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Suicide Prevention Week: What Can We Actually Do For Prevention?

Suicide Prevention Week: What Can We Actually Do For Prevention?

As we enter National Suicide Prevention Week, we hope to draw attention to the topic. Project Semicolon makes an important clarification that “Suicide is a complex issue involving numerous factors and should not be attributed to any one single cause. Not all people who die by suicide have been diagnosed with a mental illness and not all people with a mental illness attempt to end their lives by suicide."

 

Developing Shame Resilience: Part 3

Developing Shame Resilience: Part 3
When we don’t reach out to others, we allow them AND ourselves to sit alone in our shame, and by doing so we feed shame two of the ingredients it needs to survive: silence and secrecy. Using shame to fight shame doesn’t work. And using shame as a tool to try and change others doesn’t work, either. We can, however, all benefit from shared empathy. Empathy is what helps extinguish shame in its tracks.

Self Care Club Member Spotlight: Destini Louangboriboune

Self Care Club Member Spotlight: Destini Louangboriboune
Destini Louangboriboune, our newest Self Care Club member, recently detailed her process for managing anxiety and depression. For many people, an...

Marisa Martinez Becomes Newest Self Care Club Member

Marisa Martinez Becomes Newest Self Care Club Member
We’ve officially kicked off our Therapy Threads Self Care Club! Our team is growing daily with strong and inspirational men and women who’ve found ...

March is Self Injury Awareness Month

March is Self Injury Awareness Month
March 1st was (and is) Self Injury Awareness Day (SIAD) each and every year.     Overall, the month of March is self injury awareness month in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe.     The stigma of self-injury needs to be broken.   What is Self-Injury? “Self-injury, sometimes called self-harm, is any deliberate, […]

Domestic Violence – lets build awareness and prevention

Domestic Violence – lets build awareness and prevention
“Has he ever trapped you in a room and not let you out? Has he ever raised a fist as if he were going to hit you? Has he ever thrown an object that hit you or nearly did? Has he ever held you down or grabbed you to restrain you? Has he ever shoved, poked, or grabbed you? Has […]

Therapy – lets break the stigma down

Therapy – lets break the stigma down
If I go to a therapist, does that mean I’m crazy, weak or a failure?   What will others think? What if I’m seen coming out of that kind of office?   Such concerns are quite natural given our socio-cultural conditioning. Unfortunately, as a result, many people decide not to pursue therapy despite experiencing significant […]

Suicide – lets build awareness and prevention

Suicide – lets build awareness and prevention
Suicide.   It’s not a fun or pretty topic.   It’s taboo, and downright terrifying to talk about, or hear a friend or loved one think about suicide.   Or possibly you’ve entertained those thoughts.   As uncomfortably, scary, and awkward as it feels, it’s IMPERATIVE for suicide to be discussed no matter your age, ethnicity, gender, social class, […]

Bullying – Let’s Build Awareness and prevention

Bullying – Let’s Build Awareness and prevention
January is one of the most depressing months of the year.   If you deal with depression year round, then today is just another day to get through.   But for millions of people who are generally happy, and don’t struggle with mental illnesses  – today might STILL be the day you wished you stayed […]

Depression – Let’s break this stigma down

Depression – Let’s break this stigma down
Winter time can be a debilitating time for many.   At least I know it can be, and is, for me and many of my clients.   The “Winter Blues”, otherwise known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), can include feelings of sadness, lack of energy, lack of motivation, difficulty sleeping, and a number of other depressive […]

Psychology of Food

Psychology of Food
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I engorged myself with all sorts of decadent treats. All the classics; like Turkey + Stuffing, Green Bean Casserole, Breads, Cheeses, Dips, Pumpkin Pie and more. As I filled my plate with all these delicious concoctions, I engaged myself in conversation with various family members over the dinner table. Before I […]

‘Tis the Season… for Gratitude

‘Tis the Season… for Gratitude
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough” ― Oprah Winfrey   Thanksgiving.   Synonymous with Gratitude, and being Thankful. By now, most of us have heard that grateful people are happier, healthier and generally more fulfilled.   For a lot […]