Mental Health America Blog https://www.mhanational.org/newsroom/chiming-in/feed en CMHIC 2019: 6 Student Leaders Transforming Mental Health on Campus https://www.mhanational.org/blog/cmhic-2019-6-student-leaders-transforming-mental-health-campus <span>CMHIC 2019: 6 Student Leaders Transforming Mental Health on Campus</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-post-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="item-image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2019-09/cmhic%202020%20blog%20cover.png" alt="Headshots of the 6 members of the CMHIC." typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/jcheang" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">JCheang</span></span> <span>Wed, 09/11/2019 - 15:33</span> <div class="field field--name-field-post-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item">September 13, 2019 </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Mental Health America (MHA) is proud to announce the members of its 2019-2020 <a href="https://mhanational.org/collegiate-mental-health-innovation-council">Collegiate Mental Health Innovation Council</a> (CMHIC). CMHIC is dedicated to highlighting students who have created programs and lead advocacy efforts that fill gaps in traditional services and supports on their campuses.</p> <p>This year’s CMHIC is made up of six students who are addressing mental health across the country at the campus, local, and state level.</p> <p>Members will contribute to a report on issues in collegiate mental health and advice for other student leaders and campus mental health advocates, in addition to attending and presenting at the <a href="https://mhanational.org/2020/annual-conference">MHA national conference</a> in June 2020.</p> <p>Learn more about them below!</p> <p><img align="left" alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="241" src="/sites/default/files/Shivani.png" width="241" /></p> <p><strong>Shivani Nishar, Brown University (RI)</strong></p> <p>Shivani is gearing up for her final year at Brown University, where she studies Cognitive Science with a focus on minority mental health and childhood trauma. She hopes to complete a graduate program in Clinical Psychology and pursue clinical and policy work that addresses the intersection between race and mental health in contexts such as the prison industrial complex and immigrant detention centers. At Brown, Shivani serves as the Chair of Student Wellness on the Undergraduate Council of Students and as the Chapter Co-Coordinator of Project LETS at Brown, a national nonprofit created by and for mentally ill students. She has conducted research on adolescent borderline personality disorder at Butler Hospital and volunteers her time as a Peer Mental Health Advocate on campus. Having mental health experiences that were heavily influenced by her South Asian background, Shivani is dedicated to helping mentally ill young people of color navigate systems that were built to work against them. Her other passions in life include Ben &amp; Jerry's chocolate fudge brownie ice cream, talking about California's sunshine to no end, and buying summer dresses for her baby cousin!</p> <p><img align="left" alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="241" src="/sites/default/files/Juan.png" width="241" /></p> <p><strong>Juan Acosta, San Francisco State University (CA)</strong></p> <p>Juan is 22 years old. He’s originally from Woodland, CA but currently resides in San Francisco and is studying psychology at San Francisco State University. He began doing community service at age 13 and raked up more than 200+ community service hours by age 15, receiving recognition from non-profits and government agencies. Since then Juan has collaborated with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, drafted a historic LGBTQ+ proclamation for the city of Woodland, served as Assistant Director of the Queer Alliance Club at San Francisco State, and is a current member of the Youth Innovation Project Planning Committee for California’s Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img align="left" alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="241" src="/sites/default/files/Braden.png" width="241" /></p> <p><strong>Braden Renke, Franklin &amp; Marshall College (PA)</strong></p> <p>Braden is a student athlete at Franklin &amp; Marshall College who is passionate about destigmatizing mental health both on campus and in her community. Braden plans to major in psychology, is the secretary of the Active Minds club on campus and plays field hockey and spring track &amp; field. Braden’s goal is to help grieving families cope with the loss of a loved one to suicide and ultimately help reduce the rate of suicides in her community. Her motivation to help others comes from the loss of her own father to suicide - she does not want others to have to deal with the heartbreak that she felt and wants people to know that they are not alone. Braden loves her dog, Sandy, that lives with her at Franklin &amp; Marshall and truly loves and values the relationships she has with her family. Braden loves to watch football, be active, eat great food, take trips to New York City and visit Central Market in downtown Lancaster.</p> <p><img align="left" alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="241" src="/sites/default/files/Marissa.png" width="241" /></p> <p><strong>Marissa Howdershelt, University of California, Riverside (CA)</strong></p> <p>Marissa is a third year student at UC Riverside pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy. Within this last academic year, she found her voice in student advocacy and discovered a true passion for speaking up for herself and uplifting often-forgotten narratives. Although her experience in advocacy is relatively new, the passion she has for advocacy, specifically in regard to mental health, is something she hopes to translate into her professional life. As a first generation college student, navigating this stage of her life is anything but easy, in part because she also has a chronic mental illness. However, she chooses to look at it as a strength and hopes that in spreading her narrative, others will also be empowered to share theirs, too. She hopes to advocate and uplift the community in the Inland Empire of Southern California, specifically with those of marginalized communities. She looks forward to starting this new journey as a member of the CMHIC!</p> <p><img align="left" alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="241" src="/sites/default/files/ananya.png" width="241" /></p> <p><strong>Ananya Cleetus, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (IL)</strong></p> <p>Ananya is a junior in Computer Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Having bipolar herself, she understands the importance of digital tools for managing mental health and developed Anemone, a crisis app for people experiencing mental health emergencies. She recently gave a TEDx talk at UIUC about her personal journey as a college student with a mental illness. Ananya developed a 3D-printed robotic prosthetic hand for leprosy victims in India and was invited to the White House to present her invention. She was also recognized for her start-up, Magikstra, at the Carnegie Science Awards as its youngest recipient ever, and the Mayor of Pittsburgh named a day after her in the city of Pittsburgh. When she's not coding or tinkering around, Ananya likes to make memes and bake pecan pies.