Posts Tagged ‘mental illness stigma’

According to a 2012 survey from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, more than 62% of students with mental health problems who withdraw from college decide to leave because of those problems. “That percentage is a sign that we’re not doing a very good job for some students,” said Darcy Guttadaro, the director of the Child and Adolescent Action Center at NAMI, in Inside Higher Ed. “It’s no longer OK for schools to just not address [mental health] issues.” Read article here.

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) conducted a national survey of college students living with mental health conditions to learn about their experiences in school. NAMI designed the survey to hear directly from students about whether schools are meeting their needs and what improvements are needed to support their academic experience. Read article here.

What can people do at the time of a suicide death to be supportive? The answer is one I’d give to anyone who wants to truly help a friend at almost any time of need: Be there. Do the little things. Don’t say something to make yourself feel better, but say something to make the person who’s just lost someone feel better. Sometimes, you don’t have to say anything at all. Read article here.

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A growing number of Americans are getting dogs for mental health needs, experts say. In the case of psychiatric service animals, they are trained specifically to help people with mental illnesses. Read article here.

Their lives may be far from ordinary, but actors, musicians, athletes, and writers have emotional and mental health issues just like the rest of us.  When a celeb opens up about depression, anxiety, and mental disorders, it can have a major impact on the way people think about these issues. Read article here.

The Sarasota Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention hosted a forum today at Selby Library where two men shared their stories as they bike from city to city to speak on the subject.

Results from a Taiwanese study suggest that high daily temperatures are associated with increased hospitalization rates for mood symptoms among patients with bipolar disorder, particularly women.

The researchers found that the risk for hospitalization began to increase when the daily temperature rose above 24.0°C (75.2°F), and continued to increase with higher daily temperatures. Read article here.

On July 5, the White House reversed its longstanding policy of not sending condolence letters to the families of service members who die by suicide while deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and other combat zones. AFSP would like to commend President Obama on his decision. Read article here.

If you think it’s hard for a guy to ask for directions, then consider how much harder it is to ask for help with suicidal thoughts. The group most likely to take their own lives is the same demographic least likely to seek out a mental-health professional. Working-age men, 21-65, die by suicide at twice the baseline rate of other Americans, according to studies.

The Spencer Foundation and partners are preparing a fall education campaign that they believe will be edgy, intriguing, and even darkly humorous enough to get men’s attention. It might even erase the stigma men attach to mental-health care. Read article here.