate, we asked our network to share reasons to celebrate MHA, its history, and its affiliates. Here’s what they had to say: 

Stigma or Discrimination: Language Matters

by Kelly Davis, Policy and Programming Associate

A big word in mental health right now is ‘stigma,’ but many advocates and consumers do not think this is the correct word to use in the context of mental health. Stigma campaigns focus on raising awareness to remove individual blame from mental health disorders, increase help seeking behavior, and show just how common these disorders are. Critics of the campaigns come from a variety of backgrounds and beliefs but almost all agree that stigma is not the appropriate way to describe what is happening.

Talking About the Murphy-Johnson Bill

By Paul Gionfriddo, MHA president and CEO

It’s a whole new ballgame in Congress this year. People are talking to one another, instead of shouting at one another. And there is a sense that as a result comprehensive mental health reform legislation will finally get serious consideration.

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