Perfect Time for Mental Illness Awareness Week
HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter
Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:
- It's Mental Illness Awareness Week
- Help Spread Awareness of Mental Illness
- Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans
- From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs
- Stand Up for Mental Health
- Guiding Aspergers’ Teens Within Dating Relationships
- Latest Mental Health News
It's Mental Illness Awareness Week and I can't think of a more perfect time for this annual event. It's been almost 4 weeks since the Navy Yard shooting in which 12 people were killed and another 4 wounded. The FBI says the shooter, Aaron Alexis, was under "the delusional belief that he was being controlled or influenced by extremely low frequency electromagnetic waves" before he went on a shooting rampage. The public has once again been left with the impression that people with a mental illness are dangerous.
Public Perception That Mentally Ill Are Dangerous
In the last two years, we've had several high profile killings involving a shooter with a mental health problem. These incidents always receive a lot of media attention. The general public, which doesn't discriminate between treated and untreated mental illness or generalized anxiety disorder and bipolar disorder, lumps everything into one bucket; the one labeled "Mentally Ill Are Dangerous". We can be angry or feel indignent about that, but it's important to accept that, for now, that's the way it is. Without that, we don't have a framework for what's needed going forward.
What's Behind the Public's Perception of Mental Illness
I think there are two things behind this misperception of mental illness:
- Many people are uneducated about mental illness. They know very little about the subject matter or have inaccurate information.
- Many with a mental illness are in hiding. If the 1 in 4 people who have a mental illness came out, other people would see them for who they are. Instead, many get their first introduction to mental illness via a mass shooting being reported by the media or a homeless person they spot on the street.
Mental Illness Awareness Week was first established by Congress in 1990. That is 23 years ago. It occurs the first week of October. Since 1990, there are more mental health screening programs in place, trusted mental health information abounds on the Internet, and effective mental health treatments are more readily available to those who need them. All are important and wonderful things. (Yes, we need more help for those who can't afford to get mental health help.) But mental health stigma still needs to be addressed in a big way. We need people, like you, to help spread mental health awareness and erase the stigma this week and every week!
Today's Question: When you hear that someone with a mental illness was involved in a mass shooting or some other tragic incident, what is your reaction? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page.
Get Our Mental Health Blog Widget
Over 370 sites and blogs are helping spread awareness of mental illness. How about putting our mental health blogs widget on your website, blog or social page? The latest HealthyPlace blog headlines appear as soon as the articles are posted on our site. Just click "Get Widget" at the bottom of the widget, grab the embed code and paste it into your page. You'll also see embed links for Wordpress, Blogger, Linkedin and other social sites there.
As a bonus, put the blogs widget on your site or blog, email us (info AT healthyplace.com) with a page link where it appears, and we'll give a shoutout to your site, blog, or social site on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Share our Stories
At the top and bottom of all our stories, you'll find social share buttons for Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest and other social sites. If you find a particular story, video, psychological test or other HealthyPlace feature helpful, there's a good chance others in need will too. Please share.
We also get many inquiries about our linking policy. If you have a website or blog, you can link to any page on the HealthyPlace website without asking us beforehand.
Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:
- Binge Behaviors: Normal For PTSD?
- Acting Confident: 4 Mistakes You May Be Making
- Relationship Between Self-Injury and Depression
If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.
On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.
- Mental Illness is Hereditary (Coping with Depression Blog)
- Fear Of Getting Too Close (Anxiety-Schmanxiety Blog)
- Reach Out to the Right People for Mental Health Help (Breaking Bipolar Blog)
- You Are Your Own Biggest Mental Health Advocate (Bipolar Vida Blog)
- Mental Health Recovery and Hope – That Four-Letter Word (Recovering From Mental Illness Blog)
- 5 Ways to Face Your PTSD Fears (Trauma! A PTSD Blog)
- How Barbies and Bratzs Dolls Can Damage Your Daughter’s Self-Esteem (Building Self-Esteem Blog)
- Goodbye and Thanks for Everything (Surviving Mental Health Stigma Blog)
- Psalm 27 and Domestic Abuse (Verbal Abuse and Relationships Blog)
- Mental Health Awareness Month: Recognize the Green Ribbon (Speaking Out About Self-Injury Blog)
- Aaron Alexis: Another Ignored Cry for Mental Illness Help (Mental Illness in the Family Blog)
- Mental Illness and Self-Acceptance (Your Mental Health Blog)
- The Imperfect Parent And the Special Needs Child (Life with Bob Blog)
- Is There a Link Between Violent Video Games and Mental Illness? and video Is There a Right to Be Mentally Ill? (More Than Borderline Blog)
- Eating Disorder Coping Skills – Mobile Edition! and Self-Care is Crucial to my Eating Disorder Recovery (Surviving ED Blog)
- Scientists Believe Neanderthals First To Be Depressed (Funny in the Head: A Mental Health Humor Blog)
- Private: Productivity and ADHD (Living with Adult ADHD Blog)
- Being A Crime Victim With Schizophrenia (Creative Schizophrenia Blog)
- Yoga for Better LGBT Mental Health (The Life: LGBT Mental Health and Relationships Blog)
Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.
Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign
But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.
Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
Dating relationships among older teens with Aspergers’ Syndrome present opportunities for growth and areas of special challenge. The Parent Coach, Dr. Steven Richfield, has advice for parents of teens with Aspergers as they head into the dating arena.
These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:
- Are We Hard-Wired for War?
- Psychotropic Use in Preschool-Age Children 'Stabilizing'
- Debt and Mental Health Problems
- Why We Like Sad Music
- What Function Does Shame Serve?
- Debt And Mental Health Problems
- Adolescent Psychotic Experiences Lack Uniformity
- Affective Dimensions Aid Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis
- Carbonyl Stress Suggests Strategy For Treatment-Resistant Schizophrenia
- Multiple Aspects to Severe Bipolar Mixed States
- Exercise Interventions May Be Needed in Bipolar Patients
That's it for now. If you know of anyone who can benefit from this newsletter or the HealthyPlace.com site, I hope you'll pass this onto them. You can also share the newsletter on any social network (like facebook, stumbleupon, or digg) you belong to by clicking the links below. For updates throughout the week:
- circle HealthyPlace on Google+,
- follow HealthyPlace on Twitter
- follow HealthyPlace on Pinterest
- or become a fan of HealthyPlace on Facebook.
Staff, H. (2013, October 9). Perfect Time for Mental Illness Awareness Week, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2020, April 3 from https://www.healthyplace.com/other-info/mental-health-newsletter/perfect-time-for-mental-illness-awareness-week