Category Archives: Stigma

#BellLetsTalk Raises Funds While Fighting Stigma

We talk a lot about ending the stigma around mental illness, and today, Bell Canada wants us all to talk about it a little more. The Bell Let’s Talk campaign aims to chip away at the stigma one tweet at a time. For every tweet using the #BellLetsTalk hashtag or Facebook share of its campaign […]

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Afghanistan veteran challenges the conversation around PTSD in the media

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has been in the news in the few days since Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska, spoke out about her son Track’s experiences coming home from serving in Iraq. She indicated to the media that his recent arrest on charges of domestic violence was a ramification of PTSD, igniting a national […]

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PBS sets out to better understand the autism spectrum

PBS Newshour is running a short series on Understanding Autism this week, and if you have 10 minutes to spare, it’s well worth a look. Tuesday’s segment features Steve Silberman, author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity. The rate of diagnosed cases of autism has more than doubled since 2000 […]

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App Highlight: Be Game Ready gives young athletes a mental health boost

Source: Be Game Ready app. Physical activity can be a huge help when you’re dealing with mental health issues, but participating in sports isn’t a free pass. Athletes often need to deal with stress, anxiety and other issues, and just like everywhere else, the stigma surrounding those issues can be extreme. A collaboration between The […]

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#ImNotAshamed tackles the stigma of mental illness

A small but growing awareness campaign is taking place on Twitter this week, as people dealing with mental health issues stand up and say #ImNotAshamed. They are disclosing the issues they cope with, the treatments that help them, and most of all, the fact that those things are no reason to feel shame. Shame so […]

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How Darkest Dungeon deconstructs Lovecraftian “madness”

Horror games don’t usually have much to recommend them on the mental health front. Sanity meters, overblown hallucinations, “crazy” villains–these tropes don’t hold up to scrutiny. Darkest Dungeon does things a little differently. The gothic roguelike, which leaves Early Access today, gives up “sanity” for “stress,” “afflications,” and “quirks,” and in doing so, portrays mental […]

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Employees Increasingly Access Support for Mental Health Issues Like Depression and Anxiety

Given that mental health issues can impact every part of life, it should come as no surprise that a business’s success depends in part on the mental health of its workers. Successful businesses increasingly care about their employees’ mental healthiness, and, as it turns out, employees are increasingly expecting that support. Workplace Options, a global […]

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Sleep Deprivation “As Bad as Smoking”

Prof Russell Foster, a neuroscientist from the University of Oxford, said lack of sleep is damaging the health of the nation, with too many early risers trying to function with brain skills so damaged they could be drunk. The comments follow studies which suggest that working night shifts speeds up the ageing process, and is […]

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Robin Williams, suicide, and being a coward.

By: Susan Arendt Robin Williams died yesterday at the age of 63, apparently taking his own life after dealing with long-term serious depression. This was heartbreaking news for many people, as Williams’ career was built on bringing happiness and laughter to audiences. He was Mork, he was the Genie, he was Mrs. Doubtfire, and he […]

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I was Raised to Not Believe in Mental Illness

(but that didn’t stop me from suffering from it) A Take This 2013 year in review by: Russ Pitts I used to say I was raised to not believe in mental illness. And, while this is true, it’s not the whole truth. I was raised to believe a lot of things — or rather I […]

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