OCD Awareness Week

OCD Awareness Week

Raise your hand if you have ever heard someone say “I’m just a little OCD.” This could be in passing, maybe as they are organizing their desk space, checking the lock on their door or washing their hands for the fifth time that day. Now, we are all a bit particular...
One Mile An Hour, Suicide Awareness Event

One Mile An Hour, Suicide Awareness Event

It was a simple concept… at first. We wanted to run one mile every hour for 24 straight hours. I’m not really sure what the genesis of the idea was, but we knew we wanted to do it. And we knew we wanted people to know about it. The positive mental health benefits of...
Dead Addicts Don’t Recover: The Case for Harm Reduction

Dead Addicts Don’t Recover: The Case for Harm Reduction

MHA Harm Reduction Series, Part II One of the principal objectives of harm reduction is to reduce the spread of infectious disease. Harm reduction data reveals a compelling inverse correlation between harm reduction methodology and HIV & Hepatitis C rates —as a...
Beyond Abstinence: Harm Reduction & Recovery

Beyond Abstinence: Harm Reduction & Recovery

MHA Harm Reduction Series, Part III You’ve likely heard of healthcare parity—the initiative to treat mental health and substance use disorders with the same quality and coverage of care as physical illnesses. Parity, despite being written into law, is far from the...
What is Harm Reduction?

What is Harm Reduction?

MHA Harm Reduction Series, Part I Harm Reduction refers to innovative, evidence-based interventions aimed at minimizing the harmful, negative consequences of substance use, untreated mental illness, associated high-risk behaviors, and systemic injustices. Harm...
How Can I Help?

How Can I Help?

What You Can (And Shouldn’t) Do To Help A Loved One Deal With Mental Illness Many of us in recovery have experienced the well-meaning interference of friends and family.  But what really helps and what actually might make the situation even worse?  Most people mean...