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Triumph Through Tensions: Mentoring During a Peer Support Practicum

Mentoring a new peer supporter requires living with tensions. According to theories of organizational complexity, tensions exist in any complex adaptive system. There’s the maxim, “On the one hand…on the other hand” going on all the time. It makes for some interesting paradoxes. In this post, I’m going to explore three different tensions that affect Read more

Understanding Obamacare

With the recent election of Donald Trump as U.S. president, there is a very real chance that Obamacare will be gutted or repealed. Because of that, it is perhaps ironic that Daniel Dawes’ book is entitled, 150 Years of ObamaCare. The book provides an indispensable insider’s point of view on the political challenges and compromises that Read more

Why a lack of sleep makes us depressed … and what we can do about it

Alice M. Gregory, Goldsmiths, University of London Historically, insomnia has been thought of as secondary to other disorders such as depression. The idea was that you became depressed – and that your sleep got messed up as a consequence. This might involve difficulty falling asleep, excessive time awake at night or waking up earlier than Read more

Opportunity Plus Struggle: Three Workplace Rules Peer Supporters Should Know

As a member of a team of nine peer supporters that supports a robust volunteer program, rich learning can happen when volunteers and new peer supporters join the team. The consensus of team members is, “We can’t do it without our volunteers!” Both volunteers and new hires bring broader perspectives, enthusiasm, and the uncomfortable but Read more

Against North Carolina’s HB2 Law: Mental Health And Discrimination Cannot Co-Exist

Guest post by Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., executive director of Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. This past May, the board of directors of Grantmakers in Health (GIH) decided to relocate the organization’s 2017 Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy from Charlotte, North Carolina, to another city. This difficult decision was made in light of the state Read more

History and Current Relevance of Chicana/o Psychology: Addressing Mental Health in Mexican American & Latina/o Communities

Guest post by Manuel X. Zamarripa, Ph.D., LPC-S In 2014, a Fox News Latino article cited that only 1 in 11 Latina/os seek mental health treatment. Chicana/o Psychology is rarely discussed as recourse to address this situation. In 2004, Dr. Manuel Ramirez outlined the tenets of Chicana/o Psychology, but the roots of Chicana/o Psychology run Read more

Is Mental Health Being Ignored in Presidential Politics?

Has there been conversation about mental health in this year’s presidential race? Sure. Has it been substantive and thorough? That’s open for debate. The remaining candidates have, for the most part, only scratched the surface of the issue, often treating it as part of larger and more heated debates surrounding topics such as veterans’ issues Read more

Hogg Foundation in the News: “What’s at Stake When Race and Coercive Mental Health Treatment Collide”

“In 2009, a team of Duke University researchers set out to answer one of the thorniest questions at the intersection of mental health policy and race: Is the practice of involuntary outpatient commitment used more often with African-Americans than whites? And if so, what does that mean?” Hogg Foundation Executive Director Dr. Octavio N. Martinez Read more

We Need to See Recovery-oriented Language in Political Campaigns

In early January, as political pundits picked up where they left off after the holiday, analyzing the ins and outs of the primary races, the Huffington Post published an article praising the language used in Hillary Clinton’s Autism initiative. Huffington Post contributor Emily Willingham makes note of the basics outlined in the briefing, including an Read more

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