By Caitlin B. Anyone who has struggled with mental illness knows how difficult it can be when your loved ones don’t seem to understand what you're going through. Sometimes, our friends and family want to support us but they don't know enough about mental illness to offer the right responses. In some cases, our loved… Continue reading 5 Tips for Talking to Your Family About Your Mental Illness
By Caitlin B. Treatment options for mental illness have progressed by leaps and bounds in recent decades. We now know that most mental health issues can be successfully treated. Many people who suffer from mental illness are able to make a full recovery and resume their normal life once they’ve received appropriate treatment. But when treatment is… Continue reading Mental Illness in Children: What are the warning signs?
By Megan K. There is no doubt that caring for yourself, and thus, your mental health, should be high on your priority list during this coming year, and I strongly encourage you to make a goal regarding your mental health for this next year. But remember that making your mental health a priority is just… Continue reading “Just do it” doesn’t help
By Caitlin B. One of the most challenging parts of dealing with mental illness involves figuring out your treatment options. Whether you’ve just been diagnosed or you’re grappling with symptoms that haven’t responded to your current treatment strategy, it can be hard to know where to turn for help. The good news is that there… Continue reading Understanding your treatment options
Motherhood is idealized in our culture. Women are often brought up to believe that having a baby is the most wonderful thing that can ever happen to them. For many, the birth of their child indeed the most joyful day of their lives. But for some women, it can also be the start of an… Continue reading Understanding postpartum mental illness
By Caitlin B. One of my favorite quotes is, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” This quote reminds me to be patient with others. It also reminds me that I never know what sort of internal struggles another person might be facing. If I feel impatient or inclined to respond… Continue reading 3 steps for treating yourself with compassion
By Caitlin B. The holidays can be an exciting and enjoyable time. For many of us, it truly is the “most wonderful time of the year”. But the holiday season can also be a source of stress, loneliness, and frustration. Between traveling, cooking, spending time with family, and constantly feeling pressured to have fun, it's… Continue reading 5 ways to maintain your mental health during the holiday season
By Brian Simmons, Executive Director. Giving Tuesday has become a tradition and the generosity of our donors is what allows us to work as hard as we do to educate people about mental illness and drive the change to end stigma and save lives. Our donors are you. From all of us: thank you! We… Continue reading Two words: thank you!
By Brian Simmons, Executive Director. The men and women of our armed forces volunteer to serve. They do it for a variety of reasons, but all of them choose to serve. They go to war because "We the People" tell them to, not because they want to. Most come home; many do not. For those… Continue reading #22aDayIsNotOkay
By Caitlin B. Living with mental illness can be difficult, particularly if you aren’t receiving treatment. To get through the day, many of us develop a variety of strategies for coping with our mental illness. These strategies help keep our pain at bay and let us perform everyday tasks as best we can. Unfortunately, these… Continue reading 3 Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms to Avoid