Although I am not as active in blogging as I would like to be, I have learned the benefits of blogging. Writing one’s own thoughts and feelings and even experiences about mental health is a form of therapy. Of course, this doesn’t substitute actual therapy, but writing is very therapeutic. I recommend anyone to journal … Continue reading What I’ve Learned About The Online Mental Health Community
When we think of being in a psychiatric facility, we think of the cliche of straight jackets and cells. But at least in my county, it is not the case. Here’s my experience. I was having issues dealing with suicidal thoughts so I called 911. I wanted to live and I hoped that this would … Continue reading My Experience with 5150.
There are dozens of printables dedicated to mental health. It might seem hard to see what fits best for you. And honestly, there is no cookie cutter plan. We are all unique. We know ourselves best. So how do we create a plan that benefits us? First off, be honest with yourself. What do you … Continue reading How to Create the Perfect Mental Health Plan
Therapy. Growing up I knew very little what it consisted of. My mind went to how the media portrayed it. A balding man sitting down. Taking notes. While lay on a couch and look at the ceiling, talking about my problems. Being psychoanalyzed. Then the time will be up and would be told to come … Continue reading What I Wish I Knew About Therapy
For years, we have heard the phrase “John Smith is suffering from depression.” However, that phrase limits the potential of recovery. Although it is true that a mental health challenge is not a walk in the park, it is possible to overcome it. That’s why recently more and more people use the phrase “battling with … Continue reading Battling a Mental Health Challenge Versus Suffering From One.
This is the most common question that is asked. And it’s a very important question. However, many times people respond with vague answers like “I’m okay”. But I’ve realized how important it is to be honest when a close friend asks us this question. We are all stressed out with the current circumstances. It is … Continue reading How Are You?
Alexa is an old colleague of mine. And worked at a sister agency. She has a detailed work experience in the mental health field and has shared her personal struggles with a mental health challenge to hundreds of students. Here is her interview. What is your experience with mental health challenges? I've struggled with my … Continue reading Interview with Alexa
Self-disclosure is a step in our mental health recovery. But how do we disclose? How much is too much when it comes to sharing? These are valid questions when it comes to self-disclosure. First off, what should we share? Well, share what you feel comfortable sharing. There are different levels of self-disclosure. The Bare Minimum. … Continue reading With Full Disclosure
We thought it would only last a month or two. However, many of us have lost count how long we have been in a lockdown. We wonder when this pandemic will be over and when we will be able to see our friends and loved ones again. Although many people are worrying about their physical … Continue reading This Pandemic and Your Mental Health
Myths. Stories told throughout the ages. When we used to think of myths, we thought of them as whimsical stories to tell around. However, now myths are seen as something to be cautious with. Myths spread easily and can twist information. When it comes to mental illness, or mental health challenges, myths bring about misinformation … Continue reading The Myths of Mental Health Challenges