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Hi, I’m Mike McBride. I am a survivor of childhood abuse. I am also a survivor of major depression, dissociative fugue and a suicide attempt. This is my place. This is where I share my thoughts, my knowledge, and educational resources about all of these topics, in multiple ways. I don’t do this for fame, and I’m definitely not making any money from it. I do it so that the next survivor, of any of these things, has at least one place on the world wide web to know that they are not alone.

You are, in fact, not alone. Far from it, and I hope that by looking around here, and maybe even subscribing, you will learn this simple fact, and draw strength from it. If you know anyone who might benefit from that, please share this with them.

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Latest Posts from the Blogs

  • Here's the thing that I tend to forget, you don't need to wait for an emergency to make someone feel seen, heard, and valued. In fact, we can maybe avoid more emergencies if we were in the habit of doing this. We have an opportunity to do that any time we spend time with the people we care about. But, we have to actually spend the time to do that. I have a tendency to simply tell people that I'm here […]
  • So again, we see that simply accepting people for who they are has a pretty large impact on the risk of losing them to suicide. Why would we do anything else, for anyone? The post Another Reminder – To Reduce Suicide Risk for LGBTQ folks Just Accept Who They Are appeared first on Survivors News and Reviews.
  • Healthy relationships have boundaries that are respected by everyone. Even if we didn't see that growing up we can still learn to develop boundaries. The post Sharing – Ten Ways Boundaries Can Change Your Life for the Better appeared first on Survivors News and Reviews.
  • LGBTQ+ Mental Health Information and Resources Don't Resist the Assist: the Subtle Art of Asking for Help Sister shares 'honest' story of brother who died by suicide as focus turns to men's mental health Colleges turn to science to help stop 'suicide contagion' on campus A culture of care costs nothing, but it can make all the difference for mental health How Being Positive Can Turn Toxic Have You Ever Stopped to Consider How Far You've Come? The post Shared Links […]
  • Maybe, most importantly, these parents seem to think they know better, that the mental health of their kids is something they can handle on their own. We know that isn't true. We know the number of teens who have considered suicide is much higher than the number of parents who think their teen has. That doesn't suggest that what we've been doing is working, it suggests that having mental health resources available at school is a net positive for everyone. But […]
  • When I think about Monika's point, and my own look at the numbers, I repeat what I said back then, when looking at one individual, the ACE survey is never the whole story. There are lots of childhood experiences that go unaccounted for, there are individual levels of resilience that are not accounted for, and there are early interventions that are not considered. One traumatic experience equals one traumatic experience in the final number, regardless of whether that experience was immediately […]
  • Caught this 5-star review of a novel by Emma earlier this week and wanted to share, as it may be of interest to some of you. In Emma's words: 5*s for this beautiful insight into Amy’s life, and how she copes with OCD and mental health issues.  I found it a kind, interesting and beautiful novel about the lives of people we all meet everyday, who we may not realise are facing such challenges, and how the actions of others can […]
  • As the post below goes on to explain, it's not just being generous financially that has this effect on us, it can also be giving time by volunteering, or helping out someone who can use it, cooking a meal for them, helping them clean, etc. All of these ways of giving to another human being helps that person, and it helps us. It's good for us. The other thing I'd like for many survivors to consider is finding a way to […]

  • This quote from Kevin Love is something that just stood out to me because it's something that I think is so important to understand. Not just for a professional athlete, but for any of us to remember about our own line of work, or to remember when it comes to young people in school: “You can’t achieve yourself out of depression,” Love says. “You can’t achieve yourself out of that high-level of anxiety.” The post Linked: NBA star Kevin Love on mental health struggles, success, getting Covid appeared first on Mike McBride Online. If you want […]
  • We've seen the memes. The ones about the law firm offering a lunch hour yoga class to overworked, stressed, associates who haven't had time to even take a lunch break in months. Or the "reward" for months of 70-80 hour work weeks is free pizza. It just makes people angry because it's a token that does nothing to actually recognize the work involved, or correct the problems that created this mess to start with. Workplace stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues are not just something a little mindfulness can fix. Workers are waking up to […]
  • The reality is if you allow people to be flexible and get their work done in the way that makes the most sense for them, individually, they will all benefit from that decision. There won't be a fairness issue because of some accommodation because everyone is getting the accommodation they need to do their best work. What's wrong with that? Isn't that what management says they want? The post Linked: Making workplaces better for people struggling with mental health will make work better for everyone appeared first on Mike McBride Online. If you want to see […]
  • It just goes to show what I've always said, your company is not your family, it's not even a friend, and it will always do what is good for itself first, second, and always. If something also happens to be good for you, great, but that's never been the goal, so you have to make decisions based on what is good for you, not the company. If you think that's an overly negative thing to say about CEOs and upper management, go read those percentages again, and consider how many of those same people expect your […]
  • As I've said before, many employers did the easy stuff. They invested in some mental health tools, promoted using employee assistance programs, talked more about mental health, heck they even gave people more time off or at least pushed people to actually use the time off they hadn't been. And yet, here we are. Why? Because they haven't yet done the hard work of making the workplace not the place that hurts mental health to start with. There's no easy fix for that. It won't happen in a few weeks, but if you don't start looking […]
  • Today, as many of you know, is World Mental Health Day, a day to talk about mental health issues to raise awareness and eliminate the stigma surrounding what is really a common occurrence. Even in the workplace. The post World Mental Health Day 2021 in the Workplace – a Roundup appeared first on Mike McBride Online. If you want to see more like this, consider subscribing to the RSS Feed.