Sharing – We tell suicidal people to go to therapy. So why are therapists rarely trained in suicide?

Sharing – We tell suicidal people to go to therapy. So why are therapists rarely trained in suicide?

I have to admit, I did not know this. “A 2012 paper by the American Association of Suicidology cites decades of studies that underscore the training gap, and experts say not much has changed in the last several years. It found about half of psychology students receive formal classroom training on suicide during their graduate education. Only…

Sharing – LA County Officials Grapple With Inmates Suffering From Mental Health Issues
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Sharing – LA County Officials Grapple With Inmates Suffering From Mental Health Issues

On a much-discussed topic around this blog, I found this NPR feature to be a very worthwhile read. Not only doers it define one of the huge problems with mental health care in the US, but it goes to talk about some solutions: “It has put the jails in an awkward position. Today the three…

Sharing – Ben Affleck has been on antidepressants since age 26
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Sharing – Ben Affleck has been on antidepressants since age 26

why does Ben Affleck continue to take antidepressants? Because “they help”.

If taking medication helps you, short term, or long term. Do it. If taking medication helps other people you know, but offends your sensibilities, shut up and let them do what helps them. Just be glad something is helping them.

Links I’m Sharing (weekly)
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Links I’m Sharing (weekly)

13 Great Mental Health Advocates You Should Know What parents should know about grooming — and what schools should do if they suspect it Mental Health in the workplace Startling Facts About Suicide and Mental Illness Calm through coffee | ‘The act of breaking the stigma is everybody’s job’ How Connection Saves Lives and How…

Sharing – I don’t want your ‘mental health awareness’

Sharing – I don’t want your ‘mental health awareness’

I wanted to share this article from a Duke student because, frankly, I think this is an important thing for many of us to remember about mental health advocacy. Like Bisma, I am happy that we have so many people feeling less stigmatized, and helped by the attention being paid to depression, anxiety and the…

Sharing – How AI ‘therapists’ and machine learning could be the answer to affordable mental health care

Sharing – How AI ‘therapists’ and machine learning could be the answer to affordable mental health care

I know I have written and linked to pieces about this before, but I really like the way this article not only talks about some of the things we are barely scratching the surface of at this time, but also explains in these two paragraphs why it’s so important to develop these kinds of tools….

Sharing – Dwelling on Our Mistakes: Why do We Judge and Shame Ourselves?

Sharing – Dwelling on Our Mistakes: Why do We Judge and Shame Ourselves?

Could be because, somewhere, we believe the worst about ourselves, in ways we would never to do other people. Most of us spend a lot of time criticizing ourselves. For example, if the thought comes up ‘I’m so ugly’, and we dwell on all the moments we felt unattractive, it gains power. When we stew,…