Mental Health Blog Party Favourites

| May 19, 2011

I’ve gone through the list and here’s the links to some of my favourite posts from this year’s Mental Health Blog Party:

 

As long as I can remember I’ve had anxiety. As a child I worried about a lot of things and my tendency to fret became worse as I grew into young adulthood.

 

With nearly one-third of the U.S. adult population providing medical care for a relative, the chances are good that you or someone you know is a family caregiver.

 

I am who I am and I try to handle life as it comes to my best ability. I think I generally do okay. But it’s an effort, and some days are better than others.

 

These books provide a practical but comprehensive summary of recent advances in the field without having to pore over basic research findings or dense journal articles.

 

I am going to continue holding the dialectic here that TJP has struggled with all along, reviewing some of the major criticisms and limitations of traditional psychology, but also highlighting some of the liberatory work that’s being done by individuals and organizations in psychology.

 

Despite caveats provided by the authors, most readers are likely to believe it  because they don’t understand the difference between correlation (the degree to which things tend to occur together) and causation.

 

If you’re part of mental health support group, work or volunteer at your local community mental health center, are organizing a mental health event such as the annual NAMIWalks in your area – or are simply thinking of getting involved in any such endeavor – you have to make yourself and your cause seen and heard.

 

There have been several positive sides to my flavor of mental illness.  First & foremost, I’ve become much kinder in general.

 

I was teaching English at a Christian university, suffering through a not-so-pleasant spring break when I began to clearly crumble.

 

Mental Health is like a dirty little secret that no one wants to talk about.  It’s the elephant in the room and you don’t want to acknowledge that just maybe, someone you know and love, even yourself, could suffer from mental health issues.

 

Mental health problems affect everyone, but carry enormous stigma. And addictions carry the greatest stigma of all. Why? Because we still haven’t let go of the idea that people with addictions are really just lacking will power, and could get over it if they wanted to.

 

..if we can stand up and say “I have bipolar, but that is not the sum of who I am,” then maybe we can start changing things.

 

Full list of blogs here.

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A former youth worker who worked in residential care and AOD rehabilitation settings for more than a decade, I am now an active advocate for mental health consumers and carers. I blog about the people, places, and things I love.

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