Overcoming Mental Health Stigma—Even in My Own Family

Kamiesha Cooper

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By Kamiesha Cooper

My first experience with depression was when I was 5 years old, growing up in Alabama.

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From a Clinician’s Seat: Why and How to Provide Culturally-Competent Care

Noriel Lim

Noriel Lim, Ph.D.
Emory University

Care for Your Mind asked Dr. Lim for his insights on cultural competence, why it matters, and how to practice it.

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Tweeting for Minority Mental Health

Information provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Mental Health

On Wednesday, July 18, at 2pm ET, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health is hosting a Twitter chat in conjunction with National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. What kinds of disparities exist? Consider these statistics from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):

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Minority Mental Health 5-Year Review: Is There Progress?

Susan Weinstein
Editor in Chief, Care for Your Mind

Five years ago, writing about National Minority Mental Health Month, we noted that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marked a time of progress on issues of health disparities because it expanded access to health insurance. The more people with health insurance, we figured, the better the likelihood of their being diagnosed and treated. At that time – with the first ACA enrollment period still three months away – we were also hopeful because mental health care was one of the 10 Essential Health Benefits required of insurance plans under the ACA...

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Independence Day 2018

Declaration of Independence

Care for Your Mind will not post an article this week due to the Independence Day holiday. We look forward to seeing you next week as we kick off National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.

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…And One Guy Says to the Other…

Caroline Eretzen

Caroline Erentzen
PhD Candidate, York University

Last week, Caroline Erentzen discussed her research into the use of humor in mental health awareness campaigns and how tapping into men’s so-called feminine traits reduces their defensiveness. This week, we look at how we might use this information to help more men get care.

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Two Guys Walk Into a Therapist’s Office…

Caroline Eretzen

Caroline Erentzen
PhD Candidate, York University

Men have higher rates of dying by suicide, alcohol consumption, illegal drug use, and substance dependence than women, but seek help for mental health concerns less often. A recent study found that using humor can encourage men to seek help by appealing to … their femininity.

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A Terrible Week … But New Hope?

Susan Weinstein

Susan Weinstein
Editor in Chief, Care for Your Mind

Two people seemingly having the best of everything died by suicide last week. Based on averages, so did 863 others in the U.S. That’s enough for us to interrupt our regularly-scheduled posts.

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