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How to offer real support to someone with a mental illness

The unfortunate reality is that many who suffer from a mental illness like schizophrenia, enter into isolation and have difficulty maintaining a functional life. Imagine your reality was terrifying – hearing derogatory voices or believing that the world is conspiring … Continue reading

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A Thin Drawn Line: The Gender Gap in Mental Health

Mental illness is not perceived as an actual “illness”, and because of the stigma attached to it, families try to manage it at home. A 2008 ethnographic study in Sierra Leone found that families might take patients to traditional healers … Continue reading

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Halloween attractions use mental illness to scare us. Here’s why advocates say it must stop.

There are examples of asylum-based Halloween attractions all over the country. Every year at this time, right next to the chainsaw-wielding masked men and flesh-eating zombies, are the mental hospital patients. The message isn’t subtle: People with mental illness are … Continue reading

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Can Churches Separate Mental Illness and Shame?

“If you don’t fight stigma in your own family, the rest of society and the church aren’t going to fight stigma either,” said Amy Simpson, author of Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission. The message she heard from … Continue reading

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MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS: The cost of the media’s inaccurate portrayal of mental illness and psychotherapy

One of the recurring issues in treating people who suffer from mental health issues is the stigma attached to seeking help. Some studies have suggested that the portrayal of mental illness and psychotherapy in popular culture outlets has had a … Continue reading

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Blessed are those of us who face mental and emotional struggles

Michael A. King is dean at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Harrisonburg, Va., publisher of Cascadia Publishing House, LLC, and a blogger and editor at Kingsview & Co. This article has roots in presentations at Eastern Mennonite School for Leadership Training 2013 and at the Mennonite Church USA Phoenix … Continue reading

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Dear Bernie: Our Mental Health Isn’t a Punch Line for Your Jokes

There is a huge stigma around mental illness and it directly affects whether people seek treatment. Whites are the most likely to get treatment for mental illness, with Blacks and Latinos getting help at half the rate of Whites. According … Continue reading

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Blaming Gun Violence on the Mentally Ill Is Easy, but Ignorant

A meme that circulated recently on social media suggested that the days of going to our comedians for levity and our politicians for public policy are over. According to the post, we now get our belly laughs from Donald Trump … Continue reading

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Mental health prescription?

Start by expanding Medicaid coverage, a benefit that is 90 percent paid for by the federal government but which certain GOP-led states have refused, chiefly because the expansion was part of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act and therefore must … Continue reading

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End the mental illness stigma

May is mental health awareness month, but the stigma surrounding individuals living with a mental illness extends much further than that. As the news boils over with horrific stories of violent crimes, mental illness appears to be the only explainable … Continue reading

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