40% of Americans are Covered by Medicare or Medicaid and Struggle to Access Mental Healthcare

40% of Americans are Covered by Medicare or Medicaid and Struggle to Access Mental Healthcare

We talk a lot in the advocate community about not being alone with mental health issues. I try to encourage anyone to see others who are dealing with the same issues around mental health and childhood abuse and recognize that they are not in this alone. There are many of us out here dealing with the same thing.  Many in the US and other countries are alone in accessing care. That should shame us all. 

What Kind of Story Does it Take To Get Serious About Connection and Mental Health?

What Kind of Story Does it Take To Get Serious About Connection and Mental Health?

The original news story is from 2013, and I admit I was unaware of it. On the other hand, there is something positive in seeing that something as tragic as this can spur activity and solutions in the Netherlands to deal with loneliness and the lack of social connection:

The Words We Use Matter – Communicate Simply and Effectively

The Words We Use Matter – Communicate Simply and Effectively

When it comes to the mental health of our loved ones, there is nothing more important than ensuring we communicate our support for them. It would be a shame if they didn’t feel it because we used a lot of mental health jargon instead of having more extended conversations with them. Take the time. They are worth it.

Sharing – Where Does Shame Come From?

Sharing – Where Does Shame Come From?

Those who have suffered childhood trauma often have shame that we cannot place. Sometimes because our memories are foggy and we can’t place them, maybe more often because shame became part of us as we grew up. Our very development occurred in the middle of shame, so much so that we aren’t even aware of it.

It just is. It has always been and always will be.

Except that’s not correct at all.

Two Part Series on Healing the Shame of Child Sexual Abuse

Two Part Series on Healing the Shame of Child Sexual Abuse

You have to see what happened for what it is. That includes seeing that it was a decision made by someone else and not something you deserved or attracted to yourself in any way. You were a child. Your abuser made a decision to abuse you sexually. That’s the truth of it. 

That is the start of healing.

Sharing – ‘My Husband Was Hospitalized, I Didn’t Tell People Why’
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Sharing – ‘My Husband Was Hospitalized, I Didn’t Tell People Why’

Imagine your spouse going into a hospital for surgery or an injury and having no help navigating that, and also trying to take care of a 12-year-old daughter without anyone else there to take care of a meal or two or transport your kid to school and other events. That’s the reality Amy, and many other families, find themselves in because we still live in a world where we aren’t supposed to admit to having mental health issues and where those are the kinds of secrets you keep within the immediate family only.