</p> <p><img align="left" alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="241" src="/sites/default/files/joi-michelle.png" width="241" /></p> <p><strong>Joi-Michelle Rhodes, Oral Roberts University (OK)</strong></p> <p>Joi a native to Memphis, TN, is a senior Social Work student attending Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As a mental health advocate and stigma-fighter, she has ignited a movement to prioritize student mental health on her campus. Starting with a petition to hire more counselors for their understaffed counseling department, Joi started the conversation about the importance of student mental health. She is the founding president of Fight Club, a student-led mental health support group that creates a safe place for students to share experiences, support each other, and learn more about mental health. She plans to go on to graduate school next year and earn her Master’s in Social Work, with a concentration in clinical mental health. When she is not busy being an advocate, Joi enjoys music, art, friends, and naps</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/college" hreflang="en">college</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-simplenews-term field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/newsletter/newsletter" hreflang="en">Newsletter</a></div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=12714&amp;2=comment_node_blog_post&amp;3=comment_node_blog_post" token="aKj-oQ9Cf7-SKYgoukVRzuSd3GmNy10fXghOiwhnzMU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Wed, 11 Sep 2019 19:33:25 +0000 JCheang 12714 at https://www.mhanational.org https://www.mhanational.org/blog/cmhic-2019-6-student-leaders-transforming-mental-health-campus#comments 10 Things You Can Do When You’re Stressed https://www.mhanational.org/blog/10-things-you-can-do-when-youre-stressed <span>10 Things You Can Do When You’re Stressed</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-post-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="item-image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2019-09/active-chain-link-fence-cyclone-fence-2413552_0.jpg" alt="Woman doing stretches in front of a fence" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/jcheang" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">JCheang</span></span> <span>Mon, 09/09/2019 - 12:13</span> <div class="field field--name-field-post-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item">September 09, 2019 </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>You might not be able to change what is stressing you out, but you can control how you react and respond to stress. If you notice that you’re showing signs of stress, here are some things you can do to help yourself:</p> <p><strong>1. Leave the room.</strong><br /> Getting up and removing yourself from the stressful situation can be a huge help. A brief change of scenery can help put some distance between you and your overwhelming feelings. If you’re in class, take a quick walk to the bathroom. Buried in homework? Take 60 seconds to walk to the kitchen for a glass of water.</p> <div style="width:100%;height:0;padding-bottom:54%;position:relative;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="giphy-embed" frameborder="0" height="100%" src="https://giphy.com/embed/wWqFBYUFNYGGs" style="position:absolute" width="100%"></iframe></div> <p><a href="https://giphy.com/gifs/sobbing-magic-number-wWqFBYUFNYGGs">via GIPHY</a></p> <p><strong>2. Organize. </strong><br /> Pick something small: your desk, your closet, or your to-do list are all great choices. Spend 20 minutes focused on tidying up—it will help you feel in control of something and give you a sense of accomplishment.</p> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="450" src="/sites/default/files/doge_0.jpg" width="600" /></p> <p><a href="https://makeameme.org/meme/much-organize-so">via: makeameme.org</a></p> <p><strong>3. Do some breathing exercises. </strong><br /> Think about how you breathe when you’re relaxed—like when you’re about to fall asleep. Slow and deep, right? Forcing yourself to breathe this way is one of the best ways to bring on calmer feelings. Try <a href="https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324417.php">4-7-8 breathing</a> to start: inhale through your nose for 4 seconds, hold for 7 seconds, exhale through your mouth for 8 seconds. <a href="https://apps.apple.com/us/app/breathe2relax/id425720246">Breathe2Relax</a> and <a href="http://breatheapp.co/">Breathe</a> are two good apps for guided breathing exercises.</p> <div style="width:100%;height:0;padding-bottom:100%;position:relative;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="giphy-embed" frameborder="0" height="100%" src="https://giphy.com/embed/l0NhWtOfbVze6KzFm" style="position:absolute" width="100%"></iframe></div> <p><a href="https://giphy.com/gifs/monday-destress-l0NhWtOfbVze6KzFm">via GIPHY</a></p> <p><strong>4. Write it out. </strong><br /> When your feelings start to bubble up and get overwhelming, putting them on paper can help you untangle them. Try a stream of consciousness exercise: 10 minutes of writing down all your thoughts without hesitating. Or make a list of things stressing you out—seeing them reduced to bullet points can help you think more clearly.</p> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="300" src="/sites/default/files/Cute-cat-writing.jpg" width="600" /></p> <p><a href="https://whatculture.com/offbeat/pugs-vs-cats-6-reasons-world-became-obsessed-cute-animals?page=8">via: whatculture.com</a></p> <p><strong>5. Meditate. </strong><br /> Meditation triggers your body’s “relaxation response” – the complete opposite of the common stress response of “<a href="https://www.medicinenet.com/stress_meditation_may_reduce_stress/views.htm">fight or flight</a>” . It slows your breathing, blood pressure, and pulse—all things that go along with being in a calm state of mind. <a href="https://www.verywellmind.com/practice-basic-meditation-for-stress-management-3144789">Learn the basics here.</a> You can also try apps like <a href="https://www.calm.com/">Calm</a>, <a href="https://www.sanvello.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI58638ZLE5AIVD1mGCh3hmQ0wEAAYASAAEgLtefD_BwE">Sanvello</a>, and <a href="https://www.headspace.com/register-v1?utm_source=google&amp;utm_medium=cpc&amp;utm_campaign=1919439341&amp;utm_content=68065219102&amp;utm_term=379861035520&amp;headspace&amp;gclid=EAIaIQobChMIqpOT-5LE5AIVU1uGCh19awJ4EAAYASAAEgL0HPD_BwE">Headspace</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="626" src="/sites/default/files/cute-funny-relaxing-koala-bear-yoga-pose_86629-260.jpg" width="626" /></p> <p><a href="https://www.freepik.com/premium-vector/cute-funny-relaxing-koala-bear-yoga-pose_5098046.htm#page=1&amp;query=animal%20meditating&amp;position=11">via: freepik.com</a></p> <p><strong>6. Watch something funny.</strong><br /> Putting on a funny show or video will help take your mind off of everything going on for a little bit. And laughter really can be the best medicine! It’s known to reduce mental <a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/articles/200504/laughter-the-best-medicine">stress</a> and bring on feelings of relaxation.</p> <div style="width:100%;height:0;padding-bottom:56%;position:relative;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="giphy-embed" frameborder="0" height="100%" src="https://giphy.com/embed/u36Ow6jBvWCFW" style="position:absolute" width="100%"></iframe></div> <p><a href="https://giphy.com/gifs/laughing-shark-disney-u36Ow6jBvWCFW">via GIPHY</a></p> <p><strong>7. Exercise. </strong><br /> One of the best ways to handle built-up stress is to physically <a href="https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/exercising-to-relax">release it</a>. Lace up your sneakers and head outside for a run--your feet pounding against the pavement is sure to help you get some frustration out.</p> <div style="width:100%;height:0;padding-bottom:58%;position:relative;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="giphy-embed" frameborder="0" height="100%" src="https://giphy.com/embed/649GOAqxHZiLK" style="position:absolute" width="100%"></iframe></div> <p><a href="https://giphy.com/gifs/cat-toy-mixed-gif-649GOAqxHZiLK">via GIPHY</a></p> <p><strong>8. Write down 3 things you’re grateful for. </strong><br /> Showing gratitude is known to improve mood and help you better handle <a href="https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/giving-thanks-can-make-you-happier">adversity</a>–so not only is it a good way to reduce your immediate stress, but it can help you keep your future stress level down, too. And when you write down a few things you’re thankful for, you can always look back at your list when you start to feel that stress bubbling up again.</p> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="633" src="/sites/default/files/blessed%20hedgehog.jpg" width="800" /></p> <p><a href="https://i.imgur.com/C460VQh.jpg">via: imgur</a></p> <p><strong>9. Talk it out. </strong><br /> Sometimes when we’re stressed, everything little problem seems like a big deal. Talking to a friend, parent, teacher, coach, or someone else you trust can help you get out of your own head and see things from a different point of view. Try using the <a href="https://www.notokapp.com/">NotOK app</a> to help you reach out to others when you’re feeling overly stressed. <a href="https://mhanational.org/time-talk-tips-talking-about-your-mental-health">Click here for tips on how to start the conversation.