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Destigmatizing Mental Health – What Can You Do?


The stigma around mental health is such a difficult topic. I hesitated to take on the challenge of writing this article because, despite being a mental health professional for over 20 years, I still struggle with not being biased myself.

President's Message

Mental Health By Any Other Name Is…

BY MELANIE A. PRINCE, MSN, BSN, NE-BC, CCM, FAAN One’s first reaction after reading this title may be negative, but that is not the intention. The intention is to highlight the sometimes “clandestine” acceptance and reverence of mental healthcare in certain sectors of our society. Another intention is to share my…


Telemental Health: Increasing Access, Increasing Access To Care

BY REBECCA KUSHINS, MSW, LICSW, BC-TMH Since 1955, American mental health care has been moving away from institutional settings and into the community at large. What started as the stated goal of the government to increase the dignity of patients with mental health concerns, decrease their stigmatization, and of course, to…

Behavioral Health

Teen Suicide: Heeding the Warning Signs Can Save a Life

BY JANET S. COULTER, MSN, MS, RN, CCM, AND MARYANN OTT, BSN, RN, CCM, CPC, CEAC INTRODUCTION Teen suicide is a serious public health problem that can have lasting harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities. The rate of teen suicide has increased over the last decade. According to the Centers for…