Sharing – Survey: More Young People Are Depressed During the Pandemic. But They May Be Using Social Media to Cope

Sharing – Survey: More Young People Are Depressed During the Pandemic. But They May Be Using Social Media to Cope

I’ve seen this possibility since 2001, when I started blogging. The possibility that someone, somewhere, dealing with mental health issues, or overcoming abuse, would hop online looking for someone, anyone, who understands that they are dealing with.

We’ve never had more ways to connect with each other, even during a pandemic. Why not use them, and why not be the person who connects others online?

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

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

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.

Shared Links (weekly) March 7, 2021

Shared Links (weekly) March 7, 2021

Introduction to Tanya J. Peterson, Author of ‘Mental Health for the Digital Generation’

Toxic Childhood? 10 Lessons You Must Unlearn in Adulthood

Five tips to keep your children safe online

How To Be Intentional With Social Media Use

Nobody’s Normal: How Culture Created the Stigma of Mental Illness

Here’s What Happens When Social Workers, Not Police, Respond To Mental Health Crises

Former Gymnast Sarah Klein Discusses Coach John Geddert’s Sex Abuse Charges

Shared Links (weekly) Feb. 28 2021

Shared Links (weekly) Feb. 28 2021

The problem with perfect

6 Happiness Books That Mental Health Experts Trust

Make Social Media Work For (rather Than Against) Your Mental Health

The Difference Between Self-Esteem, Self-Confidence, and Self-Compassion

This Nonprofit Found A Unique Way To Help Sexually Abused Children Heal

But They Went Willingly – Understanding Teen Sexual Grooming

Mental Illness and Homelessness

Sharing – Life With Anxiety & Depression: It’s Time We Stopped Suffering In Silence

Sharing – Life With Anxiety & Depression: It’s Time We Stopped Suffering In Silence

Similar to Clint, when I wrote about not being OK a few weeks back, I also got quite a few private messages from friends and professional contacts who are silently also not OK. But they weren’t ready to talk about it publicly and I understand that. We’ve made it entirely too difficult for most people to talk about it publicly, because we immediately start to treat someone differently when we learn that they are now, or have in the past, been dealing with mental health issues. Unfortunately, that reaction that many have to hearing someone talk about it, is because we are so uncomfortable and unfamiliar with the idea of someone talking about it. And, so the circle just keeps repeating. 

Sharing – How the Stigma of Mental Illness Has Evolved Over Time

Sharing – How the Stigma of Mental Illness Has Evolved Over Time

There is a whole world of people who aren’t looking at blogs like this one, or trying to talk about mental health on social media. Sure, there’s a lot of us who are, and I love supporting those folks by trying to share information, or just check in. But, that’s not going to change the stigma that exists in society until all of those other folks, actually come in contact with mental health struggles in real life. As long as that’s not happening, it’ll remain stigmatized, and “something that happens to other people”.