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Janssen ‘Healthy Minds’ videos address mental health stigma

BY David Salazar

TITUSVILLE, N.J. — Janssen Research & Development is looking to tackle the stigma associated with mental illness in its new “Healthy Minds” video series. The series features journalist Vicki Mabrey in conversation with various mental health advocates, researchers and policymakers.

Those featured in the videos are Mary Giliberti, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Health; former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, who has become an advocate for mental health; and Dr. Husseini Manji, Janssen’s global head of neuroscience.

“We've learned that education and open discussion about other health issues such as cancer and HIV led to reduction in stigma about them, and that is our goal with mental illness,” Manji said. “We want to reach a moment in history when people with a mental illness are treated no differently than someone who has a medical condition not related to the brain. That's what we are striving to accomplish through this series.”

The video is part of Janssen’s wider Healthy Minds initiative, which is looking to advance research, news and information about mental health.

“Whether it's an immediate family member or a friend, we all have a connection to mental illness,” Kennedy said. “That's why we have a responsibility to the next generation to make progress in how we as a society address mental health issues.”

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Just a Drop odor eliminator gains traction

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NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — Bathroom odor eliminator Just a Drop appears has been gaining traction recently, being featured on “Dr. Oz” and “The Doctors” and selling over 5 million units since its launch in 2011.

The product is made from biodegradable plant extract, and it works by placing a drop of the liquid in the toilet, trapping odor and eliminating it.

“We are delighted to see that the consumers are loving our new Odor Eliminator,” a Just a Drop spokesman said. “Just a Drop was developed with the average person in mind. … It is great for anyone and everyone to use and is a completely safe alternative to the toxic sprays currently on the market.”

Just a Drop is available in eucalyptus, refreshing spring, morning rain, citrus splash, lemon fresh, sunshiny day and floral oasis scents and are available on the Just a Drop website or Amazon. 

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