News from the Field

Mental Health News Round-Up: May 15

Silence is Deadly: Mental Health and the Black Community

The first lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray, shares her father’s personal experience with depression and her daughter’s struggle with addiction and anxiety to fight the silence in the black community surrounding mental heath.  This op-ed follows her announcement of $73.8 million dollars in initiatives to provide treatment to those with greatest need and the least access in NYC.

LGBTQ Students At Higher Eating Disorder Risk

A new survey of university students compares the rates of disordered eating for sexual and gender minorities to heterosexual females since most of the research focuses on this group.  Students who identified as transgender were four times more likely to report an eating disorder.

In Palo Alto’s High-Pressure Schools, Suicides Lead to Soul-Searching

After a string of suicides, a high school junior talks about the pressure of being in a student in the highly competitive environment of Palo Alto, California. Project Safety Net offers resources specifically for Palo Alto teens and the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1(800) 273-8255.

Therapists Target Mental Health Stigma with ‘Sidewalk Talks’

To reduce the stigma of going to therapy, some providers sat outside and offered 15 minutes of free listening on the crowded San Francisco streets.

Slowly But Surely, More Entrepreneurs Are Coming Out About Depression, Seeking Support Online

In the high pressure environment of Silicon Valley, many entrepreneurs and start up founders feel they “always have to over-represent the positive and underplay the negatives.” In addition to seeking professional services and speaking out about mental health, innovators also are doing what they do best, designing websites. For example, 7 Cups of Tea aims to create listening communities where people can be authentic about what is actually happening in their lives.

‘Sad but Rad’: Fashion Brand Aims to get People Talking about Mental Health

Can clothing change the conversation about mental health? The cofounders of Wear Your Label think so.