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.
Public awareness of mental health issues, as well as people’s willingness to disclose their mental health challenges, seem to be at an all-time high, at least in Western societies. But as some of the stories on this page show, we still have a way to go before mental health conditions are viewed in the same light as other chronic health conditions. Fear and shame are still daunting obstacles for many, and untold numbers of people still suffer in silence. Stigma kills: a primary motivator for suicidal behavior is the belief that mental health conditions are shameful, and that those who have them are defective.
Krishant Dania says even after what he witnessed, he feels safe on-campus. However, he says more work needs to be done. “I feel like the mental health stuff needs to be stressed even more,” Dania said. “It’d be cool if people, myself included, looked out for other people more with regard to mental health.”
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.”
Dispelling stigmas associated with therapy and counseling — like that you have to have amental illness to go — will allow students to get help for symptoms or problems that aren’t diagnosable as disorders. It should especially encourage students to learn essential coping skills.
“These grants are an important step in not only providing life-saving help to those who urgently need it, but in raising public awareness that suicide is one of our nation’s most devastating public health problems,” said HHS Secretary Tom Price, M.D.
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.
Some people think suicide is a cowardly or selfish act, but carrying it out is far from easy. Forming the foundations of all life is the urge to survive. Something catastrophic must happen to rob someone of their will to live, convincing them that death is the only thing that can end their torment.
It is one thing to hear in the abstract that America suffers from a stubbornly high rate of suicide and suicide attempts. But when it hits home—as it did for me years ago when a young neighbor, struggling with serious mental illness, died from suicide—we realize we have to ask some tough questions.
A conference held in conjunction with Worldwide Suicide Prevention Day drew mental health professionals and lay people to USC Verdugo Hills Hospital where they learned about the biology of the suicidal brain, how genetics are involved, and ways one can support a deeply depressed individual.
The San Antonio Clubhouse, NAMI, the Health Collaborative and other advocates say the “Psycho Asylum” Haunted House “perpetuates the stigma surrounding mental illness.”
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.
When a colleague’s mental health deteriorates, managers must be ready to spot the signs and react appropriately.
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.
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About 800,000 people commit suicide worldwide every year, of these 135,000 (17 per cent) are residents of India.
The lead commonwealth mental health agency is concerned about the detrimental impact the marriage equality debate is having on vulnerable people. The National Mental Health Commission on Monday issued a statement to warn that the debate had heightened discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people.
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.
As mental illness comes out of the shadows, we as parents, mentors, citizens, and community leaders must be vigilant and prepared to guide individuals at risk or in crisis to services and support systems that will help prevent tragic outcomes such as suicide.
In terms of race-based discrimination, the scientific literature is especially clear that both overt and covert forms of racism are related to poorer mental health for Peoples of Color.
Nearly one in every 10 college students will get mental health counseling on campus, according to USA Today records in 2014. Although not spoken about as openly as how much fun students will have once they get to college, mental illness is a very real issue facing college students.
To highlight the impact of mental illness, the R U OK? conversation convoy is on a six-week journey across the country. The goal is to talk about the four steps to a conversation: empowering people to ask, listen, encourage action, and check in.
“Bisexual people face double discrimination in multiple settings — bisexual people are often invisible, rejected, invalidated [and] stigmatized in the heterosexual community as well as the traditional LGBTQ communities,” Ethan Mereish, an assistant professor at American University.
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.
“It’s a serious matter. It’s not something you can just forget ― that you can just brush off. It’s lingering. It cuts into peoples’ thoughts about their place on this planet,” Lydia Li told HuffPost. “[Race] might be a social construct, but discrimination really does affect peoples’ lives.”
My job was a place where I could feel normal. That all changed when I informed you of my condition.
A prominent medical consultant and Chairman of the Society of Family Physicians of Nigeria, Ekiti Zone, Dr. Olabode Shabi, has said that about seven million Nigerians are currently suffering from mental health problems associated with stress and depression.