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By Mike Veny


"Who am I?" This is a question I silently ask myself right before I meditate each day. Despite my persistence, life hasn't provided me with any clear answers about who I am.

However, I've begun to detect some of the components of my identity.

  1. Spirituality - My spirituality...

By Michele Hellebuyck, MHA Policy and Programs Manager

Bullying is often considered something we think about when recalling moments from our childhood. We automatically turn to the experiences of youth in middle school or high school. But as adults we also experience bullying, and despite a change in environment and age, the look and feel of the bully is the same. They are individuals that have been given, and have assumed, the power to...

By Sachin Doshi, MHA Director of Development

This article was originally written with a South Asian audience in mind and was originally published in the March 2018 issue of Young Minds, a periodical e-magazine produced by Young Jains of America (YJA). All content is reproduced and modified with permission. You can access the original article here....

By Sachin Doshi, Director of Development

This post was informed in part by the Man Therapy campaign, which was developed through the work of Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas and others. It is incorporated here with permission.

Hi there. Man here. I’ve worked for Mental Health America for over three years, and sometimes, I still find it hard to talk about how I’m feeling. Why is this? We have robust...

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

If you’ve talked to anyone at Mental Health America (MHA) in the past few years about our goal to achieve better health and behavioral care integration, chances are you’ve heard an earful about an impediment called “42 CFR Part 2.”

That may not be the case much longer.

42 CFR Pt. 2 is an archaic federal regulation that dates to the early 1970s – when...

By Madeline Halpern, MHA Policy and Programs Analyst

Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) offer support to employees struggling with personal and work-related problems.

The support typically takes the form of counseling, referrals, or follow up services. Primarily, EAPs focus on mental health, financial planning, legal aid, or childcare related problems experienced by employees. According to the International Employee Assistance Professional...

By Caren Howard, MHA Advocacy Manager and Debbie Plotnick, MHA Vice President of Mental Health Systems and Advocacy

Under current law, complex patient consent requirements make it difficult or impossible for patients and providers in health care settings to share data related to substance use disorders (SUD) and co-occurring physical and behavioral health conditions.

The House is ready to move on opioid legislation, and MHA asks for your...

By Madeline Halpern, MHA Policy and Programs Analyst

If you are what you eat, does that mean food can change the way you think?

Based on what Mental Health America (MHA) discover in our screening data, the answer is a resounding yes.

According to the National Institute of Health, 1 in 5 Americans has a digestive disease, which can mean anything from needing a specific diet to needing surgery on an...

By Madeline Halpern, MHA Policy and Programs Analyst

Everyone knows that feeling tired can make you grumpy, but does sleep impact your mental health in other ways?

Based on what Mental Health America (MHA) discovered in our screening data, the answer is a resounding yes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), teens should be getting 8 to...

By Steven Feldman, Executive Directory of HABRI

The relationship between man and animal dates back centuries. Time has transformed this relationship from being one based on utility to one based on love and family.

Now more than ever, pets are kept for companionship over all else; they are an important and valued part of the family. Dogs and cats have moved from sleeping outside to sleeping next to us...


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