Shared Links (weekly) August 29, 2021

Shared Links (weekly) August 29, 2021

Sharing – 5 Amazing Benefits of Blogging about Mental Health

Sharing – 5 Amazing Benefits of Blogging about Mental Health

I’ve had people refer to me as someone who is surprisingly self-aware. I don’t really think of myself that way, but what I do know is that reading and writing about mental health topics, as well as my own experience in therapy, provides me with constant reminders about the importance of mental health, and how that information either resonates with me, or doesn’t, and why.

I don’t think our current culture really encourages that kind of behavior. We are encouraged to be busy, productive, constantly hustling and then showing it off on social media. Self-reflection? Ha! No time for that.

But there should be time for that. Without knowing ourselves, how can we even start to care for our own mental health?

Would Everyone Benefit From Having a Therapist?
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Would Everyone Benefit From Having a Therapist?

She goes on to document the appallingly low percentage of people who manage to get therapy, as well as the difference between white patients and minorities. She then goes on to talk about this in the context of the quote above, which I had not considered previously. If finding a therapist is truly like dating, and it is in my experience as well, how do we not only make sure that therapy is available, but that there is more than one to choose from?

Shared Links (weekly) Aug. 8, 2021

Shared Links (weekly) Aug. 8, 2021

Sometimes We Just Need Someone to Just Listen

Sometimes We Just Need Someone to Just Listen

An interesting little snippet from CBS about Al Nixon, and the good he does just by sitting on a park bench in the morning and listening. I thought it worth sharing because it demonstrates the power of listening in terms of making people feel seen, and connected. It’s not therapy, and it won’t fix everything but as he says “When you listen to someone, you let them know I value you”.