Mental Health Weekly News Wrap Up: July 29

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Mental Health: Let’s Talk About Culture, Race And Ethnicity

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As Minority Mental Health Month winds down, it is important to take a step back and remind ourselves that mental illness affects us all. Minority communities are less likely to receive mental health care than whites. Minorities have a long list of disparities when it comes to mental health care from racism to lack of cultural sensitivity. It’s time to educate people mental health without disregarding the different experiences minorities may encounter.

Being Transgender Is Not a Mental Disorder

In the past, studies have shown being transgender is a form of mental illness. But recent studies argue that being transgender is a condition related to sexual health. Many found their mental illness not from the transition itself, but from the social rejection and violence that comes with being transgender. The stigma associated with the transgender community needs to come to an end just as much as mental illness.

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The White Balloon Could be Coming to Your Campus

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white balloonLooking for a creative way to start a conversation about mental health and engage a large population in your community or on your campus? Active Minds at Rochester Institute of Technology may have found one of the most creative ways yet to engage their campus, get the word out about their chapter, and educate their peers at the same time: they brought The White Balloon to their campus.

The goal of this program was to inform peers about the proportion of college students who live with mental illness in the United States. They accomplished this goal in three ways: balloons, mystery, and social media.

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Mental Health News Round-Up: July 31

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Suicide Prevention, Stress, and the Ideals of Perfection

Although I typically try to remain objective in the Mental Health New Round-Up, I break this form to share the following NYT article that includes my personal story.

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Active Minds has been instrumental in my journey of recovery and advocacy and I am now involved with Active Minds Penn on campus (Check out our Chapter President’s video on her mental health story and another alum’s TedTalk video).

I am so grateful to Active Minds National for taking a chance on me as an intern when I was on leave and truly believing that sharing your story can change the world. Find out how you can share your story for Suicide Prevention Month.

(The typical mental health news round-up continues below)

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Mental Health News Round Up: July 3

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imagesWhy Gay Marriage is Good for a Person’s Mental Health

A study from 2010 showed that people who identified as gay residing in states where same-sex marriage was banned experienced higher rates of mental health disorders. Since gay marriage is now legal in all states thanks to the Supreme Court, this reporter hopes that mental health outcomes for LGBT people will improve.

UC Davis Psychiatrist Discusses Mental Health Stigma among Immigrant

Cultural stigma in immigrant communities prevent many from getting treatment. Dr. Russell Lim, a leading psychiatrist who focuses on the stigma in refugee populations, discusses how language determines how one describe mental health disorders, the importance of linkages to the communities, and the benefits of seeking treatment. This is an especially important read during Minority Mental Health Month (#MMHM).

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Mental Health News Round Up: June 12

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Black Girls Smile Creator Fighting to Dispel the Misconceptions of Mental Health In the Community

Stigma in the black community makes it difficult for those struggling to seek the help they need.  A new organization works to help black girls with mental health disorders by talking and educating people about mental health.

We Need More Mental Illness Literacy

Early intervention, especially in the treatment of schizophrenia is crucial. To increase the number of help seeking behaviors that people utilize, the National Institute of Mental Health is seeking to dispel the misconceptions and educate treatment providers about severe mental illness.

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Mental Health News Round Up: June 5

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Anxious Students Strain College Mental Health Centers

A new report from Penn State reveals that anxiety is biggest concern for students seeking help at campus counseling centers. Counseling centers work to alleviate the pressures of the influx of students and provide innovative ways to encourage de-stressing.

Did John Nash’s schizophrenia boost his ‘beautiful mind’?

John Nash, the mathematician who rose to fame with the movie “A Beautiful Mind,” recently passed away with his wife in a car accident.  As people begin to investigate his legacy, a debate about mental health disorders and creativity emerges. 

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Mental Health News Round-Up: May 8

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On a Brother’s Suicide: ‘I Wish I Had Never Told Him to Go to School’s Counseling Center’

A sister reflects on how William and Mary’s harsh mental health policies affected her brother’s mental state. She reflects on the difference between how a physical health and mental health problem and the “[trust that] the university at which you’ve chosen to study will support you in your path to adulthood and above all, protect you so that you reach adulthood.”

Yale University Eases Return Policies for Students who Withdraw for Mental Health Reasons

After a great deal of backlash over leave of absence policies that ultimately contributed to the kind of tragedy they intend to avoid, Yale is making comprehensive changes to better support student welfare. Some changes involve the requirement for students to take courses while they are away, the name “readmission,” and the length of time students have to decide about taking time off school.

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Mental Health News Round-Up: April 10

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urlAddressing Stigma, Disparities in Minority Mental Health: Access to Care among Barriers

In addition to facing the regular stigmas of mental health disorders, minorities have to combat increased stigma and other hurdles to receive treatment.  Barriers to care include the lack of culturally competent providers and the lack of media portrayals of people of color with mental health disorders. Additionally, poverty often compounds mental health pressures.

Students Call for Greater Mental Health Resources

After a tragedy rocked their campus, Brown University students are discussing proposals calling for the university to increase the number of counseling sessions available at CAPS, spread the word about services available to students, and offer great assistance to international students.  Brown Active Minds is working on campus to continue the dialogue.

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Program Bank Spotlight: iSupport Bracelet Campaign

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1962804_748149121863433_2142951318_nHave you heard about Active Minds at UCLA‘s iSupport Bracelet Campaign? Chapter members made and sold friendship bracelets to show love, support and awareness of mental health conditions.

Each bracelet is created with special colors to bring awareness to a different mental health conditions. Students can request and receive a custom-made bracelet supporting a specific condition (or multiple conditions). For example, for students requesting bracelets in support of substance abuse awareness, the chapter members create a bracelet primarily in the color red, the official color for substance abuse awareness.

By selling these bracelets on campus, Active Minds at UCLA is educating its community about mental health and raising funds at the same time — surpassing its fundraising goal of $1,000. Continue Reading

Mental Health News Round-Up: Jan 23

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Taylor Swift Is Actually Good For Your Mental Health — Here’s Why

According to Simon A. Rego, Taylor Swift is teaching the music world about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in “Shake It Off.” Just like CBT, Taylor’s lyrics examine the relationship between thought, feelings, and behavior.

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Racial Discrimination Behind Higher Suicide Rates for Young Black Men

In light of the events of 2014, professors continue to point to a major detrimental effect of racism and discrimination: poor mental health for African American men. Gender roles and expectations often stop young black men from seeking the help necessary.

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