The voices in my head were real and kept getting louder. They were the sounds of many aliens all talking at once. Though I could not understand the words, I understood the harsh ridiculing tone in which these outer space beings spoke. The voices continued to taunt louder. Fear began to take control. Instinctively, I … Continue reading Personal Story: All Things Can Be Good
My depression initially began when my grandmother and uncle died within months of each other. At the time, I was working as an RN, and was proud to say I had saved every patient under my watch. But it devastated me that I could not save my uncle from cancer and I could not save … Continue reading Personal Story: There Is Hope!
By Colleen Werner | Feb. 26, 2018 For over a decade, I’ve struggled with food and body image. At 8, I started worrying about how my body looked. At 10, I discovered Weight Watchers and my seemingly endless cycle of dieting started. Then, at 15, my eating disorder started. As a dancer, my world has always been full … Continue reading Reshaping My Relationship With Myself
By Mary Giliberti, J.D. | Feb. 23, 2018 As someone who takes calls from families experiencing mental health crises, my heart goes out to the families and friends of those who died last week in Parkland, Florida. We know that they are suffering terribly and they, along with the rest of the country are desperate to understand … Continue reading Improving Mental Health Should Be A National Priority
By Laura Greenstein | Feb. 22, 2018 There are so many aspects a job that can cause anxiety: having tight deadlines, trying to harmonize a work/life balance, dealing with office gossip and politics, meeting your supervisor’s expectations… the list goes on. Thanks to all this, most people who work will experience some anxiety at some point. But what … Continue reading What To Do If Your Workplace Is Anxiety-Inducing
By Jordan Lally | Feb. 12, 2018 Five years ago, my father fell into a deep bout of depression. Twelve months later his depression culminated in suicide. I’m careful not to say he “committed” suicide, because it was clear to me, having spent his final year on this earth close by his side, that he was no longer in … Continue reading My Great Wake-Up Call
By Laura Greenstein | Feb. 14, 2018 It can be a challenge to find the “right” therapist for you. You might come across someone who has a degree from an impressive school, writes extensively on psychology and mental illness, gives lectures and talks, and still isn’t an effective therapist. And while it is important for therapists to be … Continue reading How Do I Know If My Therapist Is Effective?
By Hilary Jacobs Hendel | Feb. 07, 2018 “The problem with verbal abuse is there is no evidence,” Marta shared. She came for help with a long-standing depression. “What do you mean, lack of evidence?” I asked her. “When people are physically or sexually abused, it’s concrete and real. But verbal abuse is amorphous. I feel like if … Continue reading The Problem With Yelling
Benjamin L. Rawson and Billy G. Garrett Published 9:56 p.m. MT Feb. 10, 2018 in the Las Cruces Sun News (Photo: Luis Snchez Saturno/The New Mexican) For people living with mental illness and/or substance use disorders, prompt access to treatment during a behavioral health crisis can determine whether a person gets the care needed – … Continue reading NM Senate bill would aid local mental health services
For so many years of my life, my greatest wish was to not exist. I felt like all of the imperfections that I carry only burdened those around me, making their lives worse. I believed that my feelings of hopelessness, shame, and guilt were all of my own doing. It was all my fault. Somewhere … Continue reading Personal Story: Imperfectly Perfect