9 Ways to Fight Mental Health Stigma

By Laura Greenstein | Oct. 11, 2017

Every day, in every possible way, we need to stand up to stigma. If you’re not sure how, here are some ways our Facebook community responded to the question: “How do you fight stigma?

Outreach and Engagement for Early Psychosis

By Ellen Inverso, Psy.D. and Paul M. Grant, Ph.D. | Oct. 06, 2017

A first episode of psychosis can be scary and isolating. Treatment can have little appeal and feel highly stigmatizing. Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy is an evidence-based approach that skirts these (and many other) common challenges of working with young adults who have psychosis.

Depression, My Time Thief

By Christine Allen | Oct. 05, 2017

"It often feels like huge chunks of my life are missing—as if I had amnesia or was in a coma for years. But it’s just the depression, making me slowly plod along in an exhausted, trance-like state in which time holds no value."

Navigating the Mental Health System with Dual Diagnosis

By Cindy and Don Gibbons | Oct. 04, 2017

"As mental health advocates, we are passionate about increasing access to resources and services to treat this vulnerable population. People with mental illness, particularly those with dual diagnosis, are in desperate need."

Understanding Dual Diagnosis

By Laura Greenstein | Oct. 04, 2017

As intuitive as the term “dual diagnosis” may seem, it actually doesn’t mean having two mental health conditions. Dual diagnosis is a term used when someone experiences a mental illness and a substance use disorder simultaneously. Learn more here.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is Not a Joke

By Jennifer Parr | Oct. 02, 2017

"A lot of people claim that they are 'OCD' about things. However, nobody can be OCD about something. I would like people to realize that there is so much more to OCD than just a few compulsions: It is a serious disorder that greatly impacts the lives of those affected."

Can Social Media Save a Life?

By Ryann Tanap | Sep. 29, 2017

As you scroll through your social media feeds, be mindful of what others post. It’s up to us to look out for mental health warning signs so we are better prepared to assist a friend in need.

FDA Approves Medications for Tardive Dyskinesia

By Ken Duckworth, M.D. | Sep. 28, 2017

Tardive dyskinesia (TD) had no effective treatment options until this year. The FDA fast-tracked two medications through their approval process, given the unmet medical need for treatment. If you have TD, these medications might be worth a fresh conversation with your prescriber.

It’s Time to Talk About Suicide in LGBTQ Communities

By Madeline Hannan-Leith | Sep. 27, 2017

Many in the LGBTQ community experience bullying, violence, discrimination and social rejection due to their sexual or gender identity. Even worse, many can endure discriminatory or ignorant attitudes from doctors or counsellors when trying to seek help. Targeted prevention strategies are needed if we are ever going to reach those in need.

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