May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month Since 1949, Mental Health America and its chapters, along with other mental health advocates across the nation, have led the observance of Mental Health Awareness Month in May. This year, Mental Health Awareness Month’s theme is...

March Is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Over 5 million Americans are estimated to have a developmental disability. March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, which is presented by the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN). This campaign is intended to created awareness about developmental disabilities, tell stories of those who live with a disability, and show their lives.

Incarceration and Behavioral Health

Mental Health America Middle Tennessee, along with its community partners, will host a seminar on this urgent topic, Incarceration and Behavioral Health, at Trevecca Community Church in Nashville on February 21, 2017. Guest speakers will include Leon Evans, creator of The Restoration Center in San Antonio, as well as a representative of National Association of Counties’ Stepping Up Initiative. Continuing Education credits are available for this training, and space is limited. For more information and to register, visit our website at www.mhamt.org.

Is it a Diagnosis or Just a Trait?

Lately, there has been frequent use of the word “narcissist” in news related to politicians and election reporting. However, the use of the word to describe someone is different than a diagnosis for a personality disorder. Merriam-Webster dictionary calls a diagnosis...

Can Physical Pain Ease Emotional Pain?

Can Physical Pain Ease Emotional Pain? The Mayo Clinic says that “Non-suicidal self-injury, often simply called self-injury, is the act of deliberately harming the surface of your own body, such as cutting or burning yourself. It's typically not meant as a suicide...

What if You Think Your Child is Depressed?

Do you suspect that your child is depressed? Depression may look a little different in children than in adults. While adults experiencing depression may express a sad or depressed appearance or behavior, children may become irritable or act out. Children may also...

When Bullying Isn’t Bullying

One definition for Bullying is when one person uses superior strength or influence to intimidate another person to force him or her to do what the Bully wants. An example would be when one student hits another to get lunch money or to force that person to give up a...

Let’s Talk About May!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the perfect opportunity to start a conversation about what it means to the nearly 1 in 5 Americans who suffer from mental illness. Say that again. 1 in 5. Odds are, you know someone who lives with a disorder – or that someone...

Why It’s Time to #talkaboutit: Part 2

Millions of people are challenged with mental health issues on a daily basis. That’s why mental health is not a topic to be ignored. We should be able to #talkaboutit. Mental illness knows no race, age, sex, income, or education level. Celebrities have recently been...

Why It’s Time to #talkaboutit

Did you know that one in four people is effected by mental illness? It’s nothing to be ashamed of so we put together a few examples of how you can be supportive to a loved one who may be afraid to #talkaboutit.

MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE TO HOST 18TH ANNUAL

This event raises awareness about behavioral health issues and resources that are available to help individuals and families who are impacted by mental illness. It will be held at the Historic Ryman Auditorium with tickets available for purchase online. This year’s concert will feature The Time Jumpers and surprise Special Guests.

Mental Health Organizations are Missing their Fundraising Targets

With everything happening across our country, from self-violence to mass shootings, it’s important to share knowledge about the importance of mental health awareness and keep focused on what we can do to help those in need. As we enter the New Year, think about ways to increase your fundraising and reach new people to help the cause. Every person can make a big impact and difference in their community with even the smallest gesture.

Learn how you can make a difference this Holiday season!

Holiday season is upon us and this is the time of year for giving. Whether it is by helping out your local community or making a donation, every little bit counts and makes a difference. Donating and volunteering for the Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee can help provide education and support to the 35,000 Tennesseans with the mental health needs each year. There are many ways that you can help the organization this season.

Bridging the gap between mental health and law

Many people struggle with finding resources and guidance when it comes to mental health awareness. Mental illness on its own can be very challenging to overcome and when paired with stressful events, it can worsen and sometimes lead to unlawful or even self-harming events. Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee has found that there are gaps in knowledge between mental illness and law. This is why they have decided to bring together successful professionals to speak and educate on both topics.

Did You Know? Shocking Facts About Mental Health

Mental illness doesn’t mean that someone is “crazy” and unpredictable. Common mental illnesses can range from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD.) So it’s important to focus on ways to be more aware and conscious of people surrounding us. Remember, understanding can go a long way.

Mental Illness and Semicolons; Is There a Connection?

If you have paid attention to social media lately, you may have noticed postings about the semicolon project, but what is it? As stated on their website, this project is “..for everyone who self-harms, is suicidal, depressed, has anxiety, is unhappy, going through a broken heart or just lost a loved one.”

April Showers bring May what?

Why is Mental Health Month important? As stated previously, this month is geared towards mental illness awareness. That’s why MHA has chosen the “B4Stage4” campaign. On the MHA website it is stated, “Mental health concerns are no different from any other physical health concerns. They should be thought about and treated the same way – long before they reach Stage 4.”