Discussing Illness Without Alienating the Ill

The arts offer an unthreatening microscope and telescope to examine stories, which we can adapt to our own healing.

Can a Bad Boy Ever be a Good Role Model?

Can the lessons of Stagger Lee teach a new generation to make lasting change?

The Presence of Absence - Holidays without Parents

A discovery of memorabilia on Christmas morning brings back memories of parents who are no longer with us. The good news for those who are encountering this experience for the first time - it does get better.

An Unexpected Thanksgiving Story

A mother gets an unexpected surprise when she hikes to the point where she attempted suicide in 2001 with her now 20 year-old son.

Shared Experience of Depression Heals Two from Two Cultures

Decidí Vivir, the Spanish translation of Struck by Living, released this week. The translation process helped heal two families of different languages and culture, but a shared experience of depression.

How to Survive Your Spouse's Depression

Ken Hersh, at his recent business school reunion (Stanford), gave a talk on the Top Five ways he maintained his mental health while I was suffering with my suicidal depression. This article recaps his Top Five.

Mental Health Needs More than a Wake Up Call

After a flurry of interviews the week of Robin Williams death, a writer reflects on the change needed to cause a quantum shift in mental health.

Faith, the Intangible Force in Resilience

Inspired by the faith of immigrants in the "Lost in Translation" speaker series, Hersh explores the impact of faith on resilience. This event took place at the Dallas Museum of Art as part of Arts and Letters Live.

Jacob Schick: Resilience Through Staying on Mission

Marine Corps Corporal Jacob Schick, veteran of Iraq who sustained 46 operations and 23 blood transfusions after nearly dying on duty, gives his credo for maintaining a positive attitude.

Finding Balance in May Madness

How do you appreciate those important spring moments when there are too many of them?

Intrinsic Motivation: The Missing Link in Mental Health Care

How does a chance mother-son bet spur global suicide awareness?

An Ounce of Engagement: The Key to Reducing Military Suicide

Most of military suicides occur once personnel have left the military and returned home. Can engagement change this trend?

The Life Lessons of a SMART Class

Smart Mental Edge Training (SMART) at the Center for BrainHealth offers a lesson about the military.

The Universal Personal Secret

Can the arts be a vehicle for healing?

Mental Illness: Do We See It Coming?

We need a change of focus to make a quantum shift in mental health care. We need to see it coming. Along with attacking illness, we need to teach people how to care for their brains.

Making a List for Mental Health, Checking it More Than Twice

A person who has suffered from clinical depression and stayed well for over 8 years reviews why she is motivated to stick to her wellness list.

Christmas Zen from a Mediocre Meditator

Julie Hersh, the mediocre meditator, finds solace from the holiday rush with some words from a Zen master and, of course, a little chocolate.

When Recording Surpasses Being There

At what point does recording an experience alter the experience?

Brain Change in the Galapagos

Can exposure to different groups and experiences cause our brains to change? A trip to the Galapagos sets thoughts in motion.

Is Mental Illness the Right Definition?

At the UNT Fall Forum an audience member sparks a discussion on the term mental illness. Does that term create more problems than good?

Does Meditation Make a Difference? Perspective from 35 Days

What are the benefits of daily meditation? As a newbie meditator, I pause to reflect on my first 35 days.

An Unexpected Gift: Deepak and Oprah's 21-Day Meditation

One week into the 21-Day Meditation Challenge, Hersh relays both the inspiration and insight gained from meditation.

An Architect of Mental Health

Pat Deegan, diagnosed as a schizophrenic, lives a life that defies the label of disease.

TMS or ECT? A Mental Health Consumer Weighs the Options

Martha Rhodes new memoir, 3,000 Pulses spurs an investigation to compare TMS and ECT

Finding My Pace at Big Sur

The 21-mile race at Big Sur transforms one runner's view from the inside out.

Sports: A Source of Strength and Healing in College?

A question sparked on a long training run. Do high school athletes realize the protective factors of sports teams when they transition to college? Could lack of a exercise/support community in the college environment be one of the causes of depression?

Alcohol, the Ugly Punch of College Depression

A lecture on the impact of Alcohol and other Drugs at the Depression on College Campuses conference sparks a new focus on the impact of alcohol on depression.

Dallas Mayor’s Symposium a First Step Toward Mental Health

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, KERA and the Dallas Morning News open minds and hearts to the hard questions of mental illness.

Will Obama's Gun Agenda Make a Difference?

Obama's last executive order regarding Gun Control focuses on mental health. We'd all be better off with mental health as top importance.

Armed, Untreated Mental Illness is the Deadliest Killer

Will mental health or gun control be the result of the Sandy Hook tragedy?