from the Healthy web site

November 19, 2009


I found this a bit sad that someone could have this happen as it has.  Please read and I hope she gets all the support she needs and deserves.  I’ve known a few online friends who this as effected greatly in their lives also.  I support healthy place com site also as they are still helping others with their communities.    LadyJ



Here’s what’s happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:

Being Intersexual

South African runner, Caster Semenya, should be on top of the world. Instead she is on a suicide watch. At the international track and field championships in Berlin in September, she set a world record in the 800 meters and became a national hero. Now her life is in ruins.

After being forced to submit to all kinds of medical and psychological tests, the 18-year old track star was humiliated when the test results, showing her as being "intersex," were released to the public. Semenya has internal testes and no womb or ovaries.

She’s not alone. Over 1 in 1600 births are classified as intersex (what some refer to as hermaphrodite).  Many more have gene variations affecting sexual and reproductive organs as well as hormone levels.

As most everyone with a mental health condition can relate to, being different does not usually equate to a good thing. It seems the same holds true for many intersexuals, as you’ll see on this Tuesday’s HealthyPlace TV Show (more below).


Share Your Mental Health Experiences

Share your experiences and thoughts about intersexuality or any mental health subject, or respond to other people’s audio posts, by calling our toll-free number (1-888-883-8045).

You can listen to what other people are saying by clicking on the gray title bars inside the widgets located on the "Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences" homepage, the HealthyPlace homepage, and the HealthyPlace Support Network homepage.

If you have any questions, write us at: info AT


"What Is It Like to Be Intersexual?" On HealthyPlace TV

How she was treated by doctors and her family growing up was horrible, says our guest, Kailana. At 22 though, receiving the intersex diagnosis from the military destroyed her life. Take a look inside at what it’s like to be intersexual on Tuesday’s HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show.

Join us Tuesday, November 17, at 5:30p PT, 7:30 CST, 8:30 EST. The

show airs live on our website. Kailana will be taking your questions during the live show.

In the second half of the show, you get to ask Medical Director, Dr. Harry Croft, your personal mental health questions.

Still to Come in November-December on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show
  • Mental Illness in the Family 
  • Overeating: The Emotional Pain and How to Cope with It
  • OCD: Scrupulosity

If you would like to be a guest on the show or share you personal story in writing or via video, please write us at: producer AT

Previous HealthyPlace TV archived shows, click the "on-demand" button on the player.

Latest Mental Health News

These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:

  • Dark Chocolate Eases Emotional Stress
  • Army Says Mmorale Down Among Troops in Afghanistan
  • Painful Stories Take a Toll on Military Therapists
  • A Dream Interpretation: Tuneups for the Brain
  • Give Negative Emotions a Place at the Table
  • Major Schizophrenia Study Finds Striking Similarities Across 37 Countries In Six Regions

That’s it for now. If you know of anyone who can benefit from this newsletter or the site, I hope you’ll pass this onto them. You can also share the newsletter on any social network (like facebook or digg) you belong to by clicking the links below.  For updates throughout the week, follow HealthyPlace on Twitter.

Thank you,

Community Partner Team – America’s Mental Health Channel
"When you’re at, you’re never alone."


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