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Mental health

Mental health is a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of mental illness. It is the "psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioural adjustment". From the perspective of positive psychology or holism, mental health may include an individual's ability to enjoy life, and create a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health includes "subjective well-being, perceived self-efficacy, autonomy, competence, inter-generational dependence, and self-actualization of one's intellectual and emotional potential, among others." The WHO further states that the well-being of an individual is encompassed in the realization of their abilities, coping with normal stresses of life, productive work and contribution to their community. Cultural differences, subjective assessments, and competing professional theories all affect how "mental health" is defined.

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In order to rid of the negative stigma on mental health, we need to talk about it.

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Last year, MSNBC's nationally syndicated Melissa Harris-Perry show highlighted the 1st annual "No Shame Day" and the creator, Bassey Ikpi. Watch this edition of "Foot Soliders".

Contributed by Atrice Alexis

Founder of The Siwe Project, Bassey Ikpi: Today, July 1st, 2013, is our 2nd Annual No Shame Day. We are keeping it a bit more low key this year so that more voices can be heard without feeling they needed a blog or twitter with a large following. If you or anyone you love is living with mental illness, please feel free to share your blogs or dedicate your status updates. The point of No Shame Day is to prove just that. Mental illness is a medical condition not a character flaw. I treat and maintain my illness as I would any other ailment. I take medication to correct the imbalance and I go to therapy to help correct how the imbalance affects my behaviours. I'm Bassey Ikpi. I live with bipolar II disorder and I have #NOSHAME

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A new way to show your support of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is here! Sign and SHARE the pledge to recognize this special month and celebrate in July.

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TD Jakes preaches on Depression. "Shaming someone with depression because you think s/he isn't 'trusting God enough' is HARMFUL theology and keeps ppl from seeking help." -@mslooola God created therapists, therapy and meds!

Contributed by Atrice Alexis

This is the first photo campaign that The Siwe Project released. The purpose was to show the viewer(s) that there are people of African descent living and thriving with mental illness... shamelessly. The goal was to combat the myth that Black people do not suffer from mental disorders nor do they commit suicide. The Siwe Project is a global non-profit dedicated to promoting mental health awareness and education in the global black community. For all things TSP related, please visit: The organization was started by acclaimed writer and mental health advocate, Bassey Ikpi. Find out more on her story here: Siwe's story:

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