“Today is going to be a good day and no matter what happens, good or bad I will NOT let it get to me. I am happy, healthy and whole and I can handle anything that comes my way!”
I have been a fan of Wonder Woman, since the days of Linda Carter and always secretly wanted to possess the qualities that she had: brave, strong, caring, loving, passionate, compassionate and a will to help others, even if she had to do it alone. I realized today sitting in the theater watching Wonder Woman that I possess every quality that she has as a mental health advocate.
What happens when you’re treated and lose the criteria that was used to diagnose your mental health condition in the first place?
For the first time, I apologized to myself: “I’m so sorry I lied to you all your life. I’m sorry for telling you that you were stupid, slow and not worthy. You are incredibly bright, expressive and talented! I don’t want to work against you anymore. I want to work for you.”
Seeking out therapy or help is not a sign of weakness. In fact, it is empowering. But it also takes time. Therapy isn’t just this process where you take it up and if healing doesn’t happen immediately, you give up.
By AJ Mendez Jul. 12, 2017 Growing up, I was convinced my father was the strongest man alive. Not only could he carry two full bags of laundry up our three-floor walkup in a single trip and open any stubborn jar with almost zero effort, nothing could make the man cry. As a child, I … Continue reading Personal Story: Breaking Tradition
African-Americans need to know: A mental health condition is no different than a physical one. Our brains are the most important organ in our bodies and can get sick just like our hearts, lungs and livers.
Richard Nakamura, Ph.D.Former NIMH Deputy Director and Scientific Director, Dr. Richard Nakamura, recently revealed how his family successfully coped with discrimination compounded by bipolar disorder during trying times for Japanese Americans. In a video interview marking National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, the current director of NIH’s Center for Scientific Review stressed the critical roles of mutual support and treatment.
NAMI-DAC president Micah Pearson speaks about the vital work NAMI is doing in Doña Ana County and why he became a mental health advocate and supports the Stepping Up initiative and Assisted Outpatient Treatment.
Twenty years ago this past Thanksgiving, my 22-year-old son, Nuçi, took his own life after struggling with major depression for many years.