</a></p> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="437" src="/sites/default/files/baby%20bunnies.jpg" width="525" /></p> <p><a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/zinepak/21-cutest-baby-animal-hugs-fsce">via: buzzfeed.com</a></p> <p><strong>10. Light a candle or diffuse essential oils. </strong><br /> Scents can trigger very powerful emotional responses, and some are particularly good at inducing relaxation. Try lavender, lemon, and jasmine scents – all known for alleviating <a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/urban-survival/201604/six-aromatherapy-essential-oils-stress-relief-and-sleep">tension.</a></p> <div style="width:100%;height:0;padding-bottom:56%;position:relative;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="giphy-embed" frameborder="0" height="100%" src="https://giphy.com/embed/u5NCE7PLFg4XS" style="position:absolute" width="100%"></iframe></div> <p><a href="https://giphy.com/gifs/822-u5NCE7PLFg4XS">via GIPHY</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/4mind4body" hreflang="en">4mind4body</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-simplenews-term field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/newsletter/newsletter" hreflang="en">Newsletter</a></div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=12501&amp;2=comment_node_blog_post&amp;3=comment_node_blog_post" token="2BSbqWMQUVVuP7aKAE0pzU2ezKDwIKVRxgoFrXWZljo"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 09 Sep 2019 16:13:47 +0000 JCheang 12501 at https://www.mhanational.org https://www.mhanational.org/blog/10-things-you-can-do-when-youre-stressed#comments Thank you, Rusty Selix https://www.mhanational.org/blog/thank-you-rusty-selix <span>Thank you, Rusty Selix</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-post-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="item-image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2019-08/rusty%20and%20debbie.png" alt="Rusty Selix and Debbie Plotnick" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/jcheang" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">JCheang</span></span> <span>Thu, 08/29/2019 - 14:21</span> <div class="field field--name-field-post-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item">August 29, 2019 </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><em>By Paul Gionfriddo, MHA President and CEO</em></p> <p>The Mental Health America community lost a friend, a mentor, a fierce advocate, and a family member when we lost Rusty Selix to ALS this week.</p> <p>The accolades have poured in from many individuals and organizations who he touched during his productive life. They’ve cited his contributions to MHA in its California affiliates, to NCBH and its California association, to the Steinberg Center in Sacramento, and to the people of the state of California. They will benefit for years to come for his far-sighted, successful ballot proposition that pours billions of dollars into preventive services for mental health.</p> <p>Rusty was a policy giant. He had a sense of creativity and a passion for policy innovation. He could think big policy thoughts. And he could manage building all the little pathways to bring them to a successful conclusion.</p> <p>Rusty earned his place in our memories for these, and more than earned the public recognition he received.</p> <p>But he earned his place in our hearts for much more. His empathy. His engagement. His counsel. His spirit. His joy.</p> <p>I was introduced to MHA through my wife Pam, who worked for two MHA affiliates. When she arrived at her first annual conference nearly twenty years ago, Rusty was one of the first people to take her under his wing. He sat and had drinks with her. He brought together friends. He talked about the Grateful Dead. He laughed. He made her feel comfortable.</p> <p>That’s what Rusty did for me, too. When I was new to my job five years ago and pushing forward with changes at MHA – our screening program, our B4Stage4 launch, our children’s and school initiatives, our plan to engage with federal policymakers to get good mental health reform legislation crafted and passed – he always looked forward toward the goal, supported the effort needed to get there, and offered his advice and encouragement. I quickly figured out that if Rusty thought it was possible for us to do these things, then it was.</p> <p>Months after Rusty lost his ability to write, he was still using assistive technology to give me advice. In a thoughtful email to me a few weeks ago, he laid out a strategy for pushing forward with school-based mental health initiatives. Long after most of us would have retreated into ourselves, he was still working for the generation who would come next.</p> <p>Shortly after Rusty was diagnosed, I sent him an email sharing some of my own family’s challenges at that time. I talked about the hope with which we were trying to live and the comfort we were trying to find in the present, without too much worrying about a future we could not control.</p> <p>His response touched me:</p> <p>“I want you to share my letter with the full board and staff and I hope that when you do so you will also share your response because I know everyone gets a lot out of your open sharing of the challenges you had to face, which seemed to be more than just about anyone I know.</p> <p>“I feel very strongly supported by family, friends and colleagues, who universally seem to agree that I'm approaching this the best possible way.</p> <p>“My nature is to be an eternal optimist, and there is much to be hopeful about.</p> <p>“Managing my life with the presence of this disease inside me is now my primary activity. But my passion for advancing our cause is just as strong as ever and making B4 stage4 the norm instead of the exception is the key to accomplishing all our goals.</p> <p>“Best regards and looking forward to many more years working together.”</p> <p>Best regards, Rusty. Thank you for always thinking more about others than yourself. And thank you for your continuing lessons in hope and optimism. We’re all looking forward to many more years working together with you in spirit.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/policy" hreflang="en">policy</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=11325&amp;2=comment_node_blog_post&amp;3=comment_node_blog_post" token="Lwi829HSAYjbswuUvFfNM4Hn-uXBtzt77RTZnJmXCuA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 29 Aug 2019 18:21:55 +0000 JCheang 11325 at https://www.mhanational.org https://www.mhanational.org/blog/thank-you-rusty-selix#comments Medicaid's 54th Birthday https://www.mhanational.org/blog/medicaids-54th-birthday <span>Medicaid&#039;s 54th Birthday</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-post-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="item-image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2019-08/care-connection-device-1282308%20%281%29.jpg" alt="Care Connection Device" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/jcheang" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">JCheang</span></span> <span>Thu, 08/29/2019 - 14:32</span> <div class="field field--name-field-post-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item">July 31, 2019 </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><em>By Caren Howard, MHA Advocacy Manager</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/care-connection-device-1282308.jpg" style="width:100%" /></em><strong>Medicaid Anniversary</strong></p> <p>Fifty-four years ago, on July 30, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Social Security Amendments Act of 1965 establishing the Medicare and Medicaid public health insurance programs. The bill was the start of a commitment federal government made to its citizens to provide a safety net to the uninsured who did not have a way to pay for health care.</p> <p><strong>How Would Medicaid Help Me and My Loved Ones?</strong></p> <p>Over the past five decades, Medicaid has become a bedrock of our nation’s health system. It is the number one payer of behavioral health, paying for nearly one-third of all mental health and substance use services. It also covers nearly half of all births and half of children with special health care needs.</p> <p>Medicaid offers key benefits that many private insurers won’t cover. For instance, <a href="https://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/benefits/epsdt/index.html">Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment</a> (EPDST) is a comprehensive benefit for children that may prevent the development or exacerbation of mental health conditions. We know that mental health problems affect one in five young people at any given time, and about <a href="http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/issues/mental-health-america-access-care-data">two-thirds of them</a> are not getting the help they need. Early identification, accurate diagnosis, and effective treatment can help young people to more quickly recover and benefit from their education, to develop positive relationships, to gain access to employment, and ultimately to lead more meaningful and productive lives.