As a caregiver and mental health advocate, I keep my eyes and ears open for news and discussions related to mental illness and stigma. There seems to be an influx of news stories recently, and the good news is that these stories are not being circulated on the heels of a tragic event or situation where mental illness is getting painted in a negative hue.
While you may or may not agree with some of these articles, the fact that there are more people in the media writing about this topic makes me feel good about the work that advocates and others are doing to bring education and awareness to the foreground. This level of attention and open dialog is critical to begin to change the negative mental illness stereotypes that are still largely at play in our society.
Here is this week’s round-up:
Princess Kate records video for Children’s Mental Health Week in the UK, which begins next Monday – Via Hello! Magazine
About 96 million Americans live in areas with shortages of mental health providers –
Via @WSJ (Wall Street Journal)
One in four people experience a mental health crisis at some point. So why aren’t we talking about it?
10 Ways to Look After Your Mental Health
10 Worst Things to Say to Someone with Mental Illness
Creativity and Mental Illness
**If you come across a news article or post that you’d like to see featured in a future round-up, please send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org