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Tag: Discrimination

Racial Disparities In Mental Health And Criminal Justice

By Leah Pope | Jul. 24, 2019 July is Minority Mental Health Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about the unique challenges that underrepresented communities face in accessing mental health treatment in the U.S. I am a mental health researcher at the Vera Institute of Justice, an organization committed to ending mass incarceration and ensuring equal justice for…
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Don’t Assume I’m Violent Because I Have Mental Illness

I developed a delusional belief that I needed to refrain from seeking medical attention to prove I was not violent.

When Discrimination Starts In Elementary School

Over a decade ago, I received a frantic call from my son’s elementary school principal that Luke was “out of control again,” and “used a pencil as a deadly weapon to jab his teacher in the arm.” He told me that the police were on their way, and if I didn’t get there soon, they were going to have him arrested for assault. My son was six years old at the time.

When I Was Fired After Medical Leave

By Amy Taylor, MS, CTRS | Mar. 13, 2019 I experienced discrimination after disclosing my bipolar disorder to an employer. I was working for a state agency that serves thousands of disabled adults. At first, it seemed like a perfect fit. I was a social services specialist, and my job was to assess clients in the nursing home and assist…
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It’s Not Stigma, It’s Discrimination

By Sue Abderholden | Oct. 01, 2018 At NAMI, we seek to improve the lives of those with mental illnesses and their families. We do this through education, support and advocacy. Part of advocacy is changing laws, and also public attitudes. Every civil and human rights movement has had to do both to make progress. The mental health…
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