Renew.Rebuild.Recover

Eliminating the “R-word”

April 1, 2015

Renew.  Rebuild. Recover. A blog by West Michigan Community Mental Health.  So far this month, over half a million people have pledged on www.r-word.org to support the elimination of the derogatory use of the “R-word” from everyday speech and promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.  The R-word is “retard” or “retarded.”  While these words originally were medical…

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What’s eating you?

February 27, 2015
What’s eating you?

Renew. Rebuild. Recover. A blog by West Michigan Community Mental Health.  Eating disorders are serious and complex mental illnesses. According to the National Eating Disorders Association, eating disorders affect more than twice as many American women and girls than men and boys; however, like any mental illness, eating disorders can affect people of any gender, age, race or religion. One of…

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Veterans’ mental health and suicide prevention bill passes House.

February 1, 2015

Renew. Rebuild. Recover. A blog from West Michigan Community Mental Health.  Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed legislation aimed at preventing veterans’ suicide. The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act allows the Veterans Administration to team with nonprofits focused on promoting mental health to carry out its suicide prevention programs. Additionally, the legislation establishes a three-year…

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Let’s give more hugs.

December 23, 2014

Renew.  Rebuild. Recover is a blog submitted by West Michigan Community Mental Health. The BringChange2Mind Facebook page is dedicated to fighting stigma regarding mental health conditions and also raising awareness to everyday mental health issues.  A recent post reminds us that the mere action of hugging another person provides a boost to our physical health and mental wellbeing.  Touching another…

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Halloween and the dangers of stigma

October 30, 2014
Halloween and the dangers of stigma

Renew.  Rebuild. Recover is a blog submitted by West Michigan Community Mental Health. Halloween is a time for ghosts, goblins and trick-or-treating.  But it’s important to remember that costumes and themes related to “psych wards” or “mental patients” are not only offensive, they perpetuate harmful stigma. Few people would think it appropriate to dress up as an individual affected by…

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