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Woman’s Exchange With Her Boss Goes Viral, Proving How Hungry We All Are to Crush the Stigma Around Mental Health Issues

An email exchange between a web developer named Madalyn Parker and the CEO of her company has gone viral after she wrote to her team saying she was taking a few days off "to focus on [her] mental health." That in itself is a level of honesty that has struck many as uncommon. Even more surprising was her boss' response.

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Things We Saw Today: The Cast of the Animated Justice League Reunited for a Fun Live Read!

The cast of Justice League (the animated one, not the upcoming movie we're not entirely looking forward to) got together at Denver Comic Con to do a live read of the show's three-part series finale. It's a whole lot of fun and Kevin Conroy even slips in a little musical surprise.

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Britain’s Young Royals Have a Refreshingly Honest Talk About Mental Health

More of this.

I never thought I would see future monarchs discuss their own emotional travails so candidly.

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Emma Stone Slays Anxiety and Panic Attacks to Slay the Oscar Campaign Trail for La La Land

It's easy to look at celebrities and just assume that they have it all together, especially when they look as poised and collected as Emma Stone generally does. However, they're sometimes battling through many of the same hardships that we are. In a recent interview, Emma Stone talks about how the glare of Hollywood, has been difficult for her in the face of the anxiety and panic attacks she's experienced since childhood.

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Logging Offline Helped Me Conquer a Major Depressive Episode

I saw the world that despite my efforts, I couldn’t be a part of—which just reinforced the thinking that perpetuated my depression.

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How My ADHD/OCD Fueled My Geekiness—and Why It Took Decades for Me to Get Help

If you're a woman, it's easy to dismiss your mental health as just something else in the laundry list of things society tells you is wrong with you.

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Die, Anxiety, Die! How Violent Video Games Aid My Mental Health

Ah, the soothing joy of a well-executed headshot.

Just because you’re on medication doesn’t mean the anxiety is 1000% gone. There is still residual anxiety that hangs out and likes to rear its ugly head. That’s where I discovered the joys and pleasures of the violent video game.

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#BlackComicsMonth Creator Tee Franklin, A.K.A. MizCaramelVixen, Wants Your Stories of Mental Illness For Her New Anthology

Tee Franklin, known on the interwebz as MizCaramelVixen, is all about inclusiveness in comics. As you know, she was the brains behind the popular #BlackComicsMonth initiative, which puts the spotlight on comics with black protagonists and/or with black creators (bonus points for both!). Now, she has a new focus. One that is just as near and dear to her heart: ending the stigma surrounding mental illness.

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Chelsea Manning Facing Ridiculous Additional Charges for June Suicide Attempt

It seem that the U.S. government is looking to punish Chelsea Manning for her suicide attempt from back in June.

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It’s Super Effective: Players Say Pokémon Go Helps Their Mental Health

Get up and go catch 'em all.

According to some folks, Pokémon Go has helped their mental health by enabling them to go outside and walk around a bit, which is a fairly effective method of dealing with the negative effects that come with depressive bouts.

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Space Cases and Daydreamers Join “Space-Out Competition”

Penny for your thoughts?

Over in Seoul, Korea, 70 people competed against each other in what's been dubbed as a "Space-Out Competition."

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Chris Evans, Kristen Bell Open Up About Their Struggles With Anxiety and Depression

Although actors Chris Evans and Kristen Bell are primarily making headlines these days by promoting their respective films--Captain America: Civil War and Bad Moms--they're also both taking the opportunity to open up about their individual personal struggles and the impact that living with anxiety and depression has had on their careers.

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Confessions of an Emetophobic Gamer: Why Mortal Kombat’s Bo’ Rai Cho Scared Me

I used to beg my friend to select anyone but Bo’ Rai Cho, the fighter who could projectile vomit on command in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance. When Bo’ Rai Cho stumbled closer to my chosen fighter, his round belly hanging over his pants, I held the block trigger on my controller and squeezed my eyes shut. I was afraid to look at the screen because I didn’t want to see Bo’ Rai Cho get sick.

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What Causes Seasonal Affective Disorder? (And How Do You Treat It?)

Shed some light on the winter SAD.

Also known as Depressive Order With Seasonal Pattern, Seasonal Affective Disorder is diagnosable mental illness a lot of people have to grapple with, especially in the winter (though people can experience it in any season).

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NYCC: Previewing “A Force for Good” Panel with Jenny Jaffe

Comic and writer Jenny Jaffe will be one of the panelists at this year’s “A Force for Good Panel”, discussing pop culture’s power to de-stigmatize mental illness.

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2015: How to Use Your Fangirl Powers to Practice Self-Care

The fangirl has all sorts of unicorn powers ready to be unlocked if she considers the mental health tools at her disposal.

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Hayden Panettiere Uses Nashville Role to Expand Discussion About Postpartum Depression

"You’re not alone or crazy, ladies!" - Panettiere

One of the more grounded storylines on ABC's Nashville has been that of Juliette Barnes, played by Hayden Panettiere, a country superstar who has a child with her husband and throws herself back into her work immediately after giving birth at the expense of her relationship with her new daughter and her husband, Avery. Panettiere can relate, and has used her role to expand the public conversation about the frequently misunderstood condition, postpartum depression.

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Project UROK Founder Jenny Jaffe Talks Minority Access to Mental Health Care; Chris Hardwick Crashes Wil Wheaton’s Video

"Mental health care is seen as a luxury in this country, and it's baffling to me."

We've told you a little about Project UROK and the wonderful work they're doing to try and de-stigmatize public discussion of mental illness, and posted an awesome video from when Wil Wheaton participated in the project. Now, Project UROK has exclusively shared this outtakes video from the Wheaton shoot, which Chris Hardwick crashes, and they are even nerdier than usual. Meanwhile, Jenny Jaffe spoke exclusively to TMS about Project UROK in the interview below!

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Superheroes and Mental Illness: Why Our Stories Matter

Words matter. Stories matter.

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Facebook Adds New Suicide Prevention Tools and a Fill-in-the-Blank Gender Option

In two separate posts this week, Facebook announced that the company will be increasing resources for members who may be contemplating self-harm or suicide, as well as adding a more free-form option for users to describe their gender identity.

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