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Biden Foundation Seeks to Change Culture of Mental Health

By Rory Brosius, Advisor for Military Families at the Biden Foundation

Photo: Tinatin Thorp on behalf of Give an Hour, Taken from Biden Foundation 

From a Survivor of Sexual Assault Living with PTSD

By Michelle DiMuria, Founder, Board Member & CEO, BEE Daring Foundation

Hearing “You have PTSD!” changed my life forever!

Never in a million years did I think I’d be diagnosed with PTSD, but I was sexually assaulted, and PTSD followed; it was in the moment I knew I wanted to share my story with others. Shortly after, I self-disclosed my diagnosis by telling close friends and family that I had PTSD.

How to Teach Your Child Body Positivity

By Ana Reisdorf, registered dietician and writer for Walgreens

Today's society has an image-driven culture that focuses on unrealistic standards of beauty for people of all genders, ages, and ethnicities. These standards not only have a negative impact on adults but are impacting children with alarming consequences.

The Lesson of the 2018 Midterms for Our Mental Health

By Paul Gionfriddo, MHA President and CEO

Last week, we tweeted that we should vote as if our mental health depended on it. In the aftermath of this election, it is clear that we did.

Today, the major take-home lesson of yesterday’s election is this: it was mostly about healthcare after all.

Creating a Positive Workplace for Employee Mental Health

By Michele Hellebuyck, MHA Policy and Programs Manager

New Rule Will Worsen State of Mental Health in America

By Caren Howard, MHA Advocacy Manager


“Self-sufficiency” has always been a basic principle of U.S. immigration law. To be admitted to the United States and to qualify for eventual citizenship, an individual must show that he or she has a reasonable prospect of earning a living, or that someone – such as a relative – can provide his or her support. If an individual can’t show this, and is likely to become a “public charge,” he or she generally is not admitted.

3 Unique (and 1 Classic) Gifts for a Loved One Living with a Mental Illness

By Taylor Adams, MHA Programs and Operations Manager

Every year, I make a promise to myself to begin thinking about holiday gifts long before the season starts – usually with little success.

Luckily, I am a huge fan of small gifts that are relatively inexpensive and easy to find last minute. I would even argue that gift cards can be meaningful despite its unsentimental reputation.

MHA Celebrates Another Big Win: CMS Issues New Guidance Covering Many Community-based Mental Health Services

By Nathaniel Counts, MHA Senior Policy Director, and Paul Gionfriddo, President and CEO

Mental Health America (MHA) is celebrating some big policy wins in the latest guidance just released from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

A New Congressional Report on Peers: Another Policy Win

By Kelly A. Davis, MHA Director of Peer Advocacy, Supports, and Services, and Nathaniel Z. Counts, MHA Senior Policy Director

Healthy Workplaces: Creating a Supportive Environment

By Priya Sridhar, Public Policy Student, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Concern over new CMS proposed rule on Six Protected Classes

By Nathaniel Counts, MHA Senior Policy Director

How We Can Break the Back of the Growing Suicide Crisis

By Paul Gionfriddo, MHA President and CEO

A newly released national report has bad news. There is a continuing increase in deaths from suicide for both men and women.

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