What happens when we all forget there’s a person there

This story in the Idaho Statesman on the public shaming and subsequent suicide of Klara Bowman hit me hard this morning. I was tearing up over my coffee reading about this young woman who faced a set of circumstances that were in many ways similar to my own struggle, but rather than given the opportunity […]

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Donald Trump’s worldview is the problem with his PTSD comments

Here’s the problem with Trump’s PTSD comments- it wasn’t that he was directly insulting anybody in the same way he insulted Judge Curiel, the Khan family, Alicia Machado, etc. This is what he said: “When you talk about the mental health problems, when people come back from war and combat — and they see things […]

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The Road Ahead

So last month marked two years since my suicide attempt. Two years of avoiding alcohol, of taking medication, going to therapy and trying to remind myself that I’m good enough to keep sticking around. Some days are certainly easier than others and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t troubled or tempted or tested […]

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To the Groundhog

I wake up every day, right here, right in Punxsutawney, and it’s always February 2nd, and there’s nothing I can do about it. – Phil Connors (Bill Murray) Groundhog Day is one of my favorite movies, definitely in my top ten. It’s funny, it’s a bit philosophical, a bit sad and with a touch of […]

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Should your primary care doctor be doing more for your mental health?

Think of the last time you saw your primary care doctor- maybe you went because you had the flu, maybe it was for a work/school physical, or if you’re really on top of things you have an annual check-up just because it’s a smart thing to do. Regardless of the reason you were there, did they […]

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Answers to unaskable questions

Yes, yes, I know, I know, “unaskable” isn’t a word. This title ought to be something along the lines of “Answers to questions you’re afraid to ask.” But I went with “unaskable.” This post is based on an exchange I had on Facebook with a friend regarding my last post. He began by writing: “I […]

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Looking back on my first mental health crisis

I don’t usually post trigger warnings on specific posts since I think it’s a fair expectation that a blog about mental health might contain information that might trigger a sensitivity to that topic, but since this post deals specifically with suicide, self-harm and a crisis, consider yourself specifically warned. I’ve wanted to write a longer-form […]

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What the GOP debate glossed over: Mental Health

Watching last night’s debate on CNN between eleven of the top Republican candidates for President I was majorly disappointed in both the moderators and the candidates when it came to talking about mental health- from access and affordability of care to the role that mental health plays in discussions of gun violence and gun control. Someone […]

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A round-up of the suicide prevention chat

Yesterday Stamp out Stigma and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention hosted a Twitter chat on suicide warning signs, suicide prevention and how the media can/should report on suicide. It was a great chat, and luckily Sarah Schuster of The Mighty has a good round-up of it. If you’re interested, check it out. Thanks to everyone […]

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The Challenges and Next Steps for Mental Health Advocacy

Have you listened to the Conquer Worry podcast on mental health advocacy yet? If not, I strongly urge you to check out the conversation Jay Coulter had with advocates Andy Behrman and Gabe Howard. Their discussion covered a number of the different challenges facing mental health advocacy and they talked about some potential solutions, or […]

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