Getting My Life Back from Psychosis

Stories of Hope: An Interview with Shannon Love This is part of a series featuring individuals who share their life experiences with mental health issues. Recently, I asked author and advocate Shannon Love about the struggles and triumphs of her personal journey. Here’s our interview: DS: When did you first start becoming aware of concerns related to your mental health? … Read more…

I Am A Voice and I Will Be Heard

Stories of Hope: An Interview with Rudy Caseres This is part of a series featuring individuals who share their life experiences with mental health issues. Recently, I asked mental health advocate Rudy Caseres about his personal journey and his thoughts about advocacy. Here’s our interview: DS: When did you first become aware of concerns related to your mental health? How … Read more…

10 Priceless Gifts You Can Give to Someone with Mental Illness

Looking for that perfect holiday, birthday, or any day gift? If someone you care about is facing challenges related to mental health issues or addiction, you can give them many wonderful gifts throughout the year that won’t cost you a dime. Consider these. 1)  Give the gift of assistance “Helping others isn’t a chore; it is one … Read more…

One Psychologist’s First Year as a Blogger

This week I’m celebrating the first anniversary of my blog. If you’re not a regular follower, I’ll give you my story in 25 words or less: Clinical psychologist and mental health advocate. Proven resources to promote mental health, wellness and recovery. Keeping it clear and practical. Hoping to make a difference. (That was exactly 25 words, by … Read more…

Even the Darkest Days Have a Brighter Tomorrow

Stories of Hope: An Interview with Nikki DuBose 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 Nikki DuBose about her history of mental health issues and her current advocacy work. Here’s our interview: DS: When did you first start becoming … Read more…

Double Trouble in Recovery: 12-Step Support for Mental Illness and Addiction

If you ask anyone dealing with a substance use problem what “AA” means, they will immediately say “Alcoholics Anonymous.” Established in the 1930’s, AA is a well-known, effective peer-run approach used to help people in recovery from alcoholism. Several dozen offshoots of AA have been developed over the years which use the same “12-step model,” … Read more…

Life Can Be So Beautiful

Stories of Hope: An Interview with Natalie Harris This is part of a series featuring individuals who share their life experiences with mental health issues. Recently, I asked paramedic, blogger, and mental health advocate Natalie Harris about the challenges she has faced and how her journey of recovery continues to unfold. Here’s our interview: DS: When did you … Read more…

The ‘ABC’s of Recovery’

Recently I came across a terrific blog called “Romancing the Road to Recovery” by Jo Baltodano. In her blog, Jo says she suffered from an eating disorder since the 4th grade, but she didn’t seek help until age 25 when she was near death. She decided to engage in treatment and chose to fight to … Read more…

Psychiatric Advance Directives: A “Living Will” for Mental Health Treatment

It’s likely you’ve heard of a “living will,” a legal document that outlines one’s preferences for their medical treatment in the event of a serious or terminal illness which renders them unable to express their wishes. But did you know there’s something like a “living will” for mental health care? It’s usually called a “psychiatric … Read more…

Finding Hope and Healing

Stories of Hope: An Interview with Julie Kraft This is the first of a series of  ‘Stories of Hope’ articles featuring individuals who share their life experiences with mental health issues. Recently, I asked Julie Kraft about the challenges she has faced with her mental health and how her journey of recovery is continuing to unfold. Here’s … Read more…

How To Talk With Your Kids About Mental Illness

If you’re a parent and you or another family member has experienced mental health concerns, you probably have felt unsure about how to talk with your children about this issue. Should you discuss it at all? If you do, what should you say? Your first reaction may be to avoid talking with your children about … Read more…

12 Takeaways from a Revealing New Mental Health Survey

In a recent post, we reviewed the findings from the Harris Poll’s online survey of 2,020 adults regarding their attitudes about suicide. Now, let’s cover the results from the same survey about attitudes and experiences related to mental health issues and mental health treatment. The survey findings were eye-opening and provide several key takeaways. Let’s … Read more…

What’s In Your ‘Hope Box’?

A common approach used to treat people who are depressed and thinking about suicide is to help them identify and remember several reasons for hope and to keep living. One specific intervention often used in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to cultivate hope is to create a “hope box” (also known as a “crisis kit”), a collection of … Read more…

How to Support Someone During a Psychiatric Hospitalization

If someone you care about has been hospitalized related to a mental health condition, you may have found this situation confusing and overwhelming, and you may have felt you weren’t well-equipped to handle it. This can be even more stressful if it’s the first time you’ve ever faced this challenge. I’ve worked for many years … Read more…

Raising Awareness to Prevent Suicide: Results from a National Survey

The month of September includes National Suicide Prevention Month, National Suicide Prevention Week, and World Suicide Prevention Day. So it’s timely and of interest that the Harris Poll organization recently released the results from their online survey of 2,020 US adults (age 18 and over) regarding attitudes and experiences related to suicide awareness. The survey was … Read more…

Join the Voices for Recovery!

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. Some of the key themes of the month-long event are that mental health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatments are effective, and recovery is possible. The Recovery … Read more…

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