The More Things Change…

What if we don’t return to normal? Everyone expects that once we have effective therapies or an approved, safe vaccine we’ll get back to the way things were.

However, the shutdown we’ve experienced and for many of us continues to drag on may have accelerated things that were going to change anyway. Things like remote work, telehealth, teletherapy, more shopping from home, retail store closures and permanent job losses were inevitable. We just have the changes and their consequences sooner than anyone expected.

The key here is that we’re going to have to adapt and we’ll likely have to adjust our expectations. Especially in mental health.


Mindfulness Without Meditating

Can writing things down really make you more mindful?

You don’t have to meditate to develop mindfulness. In fact, any practice that requires that you focus your attention and truly notice what you’re doing and what is going on around you, and within you, can be considered mindfulness practice.


Anxiety is a Shared Experience

When coping with our own difficulties it’s easy to lose sight of those around us. The intense self-focus of therapy and wellness strategies can lead to a self-absorption that can damage close relationships and separate us from the community in which we live.


Mental Illness and Police Violence

People with mental illness are 16 times more likely to be killed when approached or stopped by the police than are other civilians. While 1 in 50 people have a severe mental illness, at least 1 out of 4 people killed in police shootings have a mental illness (NAMI places this estimate at 1 out of 2).