</p> <p>Medicaid also covers three crucial supports for adults: 1) <a href="http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/what-peer">peer support</a> for personal recovery, 2) <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4170889/">vocational rehabilitation</a> for those wishing to return to school or work, and 3) <a href="https://www.samhsa.gov/homelessness-programs-resources/hpr-resources/housing-shelter">transitional housing</a> services for those leaving institutional care to return to their community. With these kinds of supports in place, a person’s overall health care costs can be reduced, and it may mean the difference between a fulfilling life in recovery and remission in the shadows.</p> <p>In 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) increased the reach of Medicaid two ways:</p> <ul> <li>By giving states flexibility to change their Medicaid program design to better meet the needs of their state through the 1115 Medicaid waiver program (which “waives” standard Medicaid rules and allows states to operate the program under special rules, provided this does not increase overall costs).</li> <li>By offering additional federal funding to states to cover non-traditional populations that would be otherwise uninsured (i.e., now dependent-less adults making up to 138% of the federal poverty level could qualify for coverage).</li> </ul> <p>When more people have insurance to help them pay for their chronic and acute health needs, they end up living longer, more productive lives. They are more likely to find and keep work that contributes to the community. Thus, Medicaid helps increase access to care and reduce the strain of uncompensated care on health systems. Rather than becoming sicker, and waiting until a crisis or emergency, it has been shown that individuals and families with Medicaid find help and get better sooner.</p> <p><strong>How Can We Protect our Medicaid Programs?</strong></p> <p>We must reinforce the original intent of the law— to provide a safety net for people who are uninsured.</p> <p>We must reject policy changes that arbitrarily cap or cut funding, turn funding into a block grant, or create additional work documentation requirements as an eligibility barrier that dis-enrolls people from their coverage.</p> <p><strong>If this issue hits home for you, <a href="https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1H4mLnyxFTmuEScnP5HRRw2wIT70wDnaf">take action to contact your elected officials</a> online, via telephone, or through the press, to tell them to protect Medicaid and not to undercut the families and children it serves.</strong></p> <p>We would like to see Medicaid continue to be a safety net for people who need it for another fifty-four years. Let’s celebrate the success of Medicaid and all those who live better lives because of it!</p> <h3>Further Reading:&nbsp;</h3> <p><strong>What Is Medicaid?</strong></p> <p>Medicaid is a voluntary health insurance program for the public that was designed to cover individuals who were otherwise excluded from purchasing private market insurance, such as: persons with disabilities, persons impoverished, pregnant women, or persons without geographical access to traditional private providers. It also covered long term care services that Medicare did not.</p> <p>Medicaid is an entitlement program. It guarantees it will cover services for those who meets eligibility criteria (generally based on income), and it limits how much beneficiaries must pay out of pocket for their care. It is funded by both the federal government and a state, but it is solely <a href="https://www.cbpp.org/blog/on-its-anniversary-a-look-at-how-medicaid-helps-people-in-every-state">administered by the state</a>.</p> <p>In some cases, people are dually eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid and use both programs at the same time. For instance, they may be lower-income seniors who qualify for Medicare and also have a long-term disability that requires services covered by Medicaid. In this case, Medicaid covers the Medicare co-pays and other cost-sharing payments, Medicare pays for the acute care hospital, medical, and prescription drug services it covers, and Medicaid pays for the long-term care that Medicare doesn’t cover.</p> <p>To learn more about Medicaid, and to see if your loved one may qualify, visit:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.medicaid.gov/">https://www.medicaid.gov/</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/policy" hreflang="en">policy</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=11326&amp;2=comment_node_blog_post&amp;3=comment_node_blog_post" token="Rm72ecTLs-kGnrXIBlbbxN38cVDQUUxfQqhlrUguSaA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 29 Aug 2019 18:32:40 +0000 JCheang 11326 at https://www.mhanational.org https://www.mhanational.org/blog/medicaids-54th-birthday#comments To Improve Mental Health, We Need To Take On Social and Racial Injustice https://www.mhanational.org/blog/improve-mental-health-we-need-take-social-and-racial-injustice <span>To Improve Mental Health, We Need To Take On Social and Racial Injustice</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-post-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="item-image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2019-08/54432770_794173240952652_8715628132767367168_n.jpg" alt="Boys in Community Center" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/jcheang" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">JCheang</span></span> <span>Thu, 08/29/2019 - 14:57</span> <div class="field field--name-field-post-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item">July 22, 2019 </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><em>By Ruben Cantu and Dana Fields-Johnson, Prevention Institute </em></p> <p>The International District of Albuquerque, New Mexico is a majority Latino neighborhood that vibrates with life. It’s a hub of family-owned bakeries, restaurants, and shops that showcase the distinct origin stories of its inhabitants. But the community also faces challenges that have created high levels of economic and other kinds of stress for residents, which have translated into growing concerns about high suicide rates for young Latino men as well as substance misuse and community trauma.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The challenges in Albuquerque’s International District are far too familiar to many communities of color with low household incomes in the United States: high rates of poverty, under-resourced schools, limited job opportunities, dilapidated infrastructure, unsafe streets, and high levels of violence.</p> <p>What’s less familiar is the connection these community conditions have with mental health and wellbeing.</p> <p>It’s time for us to start recognizing injustices like racism, anti-immigrant bias, heterosexism, and other forms of discrimination as social injustices and obstacles to mental health and wellbeing. We can’t ignore these injustices if we want all communities to thrive. That means starting to implement approaches to mental health that help remedy the community conditions that cause or exacerbate problems and support communities of color, immigrants and refugees, and the LGBTQ community.</p> <p>“Stress is too deeply woven into our lives,” says Xavier Barraza of Together4Brothers, a lead organization of Making Connections: International District, which goes by MC: ID. And healthy outlets to cope with stress aren’t as readily available in the International District as are alcohol and cigarettes in neighborhood stores.</p> <p>To counteract this on-the-ground reality, MC:ID creates opportunities that emphasize supportive relationships and shared leadership. These range from cooking classes to project meetings. Every MC:ID strategy, activity, and decision is led by young men of color, who participate in workshops to strengthen their understanding of community determinants of health, social-emotional health, and policy strategy, all while building healthy relationships with one another.</p> <p>As peer educators, these young men support each other “to take action in their community and be the problem solvers,” said Raul C., one of the many young men who contribute to MC:ID’s shared vision. They are paid for their work, gain invaluable professional skills, advocate for their community, and cultivate leadership; these are all elements they have identified for improving their wellbeing.