10 Things to Drop in the New Decade

10 Things to Drop in the New Decade

2020 is a fresh new start. Let's kick it off the RIGHT way. This past decade, I've come across so many issues in the way people discuss mental health & mental illness.   Here is my list of things to leave behind in 2019:   Anti-psychiatry shenanigans "You don't need pills! Those are harmful! "Do [...]

Which Mental Illness-Related Books Have You Read?

Which Mental Illness-Related Books Have You Read?

Which mental illness-related books have you read?

#ForMeDepressionIs

#ForMeDepressionIs

“For me, depression can take on various forms. One version is just feeling INCREDIBLY EMPTY, like a shell of my former self. I am stripped of; passion for anything, ability to function, my personality, ability to smile and laugh, love for life… everything. Another version is an agitated, anxious depression. I have difficulty sleeping and [...]

Why Blaming Mental Illness Won’t Stop Mass Shootings

Why Blaming Mental Illness Won’t Stop Mass Shootings

Blaming gun violence in America on mental illness is not the answer, but go off. A majority of tweets I came across yesterday in the aftermath of yet another (actually 2) mass shootings this past week have been blaming mental illness.   Here is the issue with that... I haven't seen anyone with an ACTUAL [...]

Do’s & Don’ts of Mental Health Social Media Usage

Do’s & Don’ts of Mental Health Social Media Usage

For the past few years, I have actively been using social media in relation to mental health awareness, whether it has been to connect to others or to share my latest blog post. It is absolutely amazing how the internet has allowed for these supportive communities of mental health warriors to come together from all [...]

Time to Talk Day 2019

Time to Talk Day 2019

    This year, #timetotalkday is all about sharing the ingredients that make a good conversation about mental health! As someone who has been on both sides of the conversation (as the struggling friend & at times as the concerned one), I understand the value of opening up about mental health. These conversations can be [...]

Barriers to Treatment

Barriers to Treatment

If someone thinks they are depressed, they can just easily go to the doctor and instantly get help, right? In a dream scenario, this would be the case. However, in reality, the situation is often much more complex. For many people, there are barriers to seeking care for mental illnesses (i.e. for depression).   Why [...]