Latinos face language barrier and cultural stigmas when seeking mental health treatment
Growing up in a Cuban family and dealing with depression at a young age made me understand a hard truth: our culture is not well suited to deal with mental health problems at all. Many kids grow up with serious issues because their parents are afraid to seek help, knowing they will get judged and stigmatized if the community finds out that they have a “crazy” child. That’s right, there is no label for mental illness in the Cuban culture other than crazy. And when you are crazy, you ...
Mental Health Experts Say You Have to Talk to Your Kids About Suicide Now. DO NOT WAIT
Sept 10 was Nation Suicide Prevention day, and it is alarming to see the skyrocketing numbers of suicides that are happening in the teenage population. Depression between teenagers has risen more than 60%, and suicide more than 50%. Experts are scrambling to figure out why this is happening. For that reason, mental health specialists at the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital now say that, since half of all mental health issues start by the age of ...
Teens Are More Anxious, Depressed and Suicidal Today. Why?
It's a fact. Teenagers today are more anxious and depressed than ever, and suicides are skyrocketing. According to Vox, in 2017, 6,241 suicide deaths ocurred in ages 15-24. Overall, around 16 percent of adolescents, the CDC reports, consider suicide in a given year. “That’s an epidemic,” says Mitch Prinstein, the director of clinical psychology at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. And the craziest thing is that the experts do not really understand what has been causing ...
Famous Comedians Address Depression and Anxiety in New Documentary
Sometimes we have the misguided belief that the people that make us laugh are the happiest people in the world. Then we hear about icons like Robin Williams taking their lives and we do not understand why. Now, according the Huffington Post, comedians like Sarah Silverman, Rainn Wilson and Wayne Brady are showing people the not-so-funny part of the story, and share the own stories and struggles with depression and anxiety. "Its Not That Funny," is the name of the film that would soon be ...
17 Year Old Girl Decides to Legally End Her Life After Battling Mental Illness for Years
After being raped three times as a child, Noa Pothoven decided to undergo euthanasia on Sunday. According to The Sun, Noa said: Out of fear and shame, I relive the fear, that pain every day. Always scared, always on my guard. And to this day my body stills feels dirty. "After years of battling and fighting, I am drained," the teenager said. Noa had written a critically acclaimed autobiography called Winning or Learning, which explained her struggles with mental illness and suicide attemp...
Battling The Stigma, First Step In Getting Help For Those With Mental Illness
This is the story of Evan, who spent his first stint in a psychiatric hospital at thirteen. I can only imagine what a harrowing experience that must have been. But the stigma kept him quiet for decades, and finally speaking about it and helping break down the walls helped him push forward. Click Here to Read Entire Article
We Need Courage
Those of us with mental illness go through periods of time where we have very little strength. It is almost impossible to do the menial every day things just to stay afloat, like showering or brushing our teeth. Sometimes just breathing is hard enough. This is the reason that we need a lot of courage; we need to just survive those days of little strength and make it to the other side alive. If we can do that consistently, the battle is ours.
This Artist Uses Paper Clips To Illustrate Mental Illnesses We Just Can’t Seem To Understand
To make people aware of various metal disorders and help them understand how it feels, designer Eisen Bernard Bernardo has created beautiful artworks using paper clips. Click Here to Read Entire Article
Australia: Why Youth Mental Help is In Need Of Urgent Help
A new survey of 24,055 young Australians, released today by Mission Australia, shows mental health has been identified as the most important issue in the nation. It is the first time mental health has topped the list. Click Here to Read Entire Article
New Study Finds Different Types of Anxieties and Depression Exist
Five new categories of mental illness that cut across the current more broad diagnoses of anxiety and depression have been identified by researchers in a Stanford-led study. The five categories, defined by their specific symptoms and areas of brain activation, are: tension, anxious arousal, general anxiety, anhedonia — the inability to feel pleasure — and melancholia. Click Here To Read Entire Article
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