</p> <p>Like MC: ID, there are other initiatives throughout the US that are taking on community conditions that are harmful to good mental health among people of color, the LGBTQ community, and other groups that have been marginalized by mainstream culture and policies. In Tacoma-Pierce County, near Seattle, Washington, the health department partners with grassroots organizations to strengthen social connections and community resilience among men and boys and LGBTQ people of color in communities where adverse childhood and community experiences are widespread. The initiative has served close to 500 individuals with culturally grounded activities such as the All My Relations program for indigenous youth, and Paddles Up, Families Strong, which ties urban natives to deep cultural practices such as the Tribal Canoe Journey.</p> <p>The centerpiece of the Tacoma-Pierce County program, called 253 Making Connections, is a participatory budgeting process through which community members—who have a deep understanding of what types of support their community needs—have decided to fund people of color-led grassroots organizations to lead the activities described above. This model shifts power from organizations back to communities, distributing leadership and decision-making more equitably.</p> <p>The programs in Albuquerque and Tacoma-Pierce County, both of which are part of the Making Connections for Mental Health and Wellbeing Among Men and Boys initiative, funded by the Movember Foundation, have several common elements:</p> <ul> <li>They intentionally engage community members, particularly those who have been historically excluded, in determining solutions and strategies that promote healing, build trust, and foster resilience. This is because people with lived experience bring a deep understanding and awareness of their own needs, which helps them design effective solutions.</li> <li>They understand that trauma is a collective experience and therefore healing is strongest when it’s a community experience. Healing can take place during group conversations, recreational or vocational activities, civic engagement, and culturally grounded rituals. Artistic and cultural expression can be especially powerful conveyors for understanding a group’s trauma and pain and can also serve as doorways to healing and resilience.</li> <li>They often support peer networks and counselors to open a channel of communication with community members who may not feel comfortable with traditional mental health structures. Peer networks have the additional benefit of creating leadership opportunities for community members and fostering social connection for everyone involved in them.</li> </ul> <p>We’ve had the privilege of working with a dozen communities who are bringing together partners in the housing, education, and social services worlds with grassroots organizations and, most importantly, community members to improve mental health at the community level. The power and creativity of these approaches is truly impressive, and they deserve more attention, not just during minority mental health month, but all year long.</p> <hr /> <p><em>Ruben Cantu and Dana Fields-Johnson work at the national nonprofit <a href="https://www.preventioninstitute.org/">Prevention Institute</a>. They both support the <a href="https://www.preventioninstitute.org/projects/making-connections-mental-health-and-wellbeing-among-men-and-boys">Making Connections for Mental Health and Wellbeing Among Men and Boys initiative</a>.</em></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/minority-mental-health" hreflang="en">minority mental health</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=11327&amp;2=comment_node_blog_post&amp;3=comment_node_blog_post" token="LmOpZYEylO_yvHBbUZIH5H6Gc0HYuS833LssvL_9LR0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 29 Aug 2019 18:57:40 +0000 JCheang 11327 at https://www.mhanational.org https://www.mhanational.org/blog/improve-mental-health-we-need-take-social-and-racial-injustice#comments The Key to Breaking Mental Health Stigma: Online Education https://www.mhanational.org/blog/key-breaking-mental-health-stigma-online-education <span>The Key to Breaking Mental Health Stigma: Online Education</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-post-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="item-image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2019-07/laptops.jpg" alt="people working on laptops" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/jcheang" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">JCheang</span></span> <span>Wed, 05/22/2019 - 11:25</span> <div class="field field--name-field-post-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item">June 21, 2019 </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><em>By Marjorie Morrison, CEO &amp; President of Psych Hub</em></p> <p>Through my four years as CEO and founder of PsychArmor, I learned firsthand how to create a movement through online learning. As I looked deeper into issues that veterans face, the more I learned how prevalent those issues are to the entire country’s population.</p> <p>There are harrowing stats.</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids/opioid-overdose-crisis">Over 100 Americans die a day from an opioid overdose.</a></li> <li>Suicide claims one death every <a href="https://save.org/about-suicide/suicide-facts/">twelve minutes</a>.</li> <li>A quarter of the working population self-reportedly suffers from<a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/15/us-firms-aim-to-fight-workplace-stress-amid-rise-of-employee-burnout.html"> burn out.</a></li> </ul> <p>These stats and many others support the claim that we are in the midst of a mental health crisis.</p> <p>Everyone experiences mental health symptoms at some point in their lives, which is why having access to free, credible content is crucial to our overall well-being. While there is an overwhelming amount of information and resources on mental health online, it can be challenging and time-consuming to sift through the digital noise when one hopes to learn more about a condition that may be affecting yourself or a loved one.</p> <p>Through screening tools, like <a href="https://screening.mentalhealthamerica.net/screening-tools">those provided by Mental Health America</a>, and short, engaging video content, organizations are increasingly creating the right tools for people to learn. Finding these resources early on in their journey can help them take the crucial next step in getting help or feeling comfortable to talk about what they are experiencing. With these goals in mind, Psych Hub was founded this past year to provide <a href="https://psychhub.com/?utm_medium=partner-marketing&amp;utm_source=mha&amp;utm_campaign=organic-aquisition&amp;utm_content=link-blog-post">free, best-in-class mental health education</a> for everyone.</p> <p>We believe that online education and tools are the key to generating awareness; these resources are widely available at any time and place. They can provide individuals with an anonymous experience – an essential factor for many in gaining knowledge on what can be a sensitive topic.</p> <p>In the mental health space, you hear a lot about sharing stories to help break the stigma. I believe storytelling is one of the most impactful tools in changing how we view and talk about mental health conditions. With the increased use and familiarity of social media, individual stories are more accessible, visible, and capable of generating momentum to form larger communities of support.</p> <p>When someone hears about another’s experience with mental health, it helps that person feel less alone. Personal stories help normalize mental health conditions and can encourage open dialogue between individuals who may be struggling but are afraid to talk about how they are feeling.</p> <p>Education is the first step to breaking the stigma surrounding mental health. As a culture, we often overlook the fact that without knowledge and understanding of topics ranging from common symptoms to getting treatment, individuals may find it far more difficult to share their stories.</p> <p>Get educated, share your stories, show compassion, and don’t judge. Together we can change the current mental health climate.