Getting Rid of the Stigma Around Mental Illness

Getting Rid of the Stigma Around Mental Illness

Some believe that the goal of fighting stigma is a lost cause. What does it matter what people think? But the truth is that because of stigma, those who have mental illness issues are sometimes seen as nothing but their condition. They are often: Expected to magically change their behaviors, thoughts, and emotions. Viewed as “flakey” …

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The Connection Between Mental Illness and Substance Abuse

The Connection Between Mental Illness and Substance Abuse

The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) states that there is a “definite connection between mental illness and the use of addictive substances” and that mental health disorder patients are responsible for the consumption of: 44 percent of cocaine 38 percent of alcohol 40 percent of cigarettes NBER also reports that people who have been …

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Starting the Conversation about Depression

Starting the Conversation about Depression

In growing up, boys are taught to “be a man.” This can be straight up destructive as boys are taught not to cry or to suck it up. Boys will internalize that they should ignore and suppress their feelings. So when they grow up, they believe that feelings are a weakness. Because of this, a majority …

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