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Bollywood Suicide Underscores Importance of Recognizing and Treating Mental Illness

Bollywood Suicide Underscores Importance of Recognizing and Treating Mental Illness

  “Very honestly, I just have two friends.” - Sushant Singh Rajput Bollywood star Sushant Singh Rajput once said that he had trouble making friends. I feel like there are a lot of us who can relate to this statement. Sadly, Sushant’s body was found in his home in Mumbai on the morning of June 14 after an apparent suicide. In the midst of a state of mourning over his loss, the overarching conversation has quickly turned to mental health, specifically depression. “…many people mourning Sushant’s death today snigger and gossip when someone known to them sees a shrink.” –...

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Let's Talk About Mental Illness

Let's Talk About Mental Illness

  There's a good reason why IFHP's mission is to spread awareness of mental health issues. That's because there is still so much stigma attached to mental illness - those of us who suffer are routinely made to feel "other" by society. We're pushed to the fringes, excluded, degraded. We're told that we're "not normal." Here's a secret: Normal doesn't exist. There's no one ideal to reach for. Every one of us is beautifully unique, and sometimes that beauty comes with cracks and blemishes. That damage is nothing to be ashamed of, and the only way to get this message...

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Teletherapy is Here to Stay - How to Find Affordable Care

Teletherapy is Here to Stay - How to Find Affordable Care

  As we reported last month, online mental health care is just as effective as in-person appointments with a mental health professional. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the mental health field to recognize this fact, and now more and more therapists are offering online and app-based appointments. This trend is likely to remain stable in the long term, even after the pandemic ends. "I hope more people begin to view mental healthcare not as a last resort when you’re in crisis but as something that should be part of your regular routine.” - Jessica Gold, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry...

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Black Mental Health Matters, Volume 1

Black Mental Health Matters, Volume 1

  The mental health of black people in America is challenged every day. Viral videos of black men being killed, stories about black people being harassed and having the police called on them while they're just going about their lives, suspicious looks when a black person drives through "the wrong neighborhood," and so many more systemic problems do constant harm to the mental well-being of all African Americans. Preston Mitchum, a civil rights advocate and professor at Georgetown Law Center, highlights the physical symptoms that can accompany the mental anguish of watching another black man killed on camera. Stomach pain, racing...

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