Child Abuse Prevention Month in the Age of Pandemic

Child Abuse Prevention Month in the Age of Pandemic

It’s hard. Normally in April we’d be sharing all the ways teachers, neighbors, and others can help prevent child abuse, reporting when kids show up to school with unexplained injuries, or kids we suspect are being abused at home or by family contacts. But now, we don’t really see those kids at all, so it’s…

Finding Balance and Diversity in our Social Media Use

Finding Balance and Diversity in our Social Media Use

I came across this article today: The Internet and Mental Health: It Helped & Hurt My Recovery As many of you know, this is a topic that is near and dear to my heart, because I think, despite media attention to the contrary, can be part of helping abuse survivors, and those with mental health…

Sharing – Compassion Fatigue: When Counselors and Other Helpers Don’t Make Time for Self-Care

Sharing – Compassion Fatigue: When Counselors and Other Helpers Don’t Make Time for Self-Care

This is true for anyone working in the field of mental health, or crisis intervention, and it’s also true of advocates. I’ve seen it too many times:   “While compassion fatigue can happen when helpers are unable to replenish and restore emotionally and physically (Figley, 1982), vicarious trauma is the shift you experience mentally from…

UK Charity Starts Suicide Prevention Text Line Aimed at Men

UK Charity Starts Suicide Prevention Text Line Aimed at Men

They made the announcement on World Mental Health Day yesterday, that they were taking aim at the increasing numbers of men in the UK dying from suicide, especially those who are not comfortable talking to someone about their issues. The hope is that by making a text service available across the UK that it will…

Reviews Elsewhere – Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me

Reviews Elsewhere – Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me

Found this review from Louise Bradley on the Mental Health Commission of Canada website and thought the book by Anna Mehler Paperny might be of interest to readers here as well. In her words: Paperny is a journalist. She also lives with treatment resistant depression. Her book could be summed up in three words: know…

Sharing – Central Ohioans audition for ‘This Is My Brave,’ a show about living with mental illness
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Sharing – Central Ohioans audition for ‘This Is My Brave,’ a show about living with mental illness

I know that I have a number of followers among my many family and friends on Columbus, so I wanted to take a moment and make you aware of this upcoming show in November. For those of you not in Columbus, you may be interested in checking out other shows on the This is My…

Link – Curbing suicidal thoughts: UW psychologist develops innovative suicide prevention website
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Link – Curbing suicidal thoughts: UW psychologist develops innovative suicide prevention website

This seems like an interesting resource to keep handy. The website NowMattersNow.org, an immediate and accessible resource for people experiencing suicidal thoughts created by a UW psychologist, has been found to significantly reduce the intensity of negative emotions in under 10 minutes. Now Matters Now includes videos of people who have dealt with suicidal ideation…

NPR Station in Florida Has Series on Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month

NPR Station in Florida Has Series on Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month

Radio station WUWF put together a handful of short stories and interviews on what it looks like when a child abuse claim is made, in terms of the investigation, the courtroom process, and what family counseling looks like. Some of the information may be specific to the location and to a specific resource, but if…

Link – A shockingly large majority of health news shared on Facebook is fake

Link – A shockingly large majority of health news shared on Facebook is fake

I feel like I just wrote something similar to this. Oh yeah, I did: “Of the top 10 shared articles, scientists found that three quarters were either misleading or included some false information. Only three were considered “highly credible.” Some lacked context of the issue, exaggerated the harms of a potential threat, or overstated research…