Accepting All the Parts of Myself

Stories of Hope: An Interview with Lisa Tobe This is part of a series featuring individuals who share their life experiences with mental health issues. Recently, I asked writer and consultant Lisa Tobe about her history of mental health challenges. Here’s our interview: DS: Tell us about when you first started becoming aware of concerns related to your mental health. How did … Read more…

Why You Must Stop Smoking

I’ve worked with many people over the years to help them with challenges related to mental illness and addiction to drugs and alcohol. Unfortunately, a large percentage of these folks have also struggled with another tough addiction: nicotine from tobacco products. I’m always careful to ask if someone smokes or uses other forms of tobacco, … Read more…

Recovery is a Process

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

8 ‘Rules of the Road’ for Better Mental Health

I drive to and from work five days per week and I have well over a half million miles as a driver under my belt since learning to drive as a teenager. Over the years, I’ve certainly seen my share of both good and bad driving behaviors. And yes, I’ve been in a handful of … Read more…

My Journey to Mental Health

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

My First Two Years as a Mental Health Blogger

This week I’m acknowledging the second anniversary of my mental health and wellness blog and stepping back to reflect upon my two-year social media journey. I thought it might be fun to take a look at some numbers that reflect key markers of my social media activity over the past two years.  Here we go: 50,000+: The … Read more…

Gratitude for the Good Things in My Life

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

How to Manage Obstacles that Keep You from Achieving Your Personal Goals

When we think about setting personal goals, they’re usually in two categories. The first category of personal goals is to “start doing something positive.” These might look like: Lose weight Exercise more Read more non-fiction Get a pet Find more time for friends and family The second category of personal goals is to “stop doing … Read more…

Open Doors to a Life You Will Cherish

Stories of Hope: An Interview with Brittany Burgunder 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 Brittany Burgunder about her history of mental health challenges, her memoir and about some of her current advocacy activities. Here’s our interview: DS: Tell us about your childhood and … Read more…

The 3 Questions You Must Always Ask Your Doctor

The situation is a familiar one. You’re not feeling well, so you go to your doctor. You explain your symptoms and concerns. Then the doctor offers you their opinion about your condition, prescribes medication, or provides other treatment recommendations. You thank them for their time and leave the office with hopes of feeling better soon. What’s … Read more…

Believe In Yourself

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

Why Raising Awareness About Mental Illness Is Not Enough

Your car needs an engine to run, but without wheels, gas, and a driver you won’t get anywhere. The engine is necessary but not sufficient for the car to operate successfully. Your body needs lungs to breathe, but without a heart, brain and other organs you won’t survive. Your lungs are necessary but not sufficient … Read more…

Shatter the Stigma

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

Fighting Opioid Abuse and Chronic Pain

Guest Post by Amanda Merchant, Ph.D., Lisa Willner, Ph.D. and Jonathon Cole, Ph.D. Psychologists who treat those with chronic pain are well aware that living with daily pain for months or years on end can take a significant toll. Being limited in daily activities due to pain can lead to loss of job and livelihood, … Read more…

I’m Working on a New Me

Stories of Hope: Laura Marchildon This is part of a series featuring individuals who share their life experiences with mental health issues. Recently, I asked mental health advocate Laura Marchildon to share her story about her history of mental health challenges and some of her current advocacy work. Here’s Laura’s story: My name is Laura Marchildon and I have Bipolar Disorder. My mental health … Read more…

Why I’m a Mental Health Advocate

Recently, I got some exciting news that I’ve been selected as a finalist for a 2016 WEGO Health Activist Award in the “Best in Show – Blog” category. The awards also recognize outstanding activists in several other categories, such as social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube), “best kept secret,” “rookie of the year,” “lifetime … Read more…

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