Category: Mental Illness

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Looking For The Light Blog Celebrates Nine Years

WordPress sent a nice badge informing me Looking for the Light Blog was celebrating its ninth anniversary. I can’t find the badge and will improvise. Looking for the Light became an outlet to share past trauma. The shame, guilt, self-hatred, my father’s suicide, each beating and bruise remembered. During this time I met many people going thru trauma and pain. I also met many … Read More Looking For The Light Blog Celebrates Nine Years

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Psychiatric Hospital Stay 2001 Part One

My Journal   What a day! Checked in at 1:00 processed at 3:00. Next step is the questions, why so many questions. Telling your traumatic experiences to a stone faced woman waiting for her shift to end. Now a strip search and off to search my bag. No CD player or wire bound journal someone may hurt themselves. Losing it, I’m screaming fuck you … Read More Psychiatric Hospital Stay 2001 Part One

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About Me

I am a Survivor After years of therapy and my grandparents love, I was pulled from the abyss. I have a clear heart, no anger or self loathing. Not forgiving….forgetting, allowing me to move forward. Over the years, people brought sunshine into my life. I can’t thank them enough. You were like Angels dropping in when I needed a push or pat on back. My … Read More About Me

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Youth Suicide-Related Hospitaliztions Has Nearly Doubled

By Bethany Bray May 31, 2018 Recent research has revealed an alarming development: The number of youth admitted to the hospital for a suicide attempt or suicidal ideation nearly doubled between 2008 and 2015. The findings, published in the May 2018 issue of the journal Pediatrics, analyzed seven years of billing data for emergency room and inpatient visits at children’s hospitals in the United … Read More Youth Suicide-Related Hospitaliztions Has Nearly Doubled

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Ted Talk: A Tale of Mental Illness-From the Inside

This video was extremely educational for me. I hope you find value in her words.  M

Ted Talk: There’s No Shame in Taking Care of Your Mental Health

Great speaker, educational and enlightening.  M

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Do You Read My Tweets?

It’s been almost a year since I started working on Twitter with charities and organizations that are close to my heart. I feel great to have almost 5,000 followers but this means nothing if you are not reading the great resources. Subjects like Mental Health, Child Abuse, Sexual Assault, Suicide and more. I only reblog tweets that have value to me and I hope … Read More Do You Read My Tweets?

Bring Change to Mind new PSA

I’m thrilled Bring Change to Mind is elevating their presence in the Mental Health field. The videos are short and easy conversations, teens will pick up on the message. Please pass on to anyone who struggles with depression and hope the lines of communication open up.  M

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RAINN: Effects of Trauma on Mental Health

SEXUAL ASSAULT Effects of Trauma on Mental Health “Every survivor’s healing journey is unique and it’s crucial that we’re aware of the effects trauma can have on mental health,” said Keeli Sorensen, vice president of victim services at RAINN. “It’s time to start speaking openly about mental health concerns, and dismantle the environment of shame, fear, and silence that too often prevents individuals from seeking treatment … Read More RAINN: Effects of Trauma on Mental Health

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Who Am I?

Burden Exhausted Not moving Not contributing Giving nothing to society To sick to care Exhausted Can’t move In bed Frozen Hopeful

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Survivors Blog Here Welcomes Heidi Sullivan from Braving Mental Illness

Survivors Blog Here is thrilled to announce Heidi Sullivan is our newest Contributor. Heidi is inspirational and committed to helping people with Mental Health challenges. Please stop by to meet Heidi and check out her personal site http://www.bravingmentalillness.com I took the below information from Heidi’s ”About Me”page. She is so committed to share, help and answer questions. She is committed and I want you to … Read More Survivors Blog Here Welcomes Heidi Sullivan from Braving Mental Illness

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Mental Health Resources

Mental Health Resources Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance International Bipolar Foundation Mental Health America MentalHealth.gov National Alliance on Mental Illness National Institute of Mental Health National Institutes of Health

