9 Bad Habits that Impact Mental Health.

Unbeknownst to many, seemingly innocent habits, even tiny ones, can affect your mental health. Everything from your level of physical fitness to your use of social media can dilute mood, positivity, and sabotage your mental wellbeing. Here are nine small bad habits that have a big impact on mental health. http://www.activebeat.com/your-health/9-bad-habits-that-impact-mental-health/?utm_campaign=AB_FBK_US_DESK&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=facebook&utm_content=mdo_us_d

There’s a stigma surrounding mental health, but a bigger stigma about taking medication for it!

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More people are speaking out of their experiences with mental health issues and lending their voice to try and reduce stigma associated with having a mental illness, but while the stigma of mental illness is being tackled and hopefully being somewhat reduced, there seems to be a new stigma that is now being thrown around, and that is taking medication for mental illness! http://www.myanxietycompanion.com/blog/theres-a-stigma-surrounding-mental-health-but-a-bigger-stigma-about-taking-medication-for-it

Teen Mental Health Stigma and How to Fight It.

Studies reveal that stigma around mental health is common. One research study measuring attitudes toward mental illness found only 25% surveyed are sympathetic to mental health challenges. This needs to change. You are not alone. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Read more at https://www.newportacademy.com/resources/mental-health/teen-mental-health-stigma/

Health Insurers Are Still Skimping On Mental Health Coverage.

People are struggling to get mental health care through their insurers, even though federal law requires that it be covered like medical care.  Read more at https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/11/29/567264925/health-insurers-are-still-skimping-on-mental-health-coverage?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=2058

The Truth About Mental Illness.

Each year, millions of people face the reality of living with a mental health condition. One in five Americans and Canadians are affected by a mental health condition every year, and almost everyone is affected through their family, friends, or colleagues. Worldwide, mental health issues affect about one in four people at some time in their lives. This accounts for some 450 million people around the world. Read more at https://www.crisisprevention.com/Blog/April-2017/Challenging-Myths-About-Mental-Illness

Why We Need to Stop Blaming Mass Shootings on Mental Illness.

Some claim mental illnesses are largely to blame for mass shootings; but is that argument supported by the facts? President Donald Trump cast the blame for the horrific Texas shooting massacre that took the lives of at least 26 people on Sunday—including children—and injured dozens more as a “mental health problem” (rather than a “guns situation”). That’s become a common refrain from politicians and advocacy groups who oppose gun control policies and insist that people with mental illnesses are largely to blame for mass shootings; but is that argument supported by the facts? In the case of the Texas church shooting, there have been multiple reports that alleged gunman Devin P. Kelley had mental health problems and even once escaped from a mental health facility in New Mexico the same year he faced an Air Force court-martial and other charges. Kelley reportedly tried to then sneak guns onto an Air Force base to carry through on death threats against officers. Read more at http://www.health.com/syndication/trump-texas-shooting-mental-illness