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Mental Health Awareness : Recommended Resources

Mariel Hemingway: Breaking the stigma of mental illness

Mental Health Organizations

TED Talk: What They Don't Tell You About Mental Illness | Elizabeth Medina

Famous individuals who have suffered from mental illness

Mental Health Podcasts You Shouldn't Miss

TED Talk: Happiness is all in your mind: Gen Kelsang Nyema

Mental Health in the United States

TED Talk: Reimagining Mental Health Discourse Among African Americans | Shaun J. Fletcher, PhD

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (West Virginia)

The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, subsequently the Weston State Hospital, was a Kirkbride psychiatric hospital that operated from 1864 until 1994 by the government of the state of West Virginia, in the city of Weston. It was designed following the Kirkbride plan, which called for long rambling wings arranged in a staggered formation, thus assuring that each of the connecting structures received an abundance of therapeutic sunlight and fresh air. The original hospital, designed to house 250 souls, was opened to patients in 1864 and reached its peak in the 1950s with 2,400 patients in overcrowded and generally poor conditions. Changes in the treatment of mental illness and the physical deterioration of the facility forced its closure in 1994 inflicting a devastating effect on the local economy, from which it has yet to recover.

TED Talk: Parenting through Postpartum Depression | Camille Mehta

TED Talk: Our lonely society makes it hard to come home from war | Sebastian Junger

Mental Health Podcasts You Shouldn't Miss

Mental illness and the criminal justice system


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