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/mental-health" hreflang="en">mental health</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=2561&amp;2=comment_node_blog_post&amp;3=comment_node_blog_post" token="lYP4WFEMlmSDSesY4a_fWIYuIc7gnaZxC36_Pwp_1bA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Wed, 22 May 2019 15:25:14 +0000 JCheang 2561 at https://www.mhanational.org https://www.mhanational.org/blog/key-breaking-mental-health-stigma-online-education#comments A Boy, His Anorexia, and the Heart That Saved His Life https://www.mhanational.org/blog/boy-his-anorexia-and-heart-saved-his-life <span>A Boy, His Anorexia, and the Heart That Saved His Life</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-post-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="item-image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2019-07/Non%20Wels.jpg" alt="Non Wels profile picture" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/jcheang" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">JCheang</span></span> <span>Tue, 06/04/2019 - 08:56</span> <div class="field field--name-field-post-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item">June 04, 2019 </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><em>By Non Wels, feely human and creator of You, Me, Empathy</em></p> <p><em>(Trigger warning: Disordered eating, weight, and suicidal ideation are mentioned in this blog post.)</em></p> <p><strong>I’m a man in recovery from Anorexia Nervosa.</strong></p> <p>As a man, I’m not here to show you how strong I am, how impervious to crying I am, how in the face of an emotional peculiarity—or emotion, period—I find the willpower to stuff it down then proceed to crush a beer can in my bare hands. I am not here to show you what a man<em> should</em> be. Because the truth is that there are no <em>shoulds</em>.</p> <p>At 18, I began starving myself.</p> <p>I spent four brutal years doing everything I could possibly think of to repress my heart (not as a means to be more <em>manly</em>, but as a mechanism of <em>survival</em>)—such as attempting to mediate my parents’ failing marriage, running for 10-20-30 miles at a time until the agony of my physical body shrieked louder than the agony in my heart, journeying abroad to study literature in The Land That Knows No Sun (Wales), and fondly wondering if killing myself in a Welsh bathtub would be romantic enough.</p> <p>And at 22, the doctor told me my heart would take its final, desperate beat in my chest unless I swiftly upped my caloric intake and changed… something.</p> <p>When the doctor told me that my heart was not long for this world, I was 118 pounds (down from 175, my healthy weight). My hair was a brittle forest—clumps would take swan dives off my scalp on the regular. My skin, thin and pallid, was an arid wasteland no amount of lotion could remedy. My bones reverberated in pain persistently, from the knobby knees that felt in need of full orthoscopic replacements to the feet that were composed of cracked egg shells.</p> <p>I was dying but I realized that I didn’t want to die. <strong>My heart,</strong> which spent 20+ years locked away in my Heart Guard—a protection against the violence and rage of an abusive father—needed to be open. I needed to look inward at my heart for the first time in my life. And my living depended on it.</p> <p><strong>So, I changed my heart.</strong></p> <p>The next decade, my 20s, I stumbled greatly: I tried therapy for the first time, I relapsed in my eating disorder; I abused alcohol; I wrote a lot; I slept way less; I moved to New York; I broke hearts; I found love; I worked in Alaska; I over-exercised; I started the slow, arduous process of looking inward to see what this big, maroon muscle in my chest was all about.</p> <p>And in my 30s (I’ll be 38 this year), I haven’t figured out all the secrets of the heart, but I’ve learned this: It wasn’t the reintegration of food that saved my life, it was the recognition that my heart wasn’t meant to be a prisoner, but rather a leader, and an unabashedly feely guide on a path toward self-acceptance, self-discovery, self-love, connection, growth, and empathy.</p> <p>And that’s the capable beauty of your heart, too—no matter how you identify, each of us, every single one of us feely humans on this pale blue dot has a heart.</p> <p><strong>I’ve learned to follow my heart’s lead.</strong> Find strength in its guidance. Look inward and accept that I—yes, me, who still struggles with this—has the strength of vulnerability, of empathy, of connecting and growing and learning and recovering and healing.</p> <p>Societal constructs, cultural artifices, regressive gender norms—tell us that men can’t <em>feel </em>our feelings, that we need to be beacons of strength, that we need to toughen up, that we need to<em> man up</em> and <em>be men</em>. I say no to that. If there <em>are</em> any <em>shoulds</em> in this world, it’s this: we <em>should not</em> be pawns in a war against matters of the heart.</p> <p>As men, I believe we need to shed these insidious, patriarchal assumptions of our place on this pale blue dot—not with our fists—but with our intrinsic and wholly human capacity for emotional vulnerability, empathy, and the indelible inward-seeking journeys we take to navigate and understand our feelings.</p> <hr /> <p>Non Wels is a mental health advocate, writer, doggo lover, runner, empath, and feely human. He has depression, anxiety, and is in recovery from Anorexia Nervosa, but these are just components of him, not all of him. Non is also the creator of the podcast and community:<a href="https://nonwels.com/you-me-empathy"> You, Me, Empathy</a>, a safe space for others to share their mental health stories. He believes deeply in the power of vulnerability and empathy as integral foundational elements to recovery and mental health awareness. Non writes abouts mental health, his eating disorder journey, and other feely things at NonWels.com. Connect with Non on Instagram <a href="https://www.instagram.com/youmeempathy/">@YouMeEmpathy</a>.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/eating-disorders" hreflang="en">eating disorders</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=2566&amp;2=comment_node_blog_post&amp;3=comment_node_blog_post" token="HP_uYt5hVwfFgVWN9jYCTERjkfXb4a4C2XJEGpFNWUE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 04 Jun 2019 12:56:03 +0000 JCheang 2566 at https://www.mhanational.org https://www.mhanational.org/blog/boy-his-anorexia-and-heart-saved-his-life#comments How a bike exchange in Honolulu supports community mental health https://www.mhanational.org/blog/how-bike-exchange-honolulu-supports-community-mental-health <span>How a bike exchange in Honolulu supports community mental health</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-post-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="item-image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2019-07/For%20Bike%20Blog.jpg" alt="Guy working on bikes" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/jcheang" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">JCheang</span></span> <span>Tue, 05/28/2019 - 07:56</span> <div class="field field--name-field-post-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item">May 28, 2019 </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><em>By Christine Williams and Wil Crary</em></p> <p>Every day at 3:30pm, young men in a neighborhood near downtown Honolulu participate in a culture circle at the Kalihi Valley Instructional Bike Exchange (KVIBE), where they learn how to repair bikes. For the young men in Kalihi Valley, KVIBE is a second home that offers play, mentorship, and skill-building. They begin each culture circle by sharing their names, homes, and ancestors. This opening practice reinforces their sense of identity and why they matter. Jeffrey Acido, an education and training specialist who works with KVIBE, says, “Anyone who can say these things with confidence has love for themselves – this is mental wellbeing.”</p> <p>KVIBE is set within Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services (KKV), a comprehensive community health center that uses the community’s cultural traditions to help community members—many of whom are immigrants who feel dislocated from their homelands—heal and thrive. KKV recognizes that social connection and physical activity directly impact mental health, which is why 15 of their programs focus on improving the physical, mental, and spiritual health of more than 10,000 people each year.</p> <p>The bike exchange is a creative example of how to improve community mental health and address larger community needs like social cohesion, a sense of belonging, and physical activity. This is especially important in Kalilhi Valley, where structural inequities that perpetuate poverty, loss of cultural identity, and low-educational attainment have put men and boys at risk of depression, stress, and chronic physical health conditions.