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Advocating for Veterans’ Mental Health Gave Me a New Purpose in Life

Sharing my story became a way to help build more understanding around mental health and the veteran experience.

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Writing to Spread Awareness about Bipolar Disorder

I write not only for myself but for those who cannot tell their own stories.

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Advocating for Veterans’ Mental Health Gave Me a New Purpose in Life

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Writing to Spread Awareness about Bipolar Disorder

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Being Queer is Joyful

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Surviving the Bed Shortage in Mental Health Treatment Facilities: A Teenager’s Experience

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Getting Involved with NAMI on My College Campus

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Understanding and Assessing Self-Harm: What You Need to Know

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Early Psychosis Intervention

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I Wish They’d Seen It Sooner: Growing Up Undiagnosed

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Navigating Early Recovery from Schizophrenia

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Discovering Self-Love and Acceptance after Tragedy and Mental Illness

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Transcending the Self-Stigma From my Youth

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Reminding My Younger Self That I’m “More Than Enough”

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Dealing with Schizophrenia in a Crowded Restaurant

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Determining The Credibility of Social Media Mental Health “Experts”

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My Fight for Recovery

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What No One Told Me About Being in a Psych Hospital

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The Dual Life of Being a Peer with Bipolar Disorder and a Mental Health Clinician

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Navigating Depression and Medical Leave from College

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Losing a Client to Suicide: Navigating the Aftermath as a Therapist

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Separating My Identity From a Schizophrenia Diagnosis

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Certified Peer Specialists: An Untapped Opportunity

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What I’ve Learned on My Mental Health Journey

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The Importance of Treatment Adherence and Coordinated Care

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Understanding the Necessity of Community First Response

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Thriving on the Bipolar Spectrum: Changing the Narrative with Stories of Lived Experience

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Lessons in Advocacy from a State and Federal Legislative Staffer

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Celebrating NAMI’s Role in Advocating for an Improved Criminal Justice System

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How the Justice System Fails Those with Mental Illness

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How Solitary Confinement Contributes to the Mental Health Crisis

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All People Deserve Quality Care, Including Those Who Are Incarcerated

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It’s Not the Hormones: Reflections on a Teenage Girl’s Traumatic Crisis

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More than a Patient: Using a Recovery-Based Approach

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Engaging Your Community in the Mental Health Conversation

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Black Men and Mental Health: Practical Solutions

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Pursuing Motherhood While Living with Mental Illness

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Type 2 Diabetes and Mental Health: Exploring the Connection

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Physical and Mental Illness in Children: Both Need to Be Taken Seriously

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Children Should Not Have to Be Resilient

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Embracing Physical Touch and Meditation for Emotional Well-Being

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How I Cope with Agoraphobia

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My Battle with Skin Picking

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How I Navigated Gender and Sexuality with Multiple Personalities

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How Working as a NAMI HelpLine Volunteer Changed My Life

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Hygiene Indifference: The Symptom We Don’t Talk About

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The Power and Value of Insight

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4 Tips for Sharing Your Mental Health Journey on Social Media

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Ask Dr. Christine: Youth Mental Health

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My Schizophrenia Checklist

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Facing the Aftermath of Abuse: My Ongoing Journey Towards Healing

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Finding the Right Treatment Fit

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How Faith, Family and a Comedy Career Helped My Recovery

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Critical Things to Know About Emotions for Mental Health and Healing

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Why I’m Not Making Any New Year’s Resolutions

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Hanging On the Edge: Rock Climbing and the Therapeutic Relationship

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How I Stay Above Water

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How The Pandemic Helped Me Build a Stronger Self

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How to Cope with Insensitive Comments about Your Mental Health

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Three Questions to Ask a Prospective Therapist

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How Fandom Conventions Allow Me to Be My True Self

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Mental Health Resolutions for the New Year

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The Widely Neglected Healing Power of Music

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Supporting Mental Health in The Workplace

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Living with Both DID and Schizophrenia

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How We Can Improve our Approach to Treating Psychosis

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The “Happiest” Time of The Year: Tips for Managing Holiday Stress

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How to Help Yourself and Others with Suicidal Ideation

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The Importance of Prioritizing Emotional Wellness over Academic Achievement

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Finding Connection: Helping Child Sexual Abuse Survivors in Marginalized Communities

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Emotional Recovery from Psychosis: Trusting and Believing in Yourself Again

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Addressing Youth Mental Health in NAMI’s Next Book

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Thoughts on The Pandemic, Trust Issues and Trauma Survivors

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Expressive Arts Therapy: A Sensory Approach to Trauma Healing

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Managing Mental Illness and Parenthood

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Breaking Through Family Trauma: Finding Healing and Forgiveness

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My Son Has Schizophrenia. This is My Advice to Caregivers.

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Confronting Mental Health Challenges in Rural America

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Navigating Secondary PTSD: Surviving the War That Came Home

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Telling Your Partner about Your Mental Health Diagnosis

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My Son is a Missing Person

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What It’s Like to Inherit Trauma

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What I Wish I Had Known About Borderline Personality Disorder

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What I Want my Neighbors to Know About My Mental Illness

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What I Wish I Had Known: We Don’t Have to Wait for a Crisis

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5 Truths I Discovered on My Road to Recovery

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Lessons Learned: Embracing Treatment and Finding Acceptance

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Surviving Motherhood and Mental Health: What I Wish I Knew When Life Went Off-Script

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What I Wish I Had Known on My 20-Year Mental Health Journey

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Observing 27 Years with OCD

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Five Schizophrenia Coping Skills I Can’t Live Without

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What I Wish I’d Known: The Art of Disclosing

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What I Wish I Had Known About Stigma: I Don’t Want to be “Normal”

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Ageism, Mental Health and Suicide Risk in Older Men

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How Law Enforcement Perpetuated My Son’s Trauma During a Mental Health Crisis

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Changing The Conversation About Suicide

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Sending My Daughter to College, Mental Health Challenges and All

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The Power of Peers: Mutual Inspiration

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A Simple, Yet Powerful Solution to the Mental Health Crisis: Peer Support

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Caring for Those Who Care for Us: Physician Suicide Awareness and Prevention

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I Am Not Alone: Finding Healing with NAMI

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Dealing with Intrusive Thoughts

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