Mental illness is not a choice, but recovery is
Mental health

Is Mental Illness Recovery a Choice?

HealthyPlace "Mental illness is not a choice, but recovery is." While this image floating around on Pinterest originated with Healthy Place, I couldn't figure out the original source of the quote (if, in fact, it is a quote from another source), but seems to have been around for a while. Anyway, I don't really agree,… Continue reading Is Mental Illness Recovery a Choice?

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Depression, Mental health

What Speed Does Your Mind Move At?

Mental illness often affects what we think about, but it can also affect how we think, including the speed of how we think. Mania is an obvious example of speeding things up, and this may show up outwardly as pressure of speech. Anxiety, worry, and rumination can also be speedy in a sense, but tending… Continue reading What Speed Does Your Mind Move At?

The Wounded Healers: image of hearts passing between outstretched hands
Mental health, Wounded healers

Wounded Healer Interview: Elena of In(ner) Concordia

The wounded healer interview series features people who've dealt with significant mental health challenges, and who also work in a helping role to support the mental health of others. This interview is with Elena of In(ner) Concordia. 1) Tell us a bit about you, the helping field you’re in, and the mental health challenges you’ve… Continue reading Wounded Healer Interview: Elena of In(ner) Concordia

Rainbow model of mental illness
Mental health

Rainbow Model of Mental Illness Functioning

This post is based on some of the conversation generated by a recent post, Is It Helpful to Sanitize Mental Illness? Those of us living with mental illness have a whole rainbow worth of experiences, and I wanted to find a way to represent that. Hence, the rainbow model. Mental illness symptoms There are no… Continue reading Rainbow Model of Mental Illness Functioning

Suicide and mental illness – Reach out, from Mental Health @ Home
Suicide

World Suicide Prevention Day: A Look at Suicide Attempt Survivors

IASP Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. It's also National Suicide Prevention Week and National Suicide Prevention Month (that's a lot of awareness!). I thought it would be a good time to talk about suicide attempt survivors. The term "suicide survivor" isn't generally used for people who've lived through suicide attempts. Rather, it's the term… Continue reading World Suicide Prevention Day: A Look at Suicide Attempt Survivors

The emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home -background image of cherry blossoms
Emerging blogger series, Mental health

Emerging Blogger Series: Sara (Wishing Tree)

The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience.  It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community. This post is by Sara of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Sara (Wishing Tree)

My organization system for blogging with depression: graphics of bookmark folder, to do list, spreadsheet, and file folder
Depression

Refreshing My Depression Organization System

Sometimes, depression can cause busy mind that's focused on the negative. I get slow mind. Slow mind gets confused and overwhelmed. I rely on my organization system to compensate for this, at least to some extent. As time goes by, though, the system gets overwhelmed, at which point it needs a refresh or a broader… Continue reading Refreshing My Depression Organization System

Wounded Healers interview series - image of hearts flowing between two hands
Mental health, Wounded healers

Wounded Healer Interviews: Meg Kimball

The wounded healer interview series features people who've dealt with significant mental health challenges, and who also work in a helping role to support the mental health of others. This interview is with Meg Kimball of Where Good Advice Happens. © Meg Kimball 1) Tell us a bit about you, the helping field you’re in,… Continue reading Wounded Healer Interviews: Meg Kimball

Book cover: Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff
Book reviews, Mental health

Book Review: Self-Compassion

Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself is written by Kristin Neff, a prominent researcher in the area of self-compassion.  It includes research findings, a variety of exercises with room to complete them in the book, and stories from the author's personal experience.  The author draws on Buddhist teachings, and she writes that:… Continue reading Book Review: Self-Compassion

Stigma

Is It Helpful to Sanitize Mental Illness?

Recently, I came across a post that was a myths vs. facts type deal on mental illness stigma. One of the myths identified was that people with mental illness are disabled. The blogger's response was that on some days, mental illness could make it harder to work for some people, but there are also people… Continue reading Is It Helpful to Sanitize Mental Illness?