Join Us for Our 5th Annual World Mental Health Day Blog Party Now!

Dignity & Living with a Mental Illness

Dignity is easy to take for granted. It's something we assume will be afforded us when we come in contact with the government, a healthcare system, or even strangers on the street. After all, aren't we all worth of simple respect?

Sadly, dignity is one of those things all too often lacking in mental health care and treatment. From the language some people use to label people ("That schizophrenic I treated the other day...") rather than their behaviors, to how too many doctors and nurses in a hospital turn their noses up at someone with mental health issues.

All human beings are deserving of dignity. Especially when being treated for a mental illness.

Continue Reading


Join Us! 5th Annual Mental Health Day Blog Party

Next Saturday, October 10th, we’re celebrating World Mental Health Day. If you’re a blogger (on any topic), we'd like you to join us for our 5th annual blog party.

World Mental Health Day is promoted by the World Health Organization to help raise awareness about mental health issues. The day promotes open discussion of mental disorders, as well as what the world's governments and health organizations are doing in mental health prevention, promotion and treatment services. This year’s theme is "dignity in mental health," but you’re welcomed to blog on any topic in mental health you’d like.

This year, we’re inviting you to join us for our 5th annual blog party on Saturday, October 10.

Continue Reading


Room for Misery & Room for Joy: My Story

Most people who have been sober longer than a year are asked to give a “lead” -- to tell their story. Mine was structurally simple, covering what it was like, what happened, and what it’s like now. Having only drank for three years, my addiction story is pretty straightforward: I stopped guzzling down mood-altering beverages.

My depression story, however, is not.

There are too many circles and uneven ends to fit into any neat, compact narrative. It seems as though the longer you dance with the demon of depression, the more embracing you become of different health philosophies and the more tolerant of unanswered questions.

Is it open-mindedness or desperation?

I don’t know.

Continue Reading


Reasons for Living: World Mental Health Day

Reasons for living never come cheap
Even your best ones can put me to sleep
What I am saying, or trying to say
Is that there must be a better way
~ Duncan Sheik

I have bipolar II disorder, which means the depressive side is far more prominent than the manic one.

Recently, when I mentioned my suicidal ideation to my psychiatrist, he challenged me to come up with five reasons to live, write them down and put them where I could see them.

Continue Reading


What It’s Like to Live with Schizophrenia

Thirty-one years ago Elyn R. Saks was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Her prognosis was grave: she wouldn’t be able to live independently, hold a job or find love.

After her hospitalization at 28 years old, a doctor suggested she work as a cashier. If she could do that, they’d reassess her abilities and possibly consider a full-time job.

Today, Saks is the Associate Dean and Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California Gould Law School. She’s a mental health advocate and the author of a powerful memoir, The Center Cannot Hold. And she is happily married to her husband, Will.

Continue Reading


Living with Mental Illness: World Mental Health Day 2014

Living with any mental illness is never easy. Nowhere is this more true that when a person has to deal with the likes of schizophrenia, depression or bipolar disorder.

Sometimes treatments don't seem to work as effectively as promised. Other times we run into friends or family members just not really knowing how to act around you. It can be overwhelming, challenging, and frustrating -- all in the scope of one day.

Continue Reading

Brain and Behavior

Mental Health & Happiness: World Mental Health Day

October 10 is World Mental Health Day and the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the 2014 focus to be schizophrenia. The people at the William Glasser Institute – US (WGI-US) took to heart Dr. Glasser’s mandate that society treat mental health as a public health issue. When we do that, the focus is on prevention and mental health rather than treatment, psychopharmacology and mental illness.

Most people understand the steps they can implement to improve their physical health. WGI-US is geared toward helping people understand the habits they can develop that will improve their mental health. So on October 10, while other organizations are focusing their efforts on raising awareness for mental illness, WGI-US will be providing 24-hour programming on prevention, mental health, resilience and happiness.

Continue Reading


The Seniors Are Coming: World Mental Health Day 2013

America -- like the rest of the world -- is facing a fundamental shift in its population from younger to older in the next few decades. Due to great leaps in technology and health, people are simply living longer.

Some places aren't well-prepared for this shift. Nowhere is that more true than in the U.S.

In America, I'm ashamed to acknowledge we too-often treat seniors like people whose contributions to society have ended. They have nothing left to share, and so are shuffled off to a nursing home.

How does that make the elderly feel? Let's just say that it's not real good for their mental health.

Continue Reading


2013 World Mental Health Day: Taking Care of You

Today is World Mental Health Day. Today, I take a moment to reflect on the many challenges faced by those living with mental illness, especially those who are unable to access treatment.

Today is the perfect day to urge others to support mental health prevention, mental health education, and improved access to mental health treatment. Today is our chance to restart the conversation about mental health, to speak openly about uncertainties and misconceptions surrounding mental illnesses, and to move toward eliminating the damaging and unnecessary stigma that lingers around mental illness.

There are many obstacles people with mental illness face when trying to access treatment for healing and recovery. Three I want to mention today are access to treatment and resources; stigma; and an uninformed society -- including treatment professionals.

Continue Reading


HELP World Mental Health Day: Breaking Your Addiction

“Choose Hope Once, It Changes Everything”

That is the slogan for HELP World Mental Health Day 2013.

We are a group of passionate and dedicated students mostly from the Department of Psychology in HELP University, Malaysia trying to raise awareness regarding mental health. Our mission is to advocate mental health awareness with education.

We also have a vision to destigmatize the public in Malaysia about mental health issues. Our theme this year is “Addiction”, we aim to enlighten the public about what addiction actually is, encourage people who are suffering from addiction to seek professional help, and lastly to educate people on the proper addiction prevention methods.

Continue Reading


Join us for the 3rd Annual World Mental Health Day Blog Party on Oct. 10

Next week on October 10th, we’re celebrating World Mental Health Day, and we’d like you to join us.

World Mental Health Day is promoted by the World Health Organization to help raise awareness about mental health issues. The day promotes open discussion of mental disorders, and what the world’s governments and health organizations are doing in prevention, promotion and treatment services. This year's theme is the elderly and mental health, but you're welcomed to blog on any topic in mental health you'd like.

This year, we’re inviting you to join us and the Carter Center's Mental Health Program for the 3rd annual blog party next Thursday, October 10, 2013.

Mental health is important to all of us, and we need your help to spread that message!

So how do you join in on the party?

Continue Reading


World Mental Health Day Recap 2012

Wow, what a day yesterday was for us -- World Mental Health Day, 2012.

In our second annual blog party to celebrate World Mental Health Day, we had over 100 bloggers, writers, organizations and contributors from around the world participate. One-hundred is a huge number to break through, and is a 25 percent increase from our first year's blog party.

Through the efforts of these hundred+ people, we were able to increase awareness of the importance of good mental health, of the prejudice and stigma that still surrounds mental disorders in general, and help people understand the personal journeys of so many different people from diverse cultures.

Continue Reading