</p> <p><strong>Recreation and social connections boost mental health and general wellness.</strong></p> <p>Positive self-image, environmental stewardship, and physical activity are at the core of what it means to be a young man in the bike exchange, where members support one another as mechanics and athletes. In addition to their daily culture circles, each year KVIBE youth leaders host the Kalihi Ahupua`a Ride, an educational bike ride open to the public where cyclists ride from mauka (mountain) to makai (ocean).</p> <p>The eight-mile ride includes “story stops” where riders can learn about the cultural and historical significance of each place. KVIBE uses physical activity strategically, linking it back to cultural identity and social connection, which addresses many of the issues that community members in Kalihi face.</p> <p><strong>Mental health is impacted by community conditions</strong></p> <p>KVIBE is part of the Making Connections for Mental Health and Wellbeing Among Men and Boys initiative, funded by the Movember Foundation. Making Connections is made up of 13 community-based coalitions that are working to improve the community conditions that exacerbate mental health challenges and support wellbeing for men and boys of color and military servicemembers, veterans and their families. All the Making Connections sites—like the one in Honolulu—are taking innovative approaches to improving mental health and wellbeing by focusing on strategies like increasing social connection, creating opportunities for sports and recreation, and improving the availability of safe, affordable housing.</p> <p>They also make sure the men and boys who are part of their programs—whose voices are often left out of the conversation about mental health, despite experiencing depression, anxiety, and social trauma first-hand—are part of the decision-making about what the programs will focus on. At KVIBE, the young men and boys are encouraged to lead the design of program activities, become mentors to younger boys, advocate for community improvements like increased and improved bike lanes with policymakers, and coordinate major efforts like the Kalihi Ahupua`a Ride.</p> <p>The deliberate culture that KVIBE has created should not be the exception to the rule. The ability to build a community where young people can talk about their ancestors with pride while literally keeping their blood flowing, is a crucial support to their mental health. Our nation’s mental health stands a lot to gain from incorporating opportunities for recreation and physical activity into all neighborhoods and communities.</p> <hr /> <p><em>Christine Williams and Wil Crary work at Prevention Institute, a national nonprofit that coordinates the Making Connections for Mental Health Among Men and Boys initiative.</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/Christine%20Williams.jpg" style="height:123px; width:100px" /><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/Wil%20Crary%20_0.JPG" style="height:123px; width:92px" /></em></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/4mind4body" hreflang="en">4mind4body</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=2563&amp;2=comment_node_blog_post&amp;3=comment_node_blog_post" token="P43PN5S7R5H-0yPg5jBQxHsUuIng2tJy3G_Kh_99EIQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 28 May 2019 11:56:41 +0000 JCheang 2563 at https://www.mhanational.org https://www.mhanational.org/blog/how-bike-exchange-honolulu-supports-community-mental-health#comments How Company Culture May Be Impacting Your Mental Health https://www.mhanational.org/blog/how-company-culture-may-be-impacting-your-mental-health <span>How Company Culture May Be Impacting Your Mental Health</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-post-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="item-image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2019-07/writing%20on%20tablet.jpg" alt="writing on tabley" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/tadams" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">TAdams</span></span> <span>Tue, 05/28/2019 - 15:48</span> <div class="field field--name-field-post-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item">May 28, 2019 </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><em>By Taylor Adams, Manager, Workplace Mental Health</em></p> <p>Think back to the last time you were struggling at work because of stress or a personal issue. Did you talk to your supervisor about it? When was the last time you took a day off for your mental health? Work-related stress is common in the workplace, but your company’s culture and your relationship with your supervisor play a major role in how you perform your job and manage your stress.</p> <p>Mental Health America (MHA) just released its 2019 <a href="/sites/default/files/Work Health Survey 2019.pdf">Mind the Workplace</a> Report to explore how company culture and supervisor-employee communications impact an employee’s confidence, motivation, and pride in their workplace. Based on its findings, an employee’s pride was most correlated to company culture and the managerial style of a supervisor.</p> <p>A company culture with safe and open communication is essential to employee engagement and wellbeing. A company culture where employees do not feel safe to report unfair practices and supervisors disregard employee feedback breeds an unhealthy work environment. Of the employees surveyed, 54 percent said that they would not report unfair practices to management or human resources. When employees don’t feel safe to report issues such as bullying or sexual harassment or don’t feel that their input matters, an unhealthy company culture perpetuates.</p> <p>Media often reports on examples of unhealthy company culture in industries like entertainment and technology where unfair practices persist as part of the culture. Only when these issues catch the public’s attention do companies consider changes to their workplace culture. Meanwhile, employees who do not feel comfortable talking about their stress to a supervisor often experience negative consequences, including sleep troubles, job dissatisfaction, and lower levels of confidence, motivation, and presenteeism.</p> <p>Along with a work environment of open and safe communication, the importance of a communicative managerial style cannot be overstated. Only half of employees surveyed reported that they receive enough guidance from supervisors to perform their jobs well. Supervisors can incorporate certain practices to better support their employees including regularly checking in, remaining objective in workplace conflict, and valuing feedback. These practices can help decrease workplace stress and boost employee motivation. With the support and guidance of a supervisor, an employee can feel more confident and equipped to perform their job well.</p> <p>To download the full 2019 Mind the Workplace Report, click <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="67703cd5-c62c-48fc-82c4-648462234327" href="/node/1592">here</a>.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/workplace-wellness" hreflang="en">workplace wellness</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=2564&amp;2=comment_node_blog_post&amp;3=comment_node_blog_post" token="47hpXuuReE4as28RRg_snwg-v-mBI-nrxbySx6yHbzs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 28 May 2019 19:48:15 +0000 TAdams 2564 at https://www.mhanational.org https://www.mhanational.org/blog/how-company-culture-may-be-impacting-your-mental-health#comments 8 Things You Should Know About Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) https://www.mhanational.org/blog/8-things-you-should-know-about-body-dysmorphic-disorder-bdd <span>8 Things You Should Know About Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-post-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <div class="item-image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2019-07/Screen%20Shot%202019-07-15%20at%2012.50.11%20PM.png" alt="brain image" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/jcheang" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">JCheang</span></span> <span>Thu, 05/23/2019 - 12:12</span> <div class="field field--name-field-post-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item">May 23, 2019 </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>1.<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a serious mental illness.