The Journey to Healing Begins Within

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

A 10-Step Plan to Fix Our Mental Health System

To say we are in a time of great unease and uncertainty is an understatement. We are stressed, oppressed, bullied, harassed, victimized and our mental health is often stretched to the limit. As many as 1 in 4 of us will deal with a mental health challenge at some point in our lives. Record numbers … Read more…

Be Brave and Have Hope

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

Let’s Stop “Committing Suicide” Once and For All

We were shocked to learn that one of our Kentucky state representatives, Dan Johnson, recently accused of molesting a 17-year-old girl in 2012, killed himself on December 13. Johnson denied any wrongdoing in a recent press conference. Stepping aside from the issue of Johnson’s alleged behaviors, his death by suicide is tragic. Johnson’s death was … Read more…

Life is About Creating Yourself

Stories of Hope: An Interview with Cynthia Dudley This is part of a series featuring individuals who share their life experiences with mental health issues. Recently, I asked peer support program administrator and mental health advocate Cynthia Dudley about her history of mental health challenges and her current activities. Here’s our interview: DS: Tell us about when you first started … Read more…

Three Years as a Mental Health Blogger

Whether this is the first time you’ve visited my blog or you’re a loyal follower, I want to say thanks for stopping by my little corner of the internet. Since this week is the third anniversary of my mental health and wellness blog, it’s time for my annual recap about trends and numbers from my … Read more…

Your Life Has Purpose

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

Tap Into the Power of Giving Thanks

As I write this, during the Thanksgiving season, I’m reminded of many of the wonderful things I’m grateful for in my life: family, health, friends, a safe and comfortable home, a satisfying career, and the privilege of living in a free country. As I reflect on these things, I can’t help but feel a little … Read more…

Thriving on the Other Side of Illness

Stories of Hope: An Interview with Mark Hattas This is part of a series featuring individuals who share their life experiences with mental health issues. Recently, I asked entrepreneur Mark Hattas about his history of mental health challenges and about the recent launch of his new mental health organization. Here’s our interview: DS: Tell us about when you first … Read more…

Find Value in All Parts of Your Precious Self

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

When Recovery Hurts

I’ve written a lot about recovery from mental illness and addiction on this blog and in many other forums. I’ve described what recovery is and what it isn’t, and how to develop your own personal recovery plan to achieve your goals. It’s also worth repeating that one of my favorite definitions of recovery is “a process … Read more…

I Won’t Be Limited By My Mental Illness

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

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…

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