Tag Archives: mental health

Scapegoats: Burdening Those with Mental Health Conditions with a Nation’s Outrage

America, we need to talk. Specifically, we need to talk in more meaningful ways and be more intentional with our words. After the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history by a domestic terrorist in Las Vegas over the weekend leaving … Continue reading

Unheard Scream: Medical Staff Ignorance of Trauma Costs Lives

“Beware out of the ash I rise. I embody the power of courage, the endurance of strength and the beauty of survival. I am an agent of change in a state of greater becoming”. The abuse that a survivor has … Continue reading

PTSD And The Lasting Effects of Abuse

As many of you who have read my blog for awhile know, I am a mental health advocate, mental health 1st responder, certified peer support specialist and healing artist.  I do this work because it matters, because the work gives … Continue reading

Mental Health: Let’s Talk About It

Mental health comes with stigma.  That stigma is really ironic if you think about it.  Mental illness has been referred to as the “no casserole” disease by Pam Robinson, a psychologist and president of the Anchorage affiliate of the National … Continue reading

3 LESSONS FROM A HEALTH CRISIS

  I have long believed that struggle teaches us things – that when we are broken and vulnerable, that is when we are more receptive to hearing our soul’s voice. So it has been with me over the past several … Continue reading

I Am From: Surviving Trauma and Becoming A Phoenix

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak at the Success, Hopes and Dreams 2014 Nebraska Statewide Behavioral Health Conference.  As part of the advocacy I do with the Truth Leadership Council of the Domestic Violence Council, I offered the opportunity … Continue reading

Here at the Brain Creative, we talk frankly about both the challenges of living with a mental health diagnosis and the peace of recovery.

The statistics are staggering …

  • 1 out of 4 live with a Mental condition. (World Health Organization
  • In 2011, the American College Health Association–National College Health Assessment (ACHA–NCHA—a nationwide survey of college students at 2- and 4-year institutions—found that about 30 percent of college students reported feeling “so depressed that it was difficult to function” at some time in the past year. ( National Institute of Mental Health)) Continue reading

Communication and Mental Health Recovery

Communication is challenging for many of us from time to time. For those with a mental health diagnosis and his or her support team, it can be even more imperative. In this audio, I offer some tips for loving communication. 

Rewriting Our Truth Lessens The Power of PTSD Triggers

Rewriting Our Truth Lessens The Power of PTSD Triggers.   PTSD and panic have a way of finding the scars and trying to re-open old wounds.  Rewriting our truth is an arduous process at times, but we own every moment. … Continue reading

Forest Forays – Peace by Piece

Peace can be found in the most unexpected places.  Last weekend, my husband and I drove 9 hours and 500+ hours to sort through my mother’s apartment and bring her belongings back home.  The life of a hoarder can be … Continue reading