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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

  • We spend so much time shouting from the rooftops when we find something that works, telling anyone and everyone that they NEED to do the same thing. That impulse is understandable. What we leave out, however, are all the things we tried that didn't work or when the thing that worked for us 2-3 years ago has stopped working. It would help if we did that more often to remind people that we are not alone but not all the same. […]
  • Depression & Creativity: Healing Through The Arts Mental Health and Social Media: The Pros and Cons Learning to hold sorrow- "What I know for sure, after the work and conversations these past three weeks, is that we need to get better at holding, hearing, and healing sorrow." Teens Know Why Mental Health Is Worsening, Now It’s Time to Listen How to Help Children Who Are Exposed to Verbal Abuse 12 Facts You Need To Know About Children's Mental Health 5 Benefits […]
  • Again we see how being educated and open about mental health issues creates people who know what to do. We can't get support from people who don't know what to do and they don't learn what to do when society remains unwilling to talk about mental health. The post Sharing – “We cannot struggle alone”: Students learning mental health ‘first aid’ to identify friends in need appeared first on Survivors News and Reviews.
  • Ellie damaged the lives of people she falsely accused. She has also potentially damaged the lives of many more victims who will be silenced because of this. The post Ellie Williams Was News Because It’s Rare but that won’t Stop People From Using It to Dismiss Survivors appeared first on Child Abuse Survivor.
  • I saw this post earlier today, and let’s face it, we all could use some help occasionally with fear and anxiety. As the author says: Because there are many self-help books on the market, it can be difficult to decide which one to read. So I have recommended three: Brantley’s Calming Your Anxious Mind, Bourne’s… The post Reviews Elsewhere – Three Books For Managing Fear and Anxiety appeared first on Survivors News and Reviews.
  • How One Radio Station’s Focus On Mental Health Helped Listeners Around The World Feel Less Alone What is trauma bonding? Signs and how to break a trauma bond Why Young People Are Languishing- there are many reasons, and it's complicated. It's also a serious problem. The Internet Has Turned Self-Care Into A Scam The status of global mental health – by Ben Miller The post Shared Links (weekly) March, 12 2023 appeared first on Survivors News and Reviews.
  • On the other hand, if we know this, maybe we can start to do something about it. That might look like finding ways to lower the stress we have some control over, understanding what is happening with our abilities in these areas, and seeing these struggles in others for what they are. In short, give ourselves and each other some grace and step back before making rash decisions or digging our heels in on decisions and beliefs. If we suffer cognitively […]
  • “Here’s a theory: Maybe I had not really been broken this whole time. Maybe I had been a human—flawed and still growing but full of light nonetheless” I want all of us to ponder that line for a little bit and think about it. Consider the possibility that you, as a survivor, are not broken. Maybe you are just human. Maybe everything you see as broken is just a natural reaction to abuse in the same way every human carries things […]

  • The point, however, is that when you look at the diversity on your team and consider how to implement solid mental health support systems, don't forget about the diversity. Don't assume they all need the same thing. They do not. There are some cultural differences, some unique challenges, and some ways to consider the diverse needs that some of them may have. It's worth keeping in mind.  It's also worth keeping in mind that individuals are all different too. Not every Hispanic employee needs the same resources. There's individual diversity too. Perhaps talking more about it […]
  • Ultimately this is what will define your culture and your employee engagement. Do your actions match your words? It's not enough to say you care about mental health, diversity, or developing the people who work for you. You had better put something behind that. If you've had layoffs recently, don't expect anyone to believe that you care about these things on your words alone. Those layoffs told everyone in the organization that they were expendable. They could be next, and the only thing that truly matters is how much they make for you. If you care […]
  • The US government spends a lot of time telling people to fear what Chinese companies could do with the data they get from our phones when we use something like TikTok, but they do nothing about things like this. The post Linked – A researcher tried to buy mental health data. It was surprisingly easy. appeared first on Mike McBride Online. If you want to see more like this, consider subscribing to the RSS Feed.
  • Think about it, someone in management who has never learned how to communicate will have a team unaware of what is happening. Leaders who follow the examples of those above them, who've created a misogynistic culture, will continue with the same practices. When things don't go smoothly, managers getting berated from above will berate the people below them. And on and on it goes.  If we want a healthier, open, and inclusive workplace, we need to train the people in charge of setting the tone and the culture. All the lunchtime yoga and meditation in the […]
  • Later it occurred to me that mental health should be handled the same way in the workplace. No two people are the same or have the same mental health issues. What I could accomplish work-wise during the time I was medicated and seeing a therapist might not be the same as someone else in therapy.  One person might need some time away from work during a crisis, while someone else might need work to be the thing that keeps them living with some day-to-day structure. There will not be one solution that fits everyone. In any […]
  • 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.