Personal Story: Accepting My Schizophrenia Diagnosis


by Andrew Wiese My first episode of psychosis happened when I was 24 years old. I had just finished college and was making my way to New York to begin my new engineering job. Slowly my paranoia and fear that people were out to get me overtook me and in a panic, I drove to … Continue reading Personal Story: Accepting My Schizophrenia Diagnosis

Personal Story: Hope And Help


My name is Caitlin and I’m 34 years old. I was first diagnosed with depression and anxiety when I was 19, but I’ve probably been struggling with anxiety for my whole life. I am writing this today after hearing others share their stories of recovery from mental illness and feeling inspired to do the same. … Continue reading Personal Story: Hope And Help

“Care is Care” When Treating Serious Mental Illness


Washington Post Live National Alliance on Mental Illness CEO: ‘Care is care’ when treating serious mental illness Mary Giliberti, CEO of National Alliance on Mental Illness, warns that serious mental illness is often referred to as the “greatest health disparity that nobody is talking about.” June 13, 2018 | 7:45 AM EDT See Washington Post … Continue reading “Care is Care” When Treating Serious Mental Illness

Mental Health Parity At Risk


New research highlights insurance disparities that prioritize profits over people and jeopardize the well being of Americans with mental health conditions Jun 12 2018 [Arlington, VA]—Today, NAMI released a report highlighting the impossible barriers millions of Americans living with mental health and substance use disorders faced prior to passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  These findings underscore … Continue reading Mental Health Parity At Risk

Why Suicide Reporting Guidelines Matter


By Laura Greenstein | Jun. 15, 2018 Many people have a difficult time understanding why the words we use are so important, especially on a topic like suicide. How can certain images or words influence a person’s willingness to take their own life? How can one suicide lead to another? How can conversations, articles, personal stories and media … Continue reading Why Suicide Reporting Guidelines Matter

5 Ways I Help Myself When My Job Is To Help Others


By Kyle Elliott, MPA, CHES | Jun. 22, 2018   I’m a helper. Over the years, I’ve supported those living with serious and persistent mental illness, people with substance use disorders and survivors of rape and other traumas. Each day, people come to me with their biggest worries and their biggest wins. They look to me for insight, … Continue reading 5 Ways I Help Myself When My Job Is To Help Others

Early Psychosis Programs Are Changing Lives—But What If You Can’t Find One?


By Darcy Gruttadaro and Irene Casey | Jun. 11, 2018   Many people don’t know much about psychosis and schizophrenia, and what they do know likely comes from negative stereotypes. It may feel safer to ignore symptoms of hearing voices and seeing things that aren’t there and hope that they go away, rather than consider a mental health diagnosis—especially considering that … Continue reading Early Psychosis Programs Are Changing Lives—But What If You Can’t Find One?

A Therapist’s Journey: Learning The Art Of Self-Soothing


By Larry Shushansky, LICSW | Jun. 04, 2018   One day, I was standing on the back of my pickup truck and throwing away trash at the town dump when I had an experience that’s hard to describe. My head was swimming, my body felt electrified and I felt detached from the world and myself. A memory then … Continue reading A Therapist’s Journey: Learning The Art Of Self-Soothing

Personal Story: Accepting My Schizophrenia Diagnosis


by Andrew Wiese My first episode of psychosis happened when I was 24 years old. I had just finished college and was making my way to New York to begin my new engineering job. Slowly my paranoia and fear that people were out to get me overtook me and in a panic, I drove to … Continue reading Personal Story: Accepting My Schizophrenia Diagnosis