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  • Quick Thought #16 – Good For Mark Cuban and Delonte West, but it Shouldn’t Be Like This - The story of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban finding former player Delonte West, and picking him up at a gas station in order to arrange for him to go to rehab, is a great story. I have nothing but respect … Read More
  • It’s a Good Question – Why Aren’t We Talking More About The Sex Abuse Scandal at Ohio State? - These men will never get their day in court to read their victim statements, and be cheered on by the public, but given how uncomfortable we are with the subject matter, even if they did, would we welcome it the same way we did during the trial of Larry Nasser? If not, what does that say about us?… Read More
  • What We Really Need is Compassion - I see this a lot in our communities as well. Again, empathy when dealing with an individual child, or supporting a loved one with a mental health struggle is great, but trying to feel the pain of all of the abuse survivors we are likely to come across in the world online, is a sure way to overwhelm yourself and burn out. I've seen it over and over again. Much like COVID-19, these issues are global, and huge. Trying to take on that much pain is an impossible task, and isn't actually going to be helpful. Much better, is to develop compassion. As the guests on the show discuss, compassionate emotions push us to act. That act, helping others, does more good for them, but is also good for us. Instead of feeling overwhelmed, and shutting down, we are taking some small amount of control over the situation, and acting on it in a way to helps. We become the helpers that Mr. Rogers so famously talked about. Being a helper, makes us happier. It sets aside our own anxiety and struggle to do something, which is always a good way to move beyond those things. So, the question may be not only what are you doing to take care of yourself during this time of great anxiety, but what are you doing to help others?… Read More
  • The Struggle of Getting Affordable Mental Health Care - We often talk about the mental health care system being broken when it comes to treatment and patients, but I think this article opens our eyes a bit to the fact that it's broken for providers too. Is it any wonder we have such a shortage of providers? Who would volunteer for this? We should be thankful for the people who do!… Read More
  • Dak Prescott, Skip Bayless and Blaming the Victim - If you aren’t a big sports fan, please indulge me for a minute, because this story, while it takes place in the football world, isn’t really about football. It’s about stigma, and also blaming the victim. In a nutshell, Dak … Read More
  • Talking About World Suicide Prevention Day - In between work conference calls today, I had the opportunity to spend my lunch hour talking to Tiffany Werhner and the Moments of Clarity audience about being a survivor, and about the importance of World Suicide Prevention Day. I really … Read More
  • Quick Thought #15 – Do what you can, it’s good for you. - I want to share some research with you from this article: Do good, feel good: Random acts of kindness improve wellbeing, physical health The report in the journal¬†Psychological Bulletin¬†reviews 201 independent studies on prosocial behavior and its affect on well-being. … Read More
  • Cancel Culture Exists Online, It’s Just Not What You’re Expecting - It's enough to make you just give it all up and walk away. That, to me, is cancel culture. I know there's a lot of talk about cancel culture and whether it even exists or not, but frankly, to me, the real canceling that goes on online is when the good, thoughtful and caring, people just walk away instead of being here and having their voices matter. Because they're tired. They're tired of the constant outrage, the constant anger directed at them for not doing, and believing, everything random people expect them to. The vitriol directed at them in direct messages, comments, and tweets for simply trying to have a conversation, from all sides. For not supporting conspiracy groups, for not using the correct words, for not advocating for exactly the same things, in exactly then same way. Because if you don't "agree" with them and show your support, in clear, and often financial, ways, you are the enemy. Seriously, it gets old. It's toxic. It's exhausting. It makes you question why you even bother with this at all. I, for one, don't need this in my life on a regular basis. No one does. So, instead of having real conversations about real issues, and doing real education, we're walking away and letting the worst kinds of people win the internet. I'm tired, but I'm not ready to do that. If 19 years of working to educate people, and let anyone know that they are not alone as a survivor, or as a person dealing with mental health issues, isn't enough for you, and you can't understand that all of the things I do online to make this happen I do in my spare time, for free, then you can go somewhere else. Take all of your fake outrage and fake "facts" with you too.… Read More
  • Daisy Coleman Found Her Voice, But Her Struggle Didn’t Stop - Which brings us to Daisy. She did not get her justice from the court system, quite the opposite. But, she did something else that many assume is a sign of "being healed", she found her voice. She told her story, she had a movie made where she could speak her truth to the whole world. Surely, that is healed, right? As we now know, that probably wasn't the case. I assume that many people who watched that documentary went on to become fans of Daisy, admiring her for having the courage to tell her story, happy for her that she was able to overcome, but that had nothing to do with the reality of what surviving actually is. The coincidence that I spoke of came this morning, when I popped over to Twitter during a quick coffee break, and saw Rachel Denhollander, another survivor who's made an appearance in a documentary, Athlete A, on her involvement with the Larry Nasser case, talking about this article: Daisy Coleman's Death Lays Bare the Myth of 'Surviving… Read More
  • More on Athletes and Mental Health - When I wrote about watching Athlete A last week, I mentioned the fact that the win-at-all-costs mentality of USA gymnastics blinded the organization to the fact that girls were being abused right under their noses, and played a role in … Read More