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Congressional Justifications for Mental Healthcare: A Dangerous Stereotype?

Most Americans are aware of the stereotype that people with mental illness are more violent and dangerous than the general population. Everyone has seen or heard of a slasher film where the “slasher” is an escaped or released psychiatric patient on a murder spree. In the last decade, due to multiple high-profile mass shootings, [...]

Managing Stress and Making It in the Creative World

Sometimes, being creative is a double-edged sword. Your artistic pursuits inspire and motivate you, but the fast-paced, high-stress world of the creative professions wears on you. Unfortunately for many artistic professionals, this leads to battles with depression, addiction, and other mental illness. But pursuing your passions doesn’t have to mean being a tortured artist. [...]

By | 2017-08-10T17:41:24+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Art, Community Voices, Featured Posts, Resources|0 Comments

Everyone Is Worthy of Mental Health Care. Yes, Even You!

For the longest time, I didn’t think I was worthy of mental health care. My work in community mental health made me painfully aware of how limited the resources were--so many people I knew were struggling to access the services they so desperately needed. Many of my peers were dealing with severe mental health [...]

Improving Mental Health Services for Teens and Young Adults

Although the prevalence and burden of mental illness is the greatest in children and young people, adolescents and young adults are the least likely population group to seek help or to access professional care for mental health problems. Mental health issues do not just burden the person with the illness – their family and [...]

By | 2017-05-23T16:22:30+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Community Voices|0 Comments

Voices of Creative Advocacy: Tristin Severns

Note: editors of the Weekly MashUp will be attending CMHACY this week. We look forward to bringing you a special edition of the WMU when we return.  On April 29th, we hosted our kick off to Mental Health Awareness Month event, Creative Advocacy, in San Francisco. We honored five youth and adult advocates for their work [...]

By | 2017-05-16T15:41:40+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Community Voices, Featured Posts|0 Comments

Wellness Starts With Our Youth: A Series on Bay Area Youth Leading Change in Mental Health

Part 2 with Nadia Ghaffari, Founder of TeenzTalk Please see part 1 of series. Nadia was first introduced to mental health in her psychology class during 10th grade. Her community had previously experienced two teen suicide clusters, so she knew the topic was important, but like most of her classmates, she lacked a tangible [...]

By | 2017-09-29T00:25:13+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Community Voices, Featured Posts, Gen Bold|0 Comments

When You Feel Like There’s Too Much on Your Plate

You're a daughter; a granddaughter; a sibling or BFF; a student; an employee; perhaps a dedicated religious follower; an errand girl; maybe a girlfriend or young wife; an auntie or new mommy yourself. You act as an accountant for your bills; applying to college and starting a career makes you your own public relations [...]

By | 2017-03-22T23:20:45+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Community Voices, Featured Posts, Gen Bold|1 Comment

A Flexible Approach for Improving Mental Health Care In Schools

I’ve worked with children since I was old enough to do so, either as a babysitter, tutor, mentor, or camp counselor, and have focused my psychology major on child development and mental health. The biggest takeaway from my experience with children and study of their psychological development has been the crucial role of teachers [...]

By | 2017-03-30T22:31:22+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Blogger Intros, Community Voices, Featured Posts, Gen Bold|1 Comment

Wellness Starts with Our Youth: A Series on Bay Area Youth Leading Change in Mental Health

“Wellness” is a term you hear often in Silicon Valley. But what does it really mean? To some families, wellness revolves around externally gratifying accomplishments – a child is doing well if he or she is earning straight As, participating in resume-bolstering extracurricular activities, and getting into the most prestigious universities. From parents to [...]

By | 2017-09-29T00:26:13+00:00 February 9th, 2017|California, Community Voices, Featured Posts, Gen Bold|0 Comments

A call to advocate: Critical portions of the Affordable Care Act that help children and adolescents struggling with mental illness

The Affordable Care Act (i.e. the ACA or “Obamacare”) has provided more support and access to treatment for children struggling with mental illness than any other health care reform law since Medicaid. Most importantly, the ACA championed the advancement of mental health parity, which is an idea that treatments for mental illness should be [...]