CARE Resources

Overcoming Stigma

by See Original Link • October 23, 2018

I was sitting alone in the hallway of the Carter Center conference area in Atlanta during the 2012 Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy. I had just finished being a panelist and talking about how employment and education helped me overcome the stigma associated with my depression. The conference was still in session, so I had… Read More »

Shutting Down Five Misconceptions About Depression

by See Original Link • October 19, 2018

When I first started opening up about my struggle with depression, I was fortunately met with a lot of support from friends and family. However, there were certain reactions that brought to my attention just how deep the misconceptions are about mental illness. I found myself defending my experience and struggle to the people I… Read More »

Reflections On Medicine, Shame And Stigma

by See Original Link • September 25, 2018

As I was entering medical school, I found out that my mother had made a postpartum suicide attempt. I did not find out from her; it was shared with me in hushed tones by another family member who thought I should know, “now that I was going to be a doctor.” I was quite surprised… Read More »

How To Have A Healthy Relationship With Social Media

by See Original Link • September 14, 2018

Social media has allowed society to become more connected than ever. Over three billion people around the world use social media to engage with others, access the news and share information. In the U.S. alone, seven out of ten people are active social media users. Some would argue that social media is inherently bad for our health. Recent research… Read More »

5 Common Myths About Suicide Debunked

by See Original Link • September 8, 2018

Suicide affects all people. Within the past year, about 41,000 individuals died by suicide, 1.3 million adults have attempted suicide, 2.7 million adults have had a plan to attempt suicide and 9.3 million adults have had suicidal thoughts. Unfortunately, our society often paints suicide the way they would a prison sentence—a permanent situation that brands an individual. However, suicidal ideation is… Read More »

Communicating Is More Than Finding The Right Words

by See Original Link • August 30, 2018

My last depressive episode left me completely isolated. I didn’t respond to messages for months. Since I didn’t know how long I would be depressed, answering the question “how are you?” became emotionally draining. Actually, that one question was why I stopped talking to people entirely. “How are you?” is such a knee-jerk opening line… Read More »

How To Reduce Screen Time In The Digital Age

by See Original Link • August 21, 2018

Smartphones have transformed modern life in more ways than anyone could have imagined. They enable 24/7 access to infinite information and tools that help us stay organized, track our fitness, express ourselves and be entertained. However, easy access to these digital devices and their habit-forming qualities has led to high screen time for both children and adults and… Read More »

Traveling With A Mood Disorder

by See Original Link • August 10, 2018

I was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder when I was 14. It has taken me decades to come to grips with what that means, and to be in a place where I’m comfortable talking openly about it. Nowadays, I’m really open, because I work as a travel blogger, connecting with people and places for a living. I actually started… Read More »

Spreading Hope Through Peer Support

by See Original Link • August 1, 2018

What does it mean to be a peer support specialist? To me, it means providing a voice for people when they struggle in finding their own. It means advocating for people, encouraging their recoveries and even sometimes standing in courtrooms as a show of support. And it often means educating community members and outside providers… Read More »

Mental illness may be a common life experience

by See Original Link • July 27, 2018

Abnormal is the new normal — at least for mental health. Only a small share of the population stays mentally healthy from age 11 to 38. Everyone else experiences a mental illness at some point, a new study finds. “For many, an episode of mental disorder is like influenza, bronchitis, kidney stones, a broken bone… Read More »