Stigmatizing Media Portrayals: What Can We Do?

By Emma Frankham | Oct. 23, 2017

How journalists report on mental illness is crucial, because incorrect reporting can easily reinforce stereotypes and stigma in society. If you notice derogatory and stigmatizing language in the media, you can be the person to contact the news station or journalist and let them know. 

Creating New Hope for Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System

By John P. Docherty, M.D. | Oct. 20, 2017

The number of people living with mental illness in America’s jails is alarmingly high. There is an urgent need to address the gaps in the mental health and criminal justice systems. This is not simply an issue of societal compassion—it is a fundamental issue of equity and justice.

Stigma Affects Everyone, Even Doctors

By Erin Stair, M.D., MPH | Oct. 18, 2017

Stigma is so strong that even some doctors avoid seeking help. These struggling professionals can help reduce stigma by sharing their mental health journeys, showing that mental illness truly can affect any person.

Can Stigma Prevent Employment?

By Laura Greenstein | Oct. 16, 2017

People living with mental illness are typically held responsible and blamed for their behavior and symptoms. Simultaneously, they are perceived as unable to make decisions for themselves. This causes people with mental health conditions to be perceived as “unsuitable” for the workforce.

Don’t Give Up Fighting

By Hope Virgo | Oct. 13, 2017

"It’s been nine years since I was discharged and I’m a healthy weight now. But my recovery hasn’t been simple; there have been times when I felt ready to welcome anorexia back in to my life. Fortunately, I was able to hang in there and I encourage you to do the same."

What It’s Really Like to Be “So OCD”

By Hanna Gudrun | Oct. 12, 2017

"'Being so OCD' has become a common, cutesy term for having amazing organizational skills, being neat and clean, particular about order and generally on top of things. And when you think of OCD in those terms, it sounds like a wonderful blessing."

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."

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