John Oliver Takes a  Look at Mental Health Care in the US

John Oliver Takes a Look at Mental Health Care in the US

I wanted to share this with you because John Oliver makes some important points about how we have made so many strides in acceptance and encouraging people that it is OK to ask for help, and then the system doesn’t provide it. Sadly things have gotten so bad that we’re trying just about anything, and even the technology isn’t living up to the hype.

Real people with real needs are left with nowhere to turn. A society that claims to care about people cannot accept that status quo.

Sharing – How Does Trauma Affect the Brain?

Sharing – How Does Trauma Affect the Brain?

Read the whole thing. It’s important. Children amid trauma focus on surviving. Their brains focus on surviving and not development. They then grow up to be adults without a chance to develop fully.

The fix is to get kids with resources to help them develop as early as possible. (And to also get them removed from the things causing so much trauma.) The longer this goes on without any treatment, the more damage is done.

We may not be able to prevent every kind of childhood trauma, but we need to understand the impacts and how to treat them. Otherwise, we are simply leaving too many people behind.

Sharing – The Power of Believing in Yourself

Sharing – The Power of Believing in Yourself

The way to start believing in yourself is to have experiences you can look back on and draw strength from. When I feel anxious about something at work, meeting new people, moving, or other stressful situations, it helps tremendously to recall when I have already successfully done those things.

Or, sometimes it helps to remember the times I wasn’t successful, but I survived nonetheless. That can also be a huge relief, the memory that these failures, or accidents, won’t kill me.

Sharing – Sending Out an SOS: Help Combat Childhood Trauma

Sharing – Sending Out an SOS: Help Combat Childhood Trauma

We don’t see it because we don’t talk about it enough. We don’t talk about it enough because it’s an uncomfortable topic. It’s not “fun” to talk about childhood trauma, even though almost everyone experiences it directly or indirectly. Everyone knows people who have lived through childhood trauma or are currently living with it. They just don’t talk about it or know what to do. And since we don’t talk about it, solving it doesn’t become much of a priority.

Reviews Elsewhere – The Best Wellness Books For Your Mind, Body, and Spirit

Reviews Elsewhere – The Best Wellness Books For Your Mind, Body, and Spirit

I found this over on the Esquire site and thought that some of these titles dedicated to meditation, anxiety, breathing techniques, setting boundaries, etc., might be of interest to my readers as well.

Granted, some of them might not be your cup of tea, and some of the titles are a little off-putting to me, but as I’ve said, whatever works for you. So check it out, and let us know if you’ve read any of these and found them especially useful.