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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, [...]

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 [...]

From James Baldwin to Kid Cudi: Conversations on Black Mental Health in Honor of Black History Month

I have always been struck, in America, by an emotional poverty so bottomless, and a terror of human life, of human touch, so deep, that virtually no American appears able to achieve any viable, organic connection between his public stance and his private life. This failure of the private life has always had the [...]

By | 2017-09-29T00:25:57+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Featured Posts, Gen Bold, Identity, Stigma Reduction|0 Comments

YMA Launches New Project to Address the Mental Health Needs of Young Women

Kristina* is a great student; She’s engaged, works hard, and is the leader of several student groups. Her peers look up to her, and all of the adults in her life recognize her potential. What they don’t see is that Kristina is like a duck: calm on the surface, but paddling furiously beneath the water [...]

Love, Loss, and ‘Rising Strong’

September is Suicide Prevention Month. In my circle of work, however, every month is Suicide Prevention Month. Two years ago, during my sophomore year, I lost a peer to suicide—this was not the first death by suicide at my school, and it was unfortunately not the last. Over the past few years, suicide shaped the [...]

Don’t Make Them Fight It Alone

By definition, mental health is in relation to “a person’s condition regarding their psychological and emotional well-being.” Negative attitudes and beliefs towards people who have mental health conditions surround us each day. There are many myths about mental health: mental illness makes someone “crazy”; people experiencing mental health conditions are unstable, violent, or even dangerous. [...]

Rebellious Communication and Radical Vulnerability: The new wave of mental health advocacy

If you want to understand us, listen to what we are not allowed to say. This mantra on “rebellious”(()) communication, inspired by Filipino political prisoners decrying their country’s martial law in the 1970s, can resonate in any instance where one’s voice is taken away or limited. Those living with mental illness or working in mental [...]

I’m Winning A War With My Brain Every Day

This Mental Health Awareness Month, I’m reflecting back on a year of experiences that strengthened me, but also made me see the frustrating reality of what it means to have bipolar disorder. I recently read an article that said living with bipolar disorder doesn’t get better but it becomes more manageable, and for me this [...]

By | 2016-11-17T17:25:58+00:00 May 23rd, 2016|Community Voices, Featured Posts, Stigma Reduction|0 Comments

Voices of Creative Advocacy: Kevin Hines

On April 30th, 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 to improve the lives of youth with mental health needs. At the event each awardee shared why mental health matters to them with our 220 guests. We'll be [...]

Recipe for Wellness: Bring It All to the Table

By Aisa Villarosa, Associate Attorney Since her death in 2014, my grandmother’s legacy of recipes has outlived her earthly body. At least a few times a year, my Lola (“grandmother”) takes a seat at the family table through the lovingly recreated afritada, adobo and pancit she made for her children and grandchildren. We savor these [...]

By | 2016-11-17T17:25:58+00:00 May 16th, 2016|Featured Posts, Identity, Stigma Reduction|0 Comments