Would You Stand Up For Yourself, For Your Mental Health?

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Would You Stand Up For Yourself, For Your Mental Health?

“True rebels hate their own rebellion. They know by experience that it is not a cool and glamorous lifestyle; it takes a courageous fool to say things that have not been said and to do things that have not been done.” ~ Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

Would You Stand Up For Yourself, For Your Mental Health?I've been thinking about our "Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign" and the thousands of people who have joined the campaign. These brave people are displaying campaign buttons on their websites and blogs and have put campaign cover photos on their Twitter, Facebook and Google+ pages. Those buttons specifically state: "I have (and the name of the mental health disorder) on them. As you can imagine, there are many more who, for whatever reason, aren't ready to stand up publicly.

This got me thinking. If someone significant in your life, a friend, family member, co-worker, made a negative comment about your mental health, would you say something or keep quiet? Your answer is not only important for your own self-esteem, but for the mental health of millions of adults and children. In the history of the United States, other minority groups learned that keeping quiet, going along with the status quo, didn't accomplish anything. Change, whether on a personal level or a larger scale, doesn't occur if you let the "wrong" continue.

I'm not saying one has to go march in front of the White House for equal rights for all people with a mental health condition (although I would support that), but how can one credibly call for the end of mental health stigma when they won't stand up for themselves? How will others even begin to understand that?

Your Thoughts

Today's Question: If someone made a negative remark about your mental health, what would you do? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page.

Help Spread Awareness of Mental Illness

Get Our Mental Health Blog Widget

Over 340 sites and blogs are helping spread awareness of mental illness. How about putting our mental health blogs widget on your website, blog or social page? The latest HealthyPlace blog headlines appear as soon as the articles are posted on our site. Just click "Get Widget" at the bottom of the widget, grab the embed code and paste it into your page. You'll also see embed links for Wordpress, Blogger, Linkedin and other social sites there.

As a bonus, put the blogs widget on your site or blog, email us (info AT with a page link where it appears, and we'll give a shoutout to your site, blog, or social site on our Facebook and Twitter pages.


Share our Stories

At the top and bottom of all our stories, you'll find social share buttons for Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest and other social sites. If you find a particular story, video, psychological test or other HealthyPlace feature helpful, there's a good chance others in need will too. Please share.

We also get many inquiries about our linking policy. If you have a website or blog, you can link to any page on the HealthyPlace website without asking us beforehand.

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Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. How Do I Stop the Verbal Abuse?
  2. 10 Early Warning Signs of Schizophrenia
  3. How to Help Someone with a Mental Illness

If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.


Mental Health Experiences

Share your thoughts/experiences with any mental health subject, or respond to other people's audio posts, by calling our toll-free number (1-888-883-8045).

You can listen to what other people are saying by clicking on the gray title bars inside the widgets located on the "Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences" homepage, the HealthyPlace homepage, and the HealthyPlace Support Network homepage.

If you have any questions, write us at: info AT


From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.


Stand Up for Mental Health

Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign

But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.

Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.


Helping Children Understand Social Cues

Does your child misunderstand the behavior of other children? The Parent Coach, Dr. Steven Richfield, has some helpful tips on how to help your child correctly understand what peers are saying and doing.

Latest Mental Health News

These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:

  • Are Depression’s Causes Biological?
  • Signs May Be Evident in Hindsight, but Predicting Violent Behavior Is Tough
  • How Robots Can Trick You Into Loving Them
  • Why We Like Sad Music
  • Anxiety Is a Greater Risk Factor For Suicide Than Depression, Studies Report
  • Stroke Warning For Bipolar Patients
  • Prefrontal Glutamate Abnormalities Confined To Established Psychosis
  • Adolescents With Psychosis Face Long Treatment Delays
  • Why You're Braver Than You Think
  • Healthy Competition. A Little Competitive Spirit Is Good For You
  • Mental Health 'Eye Test' Breakthrough Up For National Award

That's it for now. If you know of anyone who can benefit from this newsletter or the site, I hope you'll pass this onto them. You can also share the newsletter on any social network (like facebook, stumbleupon, or digg) you belong to by clicking the links below. For updates throughout the week:

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2013, September 25). Would You Stand Up For Yourself, For Your Mental Health?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 13 from

Last Updated: September 4, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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