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Behavioral Health Response:
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Life Crisis Services:
Anywhere in the country, call:
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When it comes to cancer, heart conditions or diabetes, we don't wait until someone is gravely ill to start treatment. We start as soon as they are diagnosed -- before they reach a crisis Stage 4 level. With many diseases, we actually start before the treatment phase...we begin with education, prevention and early detection. And if a disease takes hold, we immediately work to reverse it. So why don't we do the same for someone who is dealing with a potentially serious mental illness? See what MHA is doing to change the way all of us think about mental illness in in Why B4Stage4? and B4Stage4: Changing the Way We Think About Mental Health.
Help Someone in Crisis
5-Minute Breath Exercise
More Support for People-First Language
Mental health advocates enourage everyone to use use "people-first" language. The term refers to speaking and writing in a way that acknowledges the person first, then the condition. It indicates what a person HAS, not what a person IS. For example, one would say, "a person has schizophrenia" rather than "he's schizophrenic." A recent survey confirms that words really do matter. They have the potential to shape the listener's perceptions, as well as, tolerance. Read more in Why You Should Never Use The Term "The Mentally Ill."
Speak Up About Myths
When knowledgeable about the facts, each of us has the potential to speak up when we hear a myth being perpetuated about mental illness. 8 Misconceptions about Mental Health and Mental Illness can help you get familiar with the facts and be part of the solution in ending stigma.
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Talking to Your Child about Violent Trauma
Does Your Parent Have Depression?
Depression can be a sneaky thing, especially for older adults. It's easy to mistake some symptoms of depression as part of the normal slowdown and lifestyle changes that occur as we age. Don't let a treatable condition go unrecognized in your loved ones. Know the subtle cues that can be easily overlooked in 5 Signs Your Parent Is Depressed.
Talk Therapy, Medication, Your Brain
Simple Questions To Help Depression
Whether someone experiences chronic or situational depression, there seems to be value in asking questions in the Socratic form as a helpful coping strategy. Using this method, Psychologist Daniel Strunk is working on a study that identifies The Simple Questions That Really Help People Who Have Depression.
Is Serotonin-Depression Link a Myth?