The benefits of peer support for mental illness, including self-stigma reduction
Stop the Stigma

The Benefits of Peer Support for Mental Illness

Self-stigma, which comes from public stigma that's been internalized, can have a significant negative impact on those of us living with mental illness. Peer support can help to reduce self-stigma, so I wanted to explore that and some of the other benefits that research has shown. Peer support can happen in a lot of different… Continue reading The Benefits of Peer Support for Mental Illness

The hearing voices movement: graphic of an ear and sound waves
Mental Health & Illness

A Look at the Hearing Voices Movement

The International Hearing Voices Movement (InterVoice) seeks to normalize, depathologize, and destigmatize the experience voice-hearing, and also provide support to people who hear voices, see visions, etc. InterVoice is based in the UK. There are also 28 national networks, including the Hearing Voices Network in the UK and Hearing Voices Network USA. The movement believes… Continue reading A Look at the Hearing Voices Movement

The Wounded Healers: image of hearts passing between outstretched hands
Community Features

Wounded Healer Interview: Marja Bergen

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 Marja Bergen. Image © Marja Bergen 1) Tell us a bit about you and the mental health challenges you’ve faced. I’m 74… Continue reading Wounded Healer Interview: Marja Bergen

The Wounded Healer Series from Mental Health @ Home
Community Features

Wounded Healer Interview: Meagon Nolasco

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 Meagon Nolasco of Prose For The Masses. 1) Tell us a bit about you, the helping field you’re in, and the mental… Continue reading Wounded Healer Interview: Meagon Nolasco

The Wounded Healer Series from Mental Health @ Home
Insights into Psychology Series

What is… a Wounded Healer

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is wounded healer. The concept of wounded healers was first described in the modern field of psychology by Carl Jung, who used it to describe psychoanalysts who had chosen to go into clinical practice because of their own psychological… Continue reading What is… a Wounded Healer

What if a stranger tells you they're suicidal? The challenges of advocacy & social media
Suicide Talk

What if a Stranger Tells You They’re Suicidal?

I was reading an article on Medium recently entitled Please Don't Email Me About Suicide. The author was saying that when she has written before about suicide, she got emails from readers who were suicidal. I agreed with some, but not all, of what she said, so I thought I would unpack it a bit.… Continue reading What if a Stranger Tells You They’re Suicidal?