Answers to unaskable questions

Yes, yes, I know, I know, “unaskable” isn’t a word. This title ought to be something along the lines of “Answers to questions you’re afraid to ask.” But I went with “unaskable.” This post is based on an exchange I had on Facebook with a friend regarding my last post. He began by writing: “I […]

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What happens when you’re confronted by mental health stigma?

What would you do? I was at a luncheon today for a networking group our business belongs to and before our program each week we have “table talk.” There are roughly 80 members that attend each week and we sit at tables of maybe 5-8 people, depending on who shows up. Some weeks we have a specific […]

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Full Disclosure

Driving into work this morning I was listening to Marc Maron’s WTF podcast and he had Barry Crimmins (Skaneateles native) and Bobcat Goldthwait on to discuss Goldthwait’s new documentary about Crimmins, “Call Me Lucky.” The film covers Crimmins’ experience as a comedian and political satirist but most importantly, his status as a survivor of childhood […]

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Hatred is not a mental illness

Read this excellent piece from Arthur Chu in Salon. Here’s what I found to be the critical excerpt: We barely know anything about the suspect in the Charleston, South Carolina, atrocity. We certainly don’t have testimony from a mental health professional responsible for his care that he suffered from any specific mental illness, or that […]

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Coming out as someone with a mental health issue

Here’s a letter I sent to my local paper for Mental Health Month: May is Mental Health Month and an opportunity to increase awareness about a concern that, unfortunately, is still something many people still don’t understand. Mental health is a core component of overall health, and according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, […]

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I Have #NoStigmas

The No Stigmas Project has a campaign going right now to try and help make access to mental health care and treatment a right for all people. While there have been some incredibly positive steps in this area, from the mental health reforms in the Affordable Care Act and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity […]

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Is mental health advocacy too fractured to be effective?

My first job out of college was working for the New York state chapter of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America, a trade association for insurance agents and brokers. One of the primary functions of the group was to advocate for the membership in Albany and Washington, to help pass favorable laws, to […]

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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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