Nearly a week into their most recent therapeutic reunion, Michael Phelps and Grant Hackett, two giants of Olympic swimming, sat down to breakfast at a packed restaurant and wondered how they would explain themselves to their children someday. They were reliving dark moments, times when they posed a danger to themselves and others.
Arts & Culture
Throughout human history, the workings of the mind have been a rich subject for artistic representation and exploration. This page contains stories about famous artists who have struggled with mental health conditions, historical accounts, book and film reviews, thought-provoking essays, and challenging reflections on how our evolving understanding of mental health is shaping our society.
Even though honesty felt like a struggle, I started to like how it felt. Research from the University of Notre Dame has shown that when people consciously stopped telling lies, including white lies, for 10 weeks, they had fewer physical ailments (like headaches) and fewer mental health complaints (like depression) than a control group that Read more
Children now say their main worries include nuclear war – their mental health is being wrecked by fake news
Many children lack the basic literacy skills needed to discern the difference between opinion and fact. So it’s no surprise that the NSPCC has had an increase in calls from children anxious about world events.
Kate Middleton wants kids to know it’s OK to talk about mental health. The Duchess of Cambridge and soon-to-be mother of three provided a brief introduction for a new short children’s film on the subject, titled “Talking Mental Health.”
PBS stations are airing a 10-part documentary about the Vietnam War. The trauma of Vietnam runs deep for many of those who fought there, and the Department of Veterans Affairs is preparing for a possible surge in veterans seeking counseling because of the film. Mental health professionals say it could trigger PTSD and depression.
Ingrid certainly contained moments of amusing satire and, in many ways, successfully exposes Instagram stardom and Los Angeles’ cult of faux creatives. However, the film deals with its most intimate themes irresponsibly, ultimately perpetuating both ableist tropes of mental illness and harmful myths about women.
Despite the ubiquity of mental illness, prevailing social stigmas all too often discourage patients from establishing healthy social structures and receiving the necessary medical care. These negative attitudes directly lead to unnecessary difficulty in maintaining employment, romantic relationships, and other facets of daily life.
It starts off so innocent, like the smell of the earth before it rains. “I feel fine, I feel OK, I feel content.” But I know how you really feel. I know the heaviness that creeps over your body when you lie down at night. I know the thoughts that start to linger in your Read more
A lot of online health information is well intentioned and informative, but some of it can be misleading. For example, some websites pair the early experience of fairly minor symptoms to potentially deadly chronic illnesses.
African Americans endure more intense and frequent mental and behavioral health issues than their counterparts, at least in part related to poverty and exposure to racism and discrimination, both of which disproportionately affect minorities.
Smartphone technology is antithetical to contentment by design. The algorithms are driven by distraction. A distracted mind cannot be content, for it constantly seeks stimulation.
Kwasi Seitu, 62, says he doesn’t have post-traumatic stress disorder. Instead, he says, he has suffered from constant traumatic stress since he was a kid.
We can all easily understand that suicide is a mental health issue. However, if we only view suicide through the mental health lens, society will be very limited in its ability to change the issue.
According to the latest figures from the Center for Disease Control, men are responsible for 76.92 percent of all completed suicides. Basically, about four out of every five completed suicides is a guy.
When it comes to improving the quality of life for people with mental health and substance use disorders, improvisational comedy is no joke. Just ask Rutgers School of Public Health student Mark Lee, who teaches vulnerable populations to gain confidence, communicate better, be spontaneous and trust others through improvisational exercises.
As someone who lives with bipolar disorder and often feels disconnected from the “real” world, it’s no surprise I’ve spent a lot of time in online support groups. All of this was long before I reached recovery, became a writer, or even heard the term “peer support.”
Chirlane McCray is using music to try to dispel stigmas surrounding mental illness. McCray, wife of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, launched a video campaign with Broadway’s Mykal Kilgore to start spreading her message on Sunday ― World Suicide Prevention Day.
The actor/writer/comedian opens up about his battles with anxiety, OCD, taking on other people’s emotions, people pleasing, wanting attention, shame, fear of letting people down and the role vulnerability and therapy have played in him finding emotional stability and peace.
I recently reached out to Brandon and Katie to learn more about them, The Jedi Counsel, and explore how their work intersects with Crisis Centers, suicide prevention, and what we can learn from media and pop culture.
Host Brian McDonough speaks with Dr. John Huber, Chairman for Mainstream Mental Health, about the reasons why millennials are struggling with depression and anxiety, and tips for helping these patients handle the unique stressors in life they are facing.
Thanks to social media, purpose and meaning have become conflated with glamour: Extraordinary lives look like the norm on the internet. Yet the idea that a meaningful life must be or appear remarkable is not only elitist but also misguided.
Watching a movie or a play, or looking at a painting, can significantly increase mental and physical health and quality of life for Singaporeans aged 50 and above, according to a new survey.
“We need to pay attention to aspects that make streets more appealing and walkable,” writes psychiatrist Dr Paul Keedwell in Headspace: The Psychology of City Living, a timely exposition of how bad environmental design can cause creeping stress, alienation and even depression.
Through the ups and downs, Blue ― as her fans call her ― has relied on art to help her express her pain, fears and other difficult thoughts and feelings. The East London-based artist has accumulated a large following on the site DeviantArt, where she posts her colorful, imaginative and deeply emotional drawings.
The point I’m trying to make is that nothing has imposed limitations on me—not my mental health, or cancer, or anything else. I am the only one who can impose a limitation on me by allowing myself to be affected by something I deem as an obstacle.
Japan — which places huge emphasis on academic success — has the highest suicide rate among the Group of Seven industrialized nations, with more than 20,000 people taking their own lives annually.
From October 2 through 8, 2017, BuzzFeed Health will be publishing a lineup of content (reporting, essays, first-person accounts, videos, and more) on mental health, mental illness, access to care, treatment, and related topics. It’s timed to coincide with Mental Illness Awareness Week and our goal is to amplify the voices and stories of people Read more
Surveys show that nonwhite students are often more stressed than their white classmates, but experts say they’re less likely to seek psychological help. This further complicates efforts to increase the proportion of black and Hispanic students who succeed in earning college and university degrees, and who graduate at rates lower than whites.
Drawings created by individuals from the John T. Montford Unit near Lubbock were debuted Wednesday afternoon in an exhibit at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.