Quick Thought #9 – Trauma Recovery and Connection

Quick Thought #9 – Trauma Recovery and Connection

I saw this article today about an amputee softball team, made of a bunch of folks who were injured during their service, the kind of people we all would typically view as PTSD sufferers, and I really found this part of the article interesting way above and beyond battlefield trauma: Yet, Schnurr says, there‚Äôs no…

Quick Thought Number 8 – An Example of Stigma and When We Can’t Be Open

Quick Thought Number 8 – An Example of Stigma and When We Can’t Be Open

As much progress as we’ve made in society when it comes to abuse and mental health stigma, it seems like there will always be a story like this one around to remind us why it’s not always going to be safe for people to be open about their mental health struggles. Red Flags for Applicants…

Quick Thought Number 7 – Messages About Anxiety

Quick Thought Number 7 – Messages About Anxiety

Society, when talking about teens – “We need to stop keeping score or competing at all, making them do public speaking, etc. because the anxiety is too much. We have an epidemic of anxiety.” Society TO teens – “If you don’t have you career plan mapped out, your grades in order, aren’t involved in the…

Quick Thought Number 6 – The Perfect is the Enemy of Showing Up
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Quick Thought Number 6 – The Perfect is the Enemy of Showing Up

Oftentimes I suspect that many of us, when confronted with the reality that someone we care about, friends, family members, etc. dealing with depression, or other mental health issue, find ourselves afraid of not knowing what to say to them. As if anything but the perfect friend with the perfect words to support them would…

Quick Thought Number 5 – Most People Have Been Traumatized

Quick Thought Number 5 – Most People Have Been Traumatized

Over the weekend, I tweeted a link to a post I had written, sharing an article about supporting people who are dealing with trauma. There was, however, one person who quoted the tweet with a comment that stuck with me for a couple of days: Very few people haven’t experienced trauma (very few women especially)….

Quick Thought Number 4 – The Appreciation File in the Digital Age

Quick Thought Number 4 – The Appreciation File in the Digital Age

Have you reached out and sent anyone a message telling them that you appreciate them recently? Way back in 2014 I wrote about having an appreciation file, a physical folder for cards/letters, and an email folder for emails, where I could store positive messages I got from folks I had helped either at work or…