General Care Practitioners Are Not Mental Health Professionals

General care practitioners (GCP, I'll refer to it as) aren't mental health professionals although people, myself included, have visited their GCP for a mental health concern. Fortunately, we're moving away from this trend as more people are learning and understanding that they should see a mental health care professional to address their concerns. As a … Continue reading General Care Practitioners Are Not Mental Health Professionals

Types of Mental Disorders by Bipolar Bandit (Michelle Clark)

Article written by Bipolar Bandit, Michelle Clark. She is a mental health advocate and blogger who aims to educate, inspire, encourage and advocate. She has been blogging for 10 years. Michelle has lived with bipolar disorder for 35 years. We met through Instagram and got to chatting about our blogs, I received permission to share … Continue reading Types of Mental Disorders by Bipolar Bandit (Michelle Clark)

Reshaping Your Relationship with Something Negative that Happened to You: my Life-Threatening encounter with a cougar while on a trail run

FKT, Unsupported, Women's Record We all experience scary events, some are traumatic, terrifying and shake us to our core. Our bodies may have a strong reaction to what happened and hold onto it. We receive reminders from our environment of the event and upon reception, the body may react with a symptom or maybe more. … Continue reading Reshaping Your Relationship with Something Negative that Happened to You: my Life-Threatening encounter with a cougar while on a trail run

Emergency Contacts, Lifelines, and Suicide Prevention Information and Resources

Suicide statistics in the U.S. • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. for all ages. (CDC) • Everyday, approximately 123 Americans die by suicide. (CDC) • There is one death by suicide in the U.S. every 12 minutes. (CDC) • Depression affects 20-25% of Americans ages 18+ in a given … Continue reading Emergency Contacts, Lifelines, and Suicide Prevention Information and Resources

Ideas to Raise Awareness and Funds for Mental Illness

Awareness is great, but taking action is ESSENTIAL. Why is Raising Awareness for Mental Health Important? Raising awareness is important because it becomes easier to identify mental illness, which leads to faster treatment, which then leads to better treatment results. One out of four people suffer from a mental illness, and it impacts EVERYONE, not … Continue reading Ideas to Raise Awareness and Funds for Mental Illness

3 Mindful Strategies to Increase Positivity During Hard Times

Limit Exposure Limit the time you're exposed to the situation. Be informed, but limit the amount of news, media, social media, that you take in. For social media, you can choose to follow and unfollow certain accounts and channels. Use social media to build yourself up, promote positivity, and connect with non-toxic people. Social media … Continue reading 3 Mindful Strategies to Increase Positivity During Hard Times

Live Now

One way to lift your spirits (taken from the book High Hopes by Patrick Lindsay) "'Live Now'Refuse to let time dictate your day. Lose track of it. Immerse yourself in whatever you're doing. Surrender yourself to the activity. Commit your full attention. Notice the difference." ~ Patrick Lindsay "The happiest of all lives is a … Continue reading Live Now

Finding Affordable Mental Health Counseling

You can find the right outpatient private practice counselor for you at an affordable rate, you just need to know how to go about doing so. Almost everyone shops around looking for the right counselor who either accepts their insurance or that they can afford to see if they pay out-of-pocket. A breakdown in the … Continue reading Finding Affordable Mental Health Counseling

New Mental Health Books and Resources (for mental health professionals)

I ordered a few card decks and workbooks to grow my practice from PESI. Do you use any of these? What's your favorite or go-to worksheet? Watch my unboxing video below. https://youtu.be/DZtzCl-y96s Books & Resources Train Your Brain Card Deck by Dr. Jennifer Sweeton The Body Positivity Card Deck by Judith Matz, LCSW, ACSW & … Continue reading New Mental Health Books and Resources (for mental health professionals)

How to Find the Right Counselor

It can be challenging and anxiety provoking to find the right counselor. Sometimes it's difficult knowing how to find the help that you specifically need. This article's tips will answer some questions, help develop a plan, relieve stress, and lead you to finding the right counselor. Licensed Professional Counselors A licensed professional counselor works with … Continue reading How to Find the Right Counselor