Do you know someone who may be depressed? Be their service light.

The other day the service light came on when I started my car, reminding me that I’m due for an oil change. I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to this kind of thing my first instinct isn’t to run out to the instant oil change place or schedule a morning to […]

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We don’t know what the next man’s going through

I don’t know if you’ve heard the latest song from CeeLo Green (of the early seasons of The Voice and the earworm that is “Forget You”) but “Robin Williams” is a catchy enough song that invokes the memory of Robin Williams, among others, to share a message of empathy and understanding. It’s a nice song, and, […]

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How can you help someone struggling with alcohol?

  When I was a kid I didn’t have too many sports heroes since I was… well, let’s say I was more of an indoor kid. But one of the few sports heroes I did have was Donovan McNabb. He played quarterback at Syracuse from when I was eleven until I was fifteen. He was a great player- he […]

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Recommendations for Reporting Suicide

Thank you to Dese’Rae L. Stage (@deseraestage) for bringing this resource to my attention:  Suicide is a public health issue. Media and online coverage of suicide should be informed by using best practices. Some suicide deaths may be newsworthy. However, the way media covers suicide can influence behavior negatively by contributing to contagion or positively by […]

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Mental health stigma and the pernicious politics of Fox News and Rand Paul

I shared a link on Twitter and Facebook yesterday to this story on The Huffington Post regarding comments made by Fox News Radio host Tom Sullivan regarding mental illness. Sullivan is discussing the results of a Social Security Administration report that says that the largest diagnostic group for disabled beneficiaries are for those people with mental […]

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The shadow of depression

I don’t know why but yesterday I was feeling particularly depressed and anxious. Maybe it’s the whole not smoking thing. Maybe it’s because driving into work through a snow storm and seeing other cars off the road made me edgy. Maybe it’s the sounds of hammering, sanding and scraping over my shoulder from the contractors redoing our outer […]

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Sticks and Stones: Further Thoughts on Mental Health, Labels & Stigmas

So I’ve been doing a little more thinking about the post on stigmas and labels when it comes to mental health and I’m finding myself somewhat divided. Most anti-stigma campaigns target what I think everyone would agree are pejorative labels like “crazy,” “disturbed,” and “weird” when describing someone who may be dealing with depression, anxiety, […]

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