Bring Change To Mind

My daughter lost her battle with mental illness on March 19, 2013. She had just turned 23 years old. She was studying for the MCAT, and planned to cure cancer. She was curious and gentle and loving. She was too young. The pain of losing Emily is indescribable. And, I truly did not know how I would ever be able to move forward. In some ways, I do not think … Read More Bring Change To Mind

What It All Means

This video floored me, it’s real for me, he spoke works to come from my mouth, Jim was able to show the guts, inside, raw communication and how struggles are battled. I ran across this last week, I don’t know who to give credit to. I’ve watched over and over and each time I see one of my dark times, suicidal journeys and crawling … Read More What It All Means

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We are free when we remove the shackles

We are free to move forward only when we remove the emotional shackles of regret.  Suze Orman

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Take Control By Shaving Your Head

There are times when Chronic Illness can get the better of you. I had such a week resulting in shaving my hair off. I’m no GI Jane but do have a nice head minus the scars from brain surgery. For the past 13 years I’ve been a caregiver to my grandparents, spent time in Psychic Hospital twice for ECT. Finding an answer to my … Read More Take Control By Shaving Your Head

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Don’t Suffer From Your Depression In Silence

Another Great TED Talk. Enjoy. M

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Three Years Ago! Survivors Blog Here Was Born

The night Survivors Blog Here was born, Army of Angels, Hyperion, and myself brainstormed late into the night. We asked ourselves, what are readers looking for and what can we offer them? How do we make it inviting and show our commitment to helping people move forward? At that moment, we knew Survivors Blog Here’s mission. We’re a collaborative of writers with a common … Read More Three Years Ago! Survivors Blog Here Was Born

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Sincerely, X Episode-7 Mood Changer

iTunes Podcast Episode-7 Mood Changer https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-7-mood-changer/id1238801741?i=1000391690504&mt=2

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In Music We Trust Supports Mind Charity

Aiden Hatfield started In Music We Trust to shine a light on Mental Health by creating a music centered clothing line and donating 50% of profits to Mind Charity. He’s the first person I met on Twitter, is from across the pond and quite funny. “We’re a music based clothing brand that helps those with depression and other mental health issues by donating 50% … Read More In Music We Trust Supports Mind Charity

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Charitable Organization: Men’s Movement 

I’m honored to join the community at Men’s Movement. Being apart of the men’s community, sharing to help others always fills me with sunshine. There is another important aspect to joining the community, expanding my knowledge. I can’t speak for men and how they process mental illness or other trauma. I urge you to check out the site, http://www.mensmovement.com Exciting growth is happening, webcast … Read More Charitable Organization: Men’s Movement 

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Genetic Response:Stress Predict Risk Related Brain Function, Psychiatric Disorders

Another interesting post from 23 and Me Blog. Genetic Differences in the Immediate Transcriptome Response to Stress Predict Risk-Related Brain Function and Psychiatric Disorders http://www.cell.com/neuron/fulltext/S0896-6273(15)00473-0

Update On Twitter Advocacy Success: *Let’s Celebrate*

Five weeks ago I broadened my Advocacy work by jumping on Twitter. On 7/5/17 there were 100 followers, today the number is 1,962. What a nice surprise. The configuration on my Twitter timeline only shows the organizations I follow. The timeline updates twice a day focussing on organizations I follow, avoiding the toxic dump. I’m writing for Men’s Movement in Sweden. My first post is in review. … Read More Update On Twitter Advocacy Success: *Let’s Celebrate*

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My Father

In the 1950’s doctors diagnosed my father Hyperactive as a teen, with little knowledge doctors prescribed tranquilizers. I can only imagine how this much-loved teen prankster turned zombie like. What doctors didn’t know was my father suffered from Bipolar Disorder. After leaving home, he never sought a second opinion or took medications. He committed suicide in 1992. I can’t say if his mental illness … Read More My Father

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23 & Me: Genetic Findings on Depression

23 & Me has a wealth of information if you’re a member. To receive membership all you have to do is have your DNA tested by them. This Genetic Study discusses findings to Depression. Did you clink on the 23 & Me link last week? Did you encounter any problems? Was the information helpful? What did you think about the Genetic Study? I hope … Read More 23 & Me: Genetic Findings on Depression

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