News from the Field

Mental Health News Round-Up: July 22

frankwarrenFrank Warren Holds the Key to Public Speaking Genius
Frank Warrens, the creator of PostSecret and a member of the Active Minds Speakers Bureau, is considered one of the best public speakers thanks to one thing: charisma. Janice Tomich, a professional speaking coach, says that Frank’s TED Talk “Half a Million Secrets,” is the perfect example: Frank successfully connects with his audience through humor, engagement, and taking pauses to let his messages sink in.
Bring Frank Warren to your campus to speak about mental health. 
Study: Influence of Genetics on Mental Health Depends on Environment
Researchers recently found that genetics can be linked to mental illness. Certain genes don’t cause mental illness, but they can increase a person’s sensitivity to environmental stressors.

The House Just Passed the Most Important Mental Health Bill in Decades
The House just passed the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, which seeks to increase hospital beds for mental health patients, establish grants, and implement a committee to focus on serious mental illness. This bill hopes to end the stigma and encourage millions of Americans to seek mental health care.
Tackling Workers’ Mental Health, One Text at a Time
According to University of Michigan Depression Center, untreated mental health has lead to a loss of $44 billion in workplace productivity. Employers are encouraging workers to seek mental health treatment right at their fingertips, through their smartphones. New mobile apps are emerging to help people easy access to treatment through text and video chats with therapists.
Ali Krieger’s Strategy For Taking Setbacks In Stride
U.S. women’s soccer team defender Ali Krieger shares her story of how she overcame the “athlete” stigma to seek mental health care. After her knee injury, she didn’t fall into depression; rather, she fought disappointment in the same way she would with any other mental illness. In addition, psychiatrist, Dr. Dayna LePattell gives tips to coping with disappointment in four different ways.