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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.

If you are a social media user, I hope you’ll consider following this little website using the links in the sidebar or at the top of the page, and if you’re interested in technology, or photography, I hope you’ll click over and follow my work on other pages as well!

Latest Posts from the Blogs

  • When my wife and I both lost our parents in a short period, I was thankful that there were people in our lives who gave us space to grieve and checked in on both of us. I'm also acutely aware of how different the reactions were as well. Part of that was the difference in relationships, my wife was much closer to her parents than I was to mine, but there was also an undertone where I was expected to be […]
  • How to Survive the Holidays with Anxiety and Depression Even gritty people get discouraged The best mental health books for kids Childhood Trauma Impacts Our Mental and Physical Health—Here’s How What science has shown can help young people with anxiety and depression New longitudinal research highlights how grave the effects of childhood trauma can be for anxiety and depression Writing My Way to Recovery Dealing with collective trauma in the wake of mass shootings The post Shared Links (weekly) Dec. 4 […]
  • As she and her guests shared their stories and the research around how this happens, I kept replacing all of the stories; the pain of giving birth, the struggle to bike up 4,000 feet of incline, and others with trauma and PTSD flashbacks. When we have those kinds of reactions, we become different people. Often we become the child who was being abused instead of the adult we are, and we act accordingly. We lash out, self-protect in unhealthy ways, or […]
  • We never get to see the thoughts of other people if they choose not to share them. We see ALL of our own thoughts, however. That puts us at a disadvantage when it comes to deciding what we "deserve" compared to others. We might do well to assume that everyone has the same kind of thoughts that we do at times because we all do. We just don't talk about them and share them with the world. (Most of us anyway) […]
  • What people fail to understand about the dangers of loneliness Finding Your Way Through the Holidays  How to Navigate Grief During the Holidays From the Editor: Men deserve mental health support too 7 Boundaries Adult Children Should Consider Setting With Their Parents Need Mental Health Help But You Aren't In Crisis? Try A 'Warmline' My Depression Survival Guide The post Shared Links (weekly) Nov. 27 2022 appeared first on Survivors News and Reviews.
  • I have two takeaways after reading the rest of the article. 1. Difficult things seem easier when there is someone with us. The lack of friendships can make life seem more difficult than it really is. When life seems too difficult, we might be more likely to give up, or for the stress to have health impacts that lower our life expectancy. 2. The best thing you can do for someone struggling is simply showing up beside them. The post Sharing […]
  • In addition to the original betrayal, many survivors are then betrayed a second time when they are not believed or the abuse is minimized. When the people who should be protecting them refuse to see what is happening or refuse to believe that person that they trust would do such a thing, the child is betrayed by a second person, or a third, fourth, etc. Add in the fact that while these extra betrayals are happening it is also unlikely that […]
  • For Those Grieving Over the Holidays The Future of Accessible Mental Health Care is Online Trauma-Informed Practice Matters. Sexual abuse survivors launch national day to encourage others to speak up- The Aussie only came forward when he read another man tell his own story. This is why we speak. It happens to boys, too: A look inside the North Texas safe house for male sex trafficking victims, the first in the country You Are Psychologically Stronger Than You Think Is It […]

  • So please, read the whole thing and be prepared for the possibility that someone you work with may be at risk for suicide or surviving after a loved one's death by suicide. The more you know the more you can support them. The post Linked – Why It’s Critical to Start Talking About Suicide in the Workplace appeared first on Mike McBride Online. If you want to see more like this, consider subscribing to the RSS Feed.
  • I'm sure there are still some "old-school" bosses running around who believe the best way to motivate employees is to threaten them and never let them forget that they can be fired at a moment's notice. Turns out that they aren't motivating as much as actively harming them. The post Linked – Job Insecurity Is Toxic to Health appeared first on Mike McBride Online. If you want to see more like this, consider subscribing to the RSS Feed.
  • There has been a lot of progress, but I fear management has made that progress and ticked the item on the checklist as "done" without really making sure they've hit the mark. Yes, they rolled out a mental health benefit or two, but have they done the work to train managers? Have they understood how employees feel about that relationship and whether they trust their immediate manager? That is where an employee needs to feel safe talking about mental health. If that safety doesn't exist, all the extra benefits in the world will not help. The […]
  • These are significant numbers for business leaders to consider. "The vast majority of workers—eight in 10—are seeking workplaces that offer mental health support, according to a survey of employees from the American Psychological Association. The organization’s 2022 Work and Well-being Survey was conducted online by the Harris Poll among more than 2,000 working adults between April 22 and May 2. The survey also found that 71% believe their employer is more concerned about the mental health of employees now than before the pandemic, while 39% of employees have stated that their workplace environment has had a […]
  • This statement is an important reminder regarding the people you work with. "1 in 6.8 people in the average workplace experience mental health problems. Working whilst living with depression can be exhausting. There is a lot that people don’t see. Sometimes it can feel as though we’re almost living two different lives. When others understand our experiences, it can help us to feel less alone." The post Linked – Depression: The Things You Don’t See When I’m Working appeared first on Mike McBride Online. If you want to see more like this, consider subscribing to the […]
  • As I read about various companies and hear stories from a variety of peers, it becomes obvious that there might be two mindsets when it comes to managing people. One says these are human beings and should be treated as such. The other says these are labor costs and anything I can do to get more productivity from these "tools" for less money is good for my business. Those might seem like extremes, and they are. I'll have more to say about these extremes in a later blog post, but if you fall on the side […]