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…

Learn ‘QPR’: Ask a Question and Prevent a Suicide

Chances are you’re familiar with CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), a well-established emergency procedure used to save lives when a person is in cardiac arrest. But have you ever heard of QPR? QPR stands for “Question, Persuade, Refer” and it’s used to intervene to prevent suicide. Recently I was given the opportunity to attend a comprehensive training … Read more…

What Are We Teaching Our Children About Mental Health?

When I was growing up, I was always so excited about the first day of school each year. I looked forward to seeing my friends, learning new things and being involved in my favorite activities (I was a band and chorus geek, if you must know.) I remember my Dad and I would always say … Read more…

How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Tired of being tired? If you aren’t getting enough restful sleep, it’s inevitable you will soon feel exhausted and find you aren’t functioning effectively during the day. Plus, an ongoing pattern of inadequate sleep can lead to missed work, irritability and numerous health complications, including diabetes, obesity, depression and difficulties with memory and concentration. Want to sleep better? Take … Read more…

Your Mental Health ‘Bill of Rights’

For centuries, societies have crafted written standards to protect individuals and to promote their basic human rights. Two extraordinary examples were the Magna Carta of 1215 and the US Bill of Rights in 1791. What if we decided to write a ‘bill of rights’ for mental health care? What would it look like? What ideals, … Read more…

Get to Know These 11 Awesome Advocates!

Thank you to the incomparable Lauren Hayley for the Sunshine Blogger Award – I greatly appreciate it! For this award, there are 11 nominations & 11 questions for nominees to answer. My Nominations for the Sunshine Blogger Award: Please be sure to check out these fantastic bloggers. They are all great mental health advocates who show … Read more…

10 Tips to Become a World-Class Listener

For over 20 years I’ve taught graduate students how to provide counseling and psychotherapy to address a wide array of mental health and emotional conditions. I’m quick to tell the students that one of the most important keys to helping people is to become a great listener. Unless you first really listen to someone and gain a … Read more…

Meet 10 Great Mental Health Bloggers!

I was honored to be nominated recently by mental health blogger par excellence Lauren Hayley for the Liebster Award. My first reaction was to say “Thanks Lauren! I greatly appreciate this kind acknowledgement.” My second thought was, “What’s the Liebster Award?” After doing a little internet research, this is what I found: Apparently the Liebster award … Read more…

What Are Your Social Media Values?

As a relative newcomer to social media, I jumped into tweeting and blogging without giving much thought to specific values guiding my work. I just knew I wanted to talk about how to help others improve their mental health and wellness, drawing from my many years of experience as a clinical psychologist. Several months later, … Read more…

10 Simple Things You Need to ‘Get’ for Better Health

We’re all looking for the same things: peace of mind, health, happiness, and contentment. And probably a little more wisdom wouldn’t hurt either. It’s easy to become overwhelmed from the barrage of self-improvement messages from health and wellness experts, such as “sculpt those six-pack abs,” “overhaul your diet,” or “get a new attitude.” While some (but … Read more…

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