Bridge House Creates Work, Community for Those with Mental Illness

In the 2013 edition of The Associated Press stylebook, a new entry on mental illness advises journalists to avoid “descriptions that connote pity,” like afflicted with, suffers from or victim of. Pity is a passive emotion, encircled in a closed loop, offering few solutions. At Bridge House, a voluntary drop-in center for adults living with…

Grieving father’s commonsense message about mental illness is a wake-up call

Source: Dallas Morning News / Sharon Grigsby If you live in tight proximity to mental illness — either in your own life or in that of a dearest loved one — you probably have noticed the growing number of heartbreaking, courageous pieces such as the one in yesterday’s Washington Post titled: She ‘loved life:’ A grieving father wrote openly about suicide…

Former NFL star addresses suicide, mental illness stigma

Source: Herald Times / Chris Howell Herschel Walker was running just a bit late. The former Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings running back, the same one who set NCAA rushing records at the University of Georgia on his way to a Heisman Trophy and then tallied more than 13,000 all-purpose yards in his All-Pro professional football…

Teens become mental health ambassadors

Source: Sunderland Echo / Sue Kirby Sixth formers Chloe Manuel and Phoebe Hedley, have been appointed the mental health ambassadors at Whitburn CE Academy. The girls both spoke at the first conference in the North East to address mental health in the region’s schools. Chloe and Phoebe received wide acclaim from the 200-strong delegates at Mental…

Phoenix Nonprofit Trains Teenagers To Help Peers With Stress, Anxiety

With the return of school this fall, the stress level for kids escalates. The pressures of classwork, homework, a part time job, and the new and ever-evolving dynamics of peer groups can all create a lot of tension and anxiety. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and one Phoenix-based nonprofit trains teenagers to help…