Wow! Check out this epic takedown of mental health shamers and stigma!

//giphy.com/embed/us8FXd0EtOXXa via GIPHY The stigma surrounding mental health has been well documented on this blog (and more broadly across a coalition of advocacy groups and individual mental health advocates), and it continues to foster shame, silence and even personal and professional impediments to individuals with a mental health issue. Whether it it intentional or accidental […]

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Mental Health & Mass Shootings: What Does the Murphy Bill Do?

We’re going to hear a lot of talk in the next few days about the role of mental health in mass shootings like the one that took place in San Bernardino, California. You may hear about Rep. Tim Murphy’s “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act,” a piece of legislation that Speaker of the House […]

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On my recent absence

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve last posted something here. Call it a case of writer’s fatigue (sometimes it seems like I’m telling different versions of the same story and I ask myself “What’s the point?”). I’ve shared my story, haven’t I? I’ve written about my own depression and anxiety, of mental health more broadly, of […]

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Thank you veterans

That’s my grandfather, a career Army officer who graduated from West Point and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1946 and retired as a Brigadier General in 1975. He served in Korea in 1950 and in Vietnam in 1969, with other postings in Germany, Illinois, New York, Virginia, etc.  Without a doubt he’s the veteran I […]

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Are you aware that it’s another Awareness Week?

  Did you know that this is Mental Health Awareness Week? You did? Wow- that’s terrific! Let me guess, you already have some sort of preexisting connection to the mental health community, right? And if you weren’t aware that this is Awareness week I can’t blame you. Maybe you thought it was last month. But that […]

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What the GOP debate glossed over: Mental Health

Watching last night’s debate on CNN between eleven of the top Republican candidates for President I was majorly disappointed in both the moderators and the candidates when it came to talking about mental health- from access and affordability of care to the role that mental health plays in discussions of gun violence and gun control. Someone […]

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A round-up of the suicide prevention chat

Yesterday Stamp out Stigma and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention hosted a Twitter chat on suicide warning signs, suicide prevention and how the media can/should report on suicide. It was a great chat, and luckily Sarah Schuster of The Mighty has a good round-up of it. If you’re interested, check it out. Thanks to everyone […]

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The Challenges and Next Steps for Mental Health Advocacy

Have you listened to the Conquer Worry podcast on mental health advocacy yet? If not, I strongly urge you to check out the conversation Jay Coulter had with advocates Andy Behrman and Gabe Howard. Their discussion covered a number of the different challenges facing mental health advocacy and they talked about some potential solutions, or […]

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The Effectiveness of Mental Health Advocacy- Conquer Worry Podcast

Jay Coulter, mental health advocate and founder of Conquer Worry will be focusing on the effectiveness of mental health advocacy in his next podcast, and will be interviewing two other advocates, Andy “Electroboy” Berhman and Gabe Howard. It’s a topic that I’ve written about on this blog before, and I’m eager to hear what these three guys […]

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