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From Gang Member to Mental Health Advocate

I grew up in an inner-city community in San Diego, California, called “Southeast.” This area has always been known for crime, drugs and — m...

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How EMDR Healed My Trauma

It is through my own experience with loud sound as the most healing salve I have ever known that I recognize how deeply many of us want to feel better.

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How Research Is Advancing Our Understanding of OCD

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Finding Treatment and Breaking the Cycle of Intergenerational Depression

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The Reality of “High Functioning” Depression

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Building Connections: How Relationships and Time with Peers Can Improve Mental Health

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Power of Connection: Co-facilitating a NAMI Support Group

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Developing Strategies and Finding Community: My Experience in Support Groups

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Taking Community Suicide Prevention to the Next Level

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His Story Continues

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Strengthening Mental Health Support for Students

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7 Lessons I Learned as a Survivor of a Friend's Suicide

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Neuroplasticity III: Trusting Myself after Psychosis & Jail

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Tips For Easing Back-to-School Anxiety

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Parenting after Receiving a Schizophrenia Diagnosis

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The Power of Insight Building for People with Mental Illness

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How My Relationships with My Caregivers Has Helped Me Navigate Schizoaffective Disorder

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My Journey to Accepting My Dissociative Identity Disorder

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Hearing Voices and Turning Them Off Through Meditation

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Celebrating My Daughter’s Life and Schizophrenia Recovery

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Becoming Who I was Before Schizophrenia — Or Should I?

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Combatting Loneliness and Social Isolation in People with SMI

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A Cultural Experience of Recovery

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Mental Health Outreach to the South Asian Community

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Finding Mental Health Support After Leaving My Hasidic Community

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How Improving My Mental Health Helped Me Reconnect with My Culture

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We Don’t Feel Safe: Marginalization and Mental Health Challenges in the Queer Community

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Addressing Mental Health Barriers in the AAPI Community

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Advancing Equity in Mental Health Care for Black/African Ancestry Communities

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988 at One: Celebrating Progress & Looking Ahead to Help People in Crisis

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Navigating Trauma as a Refugee

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Becoming a Culturally Competent Provider to Indigenous Communities

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Honoring and Upholding Bebe Moore Campbell’s Legacy

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Gender Bias and the Patriarchy’s Impact on Mental Health Advocacy

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Rethinking How We Measure Progress in Mental Health Treatment

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Breaking Stigma in California by Bringing Mental Health Education to Youth

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I Think I Might Be Gay

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From Professional Athlete to Mental Health Advocate

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The Power of Advocacy: Turning Experience into Impact

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The Game-Changing Legacy of The Affordable Care Act

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Using Our Voice to Protect the Mental Health of the LGBTQ+ Community

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Your Story Can Change Hearts, Minds and Policy

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Advocating for Veterans’ Mental Health Gave Me a New Purpose in Life

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Writing to Spread Awareness about Bipolar Disorder

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Being Queer is Joyful

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Destigmatizing Mental Health Through Music

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What Being “More Than Enough” Really Means

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Surviving the Bed Shortage in Mental Health Treatment Facilities: A Teenager’s Experience

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Getting Involved with NAMI on My College Campus

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Understanding and Assessing Self-Harm: What You Need to Know

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The Comforting and Frustrating Realization that You Are Not Alone

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Early Psychosis Intervention

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I Wish They’d Seen It Sooner: Growing Up Undiagnosed

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Navigating Early Recovery from Schizophrenia

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Discovering Self-Love and Acceptance after Tragedy and Mental Illness

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Transcending the Self-Stigma From my Youth

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Reminding My Younger Self That I’m “More Than Enough”

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Dealing with Schizophrenia in a Crowded Restaurant

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The Case for Expanding Peer Support

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Determining The Credibility of Social Media Mental Health “Experts”

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My Fight for Recovery

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What No One Told Me About Being in a Psych Hospital

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The Dual Life of Being a Peer with Bipolar Disorder and a Mental Health Clinician

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Navigating Depression and Medical Leave from College

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Losing a Client to Suicide: Navigating the Aftermath as a Therapist

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Separating My Identity From a Schizophrenia Diagnosis

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Certified Peer Specialists: An Untapped Opportunity

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What I’ve Learned on My Mental Health Journey

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The Importance of Treatment Adherence and Coordinated Care

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Understanding the Necessity of Community First Response

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Thriving on the Bipolar Spectrum: Changing the Narrative with Stories of Lived Experience

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What It’s Like to Live with an OCD Monster

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Lessons in Advocacy from a State and Federal Legislative Staffer

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Celebrating NAMI’s Role in Advocating for an Improved Criminal Justice System

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How the Justice System Fails Those with Mental Illness

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How Solitary Confinement Contributes to the Mental Health Crisis

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All People Deserve Quality Care, Including Those Who Are Incarcerated

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It’s Not the Hormones: Reflections on a Teenage Girl’s Traumatic Crisis

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More than a Patient: Using a Recovery-Based Approach

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Engaging Your Community in the Mental Health Conversation

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Black Men and Mental Health: Practical Solutions

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Pursuing Motherhood While Living with Mental Illness

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Type 2 Diabetes and Mental Health: Exploring the Connection

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Physical and Mental Illness in Children: Both Need to Be Taken Seriously

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Children Should Not Have to Be Resilient

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Embracing Physical Touch and Meditation for Emotional Well-Being

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How I Cope with Agoraphobia

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My Battle with Skin Picking

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How I Navigated Gender and Sexuality with Multiple Personalities

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How Working as a NAMI HelpLine Volunteer Changed My Life

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Hygiene Indifference: The Symptom We Don’t Talk About

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The Power and Value of Insight

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4 Tips for Sharing Your Mental Health Journey on Social Media

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Ask Dr. Christine: Youth Mental Health

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My Schizophrenia Checklist

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Facing the Aftermath of Abuse: My Ongoing Journey Towards Healing

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Finding the Right Treatment Fit

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How Faith, Family and a Comedy Career Helped My Recovery

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Critical Things to Know About Emotions for Mental Health and Healing

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Why I’m Not Making Any New Year’s Resolutions

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Hanging On the Edge: Rock Climbing and the Therapeutic Relationship

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How I Stay Above Water

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