Mental Health Justice

Take action to reduce ‘self-stigma’

When it comes to behavioral health care, the term “stigma” is often used to describe the shame or embarrassment some people feel about mental illness.

Therefore, addressing stigma is important because the very concept of shame makes it difficult for many individuals with mental illness to seek help.

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Health and wellness: Is zip code more important than genetic code?

The evidence exceeds the tipping point – that point where compelling ideas by necessity transform into action.

The evidence? Unmet social needs significantly impact our health, especially our emotional well-being. In fact, it is often said that zip code is more important than genetic code in determining overall health and wellness.

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Minority mental health: What can we do together?

Recognizing July as Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, there is no more appropriate time to talk about mental health disparities among minorities.

People of color continue to experience inequitable mental health care, and the solution to closing the gap is long overdue.

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Health equity: When equality is not good enough

When discussing public health, we often hear the terms “health equity”, “health equality” and “health inequality”, but what do they really mean?

What are the subtle variances in meaning, and why is it important to understand these differences?

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The Kennedy Forum Illinois: Mental health justice

The individual voice of mental illness took a stand at the fourth annual Kennedy Forum Illinois, held in Chicago on January 16 and 17, as high-profile speakers shared deeply personal stories related to their mental health struggles.

A leading forum participant, Beacon Health Options (Beacon) joined these speakers in their quest to eradicate stigma.

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