Mental Health Awareness Month is here! Mental health impacts us all. Mental illness impacts about 1 in 4 people at some point in their lifetimes. The stigma that surrounds mental illness impacts not only individuals, but our society as a whole.
To learn more you can visit the following websites and of course this one, PsychCentral.com
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Language and thought go hand in hand. Language shapes the way we interpret the world. Our speech is a reflection of our perspective. That being said how do you feel about the use of terms like ‘crazy’, ‘nuts’ or ‘insane’? Do you feel that they influence stigma towards those living with mental illness?
Below are the links I mention in the video:
Us and Them: Understanding Your Tribal Mind by David Berreby
Link to Berreby’s website (davidberreby.com) where he talks more about the book
I have not posted in a while because I have been having difficulties managing my time and stress levels effectively since school started. I know that I am not the only one that struggles to find balance as a person living with mental health issues. A recent study published by the National Alliance on Mental Illness revealed that up to 64% of college students living with mental illness ultimately drop out of school due to difficulties with their illness. Although this is an alarming statistic, I must say I am not that surprised.
This is the second video in my series on “change”. You can check out the first video here. In this video I discuss the importance of self awareness and why it is a necessary first step in making changes in our lives.
Feel free to leave a comment to share your experience. You can also connect with me through the links below.
For more info on the topics I mention in the video please check out the following links
Recommended viewing and reading:
TEDTalksxBlue: Dr. Daniel Siegel explores the neural mechanisms beneath social and emotional intelligence and how these can be cultivated through reflective practices that focus on the inner nature of the mind. youtu.be/Nu7wEr8AnHw
Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation with Daniel J. Siegel – youtu.be/Gr4Od7kqDT8?hd=1
Books by Daniel J. Siegal - www.amazon.com/Daniel-J.-Siegel/e/B00459LSPI
Function of emotions & benefits of painful emotions:
How Accepting Emotions Can Improve Your Emotional Health – bpd.about.com/od/livingwithbpd/a/accept.htm
The Function of Emotions – www.dbtselfhelp.com/html/emotion_function.html
More information on change and the therapy process:
American Psychological Associaltion – www.apa.org/topics/therapy/index.aspx
Dr. Katherine Nordal on How Therapy Helps Treat Mental Health Disorders – www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2010/05/mental-health-therapy.aspx
APA phamplet on depresston and treatment - www.apapracticecentral.org/outreach/depression.pdf
Mindfulness Based CBT- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mindfulness-based_cognitive_therapy
More information on family of origin therapy: www.goodtherapy.org/therapy-for-family-of-origin-issues.html
DBT Resources: behavioraltech.org/resources/tools_consumers.cfm
In this vlog I explain the reasons why I chose to put myself out here on video talking about my mental health issues. I also mention how I never really liked the phrase “fighting to end the stigma toward mental illness.”
I have spent enough of my life fighting and being angry. I am in recovery now and I want to move past all that. I explain what I try to do instead.
May 6-12 is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. I have definitely felt the impact of misunderstanding of children’s mental health issues in my life. My psychiatric issues started to develop when I was very young. I can tell you from my experience they were not something I ever grew out of. Things just got worse.
I am 26 now and I am finally getting the proper psychiatric care I have needed all along. My life is finally turning around.
BTW, I designed my shirt myself… I know I am a geek.
Feel free to leave a comment on your experience with this issue. You can also connect with me through the links below.
In this video I talk about a couple projects I have going on for Mental Health and Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month. I will have a video for BPD awareness month out soon going over the criteria for diagnosing it and why it is so misunderstood. Please let me know about what projects you are involved in this May to raise mental health awareness and I will try to help get the word out.
Below are the links I mention in the video:
BPD awareness brochure: www.borderlinepersonalitydisorder.com/blog/presidents-blog
KindleALight YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/kindleALight
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