It’s Just Talk. No Shame in Therapy

Cheslie Kryst shines the light on mental health in life and in death. Cheslie Kryst, attorney and 2019 Miss USA winner, 30, jumped to her death in New York City’s Times Square. Her death shines the light again on suicide among the prominent and powerful, as well as on the mental health of communities ofContinue reading “It’s Just Talk. No Shame in Therapy”

On the Legal Docket: New Lawsuit Aims to Reform Staten Island’s District 75 for Disabled Students

Last January 2021, attorneys from the Disability Rights Advocates, Disability Rights New York, the Bazelon Center, and the law offices of Jerry Hartman, filed a major class action lawsuit challenging New York City’s segregated school system for students with disabilities on Staten Island. Known as District 75, many Staten Island students attend schools outside theirContinue reading “On the Legal Docket: New Lawsuit Aims to Reform Staten Island’s District 75 for Disabled Students”

New Poetry Phone Line Promotes Mental Health and World Healing

In January of 2021, Trapeta Mayson, poet laureate of Philadelphia and a social worker, had an idea. Deep into the COVID pandemic, she wanted to alleviate the mental health crisis brought on by Covid in the city and world.  She decided to start The Healing Verse, a 24/7 phone line promoting mental health, wellness, andContinue reading “New Poetry Phone Line Promotes Mental Health and World Healing”

Hartford Connecticut Museum Curates Unique and Universal Exhibit on Mental Health Past and Present

The first thing you see when you walk into the mental health exhibit at the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford is 18th Century artist Faith Trumbull Huntington who died by suicide.  “Through looking through letters in our collection, we gleaned that her family had tried to help her,” said Ben Gammell, director of exhibitions at theContinue reading “Hartford Connecticut Museum Curates Unique and Universal Exhibit on Mental Health Past and Present”

Author Terri Cheney Talks about her Life and her Books

Author and advocate Terri Cheney’s friends and family were often baffled by her moods and how to best help her. People offered lots of well-meaning advice but none of it got down to her core. “When someone is depressed, say five little words: Tell me where it hurts,” said Cheney. “This helps a person openContinue reading “Author Terri Cheney Talks about her Life and her Books”

The Best Books on Gratitude that I’ve Found So Far

Gratitude is important in healing from depression and other mental illness. World expert on gratitude Deborah Hawkins offers two books the Best of No Small Thing: Mindful Meditations and Practice Gratitude: Transform Your Life. Intentional Gratitude is more than keeping a gratitude list or journal. It’s about noticing the little things that make you happy in life. These twoContinue reading “The Best Books on Gratitude that I’ve Found So Far”

Carrie Cantwell’s New Memoir Daddy Issues A Tour de Force on bipolar disorder in families

1. Why did you write this book? What are your hopes for the book? I started writing the book as journal entries to keep track of my life, my experiences and what I’d been through. It was purely therapeutic and not originally meant for anyone but me to read, so I could learn more aboutContinue reading “Carrie Cantwell’s New Memoir Daddy Issues A Tour de Force on bipolar disorder in families”

Innovative Family Fundraising Project Raises Money for Non-profits Helping those with Mental Health Issues

After Rapper Iran Jr. Brugueras aka Splash died in a car accident in 2016, the Brugueras family turned pain into purpose creating SPLASH to raise funds for mental health non-profits. They started a fund with the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving with the over $25,000 they fundraised through a softball and a bowling fundraiser toContinue reading “Innovative Family Fundraising Project Raises Money for Non-profits Helping those with Mental Health Issues”