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Shared Links (weekly) April 4, 2021

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Ask a Black Therapist: 5 tips to support Black mental health during the Derek Chauvin trial

Teens and depression: How parents can help

9 books about mental health and wellbeing to read in 2021

A ground breaking campaign that changed the mental health landscape

How to Save a Life  – Suicidality is on the rise in 2021. Talking about it can change everything.

Book of the Month March 2021 – A Tiny Spark of Hope: Healing Childhood Trauma

I Use Everything in My Resilience Toolkit to Keep My Mental and Physical Health Intact.… Read More

Sharing – On TikTok, mental health creators are confused for therapists. That’s a serious problem.

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But, if you had a broken arm, you wouldn’t hop online and talk to your life coach. You’d go see a professional to have it treated. There’s a reason for that, just as there should be a reason why, when someone needs mental health advice, they should get it from professionals, and not random people on the internet.… Read More

Sharing – What We (Still) Refuse to Believe About Mental Illness

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It’s true that most people dealing with bipolar or schizophrenia are not dangerous, and it’s also true that someone in the middle of a psychotic episode is not going to seem very “normal” to us. Unfortunately, what that often means is that people will call the police, because who else is there to call? Then, the police, who are trained to deal with dangerous criminals, act accordingly, because, again, they have no other training. The best option for them is to get the person off the streets and way from the public, which means jail, because, once more, there’s probably not anywhere else to take them.

Now they are part of the criminal justice system. A place with almost no mental health treatment available.

Of course, as the article below also reminds us, that’s only if they actually survive all of these encounters, which is, far too often, not the case.… Read More

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

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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.… Read More

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