On Tuesday, July 23, the National Association of Broadcasters ( NAB ) launched their new “ OK2TALK ” campaign aimed at educating the public and encouraging youth to start a conversation about mental health. The campaign features a series of TV and radio PSAs to be used a...
Attending the 2014 NAMI National Convention was an experience of a lifetime. Not only was I recognized with the Young Adult Leader award, I was honored to be a presenter for a session regarding NAMI On Campus . Participating in the convention through these capacities ...
Let’s applaud WAMU-FM, the National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate in Washington, D.C. for a recent five-part series on children, mental health and schools. Each episode (available in both audio and text) can be found here: Feeling 'Invisible' — How Mental Illness Often Goe...
“I have a crisis counselor in my pocket,” 18-year-old Samuel told me. “I love those people. They saved my life.” Like many teens, Samuel experiences depression and anxiety. These mental health conditions place him at a higher risk for suicide: the third leading cause of dea...
The Dec. 5 event is an important part of the National Dialogue on Mental Health and is expected to encourage even more participation.
Even after receiving treatment, suicide remains a risk for teens with mental illness. Does this mean current mental health treatments for adolescents need an overhaul?
As a mental health advocate, I've listened to many brave souls share their stories about living with mental illness. I've also chatted with concerned parents who are seeking help for their recently diagnosed child. But what do you do if you have a mental illness, and you w...
If you are thinking of harming yourself or others, or are having thoughts of suicide, d on’t be afraid to speak openly and honestly if you need help. You are not alone and there is support available.
Friendships are an important part of life. But living with a mental health condition can make finding friends a little more difficult. Here are some ideas on what to do when you meet others.
For a long time I’ve battled with social anxiety and depression. Here’s my story in hopes that this can help someone. In hopes that this can help me.
Admitting that you have a problem is probably the hardest thing to do. Telling my best friend that I have anxiety, depression and OCD took me months.
As the teenage mental illness and suicide rate gradually rises, we must learn to open our mouths and speak.
The adults in your life say that it’s just a phase all teenagers go through, but you know that it’s not a phase. It’s something that isn’t “normal.”
My mind is still a game of numbers and every day is a battle. It’s okay to lose some days. You can lose a battle and still win the war.
I remember feeling this way from the time I was a small child. I would stand on the playground at school and watch the other kids. I just couldn’t seem to fit into their world.
The summer going into my junior year of high school, I started to feel different…A month or two after being diagnosed, the thoughts came. I had a plan to end my life.
I was so scared of seeing a doctor because I knew what the outcome would be. I didn’t want to put a label on myself and have it define the rest of my life.
I was two hours away from home in a hospital where I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I was relieved, but scared because I had only heard horrible things about this condition.
I have struggled with my thoughts for as long as I can remember. In elementary school, I would think about suicide before I even knew what suicide was. I never planned my future or said what I wanted to be when I grew up because I didn’t think I would ever get there.
I’ve had to listen to "armchair psychologists" define what "crazy" behavior is and in the same breath say what a " crazy" party they went to the night before. Words are like that.