Sharing – How to Respond When Mental Health Advice Feels Like Judgment
Look, I get it, you tried something and it helped you, or you’ve seen it help someone else. Clearly, you are excited about the possibility of helping others, but you’re forgetting something. You’re forgetting that the person you are sharing this advice with, isn’t you.
When you come walking into a conversation with friends, or especially into online communities with statements like the ones above, the message you are actually sending is “Gee, fixing this is easy, you’re just doing it wrong”.
Imagine using those actual words towards someone you barely know. You wouldn’t, would you? At least if you’re a decent human being, you wouldn’t. But you are totally willing to take your beliefs, your own experience, and completely railroad another person’s current reality with it, you are doing something awfully similar. In a moment of emotional vulnerability, you have come in, guns blazing, with the suggestion that all of this pain they are in, and all of this struggling they are going through, should have been easy to avoid.
Sharing – Black mental health matters: How to cope during a time of social injustice, according to experts
I truly believe this is: The deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and most recently George Floyd, among countless lives lost at the hands of police brutality — in addition to simultaneously experiencing a disproportionate rate of deaths from COVID-19 — has left many people of color fighting through psychological warfare. During this mental health…
Link – Horrific deaths, brutal treatment: Mental illness in America’s jails
This article is intense. It is also something we need to talk about, and do something about. People with mental illnesses in jails around the country are routinely dying in horrific ways and under preventable circumstances, a Virginian-Pilot investigation has found. The country’s 3,000-plus jails are the default treatment center for many. There is often…
Sharing – Facing a broken mental health system, many teens fall off a ‘cliff’ in care
Personally, I didn’t get any mental health treatment until I was an adult, but the lengthy article below raises some interesting questions about what happens when someone in treatment turns 18: “There are a number of factors likely fueling those low treatment numbers. Many teens get mental health care through private providers, but those who…
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Child Suicide Attempts Are Skyrocketing in The US, And Nobody Knows Why Podcast: From Homeless to Prisoner to Olympian Really good message from @tonymhoffman about seeing people’s story instead of our biases. Child abuse survivor hopes story inspires others to step forward, seek help Mental health problems don’t end with age. Older people need help…
Link – Positive Experiences with Mental Illness in the Workplace
While it is great that people are having positive experiences in the workplace when it comes to mental illness, these are still small numbers. In the same study, 27% of respondents said they were treated dismissively or told their illness wasn’t serious or real. Almost 25% said they were demoted or denied opportunities after disclosing…
Great commentary on Ten Things I’ve Learned About Trauma – will share the link in the February Surviving Spirit newsletter. http://www.survivingspirit.com
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