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October 31, 2017
Stigmatizing Media Portrayals: What Can We Do?

October 23, 2017 | By Emma Frankham

The media often reports on individuals with mental illness. However, little is known about how accurately the media portrays these individuals. Are journalists getting mental illness “right?” It seems the answer is no. I analyzed news reports about individuals with mental illness who were killed by police during 2015 and 2016 and found that these individuals were often stigmatized because of their mental illness. In 301 online news reports, I found 231 examples of stigmatizing language.

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    This summer, with the help of your advocacy, we defeated Congress’ efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. And just a few weeks ago, we fought back again against the dangerous Graham-Cassidy health reform bill.

    Now, the White House has announced plans that would make significant changes to mental health coverage. Meanwhile, congressional leaders are working toward reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and have forged a tentative bipartisan agreement to stabilize the insurance markets.

    CHIP Reauthorization Update

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    October 27, 2017 | By Sammy Nickalls

    All bosses (hopefully) want what’s best for their employees. Whether you have one intern or manage a large team, you probably do what you can to make sure they feel safe, happy, and fulfilled at work. That’s great, because most people spend the majority of their waking moments at work, and it can have a significant effect on your mental health and wellbeing.

    That’s why it’s so important to make sure that your work environment Read More

    Rules Of The Road For Succeeding In College With A Mood Disorder

    August 23, 2017 | By Sharon Carnahan, Ph.D.

    You’ve done it! High school is over and it’s time for college. Everyone is just so proud… and you’re alternating between wildly optimistic and sure of certain failure. As a person with a diagnosed mood disorder, you just barely survived high school—and that’s no exaggeration.

    Maybe you’ve accumulated a list of experiences that don’t exactly enhance your resume—frequent absences, medication trials, psychiatrist visits (outpatient or in), special schools, therapists, suicide attempts and drinking sprees. Read More

    Google taps National Alliance on Mental Illness to add depression screener to search

    August 29, 2017 | By Jonah Comstock

    While Google the company — now known as Alphabet — has spun its health operations into several growing subsidiaries, Google the search engine continues to be one of the major ways people seek to learn about their health. To its credit, Google has displayed an awareness of the “ask Dr. Google” phenomenon and over the years has steadily improved what people see when they make health-related search queries. Most recently, they Read More

    August 29, 2017 | healio.com

    Adolescents with close friendships in mid-adolescence had higher self-worth and lower anxiety and depressive symptoms in early adulthood, according to recent findings.

    “Our research found that the quality of friendships during adolescence may directly predict aspects of long-term mental and emotional health,” Rachel K. Narr, PhD, of the University of Virginia, said in a press release. “High school students with higher-quality best friendships tended to improve in several aspects of mental health over time, while teens Read More

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