Media Alerts


The Alameda County Everyone Counts Campaign aims to track, analyze, and respond to how individuals with mental health challenges are portrayed in the media. We review numerous media examples and choose one to which community members can respond to the author or editor that posted the piece.

Media Alerts

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month! Suicide Attempt Survivors and Hopeful Suicide Prevention Messages Featured at the 2017 Video Music Awards

2017 continues to be a powerful year for public discussion and dialogue about suicide, and this year’s Video Music Awards (VMAs) provided a platform for major artists to share lived experience, hopeful messages and resources for suicide prevention. 

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New Suicide Prevention Documentary, The S Word: Interview with Bay Area Advocate Kelechi Ubozoh

This month is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and Suicide Prevention Week is September 10th-15th. The S Word is a groundbreaking new documentary that highlights the voices of lived experience in order to change the way we understand and respond to suicide in America.

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Want to Boost Your Mental (and Physical) Health? Try a “Forest Bath.”

We all know that too much time spent indoors, secluded from the natural world, can be problematic for our psychological and physical health. Did you know that trees contain essential oils called phytoncides which induce a sense of well-being? 

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Keys to Building Resilience throughout Your Life

There is a common misconception that resilience -- the ability to “come back” after life’s stresses, challenges, and traumas -- is something people are either born with or not. But a recent New York Times article, “How to Boost Resilience in Midlife,” explains that resilience can be cultivated by anyone.

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#IWantYouToKnow Hashtag Highlights Truths, Misconceptions about Mental Health

Living with a mental health or substance use condition can be difficult enough on its own sometimes. Well-meaning but unhelpful and even judgmental comments from friends and family can make things feel worse.

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How to Support a Loved one with a Behavioral Health Challenge

Krista MacKinnon, a parent and a person who is herself in recovery from bipolar disorder, is a nationally-recognized expert in helping families to support their loved ones’ recovery from a behavioral health program. She has created the first online recovery-focused curriculum for family members, called Recovering Our Families. 

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New Memoir Chronicles a Health Reporter’s Journey through Anxiety

Health reporter Andrea Petersen’s new memoir On Edge: A Journey through Anxiety is a first-person exploration of what it’s like to live with anxiety and panic attacks for one’s entire life.

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Facebook Teams up with Trevor Project to Offer Online Suicide Prevention Tools to LGBTQ Youth

The research is clear: LGBTQ youth are at greater risk of suicide than their straight peers. Facebook recently announced that it will provide a new suicide prevention tool designed specifically for queer youth.

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May is Mental Health Month: Social Media (and Local) Opportunities to Fight Stigma!

Social media has the powerful potential to defeat stigma through sharing the lived experiences of everyday people who are living with mental health conditions, and creating supportive online communities. For May is Mental Health Month 2017, we share two social media campaigns that we believe have the capacity to let people know that they are not alone, that help is out there, and that recovery is possible. 

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Stigma, Spirituality, and Mental Health

All too often, spirituality and mental health are seen as occupying different worlds. Given this long-standing division, people with mental health conditions can experience a form of “double stigma.” 

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New Book Explores Link Between Mental Health and Genius

The exploration of the link between mental health conditions and creativity or genius is nothing new. Books such as Touched with Fire by Kay Redfield Jameson, as well as A Beautiful Mind, by Sylvia Nasr, grapple with this complex subject.

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Marriage Equality Associated with Fewer Suicide Attempts by Sexual Minority Teens

While suicide attempts are not as well-studied as suicides, the available data suggest that sexual minority teens attempt suicide at a rate 2-7 times higher than their heterosexual counterparts.

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New Survey Shows Record Number of Americans Stressed Out by Politics

If you’re feeling extra stressed out by the political situation, and scrolling through your Facebook news feed causes your anxiety to spike, you’re not alone!

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Eating Disorders and Recovery

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is February 26-March 4 this year, and this year’s tagline is “it’s time to talk about it.”

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Black Mental Health Resources for #BlackHistoryMonth

In February we celebrate Black History Month together. In addition to honoring all of the women and men whose extraordinary contributions to our nation’s history are still being felt today, we wanted to highlight some of today’s African-American advocates and projects advancing the conversation about mental health, breaking down the stigma faced by their communities, and helping African-Americans to access recovery-oriented, trauma-informed, and culturally competent mental health care.

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Portrayals of Mental Health Experiences on the Silver Screen Have Lasting Impact

Hollywood has a mixed record on how persons living with behavioral health experiences are portrayed. While some films, such as Take Shelter, include more honest and complex characters, unfortunately, these more accurate portrayals are far outnumbered by stigmatizing ones.

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New Peer Support Forum Launches in December

Sherry Dang is a Santa Cruz-based entrepreneur who has started a new peer support forum called “Talking Stick.” She was inspired to help start the program in response to her husband Phillip’s death by suicide, following his lifetime struggle with depression.

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Coping with Holiday Stressors

We’ve set our clocks back, and the hours of daylight are steadily decreasing. As the holiday season continues, many people increase the amount of time that they spend with family members and friends. For some, this can bring on added responsibilities and stress around financial pressures for gift-giving or increased temptation to overeat and drink. 

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National Survivors of Suicide Loss Day: November 19, 2016

Approximately 85% of people in the United States know someone personally who has completed suicide. For each person who dies by suicide, at least 6 loved ones are directly affected by the loss.

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Powerful New Campaign Calls on Adults to Help Support Children Exposed to Violence, Trauma

According to the 2015 National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence, 58 percent of youth in the U.S. were exposed to violence at some point in 2014. About 1 in 10 of those children were exposed to five or more instances of violence in that one year alone.

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Thank Discovery Kingdom for Shutting Down Asylum-Themed Halloween Attraction!

It’s Halloween season again, and unfortunately, there are asylum-themed amusement park attractions galore. 

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Bay Area Survivor of Childhood Abuse Starts New Magazine to Defeat Stigma

Anxy, an exciting new magazine featured in Bustle, is designed to break down the stigma behind mental health conditions and expose our “inner worlds.”

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National Mental Health Day of Prayer

Tuesday, October 4th – 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Please join us at the Alameda County Administration Building Courtyard, 1221 Oak Street in downtown Oakland to celebrate the National Day of Prayer.

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Queer/LGB Youth Risk Factors

It’s National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and a new report highlights a population at high risk for suicide: LGB youth.

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September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is also known as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Important dates to remember this month include World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) and National Suicide Prevention Week (September 5-11).

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How Pets Can Help Promote Mental Wellness

Research shows that owning a pet helps to decrease stress. Levels of oxytocin (the “feel-good” hormone) rise in the brain, just from petting or snuggling an animal friend. 

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Run DMC’s Darryl McDaniels writes New Memoir on Suicide, Recovery

Darryl (DMC) McDaniels, of the hip-hop group Run DMC, has written a new book, Ten Ways How Not to Commit Suicide. The memoir details his experience navigating a suicidal crisis, and how he found help and recovery through psychotherapy and self-help tools like listening to uplifting music.

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How Can We Better Support Youth with Trauma Histories in the Juvenile Justice System?

Far too often, youth with trauma histories in the juvenile justice system do not receive appropriate treatments and supports, and go on to be justice-involved adults. Click Take Action below to learn more and email your local legislator. 

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American Debate: Should we bring back Asylums or integrate people with mental health challenges into the community?

Click here to read more and decide if you want to petition your local officials to prioritize funding for community-based services instead of moving backwards by bringing back the asylum.

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Read Senator Mark Leno’s take on Mental Health Peer Certification in California

Click on link below to read more and show your support!

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