Sharing – Fans of fitness influencers exercise more – but they’re also more depressed

Sharing – Fans of fitness influencers exercise more – but they’re also more depressed

For every headline or expert who touts the “cure” to depression, anxiety, or other issues, there are always a large number of individuals who weren’t helped by it. In this study, we also have to recognize that social media accounts focused on fitness might be making things worse for people, causing them to obsess over their appearance and creating unhealthy relationships with food. 

An Example of Suicide Prevention Being About Many Different Things

An Example of Suicide Prevention Being About Many Different Things

For some people dealing with anxiety and depression, more exercise or time in nature might help. For a cross-country athlete, I doubt that is what they are lacking. The comments from the researchers in the article above made it clear to me that there are a multitude of reasons why the rate among student-athletes has been getting higher. That means the solutions are likely to include various options as well. 

That’s not a bad thing. It just means we have to find what works best for us individually. 

As I’ve repeatedly said, find what works for you and stick with it. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise or convince you to stop doing something that works for you. Don’t give up if what your friend or an online influencer does that works for them doesn’t work for you. Every one of these lives is worth the effort to find what will make them want to stay. That includes you. 

Sharing – Meet the people falling through the gaps of the mental health care system

Sharing – Meet the people falling through the gaps of the mental health care system

We all deserve access to resources that would help us avoid becoming a danger to ourselves. These resources shouldn’t be limited to people like me, who are lucky enough to have family support to help cover the extra costs, and they shouldn’t require that we wait around for people to reach the point of needing to be hospitalized before we offer them any. That middle ground is full of people who deserve better. 

Sharing – Positive Childhood Experiences Protect Against Depression in Teens

Sharing – Positive Childhood Experiences Protect Against Depression in Teens

I have often said the best defense against childhood sexual abuse is raising kids who have open, supportive, adults in their lives because they aren’t as vulnerable and easily manipulated. It turns out those same relationships are improving their mental well-being too. Let’s do more of that.