Mental health stigma at the workplace is alive and kicking. In a recent survey, conducted in the United Kingdom by the London-based Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, an overwhelming majority of 85 percent of the participants agreed about stigma linked to mental health issues. Some 58 percent of the respondents disclosed that they would be uncomfortable sharing details of their illness with their manager. Only 20 percent considered their managers to be capable of providing support to them. Also, a resounding 26 percent disclosed that when they took a day off from work because of stress or any other such condition, they had fibbed about the reason. Women were more likely to lie about their illness and take a day off. Continue reading
Mental health problems usually bring in isolation and loneliness. Individuals with psychiatric disorders tend to detach themselves from others because of their negative feelings and tendency to doubt their abilities. Therefore, friends and family members of those suffering from mental illnesses find it tough to take care of them without making them feel low. Continue reading
The general assumption about a person smiling is that he or she is happy, relaxed and enjoying life. Nevertheless, according to the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), an individual who appears to be happy and goes about his or her daily chores comfortably, but is still unable to enjoy life, might be suffering from smiling depression.
In simple words, smiling depression is a depressive disorder in which a person appears to be happy despite battling an inner turmoil. Characterized by atypical symptoms, smiling depression is hard to detect as people suffering from this disorder generally do well in their professional, social and personal lives. Continue reading
While the general awareness about mental health problems is on the rise in the United States, stigmas and misperceptions surrounding them are still prevalent among Americans, a recent survey reveals. According to the survey conducted on 3,000 U.S. adults, 70 percent of the respondents were comparatively more open to talking about mental health than a decade ago. Continue reading
“The best thing you could do is master the chaos in you. You are not thrown into the fire, you are the fire.”
– Mama Indigo, Author Continue reading
Prince William has asked football clubs to do more to help players improve their mental health. The Duke of Cambridge made his comments recently while meeting with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse at Sporting Chance in Liphook, Hampshire. Prince William, who is the president of the Football Association (FA), acknowledged the survivors’ ability to tackle issues such as racism while performing well in sports. Sporting Chance, founded by former England football captain Tony Adams, supports people from professional sports deal with mental health and addiction problems. Continue reading
The month of September is being observed as the National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in the United States. It is a good time to make an effort to openly talk about the taboo topic. Working in this direction, a conference was held to understand the biology of the suicidal brain and possible role of genetics in triggering suicide. Organized by the USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, on Sept. 9, 2017, the 2nd Annual Suicide Awareness & Prevention Conference had over 250 people in attendance. The conference with the theme, “Shattering the Silence,” saw mental health experts from across the country discussing about suicide prevention and finding ways to support people with depression. Continue reading
“I’m here today to announce that the program known as Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA), that was effectuated under the Obama administration, is being rescinded,” Attorney General (AG) Jeff Sessions declared recently. The announcement that came in the first week of September 2017, was enough to stun Dona Cantu (name changed), an immigrant who grew up in America and considers California her home. A pall of hopelessness descended upon her. Suddenly, everything she had worked so hard to achieve, seemed endangered. Continue reading
Individuals grappling with mental disorders like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may soon be treated with video games, instead of pills. According to media reports, approval for a new video game is pending with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which can be used to treat ADHD. Continue reading
“Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.” — Mother Teresa.
Loneliness has always been associated with negative feelings, with researchers drawing parallels between mental illnesses and loneliness. According to a 2014 study published in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research (JCDR), lonely people are more vulnerable to depressive symptoms. The study had reported an association between loneliness and severe conditions like dementia, alcohol abuse, chronic stress, suicide ideation, poor sleep and personality disorder. Continue reading