Mental Health Good News

Stories about people and organizations making a difference for mental health — and fighting the stigma around mental health

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Fatherhood changes men's brains, according to before-and-after MRI scans

Despite dads’ rising participation in child care and their importance in the lives of their kids, there is surprisingly little research about how fatherhood affects men.
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Fatherhood Researcher: Nurturing dads raise emotionally intelligent kids and foster a more equitable society

When fathers are caregivers — when they provide emotional support and act affectionately toward their kids — the effects go well beyond growth, development, good health, and solid grades.
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From left to right: Maya Hawke in a press interview, her character Anxiety in the movie Inside Out 2

‘Inside Out 2’ star Maya Hawke talks anxiety: “This film makes it feel ‘less alienating’”

In the new Pixar film, Maya Hawke voices the personification of Anxiety — a feeling she’s well acquainted with — and hopes the role makes moviegoers feel less alone in their mental health.
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The joy of birdwatching: Research shows it can improve mental health and foster a sense of wellbeing

The mental health benefits of being in nature have long been acknowledged, whether through activities like listening to birdsong or taking a walk in the park.
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Rainbow colored calendar for June's awareness month

June: Awareness Months & Holidays for Causes

The ultimate calendar of June’s awareness days, national months, and more...
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Veterans dressed in military uniform plant flags at cemetery on Memorial Day

Sometimes the best medicine for a veteran is the company of another veteran

Many veterans suffer lifelong anguish over the loss of their brothers and sisters in arms. For them, Memorial Day is a day like every other day — a day they remember those who died at war.
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Abstract illustration divided into two halves: the left side depicts a dark, starry night sky with celestial elements like planets and moons, while the right side shows a bright daytime sky with clouds and swirling lines. In the center, a yin-yang symbol and scales of justice represent balance, harmony, and social justice.

The key to ending injustice? Being good at relationships, according to this Harvard-educated psychologist

If we hope to end all injustices — and that should be our goal, lofty as it may seem — we need a foundational shift in how we approach achieving justice. 
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From left to right: Sofia, Karli, and Elmo from "Sesame Street."

Elmo wants to 'check in' again, this time as part of a new 'Sesame Street' mental health initiative

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, Sesame Street is creating mental health resources for children, all led by Elmo and The Count.
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Mental Health Awareness Month Depicted As An Illustration of a Person's Mind

29 Ways To Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! We’ve gathered a list of ideas to help you celebrate, honor, and de-stigmatize the stories of mental health in your life and community.
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. giving a speech

Why hope is not the same as optimism — what one psychologist says we can learn from MLK

In conversation, “hope” and “optimism” can often be used as synonyms. But there’s an important gap between them, as psychology research suggests.
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Left: "Turtles All The Way Down" written on an orange background. Right: Isabela Merced and Cree in a still from the Max film "Turtles All The Way Down."

What fans with OCD, anxiety are saying about John Green's latest movie, 'Turtles All the Way Down'

John Green's latest movie adaptation tells the story of a teen girl living with OCD. With a May 2 release, fans are starting to see early screenings of the film.
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Diverse women dance next to each other on a stage

A community-centered health and art show will transform 18 cities this summer — all on the same day

The nationwide initiative Arts For EveryBody invites artists from 18 different cities to collaborate in large-scale community projects on the same day: July 27.
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