Sharing – How the Mental Health System Failed Me

Sharing – How the Mental Health System Failed Me

Behavioral issues in school, getting in trouble, and wham! Instead of mental health care, you’re a criminal case. We do it to adults all the time, why would we not see it the same way with kids? Especially kids without the family means to get private care and assistance?

This is what we do, and we need to figure out something else. The criminal justice system is not mental health care.

Sharing – I’m Open About My Depression—But Not Completely

Sharing – I’m Open About My Depression—But Not Completely

As I have written before, being an advocate online for me means writing, sharing information and insights, interacting with other survivors, etc. but sometimes I just can’t. Not because I’ve lost interest or don’t want to do it, but because I’m just tired of the pushback. I’m tired of having stories about male victims challenged or dismissed, tired of people in the mental health space telling me that everyone should just do what worked for them, tired of dealing with other people’s definitions of what healing looks like, or how long it should take, and on and on.

It’s all stigma, it’s all the stigma that I want to fight against, but some days it’s just exhausting. So I’d rather not talk about it.

Sharing – How the Stigma of Mental Illness Has Evolved Over Time

Sharing – How the Stigma of Mental Illness Has Evolved Over Time

There is a whole world of people who aren’t looking at blogs like this one, or trying to talk about mental health on social media. Sure, there’s a lot of us who are, and I love supporting those folks by trying to share information, or just check in. But, that’s not going to change the stigma that exists in society until all of those other folks, actually come in contact with mental health struggles in real life. As long as that’s not happening, it’ll remain stigmatized, and “something that happens to other people”.

Reviews Elsewhere – Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World

Reviews Elsewhere – Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World

Kevin Eikenberry, who blogs on leadership, has a quick write up of this book, obviously written from the perspective of being a leader and helping identify loneliness in your own life, and the lives of those who follow you in the workplace. That being said, I thought the subject really applied to us when it…

Sharing – Good Vibes Only? You Can’t Think Yourself Out of Depression

Sharing – Good Vibes Only? You Can’t Think Yourself Out of Depression

You’re not being kind, you are blaming people for a ton of things that are completely beyond their control, because your own identify is tied to a world-view that has no explanation for suffering beyond “welp, guess you failed at being positive”.

That’s not a world-view, that’s a privileged, self-centered, view.

Sharing – The Benefits of Having Positive Social Interactions

Sharing – The Benefits of Having Positive Social Interactions

I can’t remember the last time I had many of those little incidental interactions. Once upon a time they were frequent, multiple times a day. Now?

Yeah, not as much. which is why we need to try and create some of these interactions, even if they can’t always be in person. A few texts back and forth, a quick call, a chat with coworkers on our messaging platform, laughter with the people you do see, etc.

I miss the interactions I used to have, there’s no doubt about that, but I am trying, not always successfully, to make sure I still manage to create some. I know how vital that connectedness is for my own mental health.

I also know I’m not alone in that.