Links I’m Sharing (weekly)

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How To Live With Someone Else’s Mental Illness
PTSD Physical Symptoms Can Be Confounding for Sexual Assault Survivors
Growing up I Often Heard “Therapy Is for White People”
How the Pandemic Is Taking Its Toll on Our Mental Health
One mental health solution: a kinder, gentler emergency department for people considering suicide
Nearly three in four child abuse survivors without support, study finds
Suicide After Suicide: What We Must Do to Break the Cycle
Why Abused Children May Strive for Perfection

Sharing – How To Be A Good Friend To Someone With Mental Illness

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Not every tip you read will be appropriate for every person. People with anxiety are different than people dealing with depression, are different that people dealing with Bipolar are different than people dealing with a myriad of other issues, and even within all people with anxiety, they are all individuals. There is no one-size-fits-all advice here, other than to open the lines of communication, and ask how you can be a good friend.

In the end, isn’t that what being a good friend to anyone is? Trying to understand how you can be helpful and supportive in their life? It’s no different here.

But, these are a good place to start.

Sharing – How Feeling Not Good Enough Makes You Crave Validation

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I also want to point out that this sense of being enough, having an internal sense of self and worth, is an important part of keeping children safe. Kids constantly on the lookout for external validation, are easier targets for grooming and abuse.

How would you develop this sense of self in yourself? I have some ideas, but I want to hear from all of you too.

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