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…

Whatever Is Happening Will Pass

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

It’s National Recovery Month!

Each September, SAMHSA, the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration sponsors “National Recovery Month” to increase awareness of mental health and substance use issues. Key themes include: 1) mental health is essential to overall health; 2) prevention works; 3) treatments are effective; and 4) recovery is possible. The Recovery Month theme for 2016 is “Join the Voices … Read more…

There’s a Rainbow Waiting for You

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

Back to School with a Focus on Mental Health

It’s back to school time for kids of all ages. Schools and colleges are bustling again with the promise of a new year. As someone who went to school for a very long time and who teaches in a university setting, I’ve always found this to be an exciting time of year. However, we know … Read more…

Recovery is a Journey, not a Destination

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

The Incredible Power of Peer Support

If you’re at all familiar with issues surrounding mental health and/or addiction, you’ve probably heard of the idea of peer support. But what is peer support and how do you become a peer supporter? Let’s cover these and a few other important points about this very effective and helpful approach. What are the origins of peer … Read more…

“Stories of Hope” – Behind the Scenes

Perhaps you’re already familiar with my “Stories of Hope” series, in which I interview people who have dealt with mental health challenges and who share the lessons they have learned through their journey. I’ve completed and published several Stories of Hope interviews; you can click here to see and read them all. I think you’ll … Read more…

Do You Have a Healthy Lifestyle?

What constitutes a healthy lifestyle? Perhaps even more importantly, is your lifestyle healthy? Also, how are healthy lifestyle factors associated with health markers such as cholesterol level, blood sugar, and blood pressure? In a study of 4,745 US adults recently published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, researchers assessed for the presence or absence of four “healthy lifestyle” … Read more…

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