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“Mental wellness warriors: Fighting for those who need it most”

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This January 16, 2015 Gant Daily article talks about people who are sharing their lived experience with mental illness and doing what they can to help fight the stigma that surrounds mental illness.

“Take mental health seriously”

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This November 28, 2014 article found on the Philly.com website talks about ways that improper use of words like “suicide” can be harmful when it comes to opening up conversations about what suicide really is and it’s impact on people considering it or family and friends of those who have committed suicide.

“In talking about mental health, ‘people-first’ terminology eases stigma”

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This November 22, 2014 Providence Journal article talks about why person first language is important to all of us, and the dangers of referring to someone by their illness as opposed to referring to them as a person.

“How Mental Health Conditions Are Dismissed By Family and Friends”

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This August 12, 2013 article on the Huffington Post Canada website talks about the ways that people with mental illnesses have their illness downplayed by not only society as a whole, but also by friends and family members closest to them compared to the response these same people might have towards someone breaking their arm, or having cancer.

“Kevin Breel: Confessions of a Depressed Comic at TEDxKids@Ambleside”

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TEDxKids@Ambleside – Photo by Josh Hemond – Kevin Breel (3) (Photo credit: JoshRHemond)

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This video was published on Jun 17, 2013  by TEDx Youth.  The video is of Kevin Breel is a 19-year-old writer, comedian, and mental health activist, who is discussing his struggle with depression and the effect that the stigma surrounding depression has on not only him but many other folks with similar struggles.

“Obama hosts event to reduce mental health stigma”

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This June 3, 2013 article on the Philly.com website talks about an event held by President Obama to attempt to combat the stigma surrounding mental illness.

 

“Respect, Not Stigma: A Mental Illness”

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Guest Post Posted on January 7, 2013 by Randye Kaye on the HealthyPlace.com website.   This piece was written by a high school student who explains some of the stigma surrounding mental illness and why it’s there, but also talks about how cancer or heart conditions are often viewed differently then a mental illness.  It’s a great piece, that I felt was well worth linking to.  I hope that more kids and adults start to get the idea that mental illness is an illness just like any other illness our body can be afflicted by.

 

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