Mental Health

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100,000 U.S. Prisoners Are Trapped in Isolation Units. 'Solitary' Author and Forensic Psychiatrist Terry Kupers Explains Why

In his stark new book, “Solitary: The Inside Story of Supermax Isolation and How We Can Abolish It,” veteran forensic psychiatrist Terry Allen Kupers explores the rise of supermax prisons, the normalization of long-term solitary confinement, and how isolation damages people’s psyches. He talks to Colorlines about  what race has to do with it and more. 

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READ: How Mental Health Training for Cops Saves Lives

A quarter of this year’s fatal police interactions involved victims dealing with mental illness.

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PHOTO ESSAY: The Artist's Way to Self Care

In her photo and interview series “Chrysalis,” Nigerian-American photographer Biance M.S. Alebiosu explores how Black artists practice self-care. 

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Rep. Ted Lieu May Introduce Bill That Requires a Mental Health Pro in the White House

“Clearly, to me, when you have a president that lies pathologically, that believes in alternative facts, it suggests to me there is a problem.”

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Black Millennials Confront Mental Illness, Identity Crises in 'Giants' Web Series

The Jussie Smollett-produced drama premieres tonight on Issa Rae’s YouTube channel.

NYPD Sergeant Fatally Stuns Ariel Galarza

Officers were responding to the home of a man with a knife who “appeared emotionally disturbed.”

Oakland Program Boosts Academic Performance for Students of Color, Looks to Expand

Seneca Family of Agencies’ “Unconditional Education” model improved kids math, reading, attendance and discipline.

Racial Justice Org Condemns St. Louis Officials for Not Indicting Killer Cops

Organization for Black Struggle regarding the death of Kajieme Powell at the hands of St. Louis police: “Police authorities should not be the community’s only resource when mental and social service crisis happen.”

Police Kill Mentally Ill Native American Man, Protestors Demand Justice

Denver police shot and killed Paul Castaway, 35, a Lakota Sioux man. Officers say they shot him after he came “dangerously close” while holding a long knife, but witnesses say otherwise.

Project Aims to Put a Face on People of Color Dealing With Mental Illness

Dior Vargas wants to counter the narrative that mental illness is a white thing. 

This People of Color and Mental Illness Project Will Move You

Dior Vargas, a Latina feminist mental health activist, is out to break stigmas.

Study: Where Stop-and-Frisk Goes, Trauma Follows

In the first survey of young men on stop-and-frisk’s impact on their mental health.

Misty Upham's Family Says Cops Taunted Actress About Mental Illness

Her body was found late last week.

The Heartbreaking Story of Josh Marks, Chicago's MasterChef

The reality TV star’s demise shows the barriers that black Americans face when trying to seek help for mental illnesses.

Comedian Kristina Wong Opens Up About Mental Illness and Chinese-Americans

She toured with her show about Asian-American women and depression for seven years.

Does Bollywood Drop the Ball on Mental Health?

The Aerogram makes a pretty compelling case.

Suicide Crisis Continues Among Native Youth on Reservations

Native youth are more than three times more likely to commit suicide than any other group.

Rapper Danny Brown Tweets About His Struggle With Mental Illness

He also sheds light on the broader issue of black men to cope with depression and anxiety.

NFL Player Wears Green Cleats for Mental Health Awareness Despite Fine

Brandon Marshall had a point to make.

Report: Immigration Enforcement Takes Heavy Toll On Kids' Physical And Mental Health

A new report reveals that immigration reform could save hundreds of thousands of children from suffering physical and mental health strains.