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Not long ago, our family enjoyed a wonderful trip to an iconic theme park. As a psychologist, I’m invested in mental health, wellness, and self-care strategies for all types of settings. So I started noticing several “psychologically healthy” choices we made during our visit that helped make the experience more fun and enjoyable for all of us. I thought you might like to see my list of 10 of these tips so you can consider using them for your next ...

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Stories of Hope: An Interview with Erin Bahadur This is part of a series featuring individuals who share their life experiences with mental health issues. Recently, I asked writer and personal trainer Erin Bahadur about her journey and her current activities. Here’s our interview: DS: Tell us about when you first started becoming aware of concerns related to your mental health. How did these issues continue to affect you before you sought treatment? EB: I think the most obvious issue ...

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After having been in the social media space for several years, I’ve gotten to know a lot of great mental health advocates, and many of the most active ones come from the incredibly important perspective of having personal life experience with mental illness. I’ve also featured dozens of these first-person voices through my “Stories of Hope” series. In contrast, it sometimes seems like there aren’t as many active advocates on social media who are mental health professionals. These would include ...

Read more10 Reasons Mental Health Professionals Should Have a Social Media Platform

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Stories of Hope: An Interview with Linda Cole This is part of a series featuring individuals who share their life experiences with mental health issues. Recently, I asked peer mentor Linda Cole about her journey and her current activities. Here’s our interview: DS: Tell us about when you first started becoming aware of concerns related to your mental health. How did these issues continue to affect you before you sought treatment? LC: I became aware of my mental health concerns ...

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We all know how tough it is to develop new habits such as exercising regularly, eating healthy food, or many other changes for personal growth. So I was very intrigued to read a book on habit change called “Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results” by Stephen Guise. In his book, Guise puts forth a strategy for effective habit formation by establishing “mini habits.” He defines a mini habit as “a very small positive behavior that you force yourself to do ...

Read moreHow to Make Mental Health Advocacy a “Mini Habit”

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I’ve written before about using “person-first language” when referring to people with mental illnesses. To remind you, person-first language literally puts the person first and then their condition. In other words you would say “people with mental illness” instead of “the mentally ill.” Person-first language has been encouraged by many advocacy groups and organizations since the 1990’s. The argument goes that person-first language is more respectful and conveys more dignity to the person. Also, it puts the primary focus on ...

Read moreNegative Effects of Using the Term “The Mentally Ill”

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I was very interested to see the recently released results from a large national survey on attitudes toward people with mental health disorders and suicide conducted by The Harris Poll which was sponsored by the American Psychological Association (APA). (Full disclosure: I’m a member of APA and its Council of Representatives. However, I had no involvement in this survey.) The survey included 1,006 US adults, who completed a 15-minute online questionnaire. The results were “weighted by education, age, gender, race, ...

Read moreAttitudes About Mental Health and Suicide: New Survey Findings

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Stories of Hope: An Interview with Don Johnson This is part of a series featuring individuals who share their life experiences with mental health issues. Recently, I asked peer support specialist and US Army veteran Don Johnson about his journey and his current activities. Here’s our interview: DS: Tell us about when you first started becoming aware of concerns related to your mental health. How did these issues continue to affect you before you sought treatment? DJ: I did not ...

Read moreTake It Day By Day

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Several different situations can be considered a mental health crisis or emergency. These can include: Thoughts or urges to harm oneself or others Suspected or actual physical or sexual abuse toward a spouse, partner, or a child Someone who has put their own or others’ personal safety at risk due to mental confusion, loss of touch with reality, intoxication or other conditions which have impaired their judgment Who should you call when a mental health crisis occurs? In the moment, ...

Read more10 Mental Health Crisis Lines You Should Know About

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Stories of Hope: An Interview with Ashanti Cheatham This is part of a series featuring individuals who share their life experiences with mental health issues. Recently, I asked college student and mental health advocate Ashanti Cheatham about her journey and her current activities. Here’s our interview: DS: Tell us about when you first started becoming aware of concerns related to your mental health. How did these issues continue to affect you before you sought treatment? AC: I became more aware ...

Read moreWe Have to Take Care of Ourselves

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