May is a time to raise awareness of those living with mental or behavioral health issues and to help reduce the stigma that so many people experience. Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in May since 1949 and was started by the Mental Health America Organization. Every May – for Mental Health Awareness Month – Regional Medical Group encourages you to help us break the stigma associated with mental health disorders by making an impact and sharing your personal story to inspire those facing similar challenges.

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Emil Kraepelin (1856-1926) Regarded as the “father of scientific psychiatry,” his work had a major impact on modern psychiatry and its understanding of mental illnesses based on natural scientific concepts.

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) Famous for inventing and developing the technique of psychoanalysis; for articulating the psychoanalytic theory of motivation, mental illness, and the structure of the subconscious; and for influencing scientific and popular conceptions of human nature by positing that both normal and abnormal thought and behavior are guided by irrational and largely hidden forces.

Mary Whiton Calkins (1863-1930) Calkins became the first female president of the American Psychological Association. During her career, she wrote over a hundred professional papers on psychology topics, developed the paired-association technique, and became known for her work in the area of self-psychology.

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Melanie Klein (1882-1960) Play therapy is a commonly used technique to help children express their feelings and experiences in a natural and helpful way. Klein began to utilize play therapy as a way to investigate children’s unconscious feelings, anxieties, and experiences.

Nathan S. Kline (1916-1983) Often regarded as the “father of psychopharmacology,” Kline’s work led to the development of the very first antipsychotic and antidepressant medications.

Aaron Beck (1921-present) Developed a cognitive theory of depression which he applied to psychotherapy, terming the approach cognitive therapy and, later, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). The latter has become the most commonly practiced form of psychotherapy across the world and has been effectively applied not only to depression, but also to anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and other conditions.

Photos provided by: Brené Brown @brenebrown – Thrive Global, Jessica Clemons @askdrjess – The Fix, Mariel Buquè @dr.marielbuque – Teachers College, Columbia University

Brené Brown @brenebrown Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston and an expert on shame, vulnerability, and courage. She has the advice that can steer you toward improved mental health.

Jessica Clemons @askdrjess She has recently been recognized by Forbes as a leader in making mental health and wellness apart of the current zeitgeist. Her mission is to reduce stigma associated with mental illness, particularly in the black community. Her efforts consist of using social media and community discussions to educate her following.

Mariel Buquè @dr.marielbuque Mariel Buquè is another therapist who shares mental health advice. She believes that social media can help destigmatize the idea of therapy, especially when it comes to minority communities.

Photos provided by: Nedra Glover Tawwab @nedratawwab – POPSUGAR, Whitney Goodman @sitwithwhit – Twitter, Alyssa “Lia” Mancao @alyssamariewellness – Twitter

Nedra Glover Tawwab @nedratawwab Nedra Glover Tawwab uses social media as a space for individuals to develop a better grasp of mental health issues and learn how to reach out to professionals. Both her personal Instagram account and the businesses are filled with advice on how to embrace healthier mental habits.

Whitney Goodman @sitwithwhit Whitney Hawkins Goodman helps individuals and couples with medical trauma and high-conflict couples live more fulfilling. “I help people improve their relationship with themselves, their family and friends, and the world by providing people with a safe space to get to know the real them and make the changes they so desperately crave.”

Alyssa “Lia” Mancao @alyssamariewellness Alyssa Mancao has experience providing therapy in the outpatient and residential setting. Her work in the residential setting includes providing trauma treatment for individuals that have endured the pain of childhood abuse and exposure to community violence.

Photos provided by: Justin Puder @amoderntherapist – Psychology Today, Micheline Maalouf @micheline.maalouf – Wikifamouspeople, Julie Smith @drjuliesmith –

Justin Puder @amoderntherapist Justin’s educational experience includes 11 years of studying psychology and human behavior. His primary mission is to reduce stigma around mental health by talking openly about the things we all go through.

Micheline Maalouf @micheline.maalouf Micheline Maalouf is a licensed therapist, mental health educator, video creator, and speaker. Her focus is on educating and destigmatizing conversations around mental health.

Julie Smith @drjuliesmith Julie Smith is a clinical psychologist, online educator, blogger, and owner of a private practice. She has worked with a diverse group of clients from all walks of life, each at different stages of their personal growth.

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