This Bipolar Life: Weekly Wrap Up

Here is this week’s round up of interesting psych articles. I hope you find them as interesting as I did:


Semicolon tattoos surge in solidarity for those with mental illness

Marty Keltz gave himself a special gift last week to mark his 71 birthday. He got his first tattoo, a black semicolon inked on the inside of his right wrist.

Keltz, an Emmy Award-winning producer who lives in Toronto, has dealt with depression most of his life. With his new tattoo, he’s joined a growing movement that has adopted the semicolon as a symbol of solidarity and awareness among people struggling with their mental health and others who support them…

Advocates Say Multicultural Communities Face Barriers to Mental Health Care

Stigma around seeking treatment for mental health problems is a bigger barrier in communities of color. That’s according to MaJose Carrasco the director of the Multicultural Action Center at the National Alliance on Mental Illness–or NAMI…

27 Ways to Be an Ally for Someone Who Has a Mental Illness

If you aren’t one of the one in four adults − or approximately 61.5 million Americans − who have a mental illness, chances are you know someone who does. But, supporting a loved one with a mental illness isn’t always easy, and it can sometimes be hard to know what to do. The Mighty asked our readers to tell us the best ways to be an ally for someone who has a mental illness. Knowing how to support them could mean so much more than you know…

Mental health experts weigh in on mass shootings

Three mass shootings in less than two months across the United States are highlighting mental health as an issue to blame. Mental health experts say it’s painting a negative picture, which they’re trying to change…

Hospitalizations For Mental Illness Far Higher In Kids Who Have Been To Juvenile Detention

The circumstances of crime (and punishment) are much more complicated than what even a Sunday afternoon marathon of Law & Order could possibly portray. Behind the stereotypes of hardened criminals and unruly juvenile delinquents are flesh-and-blood people whose actions aren’t made in a vacuum, free of unseen influence…

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