Sharing – On the Mental Health Conversation

Sharing – On the Mental Health Conversation

I love the fact that her boss was just honest about his mental health issues, and the fact that he took antidepressants, and how much difference that made it her own ability to talk about mental health. Simply put, this has to be what we do. All of us who advocate for more mental health conversation, awareness, and resources, need to create a space where anyone, everyone, can share their own stories, and advocate for their own care, without fear of being judged for needing it.

What I learned from my husband’s suicide | Lori Prichard

What I learned from my husband’s suicide | Lori Prichard

I saw this talk shared the other day and bookmarked it to go back and watch later. It’s a powerful talk given by Lori Prichard about her husband’s suicide. If you’ve not lived with depression, or lived close to someone dealing with it, you may have a hard time relating, but I want you to try, because I know how accurate this is. I’ve been depressed. I’ve lived with that bully inside of my own brain that told me every day how much better off people would be without me, and I managed to hide it and downplay it so that most people didn’t know anything was wrong at all, or as Lori put it, they let me get away with talking them out of any concerns.

Sharing – Antidepressant use in England soars as pandemic cuts counselling access

Sharing – Antidepressant use in England soars as pandemic cuts counselling access

This is not great. Medication can be incredibly helpful, but it’s really not a “fix” for depression.

“Lucy Schonegevel, the deputy campaigns director at the mental health charity Rethink, said there was a “big risk of antidepressants being prescribed with no support”, adding that such medications should “go hand in hand” with therapy.

Her concerns were echoed by the mental health campaigner Natasha Devon, who said: “People are going to their GPs with symptoms of mental illness and being sent away with a bag of medication, having been put on an 18-month waiting list.””

Sharing – Tips for Anyone Experiencing Mental Health Issues for the First Time

Sharing – Tips for Anyone Experiencing Mental Health Issues for the First Time

This Allure article below actually seems like something we should be sharing, because right now everyone is feeling something, a lot of things, that may be completely new. I mean seriously the world is pretty overwhelming right now, you’d have to be dead to not feel something. But not everyone knows how to cope with that. 

Sharing – Ben Affleck has been on antidepressants since age 26
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Sharing – Ben Affleck has been on antidepressants since age 26

why does Ben Affleck continue to take antidepressants? Because “they help”.

If taking medication helps you, short term, or long term. Do it. If taking medication helps other people you know, but offends your sensibilities, shut up and let them do what helps them. Just be glad something is helping them.

Links I’m Sharing (weekly)

Links I’m Sharing (weekly)

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Thanks Congressional Suicide Prevention Champions for Introducing the Suicide Prevention Act What You Need to Know About Suicidal Behavior Why Celebrity Narratives Can Be Dangerous for Your Mental Health The challenges of protecting your kids online One in five adults experienced abuse as children – report – This is…

Sharing – What Exercise Can — and Can’t — Do for Your Mental Health

Sharing – What Exercise Can — and Can’t — Do for Your Mental Health

I feel like this is something that needs to be shouted for everyone in the back to hear. Whether you’re talking about exercise, certain eating habits, medication or whatever else we read about online as being the “cure” for depression. “Felipe Schuch, an associate professor of sports techniques and methods at Universidade Federal de Santa…

What to do in a Crisis
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What to do in a Crisis

Jan McDaniel recently wrote about having a mental health crisis plan and even compared it to the steps you would take if you had a medical condition like diabetes. It is true. Think about people you know, maybe even people you have some responsibility for.  When I was much younger, I had a roommate who…

Sharing – AP Investigation: Many US jails fail to stop inmate suicides

Sharing – AP Investigation: Many US jails fail to stop inmate suicides

First off, if prison guards and officials don’t know enough to make sure people who need medication are able to take it, we need to correct that. That is just abject failure to be human. But we also need to understand why someone having a mental health crisis being in jail is a bad idea…