Tag: mental health

Families Impacted by Schizophrenia

Two guests join us. The first is Chrisa Hickey, who is the mother of an adult son with schizophrenia and started an online site for parents of children who have a severe mental illness. The other guest, interviewed by co-host Gabe Howard, is Janel Star Withers, mother of host Rachel Star Withers. Janel shares her […]

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ICE “Deliberately” Denies Medical Care to Detainees, Lawsuit Says

Immigrants in federal immigration custody are deliberately being denied medical and mental health care, a class-action lawsuit filed Monday alleges. The suit, filed in a California federal court by the Southern Poverty Law Center and other immigrant advocacy groups, was brought on behalf of 15 immigrants currently detained at eight different Immigration and Customs Enforcement […]

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We Talked to People in the 11 Percent of Millennials Who ‘Always’ Feel Lonely

Maddie Byrne wishes her life more closely resembled an episode of Friends, or at least some of her friends’ Instagram stories. When her much-older coworkers ask about weekend plans, the 22-year-old customer service rep feels as if she should say that she’s going on a road trip or heading to nearby New Haven, Connecticut, to […]

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The Exhausting Work of LGBTQ Code-Switching

Court, a 25-year-old sales engineer based in Portland who previously identified as a lesbian, told me how their voice changed when they came out as non-binary (all sources in this story have had their last names omitted for privacy and safety). “I would attempt to “masculinize” my voice before—that sort of stable, droning mutter,” they […]

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Black Man Walked With Rope by Mounted Police Has Mental Illness, According to Family: ‘They Don’t Care to Know the Whole Story’

Photo: iStock Family members of Donald Neely, the 43-year-old homeless man who was handcuffed and led by a rope by two white Galveston, Texas, officers on horseback last weekend, said he has struggled with mental illness for years—and that his condition was well documented. Neely—whose arrest went viral after photos of him walking down the […]

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The Unbearable Stress of Being in a Community Under Attack

As the raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement surged earlier earlier this summer, Therapy for Latinx’s founder Brandie Carlos’ Instagram inbox began to fill up. “When the ICE raids were announced, I started to get 30 to 50 messages a day from people in crisis reaching out,” Carlos said. They were saying, ‘I’m undocumented […]

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‘Euphoria’ Is Honest About the Painful, Unglamorous Realities of Depression

On this Sunday’s episode of HBO’s Euphoria, Rue, in a send-up of noir films, imagines herself as a hardboiled detective trying to crack a case that doesn’t quite add up. It’s a moment of fantasy—a bout of mania following a depressive episode in which she watches 22 straight hours of Love Island. Throughout this episode, […]

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Netflix Removed a Graphic Scene from ’13 Reasons Why’

Producers of the Netflix original series 13 Reasons Why announced earlier today that they have edited the graphic and controversial suicide scene from the show’s first season, following years of pushback and “ongoing debate around the show.” The show, adapted from Jay Asher’s 2007 novel of the same name, focuses on the circumstances and effects […]

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Olivia Culpo Opens Up About Her Past Battle with Depression: ‘It’s Ok to Not Be Ok’

Olivia Culpo is getting candid about her past struggles. On Thursday, the model, 27, opened up in an emotional post on Instagram, where she revealed that she had recently battled depression. As she reflected on the hardships she faced in the last few months, in part by comparing two selfies that were taken then and […]

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Take This: Game developers face serious mental health challenges

Take This, a mental health nonprofit organization geared toward game developers, released a white paper today that describes the severe challenges that game makers face as they craft their art. The paper notes the tough mental issues that come from crunch (unpaid overtime), online harassment, layoffs, and job instability. And it also looks at how […]

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If Climate Change Makes You Feel Hopeless, Maybe Religion Can Help

Reverend Jim Antal travels across the country delivering sermons on climate change. Wherever he goes, he meets people who are fearful about the future. “If you speak in California, you’ll meet people who know someone who was killed, or who survived one of the fires,” he said. “This is all over the country, whether it’s […]

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YouTube Star Etika Is Found Dead in NYC, Leaving Thousands of Fans in Mourning

Desmond “Etika” AmofaScreenshot: EtikaFRFX (YouTube) YouTube gaming star Etika was pulled lifeless from New York City’s East River days following his disappearance after he posted video that had fans and loved ones concerned for his safety. New York City police on Tuesday announced the death of the 29-year-old Etika, born Desmond Amofah, after having put […]

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Inside Schizophrenia: A Look into Possible Links Between Violence and Schizophrenia

Studies say people with schizophrenia are more likely to be a victim of a crime than the perpetrator. However, James Holmes, the movie theater mass murderer, was said to have paranoid schizophrenia. And a person can plead not-guilty by reason of insanity in court. This seems to be contrary to the idea of non-violence in […]

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Nigel Shelby’s Mother Says the School System Failed Her Child

Screenshot: National Black Justice Coalition (YouTube) Nigel Shelby, the 15-year-old who committed suicide in Alabama after allegedly being bullied for living his truth, was taken from us too soon. Nigel will never know love, heartbreak, or one day meet his chosen family who would affirm him and make him feel like he had a place […]

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Lamar Odom Discusses Ketamine Use For Addiction And Depression

[embedded content] Share This Video In 2015, Lamar Odom was the most googled person in the world. Not for his basketball skills, but for his personal life — especially his struggle with addiction, which almost led to his death. On a recent episode of People’s Party with Talib Kweli, he told host Kweli that at […]

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Taraji P. Henson’s Groundbreaking Mental Health Summit Is Sure to Make an Impact on Black America’s Quiet Crisis

Taraji P. Henson attends the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation Inaugural “Can We Talk?” Benefit Dinner at the Newseum on June 7, 2019, in Washington, D.C.Photo: Tasos Katopodis (Getty Images for the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation) What Taraji P. Henson has been able to do with her first Boris L. Henson Foundation benefit and conference last […]

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Taraji Henson’s Groundbreaking Mental Health Summit Is Sure to Make an Impact on Black America’s Quiet Crisis

Taraji P. Henson attends The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation Inaugural “Can We Talk?” Benefit Dinner at The Newseum on June 7, 2019, in Washington, D.C.Photo: Tasos Katopodis (Getty Images for The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation) What Taraji P. Henson has been able to do with her first Boris L. Henson Foundation benefit and conference last […]

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Philadelphia’s First Openly Gay Deputy Sheriff Found Dead of Apparent Suicide

Photo: iStock On Friday, Deputy Sheriff Dante Austin was found dead inside the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 27. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the city’s first openly gay deputy sheriff died by suicide, according to findings confirmed by the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office. Advertisement Amber […]

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The Perils of Being ‘Office Oprah’

Illustration: Angelica Alzona (G/O Media) AntisocialThe society column for people afraid of society, written by The Root’s Editor-in-Chief and resident Bipolar Disorder expert/sufferer.   Once upon a time in a newsroom as white as the newly fallen snow, I stood out as the only black person there—woman or otherwise. I was it. It was me. Trying […]

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