Be More Mindful of and Put a Stop to the Stigma of Mental Illness

October 9, 2014 5:08 PM

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Friday, Oct. 10 marks World Mental Health Day -- and calls attention to an important topic that deserves more attention. As a psychologist, I'm thrilled to witness the change in society's perceptions of mental illness. Whether you consciously realize it or not, the conversation about emotional well-being has never been louder or stronger. The term "mindfulness" has crept into public discourse and become a subtle code for the importance of mental health as a mainstream topic. After Time magazine's cover story "The Mindful Revolution" put a megaphone on this growing movement, more people than ever are embracing mental wellness in a way that we hadn't seen in quite some time, if ever. I personally have witnessed it my own practice. When new patients call for an appointment, they specifically ask for help with happiness and balance. They seek guidance for living in the present and feeling more passion for life.

While many people yearn for well-being, fewer people understand what having a mental illness really means or even looks like. The state of your mind hasn't always received the same amount of airtime as your body's health. When your body is sick, it tells us. It bruises, bleeds, creeks or coughs. Thi...

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