</strong></span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><img alt="mental illness" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/serious%20mental%20illness.gif" style="width: 75%; height: 75%;" /></strong></span><br /> <a href="http://giphy.com/gifs/depression-anxiety-tw-anxious-thoughts-NPG9mH0F40DAc" style="font-size: 10px; line-height: 20.48px;">via: GIPHY</a><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em; font-size: 14px;">This is a psychiatric disorder that is related to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It most commonly begins around puberty, and it affects both men and women.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">2.</span><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="line-height: 1.6em; white-space: pre;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Someone with BDD focuses on something about their appearance that may be real or imagined.</span></strong></span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><span style="line-height: 1.6em;"><img alt="real or not real" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/mockingjay-part-2-real-or-not-real.gif" style="width: 75%; height: 75%;" /></span></strong></span><br /> <a href="http://www.teen.com/2015/11/20/movies/reasons-peeta-mellark-sucks-in-hunger-games/attachment/mockingjay-part-2-real-or-not-real/" style="color: rgb(63, 138, 202); text-decoration: none; font-size: 10px; line-height: 20.48px;">via: teen.com</a><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em; font-size: 14px;">Individuals with BDD are preoccupied with at least one perceived defect or flaw in their physical appearance, which may not be observable to others, or appears only slight. These preoccupations can focus on any part of the body, but the most common areas are the skin, hair, and nose. For example, someone may be concerned that their nose is too large when it is considered to be ordinary by everyone else. Or they might be focused on a visible (but almost unnoticeable) scar.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">3.</span><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="line-height: 1.6em; white-space: pre;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Obsessive and repetitive behaviors are a central part of BDD.</span></strong></span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><span style="line-height: 1.6em;"><img alt="repetition" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/repetition.gif" style="width: 75%; height: 75%;" /></span></strong></span><br /> <a href="http://giphy.com/gifs/erdalinci-art-loop-2013-RkDNDQAaDvIFG" style="font-size: 10px; line-height: 20.48px;">via: GIPHY</a><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em; font-size: 14px;">Individuals with BDD develop a body focused repetitive behavior in response to the real or imagined preoccupations that they have with their appearance. Examples of these behaviors are hair pulling, skin picking, cheek biting, or mirror checking.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">4.</span><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="line-height: 1.6em; white-space: pre;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">BDD is not the same thing as being self-obsessed.</span></strong></span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><span style="line-height: 1.6em;"><img alt="attention" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/schmidt.gif" style="width: 75%; height: 75%;" /></span></strong></span><br /> <a href="http://giphy.com/gifs/new-girl-celebrate-schmidt-DDGNs2W0mTPoY" style="font-size: 10px; line-height: 20.48px;">via: GIPHY</a><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em; font-size: 14px;">Individuals with BDD will focus on their appearance, but this does not mean that they are self-obsessed. Individuals with BDD suffer from a serious mental illness that influences the way that they view themselves. BDD causes individuals to feel ashamed of their appearance, rather than love it. &nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">5.</span><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="line-height: 1.6em; white-space: pre;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Individuals with BDD suffer from a lot of shame.</span></strong></span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><span style="line-height: 1.6em;"><img alt="shame" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/george%20michael.gif" style="width: 75%; height: 75%;" /></span></strong></span><br /> <a href="http://giphy.com/gifs/sad-arrested-development-george-michael-EYmAHLpw5LBbG" style="font-size: 10px; line-height: 20.48px;">via: GIPHY</a><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em; font-size: 14px;">Many individuals with BDD report having experienced some form of body shaming during their lifetime, which leads to low self-esteem and internal shame. Research suggests that internal shame arises in response to internal repugnance of one’s appearance and external body shame arises from anticipation of social evaluation and rejection of one’s appearance.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">6.</span><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="line-height: 1.6em; white-space: pre;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">BDD demands attention and it can disrupt your life.</span></strong></span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><span style="line-height: 1.6em;"><img alt="pay attention" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/attention.gif" style="width: 75%; height: 75%;" /></span></strong></span><br /> <a href="http://giphy.com/gifs/wwe-cm-punk-gif-81Ja1qE3lfmG4" style="font-size: 10px; line-height: 20.48px;">via: GIPHY</a><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em; font-size: 14px;">Concerns caused by BDD are unwanted, but they are usually difficult to resist or control, and on average they occur 3-8 hours per day. These thoughts and concerns make it difficult for people with BDD to focus on other important tasks.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">7.</span><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="line-height: 1.6em; white-space: pre;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">BDD can cause a lot of stress and negatively impact academic performance.</span></strong></span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><img alt="school stress" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/school%20stress.gif" style="width: 75%; height: 75%;" /><br /> <a href="https://media.giphy.com/media/l41lOinT0rjs1VRSg/giphy.gif" style="font-size: 10px; line-height: 20.48px;">via:GIPHY</a><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em; font-size: 14px;">Time consuming thoughts about appearance make it difficult to focus on schoolwork, and it can lead to students failing tests and having trouble concentrating in class. It can also interfere with an individual’s ability to interact with classmates and teachers, and may even prevent students from attending school at all.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">8.</span><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="line-height: 1.6em; white-space: pre;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Treatment usually involves therapy and/or medication.</span></strong></span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.6em;"><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">&nbsp;</span></strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><span style="line-height: 1.6em;"><img alt="therapy" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/therapy.gif" style="width: 75%; height: 75%;" /></span></strong></span><br /> <a href="http://gph.is/28Qjowe" style="font-size: 10px; line-height: 20.48px;">via: GIPHY</a><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em; font-size: 14px;">Evidence suggests that both cognitive-behavioral therapy and medication may effectively reduce symptoms of BDD. Some individuals with BDD may attempt to use cosmetic surgery to fix their preoccupations, but this is rarely successful.&nbsp;</span></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/mental-health" hreflang="en">mental health</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=2447&amp;2=comment_node_blog_post&amp;3=comment_node_blog_post" token="hCFGJcuHu4hE56q6zZSiAlLmkxDsuDLD1J_pP3l2olY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 23 May 2019 16:12:21 +0000 JCheang 2447 at https://www.mhanational.org https://www.mhanational.org/blog/8-things-you-should-know-about-body-dysmorphic-disorder-bdd#comments