Tardive Dyskinesia: A Personal Story About Self-Advocacy

Cariena Birchard

I was diagnosed with Bipolar I, Anxiety with Panic Attacks, and Agoraphobia in 1994. I have a long history of medications working for a year or so, then suddenly stop working. Because of this, I have been on a laundry list of medications over the last twenty-three years. I have experienced my fair share of obscure side effects that were so strange in the moment, but are sometimes a means to an end if the result is psychiatric calm. I have been on medications that caused weight gain, insomnia, excessive sleepiness, lactation, nausea, restless legs, and migraines.

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A New Force for Patient Advocacy

Michelle Winokur
Policy Communications Director
Alliance for Patient Access, a member of the Movement Disorders Policy Coalition

Movement disorders affect millions of people, impacting their mobility, self-sufficiency, and day-to-day lives. Everyday activities such as feeding, dressing, or driving become challenging if not impossible. Symptoms also exact a heavy toll on patients’ social and emotional lives, with many battling mental health conditions.

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What’s the State of Your State’s Mental Health and Care?

Theresa Nguyen

Theresa Nguyen, LCSW, Vice President of Policy and Programs
Mental Health America

If you have a mental health problem and you are young – or you live in Nevada, Mississippi, or Alabama – chances are you are going to have, or have already faced, incredible difficulty getting the support you need.

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Research Into Insurance Barriers Yields Broader Result

Natalie Litton
Health Care for All

Sometimes research takes you down a different path than the one you had planned. That’s what happened at Health Care For All (HCFA), a Massachusetts-based advocacy organization that works to ensure health care access, quality, and affordability for all Massachusetts residents. We believe that our findings and recommendations can positively influence mental health care outcomes in Massachusetts and beyond.

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Mothering, Mentoring and Mental Health: A Conversation with Children’s Advocate Kalishia Mitchell

Sasha Tenenbaum

Sasha Tenenbaum, Communication Specialist, Moms Clean Air Force

How do people experience a changing climate – not just physically, but emotionally? The mental health impacts of climate change – stress, anxiety, and depression – weigh heavily on those living with mental health challenges. To learn more, Moms Clean Air Force spoke with advocate, Kalishia Mitchell, a mom of four children aged five to 22, from Newport News, Virginia. We discussed the psychological toll of climate change. Kalishia is the founder of A Brighter Side, LLC – a Virginia-based support group for parents and families...

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Federal spending cuts mean states do not have as much funding to promote open enrollment for the insurance exchanges—often referred to as the ACA or Obamacare. This transcript from an October 28, 2017 NPR broadcast highlights what advocates are doing to get the word out.

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As Extreme Weather Events Increase, So Do Mental Health Needs. How Is the Federal Government Dealing with It?

Susan Weinstein, Families for Depression Awareness

Hurricane. Flood. Drought. Tornado.

Search for any of these weather conditions on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website and you’ll see that these natural disasters have mental health ramifications.

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Interview: Lise Van Susteren Talks About the Mental Health Impacts of Climate Change

CFYM is proud to partner with Moms Clean Air Force on a series exploring the effects of climate change on mental health. In this first post Molly Rauch, Public Health Policy Director, speaks with Lise Van Susteren, founder and CEO of Lucky Planet Foods, a company dedicated to providing low-carbon, plant-based, healthy foods for sustainable living.

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