Less than Numb: Overcoming Self-Destructive Urges

Photo courtesy of Google Trigger Warning: This post is about self-harm. A blogger friend of mine recently had a relapse with self-injury and is now in the hospital. Thinking about taking a wrong step. Thinking about feeling a little less than numb. Thinking about what it would feel like to cut myself again. I haven’tContinue reading “Less than Numb: Overcoming Self-Destructive Urges”

March for Our Lives Rallies Shed Light on Gun Violence issues across United States

Photo of  Olivia Broderick, a sophomore at North Haven High School It was a cold, March 24, Saturday in front of the state capital and Bushnell Park in Hartford Connecticut. People filed in with placards for the March for Our Lives rally and march, one of many that took place across the United States, theContinue reading “March for Our Lives Rallies Shed Light on Gun Violence issues across United States”

“I don’t know” An answer to a question or a conversation stopper

It was 1980-something, I was 12-years-old. We live in Simsbury, Connecticut—a very heterosexual, WASPY town in New England. My parents always told me to never tell your religion to anybody, not even to talk about the subject of religion. It is Sunday and I am in Granby, the next town over, at a friend’s house.Continue reading ““I don’t know” An answer to a question or a conversation stopper”

Planet of Microbes by Ted Anton: Links Depression/Anxiety to Gut

If you watch the Big Bang Theory, read the Science section of the New York Times and live on the line where nature meets poetry, Planet of Microbes: The Perils and Potential of Earth’s Essential Life Forms by Ted Anton will engage you in the history and future of microbes. Anton is as much aContinue reading “Planet of Microbes by Ted Anton: Links Depression/Anxiety to Gut”

Profile in Brave: Hannah Blum, Vlogger and Mental Health Influencer, living with bipolar 2

  The night of prom, after being nominated prom queen, Hannah Blum had a breakdown and never made it to the dance. “I looked in the mirror and couldn’t connect what was going on inside,” said Blum. As a junior in high school, she became withdrawn from herself and was self-harming. She had always beenContinue reading “Profile in Brave: Hannah Blum, Vlogger and Mental Health Influencer, living with bipolar 2”

Fitness Builds Self-Confidence and Adds to Mental Health

John Zvonek has been in mental health recovery for 12 years since he was age 25. “I had to find healthy habits,” he said. “I had to take my recovery seriously that meant no drinking, drugs and be as healthy as I could possibly be.” He gained 80 pounds in one month because of hisContinue reading “Fitness Builds Self-Confidence and Adds to Mental Health”

Recovering from a Mass Shooting

In light of the shooting in the Parkland, FL high school and to the 18 other shootings which happened between January and now, I would like to call for better mental healthcare in America’s middle, high schools and colleges. There is an organization Active Minds which strives to change the conversation about mental health onContinue reading “Recovering from a Mass Shooting”

Profile in Brave: Rudy Caseres, a passionate mental health advocate

“I see mental health advocacy as a human rights issue,” said Rudy Caseres. Rudy is most passionate about advocating against forced treatment. It says this in his bio on Facebook. Rudy is a social media entrepreneur hosting live chats on Facebook with inspiring advocates of mental health. He was a cast member in the 2017Continue reading “Profile in Brave: Rudy Caseres, a passionate mental health advocate”