Posing as an Advocate And Harassing Vulnerable People – Yuck!

Posing as an Advocate And Harassing Vulnerable People – Yuck!

I saw this tweet yesterday shared by a few folks, and I was curious to find out what was going on: Yesterday, I found out that someone I followed and supported on social media has been using their platforms in an incredibly inappropriate way. They have posed as a mental health advocate to connect with…

Social Media can Be Good or Bad For Our Mental Health, Depending on Who We Follow
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Social Media can Be Good or Bad For Our Mental Health, Depending on Who We Follow

(ed note, updated in Dec 2020) I write often about the connection between social media use and mental health. If you’ve seen any of my previous posts, you know that I tend to be doubtful of there being any direct tie between simply using social media, and being depressed. Rather, I think it really depends…

Could More Data Lead to Identifying More People Who Should Be Offered Suicide Awareness Training?

Could More Data Lead to Identifying More People Who Should Be Offered Suicide Awareness Training?

That seems to be what they found in Oregon. And according to this article it’s something that more local agencies are trying to identify as well. In Oregon, what they found when they started looking into the rise in the rates of suicide, was that they didn’t really have any more information than that. So…

Repeating the Same Mistakes in a Broken Mental Healthcare System

Repeating the Same Mistakes in a Broken Mental Healthcare System

Once upon a time, there were mental health asylums across the US. But, they weren’t great, and some of them were even mistreating patients. So, we closed them. The thought was that community-based services would be better, and now that we were closing the asylums, surely the resources necessary to pay for and staff these…

SafeTALK Training

SafeTALK Training

This past weekend, I attended a SafeTALK workshop put together by the local chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The half-day workshop is designed to help train folks to be more suicide aware, and to be “helpers” for those in need. The idea behind TALK is: Tell Ask Listen Keep safe. Obviously, if…