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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

  • But what is the least harmful way to deal with that? What is the least harmful way to inform kids of the wars in Ukraine and Gaza? What is the least harmful way to prepare kids for the natural disasters that seem only to get worse each year? I don't know. What I do know is that dealing with all of this is hard and only among the many other causes of increased needs for youth mental health. Our current mental […]
  • That's what a sense of self means to me. That's what self-worth means to me—knowing that I am an adult, like my neighbors and coworkers are adults.  I'm not different and unworthy because of my abuse. I am an adult human with everything that means. The post Sharing – How to Be a Real Adult With Childhood Trauma appeared first on Survivors News and Reviews.
  • I get it. The people who write these laws live in a world where kids all have a loving family who cares about them and want only to protect them from the evil that exists "out there." They will provide whatever help and information their kids need, and there's no need for them to navigate the wildness of the internet.  But we make information available to kids online because that's not their reality. They don't have supportive parents, they get kicked […]
  • I think she's right about that last point. I've written many times about the stories I hear, over and over again, where people don't want to hear about child abuse and sexual abuse. It's too sad and dirty. It isn't very pleasant. People don't want to know about how much sex trafficking goes on right around us every day and the hard work we could do to solve the problem. They'd rather believe conspiracy theories and look to their "heroes," who […]
  • ? The post Shared Links (weekly) Feb 18, 2024 appeared first on Survivors News and Reviews.
  • We have to address societal issues that cause harm. Politicians who don't address both the lack of mental health resources and the various political issues that actively harm the mental health of all of us don't deserve our vote. If you consider yourself a mental health advocate, consider how your representatives have voted and where they stand on these issues. Have they cut mental health funding, opposed mental health support in schools, or supported laws that cause active mental harm to […]
  • As the article explains, there is no federal law against this in the US. There are some state laws, but they're not very effective. The problem is that we've always treated sexual abuse materials as criminal because, as the saying goes, behind every photo is a child being abused. With deepfakes, though, the abuse isn't happening. So when a teen girl is the subject of deepfake porn, she was never sexually assaulted, so there's no crime. There's a lot of harm, […]
  • But then I got to thinking. I've talked about being a sexual abuse survivor and how it was a male who abused me. What I haven't talked about and haven't considered for myself because the incidents are overshadowed by the years of sexual abuse are the occasions when I was sexually victimized without my consent by women. The post Sharing – 71% of UK men have experienced some form of sexual victimization by a woman appeared first on Survivors News and […]

  • When you're young and not on the standard education/career path due to mental health, there's no career history or learned skills to fall back on. I think many employers would view you as unemployable in our current environment. I'm not saying that should be how it is, but it is likely the way it is. My story illustrates the path out of that, but it also contains some privilege. I was able to go to therapy. My family gave me a place to live while I wasn't working. I had access to learning tools. I had […]
  • Working from home opens up opportunities to people who can't, for many reasons, travel to an office every day. It can, however, be lonely at times. Finding the right balance is key. Finding the places where you can still connect with people outside of work is key. You're no longer spending a third of your day in the same location as your coworkers and connecting by default. Still, you can connect and be more involved in your community because you're not spending another couple of hours commuting. You can spend more time with your family. You […]
  • Clear, realistic expectations. Clearly defined roles. Open communication. Fair treatment. This shouldn't be that difficult, and yet here we are. The post Linked – Attaining Work-Life Balance in an Era of Burnout appeared first on Mike McBride Online. If you want to see more like this, consider subscribing to the RSS Feed.
  • o here's an app, but your manager is still going to expect you to answer emails 24×7, customers will be given your cell phone number to reach you whenever, and you'll be expected to produce 8 hours of work while also attending 4-5 hours of meetings every day. All while not making enough money to pay for childcare or pay off the loans you took to get the degree that was required to get the job in the first place. Gee, I wonder why that yoga class isn't helping. The post Employee Wellness Plans Are Likely […]
  • I think another way to understand this is our cultural obsession with "what you do" being the defacto representation of "who we are," meaning that when we stop working, it can be detrimental to our mental health. After all, if you've spent 35-40 years identifying yourself as a lawyer, what will you be when you stop working as a lawyer? The post Would Retiring Induce “Relevance Deprivation Syndrome” For You? appeared first on Mike McBride Online. If you want to see more like this, consider subscribing to the RSS Feed.
  • It's December, and the number of organizations conducting layoffs keeps growing. It's been a never-ending cycle of layoffs. Let's not kid ourselves and assume that everyone is feeling OK about that. Let's not ignore the mental health elephant in the room, let alone the damage to workplace culture. And let's also acknowledge that leaders who have conducted any layoffs do not get the benefit of the doubt regarding trust. There's simply no reason to trust you. The post Linked – The ripple effects of layoffs appeared first on Mike McBride Online. If you want to see […]