Tag Archives: stigma

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

8 Lessons Learned From My First Ever Camping Trip

Ahhhhhh. . .camping.  The great outdoors, s’mores over the camp fire, sleeping in a tent under the stars.  So romantic – until it isn’t.  This past weekend the hubber aka David, a traveling partner and I embarked on a trip.  … Continue reading

Tips for Lovingly Communicating with a Depressed Person

Tips for Loving Communication with a Mentally Ill Person Don’t tell your loved one that how he or she feels is “selfish”.  You wouldn’t tell someone that he or she doesn’t deserve to feel ______ amount of happiness.  It’s the … Continue reading

The Witch Hunting of the Mentally Ill

Like many others, I have been processing the events of Sandy Hook on many different levels.  There are many thoughts and emotions involved when something so incomprehensible occurs. I process events such as these on many levels: 1.  As a … Continue reading

Under The Microscope – Tragedy and Mental Illness

So much sorrow and many, many thoughts and emotions as I process the latest mass shooting.  While it is early in the reporting, the implications of mental illness are very much on my mind. My students and I discussed this … Continue reading

The Cycle of Depression – Through My Lens

PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ AND SHARE – YOUR LOVE MAY SAVE A LIFE What’s Right With Me Moment inspired by +Jason Kowing ‘s message of self-love found here:  http://bit.ly/NisXD4 Today had many blessings and challenges, but I only … Continue reading

Enough of Depression

This message brought to you by. . .Depression.  I struggle from time to time with depression.  Even when not readily visible, it lurks in the shadows ready to remind me that self-care and self-love are vital.  Depression is a multi-faceted … Continue reading