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The main problem I faced was a distorted belief system. I felt that love came with accomplishments and accolades. I didn't believe that I was good enough to love as is. When love is missing, a lot of negative stuff comes out of the woodwork: anger, resentment, fear, jealousy.
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I mentor young adults labeled and stigmatized with every mental health issue you can imagine. They all have two things in common when I meet with them: each one of these millennials has greatness hiding within them and they all feel imprisoned by their labels.
Next week is mental health week and as we talk about mental health, I want us to take the time to talk about suicide. To many, suicide is a scary word, forbidden from their vocabulary. We're scared to talk about it because we don't know what the implications are.
"The stigma around mental health means that many children do not get the help that they so badly need."
Our discussion of learning disabilities is a mental health issue. I was born with severe learning disabilities. By my twenties I had tried to commit suicide more than once. What saved my life was research that taught me there was a neurological cause to my confusion: parts of my brain were underperforming
Two of Canada's largest mental health organizations; The Centre for Addiction & Mental Health and the Canadian Mental Health Association have declared May 6-12, 2013 Mental Health Week. We're over a decade into the new millennium and mental illness is still a taboo topic.
Next week is Mental Health Week. So, take some time this month and look around your workplace. Ask yourself how you are doing. Ask your staff, co-workers, leaders, clients and suppliers how you are doing. Then, decide which of these 10 tips you might be able to begin implementing right away.
All physicians are supposed to treat their patients based on the best evidence of what is scientifically proven to work. But when it comes to mental health, a lot of them are ignoring patients, and not giving them the care they require.
While mental illness definitely can have physical symptoms, it's not visible like a broken bone or a deep cut, but I would argue the emotional pain is comparable. I live with anxiety and depression, two different mental illnesses, yet they both work hand in hand.
Why is it acceptable to make fun of people with a severe disease of the brain? When was the last time you saw someone demeaning those with cerebral palsy, or those with who are intellectually challenged.