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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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Mental Health Concerns in LGBTQ People are Exacerbated by Social Distancing and Shelter-in-Place Orders

Mental Health Concerns in LGBTQ People are Exacerbated by Social Distancing and Shelter-in-Place Orders

  We here at IFHP focus a lot of our energy on bringing mental health concerns to light, and most often our spotlight shines on veteran- and service member-related issues. However, too many people in the LGBTQ community suffer the same maladies without the same recognition. June is Pride Month, but due to the pandemic, all of the typical celebrations have been cancelled. This blow to recognition comes on top of months of social isolation and, in some cases, being stuck at home with family members who refuse to accept LGBTQ people or are even openly hostile toward them. It's...

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