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How ‘Pill Shaming’ Hurts Those Who Take Medications for Mental Health

November 13, 2018

Earlier this month, musician Kanye West ranted about politics and slavery following the season premiere of NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Among other elements of his speech, he told audience members that this was the “real” Kanye speaking and he was off his medication, a nod to his earlier revelation that he had been diagnosed with more »

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NAMI Northern Illinois kicks off mental illness awareness week

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) — One in five people in the US lives with a mental illness. NAMI Northern Illinois is kicking off mental illness awareness week by hosting its faces of mental illness event. The event kicked off with performances followed by personal stories told from those recovering from a mental illness. Free depression screenings more »

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The Top Five Things To Know About Buying Health Insurance

Did you know it’s time to sign up for health coverage for 2019? If you need health insurance, you can enroll at HealthCare.Gov. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is still the law and ensures that health coverage is available for those who need it. Here are the top things you need to know: Comprehensive coverage more »

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Facing Discrimination While Advocating

I take my mental health advocacy very seriously. I know firsthand how important progress towards acceptance is. Unfortunately, I also know how it feels to be discriminated against both for my mental illness and as an advocate: miserable, threatened, defeated, paranoid, or that I shouldn’t be advocating at all. Just a series of nasty remarks more »

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Breaking Down Barriers

October 3, 2018

Fighting against the stigma of mental illness and advocating for parity Moments after delivering her first child, a baby girl, Kate sensed that something wasn’t right. Not with the baby, but with herself. “I really wanted nothing to do with my daughter after she was born. I didn’t have that motherly touch.” Kate was a more »

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