Great Mental Health Awareness Events to Put on Your Calendar

It’s likely that you’re familiar with some of the annual events which raise awareness for health conditions such as breast cancer, heart disease or diabetes. But how much do you know about the many great programs which recognize a variety of issues related to mental health each year? The following list covers selected annual observances … Read more…

No Longer ‘Running In Silence’

Stories of Hope: An Interview with Rachael Steil This is part of a series featuring individuals who share their life experiences with mental health issues. Recently, I asked mental health advocate and author Rachael Steil about her history of mental health challenges and her self-help memoir. Here’s our interview: DS: Tell us about when you first started becoming aware of concerns … Read more…

Why Your Glass Should Be Half Full: The Benefits of Optimism

Is your glass ‘half empty’ or ‘half full’? In other words, are you more optimistic or more pessimistic? Do you see the future as hopeful or bleak? Let’s explore these and other related questions about optimism and pessimism. I hope (notice the optimistic tone there?) I can convince you of the many benefits from becoming … Read more…

“I’ve Lost My Mind: How I Found It Again”

Stories of Hope: An Interview with Tillie Bright This is part of a series featuring individuals who share their life experiences with mental health issues. Recently, I asked mental health advocate and author Tillie Bright about her history of mental health challenges and her recent book. Here’s our interview: DS: Tell us about when you started becoming aware of … Read more…

‘A Roadmap to Behavioral Health’: A Review

Navigating the mental health system to obtain appropriate care for mental illness and addictions often seems akin to trying to pilot a small airplane through a turbulent thunderstorm in the dark. It’s challenging, uncomfortable, scary and hard to safely reach your destination. In an effort to provide better guidance to find mental health and substance … Read more…

Bipolar Disorder Is My Biggest Competitor

Stories of Hope: An Interview with Amy Gamble This is part of a series featuring individuals who share their life experiences with mental health issues. Recently, I asked mental health advocate and author Amy Gamble about her history of mental health challenges, her advocacy activities and her recent memoir. Here’s our interview: DS: Tell us about when you first … Read more…

Coping with Disaster: Mental Health Resources

Like you, I’ve been so moved and saddened by the images and stories of the destruction and aftermath of the recent devastating hurricanes in the southern US and in the Caribbean. Perhaps you or a loved one have been directly impacted by these terrifying events and you may be looking for tips and strategies to … Read more…

Giving Mental Illness A Voice

Stories of Hope: An Interview with Sam Davies This is part of a series featuring individuals who share their life experiences with mental health issues. Recently, I asked mental health advocate and psychotherapist Samantha Davies about her history of mental health challenges and about some of her current advocacy efforts. Trigger warning: thoughts and behaviors related to suicide are discussed. … Read more…

“I Want to Share Your Story of Hope”

Have you been personally affected by mental illness or a mental health concern? Would you like to share your story of your experiences, challenges, treatments and successes? If so, I would love to help you share your unique and personal story of hope. I’ve been sharing such first-person accounts for some time now in my … Read more…

A Dozen Self-Care Strategies for Helpers & Caregivers

Chances are good that you’ve served in a helping or caregiving role for someone else at some point in your life. My definition of “helper or caregiver” is pretty broad. It includes not only those who work professionally in a helping role (health care workers, counselors, therapists, teachers, clergy, first responders), but also family and … Read more…

‘Deconstructing Stigma’ Through Faces and Voices

You’re walking through a large metropolitan airport and you notice a colorful 235-foot long display of striking 8-foot tall photographs of people of all different ages and backgrounds. Who are these people? You’re curious to know more. As you slow down and take a closer look, you notice the text accompanying the photographs. You quickly … Read more…

Living with Mental Illness Does Not Define Me

Stories of Hope: An Interview with Jacqueline Cioffa This is part of a series featuring individuals who share their life experiences with mental health issues. Recently, I asked mental health advocate and author Jacqueline Cioffa about her history of mental health challenges and about some of her current advocacy efforts. Here’s our interview: DS: Tell us about when you first … Read more…

Recovery After a Suicide Attempt: ‘A Journey Toward Health and Hope’

Perhaps you (or someone you care about) have had such significant distress, depression or hopelessness that you attempted to end your life by suicide. However, if you’re reading this, I’m so glad you made it through that incredibly difficult experience. Often there is little support for suicide attempt survivors, so I’m always looking out for … Read more…

10 Great Films About Mental Illness and Addiction

Since I’m a clinical psychologist, I’m often asked, “What are your favorite films about mental illness?” I’ve certainly seen many, many films over the years which depict various mental illnesses and addictions, and they range in quality from wonderful to horrible. The worst films perpetuate common myths and misperceptions about mental illness, including: People with … Read more…

Picture a Healthier You Through Art Therapy

It’s commonly said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Art can move us, inspire us, and it can be either a satisfying hobby or a very rewarding profession for a talented few. But it’s not widely known that art therapy is an effective treatment used to help individuals with mental illness or addiction. … Read more…

Your Time to Shine Will Happen

Stories of Hope: An Interview with Suzan Roberts-Skeats This is part of a series featuring individuals who share their life experiences with mental health issues. Recently, I asked Suzan Roberts-Skeats about her history of mental health challenges and about some of her current activities. Here’s our interview: DS: Tell us about when you first started becoming aware of concerns … Read more…

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