Coping with Challenges

Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness


“Mental health and substance use disorders are prevalent and among the most highly stigmatized health conditions in the United States, and they remain barriers to full participation in society in areas as basic as education, housing, and employment,” said David Wegman, professor emeritus in the department of work environment at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell.

Coping with Challenges

Turning The Tables On Shame — Through Kindness


If doing “bad” deeds leads to feelings of shame, it makes sense that doing “good” deeds would probably make us feel better about ourselves. The claim that ‘helping makes you happy’ has long populated many a self-help manual, while performing ‘random acts of kindness’ has been touted as a sure-fire way of boosting your mood. But the question for us, and a team of researchers led by Dr. Oliver Scott Curry, from the Institute of Cognitive...

Coping with Challenges

The Healing Space Between Therapist and Client


There has been significant research around the importance of deep and meaningful relationships – particularly during times of crisis. People with supportive and rewarding relationships have been shown to consistently have better mental health, higher levels of subjective well-being and lower rates of morbidity and mortality.

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