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Breaking the Stigma of Mental Illness with Gabe Howard

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Gabe Howard is an award-winning writer, mental health activist, and sought-after speaker and educator. In 2003, he was formally diagnosed with bipolar and anxiety disorders after being committed to a psychiatric hospital. Gabe’s writing has appeared in numerous online publications, including HealthyPlace, bphope.com, Health Central, Elephant Journal, WEGO Health, and The Mighty. In addition to his online work, he has appeared in Bipolar Magazine, the Columbus Free Press, the Wall Street Journal, Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Monthly, NAMI Advocate, and multiple other newspapers. In addition to his column on Psych Central, Don’t Call Me Crazy, he is also an Associate Editor and can be heard weekly as the host of The Psych Central Show.

He is the recipient of the 2014 Mental Health America Norman Guitry Award, placed second in Health Central’s LiveBold competition, was a 2015 WEGO Health Awards Finalist in the Health Activist Category, received a Best of the Web – Blog award, and was a 2014 Mental Health Hero.


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Here are my favorite gems from this week’s episode:

  • EVERYONE has mental health and we would do better to learn about it
  • Mental illness can happen to anyone and is not a reflection of the value of a person
  • People with mental illness can and do get better
  • Start conversations about mental illness with compassion and curiosity
  • Mental illness is deeper and more complex than the pop culture portrayal
  • We can be guides to helping people understand mental illness/health

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