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Black History Month is a time for the world to celebrate, reflect and look at what the past great Black heroes achieved, pioneered, fought for, believe in and stood for. These were extra-ordinary people who were and still are distinguished by their exceptional courage, nobility, strength and who had accomplished extraordinary things. What history are we making today? Do we need another Malcolm X o... »
Rates of depression and anxiety among young people in America have been increasing steadily for the past 50 to 70 years. Today, by at least some estimates, five to eight times as many high school and college students meet the criteria for diagnosis of major depressionand/or anxiety disorder as was true half a century or more ago. This increased psychopathology is not the result of changed diagnost... »
It’s an easy temptation for ministers to make grand statements or use expansive rhetoric when making points or launching initiatives, but sometimes we risk being seen to use sledgehammers to crack nuts. It is refreshing therefore, on World Mental Health Day, to be lending my support to several endeavours which, in different ways, advocate the small and personal things people can do in the pu... »
As most people with mental illness will know, dignity is something they receive in far too short a supply, whether that’s people making decisions for them or assumptions made about their mental faculties. That’s why this year, the focus of World Mental Health Day is around dignity – to help stamp out stigma. To open up conversations surrounding mental health, we asked people what... »
World Mental Health Day 2015: The ‘Single Greatest Illness Affecting Mankind’ Is Not All In The Mind
“I became terrified of everything, afraid to eat, and convinced the baby would die…” Dr. Rebecca Lawrence is a psychiatrist who found herself also being a patient. She was admitted for depressive disorder during the early stages of her career. “I had hoped to train as a psychiatrist myself, and I thought that possibility was now extinguished, that anyone who had been a psychiatric inpa... »