New Book Highlights Witnessing Mental Illness from a Child’s Perspective written by an 8th Grader

There aren’t too many books written by children who witnessed their parents’ mental illness and chose to write about it while they were still kids.  Owen Marshall, now an eighth grader living in Virginia near Washington, D.C., is your typical teen playing video games and participating in sports like swim team and basketball. However, aContinue reading “New Book Highlights Witnessing Mental Illness from a Child’s Perspective written by an 8th Grader”

Feeling Good during the Holiday Season Might Mean Practicing Intentional Gratitude

Deborah Hawkins intentional gratitude practice is different from making a gratitude list of things and experiences life brings you. It’s about knowing what you value and practicing it daily, seeing things you love in different situations. “Intentional gratitude changed my life because I don’t feel like a victim. We can’t control what happens to usContinue reading “Feeling Good during the Holiday Season Might Mean Practicing Intentional Gratitude”

Temple Grandin Talks about Different Kinds of Thinkers in her new book Visual Thinking

Temple Grandin, animal scientist and Associate Professor at Colorado State University, does not believe in labels. In her new book Visual Thinking: Hidden Gifts of People who Think in Pictures, Patterns, and Abstractions, Grandin expounds upon the mysteries of genius and neurodiversity, how the American educational system favors verbal thinkers rather than “object visualizers” asContinue reading “Temple Grandin Talks about Different Kinds of Thinkers in her new book Visual Thinking”

Human Power Project an Innovative Program in Teaching Mental Health to Students

Picture Courtesy of Ross Szabo When Ross Szabo, wellness director at the Geffen Academy at UCLA and CEO of the Human Power Project, a curriculum designed for students focusing on mental health, tried to end his life at age 17, he didn’t know it would be a turning point toward a career helping students and adults findContinue reading “Human Power Project an Innovative Program in Teaching Mental Health to Students”

Two Crusaders Dedicated to Ending Bullying and Teaching a More Compassionate World

Jodee Blanco has always championed and defended the underdog from the time she was very young. The other kids in school didn’t like this and bullied her mercilessly for it.  Blanco, formerly in publishing and the author of many books including Please Stop Laughing at Me, a memoir of her experiences as a child and teenContinue reading “Two Crusaders Dedicated to Ending Bullying and Teaching a More Compassionate World”

988 is the New Suicide Hotline, but be careful what you say

This past week the National Suicide Prevention Line became easier to use. All you need to do is dial 988 or text 988 and you can be connected to a trained listener.  However, be careful what you say to them. They are mandatory reporters which means they have to report abuse, violence or self-harm. IfContinue reading “988 is the New Suicide Hotline, but be careful what you say”

Dear Future Husband

Disclosure in Romantic Relationships is Important to Increase Understanding about Mental Illness My mania plays out in rapid speech, racing thoughts, odd ideas at all hours, little to no sleep. My manic hypersexuality has led to a one-night stand and many unpleasant relationships, the kind where it’s ticklish when you later bump into him inContinue reading “Dear Future Husband”