Journalism and Mental Health Resources

Journalism and Mental Health Resources

There are a ton of links from there. What I found unique about the page is that they are tackling the issue from two different perspectives. One, how journalists should write about mental health and people dealing with mental illnesses or PTSD from traumatic events, and secondly, how to take care of their mental health as they cover war, disaster, etc.

Both are important topics, and I would love for anyone, from professional journalists covering a war to a blogger writing about mental health or sharing a story of trauma, to consider them. Please consider how we cover trauma and mental health, and how we make sure to take care of ourselves in the process.

Sharing – When You Have a Lifelong Struggle With PTSD and Depression

Sharing – When You Have a Lifelong Struggle With PTSD and Depression

It can be a struggle when so many of our friends and even professionals want to help us overcome abuse to “get back to” ourselves when there is no previous version of ourselves to use as a target. I don’t think this should be the goal anyway. The goal for any child abuse victim should not be to go back to being a younger version of themselves before the abuse, the goal should be to build a life after abuse. I didn’t find much healing in trying to remember my early childhood, but I found a ton of healing in having someone help me design the life I wanted to have as an adult and helping me feel worthy and capable of having that.

Shared Links (weekly) Jan. 23, 2022

Shared Links (weekly) Jan. 23, 2022

Sharing – Our Brains Were Not Built for This Much Uncertainty

Sharing – Our Brains Were Not Built for This Much Uncertainty

I guess I feel a little bit better knowing this at least:

“To stay motivated as we encounter unprecedented levels of uncertainty in every aspect of our lives, we should understand that the human brain simply was not built for this. Knowing what your brain does well — and what it does surprisingly poorly — can give you a much clearer sense of the strategies you need to not just endure, but to thrive.”

On the other hand, it’s not like the uncertainty is just going to go away and I can get back to the levels my brain is OK with. So, what do we do?

Sharing – 6 Sneaky Signs You’re Experiencing Ongoing Trauma From The Pandemic

Sharing – 6 Sneaky Signs You’re Experiencing Ongoing Trauma From The Pandemic

What did surprise me, though, was that I actually saw all 6 of these signs in myself. All 6. (I also don’t think they are all that sneaky, but then again, while I know I’ve been having worse anxiety lately, all of these did sort of sneak up on me.)

So, I don’t know about you, but I know for sure that I am now hyper-vigilant, negative, anxious, withdrawn, exhausted, and dealing with more physical aches and pains than I ever have.

This article helps me realize that it’s not really a coincidence. How about you?