Shared Links (weekly) March 21, 2021

Shared Links (weekly) March 21, 2021

Sharing – Why cat lawyer and other funny videos help during COVID-19

Sharing – Why cat lawyer and other funny videos help during COVID-19

As the article says, right now for many of us, there’s a lot of sucky stuff going on. There’s been a lot of sucky stuff going on for a long time. We need something to laugh at. We need something to smile about. We need to know that we can enjoy one moment of life and be ourselves again. So watch more silly videos. Make more stupid jokes. It helps.

Sharing – Common Mental Health Advice We Should Actually Ignore Right Now

Sharing – Common Mental Health Advice We Should Actually Ignore Right Now

For example, I’m not anxious JUST because my brain is working overtime, or because I find myself focusing on the negative. I’m also anxious because over 400,000 people in the US have died from COVID-19 and a large number of people in my local area feel no need to change their behavior in acknowledgement of that fact.

You know what that is? That is reality, and there’s no amount of “good vibes” that is going to make that reality not a reality. It’s totally normal to feel anxious about that, and telling me to “think positive”, or get more sleep, or exercise, isn’t going to change that.

We all live in a very uncertain, and difficult, reality right now. The answer to social injustice and racism, again, is not just thinking positively about it. It’s having difficult, often painful, conversations about the topic. It’s about listening to other people’s experiences and working hard to understand the world differently than we did yesterday.

That too, is a source of anxiety.

Shared Links (weekly) Jan. 3, 2021

Shared Links (weekly) Jan. 3, 2021

We need Advocates Now More than Ever

Mental Health Struggles Don’t Take a Holiday

Mental health apps: How to find one that works

Students Feel Anxious About COVID-19. Why Aren’t They Turning to Campus Mental Health Resources For Help?

‘Boys do cry’: Georgie Wileman chronicles the private experience of male depression

Making a Difference One Person at a Time

Talking to your young athletes about sexual abuse

Rural Louisiana communities have less access to mental health care; How groups are closing the gap

My Top 5 Mental Health Lessons For 2021

Sharing – State Lines Shouldn’t Keep Americans From Getting The Mental Health Help They Need

Sharing – State Lines Shouldn’t Keep Americans From Getting The Mental Health Help They Need

That last bit, to me, is really the important part. I’m not saying no one needs proper credentials, and licensing, to offer therapy, but what I am saying is that if the physical location is limiting the ability of people to get care, when we have so many technological tools available to bridge that gap, then something will need to change.