This piece explores suicide and depression in the Asian American population, identifying suicide “as the ninth leading cause of death among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and the 10th leading cause of all deaths in the U.S.”
Celebrity endorsements help bring the stigma conversation to the table, but do they really impact the “nearly one in five U.S. adults” who live with mental illness and addiction every day?
The American Psychiatric Association’s Center for Workplace Mental Health has developed a website full of educational information, case studies, and resources to help employers fight distorted perceptions and behavioral health stigma in the workplace. Follow the “Sources” link for their Employee Resources page, which features a calculator for calculating the monetary importance of prioritizing mental health in your workplace, an awareness campaign designed to reduce stigma around mental health, tools for addressing depression in the workplace, and the opportunity to sign up for their monthly Mental Health Works newsletter. Addictions materials are available in the tabs near the top of the page.
“‘It is possible that unemployment causes poor health conditions such as depression, or it could be that having such conditions makes it harder to land a job.’ Or, if intuition will be allowed to supplement data, it could be a lot of both.” Click the title for the full article "The Mental Health Consequences of Unemployment" from The Atlantic to to learn more.
“I entered a different place. It was like walking from bright sunshine into a darkened room, a room with no way out. My close family thought they were helping by arranging for me to move into a new house…when this made my blackness worse, they organized for medical tests to see if I was physically ill. I wasn’t. I was sliding down a well into a dark, dark place and I couldn’t help myself.”
“Depression runs in my family. I didn’t know that for a long time. But once I found out, it was a relief of sorts, because a light bulb went off in my head, and I suddenly had an explanation for some difficult things that were going on in my world.”
There are nearly 35 million people in the United States who are 65 years or older. What’s alarming is that substance abuse among those 60 years and older (including those who misuse prescription drugs) currently affects about 17 percent of this population – that’s a whopping six million people.
Follow the "Source" link for the full article from My Central Jersey.
“Kelly Davis arrived at college carrying heavy baggage—bipolar disorder and an eating disorder. Dragged down by severe depression, she barely made it through her first two years at American University in Washington, D.C. ‘I didn’t go to classes a lot. I didn’t get out of bed,’ recalls Davis, now 22. ‘After freshman year, I got into an abusive relationship. I was drinking heavily, frequently.’ When she felt hopeless, she would tell herself that she would one day be better and try to prevent what happened to her from happening to others.”
"What makes this all worse is that medicine is a profession in which admitting a problem carries a stigma that can have more impact than in others. A study published in 2008 surveyed physicians in Michigan, asking them about their work experiences and if they had depressive symptoms. More than 11 percent reported moderate to severe depression. About a quarter of them reported knowing a doctor whose professional standing had been hurt by being depressed."