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Why the Egg Matters


By Paul Gionfriddo, MHA President and CEO, and Madeline Reinert, MHA Policy and Programs Associate

A little more than a month ago, a picture of a brown egg found its way to Instagram. Its original purpose was both straightforward and tongue-in-cheek – to set a record for the greatest number of “likes” of an Instagram post, using an everyday image that had…

A Year Later: What We learned from Parkland


By Paul Gionfriddo, MHA President and CEO

It was a gloomy, rainy day yesterday as I flew into Ft. Lauderdale. Fitting for the week, as today marks a year since the horrifying massacre in Parkland, Florida. It is my first time back to Broward County since the shooting, which happened just 35 miles from my home in Lake Worth.


A Show Worth Watching ‘One Day At A Time’


By America Paredes, MHA Associate Vice President of Partnerships and Community Outreach

Photo courtesy of Netflix

At Mental Health America (MHA), we’ve explored the larger connection between media and mental health in the past - how some shows and movies can perpetuate the misinformation about mental…

Work Reporting Requirements in Medicaid Don’t Work

By Marcie Timmerman, CEO of MHA Kentucky

A growing trend in state and federal Medicaid policy is the establishment of “work requirements” or “community engagement requirements”. Essentially, these involve requiring recipients to report a certain amount of work, education, or volunteer hours or they lose health care…

How Supporting My Sister Taught Me Self-Compassion

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By Taylor Adams, MHA Programs and Operations Manager

There are few choice words I would use describe myself: I am a daughter. I am a sister. I am a friend, a Pinterest enthusiast, a well-intentioned but awful plant mom. And I am a frequent client to my therapist because I have depression. Sometimes it feels like that last descriptor overshadows the other…

How Mental Health Advocacy Helped Me Fully Recover from My Eating Disorder

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By Colleen M. Werner

My eating disorder first started to develop when I was still a child. I heard negative comments about my body from several trusted adults for most of my early childhood, including my pediatrician telling me that I needed to eat more salads and my grandfather telling me that I was built like a linebacker. I watched…

The Invisible Competition: Mental Health Within Athletics


By Olivia Lubarsky, Student-Athlete, Towson University

Imagine a common scenario, two athletes on the bench. One struggling with depression, and one recovering from surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon. Which seems more severe? Glaring social stigma points to the athlete with the physical injury. But mental illnesses are just as…

Seventy Percent of Teens Think Depression and Anxiety are Major Issues Among Their Peers: It’s Time to Support Them in Creating Solutions


by Kelly Davis, Director of Peer Advocacy, Supports, and Services at Mental Health America

New research from Pew Research Center confirmed what many have known: young people are struggling and see…