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Racism deniers make it harder to do this incredible, exhausting work

BIPOC mental health

By Caren Howard, Advocacy Manager at Mental Health America

As I continue to read report after report after report of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) dying from COVID at higher rates than whites in America; as I endure each day that goes with the irony that the police officers responsible for the deaths of Breonna Taylor and Elijah McClain live freely and are yet…

(Re) Defining Resilience: A perspective of ‘toughness’ in BIPOC communities

BIPOC mental health

By Gustavo A. Molinar, M.A., Literacy Specialist, Mental Health America of Greater Houston

You may have heard the phrase, 'pull yourself up by the bootstraps,” when faced with failure, adversity, or disappointment. This phrase is referring to resilience, or “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress...it can also involve profound personal growth.” (…

A Black, Christian’s Journey to Mental Wellness

BIPOC mental health:4mind4body

By Morgane Freeman, Marketer/Podcaster/Mental Health Advocate

As a Christian, I find comfort in prayer and the power of my faith. As a Black woman thriving with a mental illness, I know that “faith without works is dead.” (James 2:46) My faith has only empowered me to take care of myself and minister to others.

Throughout all my experiences, I believe God placed me in specific situations to better me and others around me. I…

10 ways to support the healthcare worker in your life

COVID19

By Jessica Kennedy, Chief of Staff at Mental Health America

Our healthcare workers are heroes.

We should have known this - and recognized it - all along, but the COVID-19 pandemic has really shown us just how important our healthcare workers are. They work long hours, risk their own health, lose sleep, cry, skip meals, worry about their families, and keep our nation together.

We have all seen the tremendous impact…

The Legacy of “Deinstitutionalization”

BIPOC mental health:policy

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By Shivani Nishar, Health & Justice Fellow at the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights and member of Mental Health America’s Collegiate Mental Health Innovation Council

In today’s “…

#iamvanessaguillen: The Pandemic of Sexual Assault in the Military

sexual trauma

By Brooksi Bottari, MA, LMHC Director of Veteran Initiatives Melwood Veteran Services

The recent disappearance and murder of Private First Class Vanessa Guillen from Fort Hood has once again shone a light on an ongoing crisis in the military. According to reports, Guillen reported sexual harassment at the hands of a sergeant in her unit and shortly thereafter went missing. The outcry about the way things were handled has led to…