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Behavioral Health Response:
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Life Crisis Services:
Anywhere in the country, call:
1-800-273-TALK (8255) National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Anywhere in the country, text:
MHA to 741741
Is Serotonin-Depression Link a Myth?
Are You Hoarding Emotions?
There are times in life when it's difficult to "let go" of emotions attached to past injustices, or even small slights. The emotional response itself is valid, but the negative weight it creates in our mental wellness takes a larger toll and robs us of the happiness we deserve. Learn more about the burden of "holding on" and the value of "letting go" in Are You An Emotional Hoarder?
People First, Please
Using a "People First" approach in our speech and writing can really make a positive difference in how individuals and mental illness are portrayed and perceived. We've paired two very different articles and we link you to a section of our web site, all of which speak to reducing stigma and prejudice.
- In Talking About Mental Health, "People First" Eases Stigma
- Reading Fiction Decreases Prejudice, Increases Empathy
- From the Resources for Media section of our site, here are links to several articles and specific examples of People First language.
Stem Cell Research and Schizophrenia
Keeping you informed in the science realm of mental illness, we offer a short article from the Salk Institute on New Stem Cell Research Points To Early Indicators Of Schizophrenia.
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"Whole Brain" Leadership
Mental Health Parity 101
Understanding insurance benefits and restrictions is never easy, especially when new regulations or laws make it more difficult to decipher. Kaiser Health News does a nice job of using Q&A format to clarify and help us better understand the implications of new rules in the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.
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Time for Psychiatric Intervention?
Chances are, at some point or another, all of us have wondered whether or not it's time to intervene with someone who's struggling emotionally. We might wonder if it's a phase or an isolated incident that doesn't warrant intervention. Maybe we want to intervene, but we're not sure how to help or what we might uncover. These two articles don't provide all the answers, but they give good pointers on when it's probably time to take things seriously.
Thriving with Mental Illness
As individuals raise their expectations about living as healthy a life as possible when diagnosed with mental illness, the goal of thriving emerges. PsychCentral.com has created a new interview series, Thriving With Mental Illness, to not only say individuals live successfully with mental illness, but to share how they do it. This first interview is with Elaina Martin, popular blogger of Being Beautifully Bipolar, but the conversation has relevance for any diagnosis.
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Neuroscience and Mental Illness
Could It Really Cost A Half-Trillion Dollars?
While much of our agency's work is educational, another important aspect of our mission is legislative and public policy advocacy. As an agency, these issues are front-and-center for us all the time. The Half-Trillion-Dollar Depression from The New York Times clearly articulates why access to mental health services is so important across so many dimensions of our society.