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By Michele Hellebuyck, MHA Policy and Programs Manager

As employees, receiving reward and recognition when we perform well makes us feel acknowledged and appreciated. We are also more likely to continue to perform well if our performance results in a positive outcome. This is because recognition and rewards are powerful motivators. They are associated with many of the positive emotions that we want to feel: satisfied, confident, and valuable. For...

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.

The exit polls and the last two weeks of the election underscored this. As voters were making up their minds about their vote,...

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.

Eating disorders among children have increased significantly in the past 20 years. While the greatest prevalence is among adolescents...

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.

I quickly learned who my true friends were. Most...

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

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

On World Mental Health Day, Vice President Joe Biden offered keynote remarks at the Global Summit on Mental Health Culture Change at the House...

By Paul Gionfriddo, MHA President and CEO

This past week, our nation was rocked by hatred three times. The first was when a Kentucky man murdered two people of color. The second was when a Florida man mailed bombs to two ex-Presidents, members of Congress, and other public figures. The third – and most deadly – was when a Pennsylvania man entered a synagogue on the Sabbath...

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

Today, the President signed into law the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act. The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act combines dozens of...

By Therese J. Borchard, Senior Editor at HealthCentral

Of the 7 percent of U.S. adults that experience major depressive disorder each year, only a third seek or receive treatment. Confusion still exists...

By Ellen McGeoch, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships at NeuroFlow

Public sentiment around mental health is nearing a crescendo. With celebrity advocates and professional athletes rallying around the cause, we are finally able to marry decades of research with reality.

This has allowed for dozens of dedicated clinical researchers, including leaders at the ...

By Caren Howard, MHA Advocacy Manager, Nathaniel Counts, MHA Senior Policy Director, and Debbie Plotnick, MHA Vice President of Mental Health & Systems Advocacy

Yesterday, on World Mental Health Day, the Senate voted on S. J. Res. 63, Senator Tammy Baldwin’s resolution of disapproval of short-term, limited-...


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