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Mental health

The Role of Peer Support in Mental Health

As members of the blogging community, we're already experiencing a form of peer support and seeing the benefits of it.  It also exists in a more formal sense, with trained peer support workers (PSWs) forming part of health care teams.  I wanted to explore that a little bit here. The Mental Health Commission of Canada… Continue reading The Role of Peer Support in Mental Health

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Mental health, Wounded healers

Wounded Healer Interviews: Maria (Emotional Musings)

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 Maria Teresa Pratico Swanson of Emotional Musings. © Maria Teresa Pratico Swanson 1) Tell us a bit about you, the helping field… Continue reading Wounded Healer Interviews: Maria (Emotional Musings)

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Emerging blogger, Mental health, Trauma & PTSD

Emerging Blogger Series: Shanon (Surviving Childhood Trauma)

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 Shanon of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Shanon (Surviving Childhood Trauma)

book cover: Shame Ate My Soul by Sue Walz
Book reviews

Book Review: Shame Ate My Soul

Shame Ate My Soul is Susan Walz's personal story of rising above stigma, suicide attempts, addiction, and misdiagnosis, and eventually finding recovery. I've known Sue, who blogs at My Loud Whispers of Hope, since the beginning of my blogging journey. The book opens with a heartbreaking conversation with 2 of her 3 children, as they… Continue reading Book Review: Shame Ate My Soul

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Mental health

The Moving Target of Recovery

You hear quite a bit about mental health recovery, but what does that actually entail? An Australian National Standards for Mental Health Services document from 2010 defines recovery as: "gaining and retaining hope, understanding of ones abilities and disabilities, engagement in an active life, personal autonomy, social identity, meaning and purpose in life, and a… Continue reading The Moving Target of Recovery

book cover: My Bipolar Mind: Surviving the Chaos by Samantha Steiner
Book reviews, Mental health

Book Review: My Bipolar Mind: Surviving the Chaos

My Bipolar Mind: Surviving the Chaos is by Samantha Steiner, who you may know from her blog My Bipolar Mind.  This is her second book, and both are memoirs in the form of compiled blog posts.  This book is based on 2018, and is laid out in chronological order. The book covers Samantha's struggles with… Continue reading Book Review: My Bipolar Mind: Surviving the Chaos

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

Wounded Healer Interviews: Wrae Sanders

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 Wrae Sanders of One Blog, One Day at a Time.   1) Tell us a bit about you, the helping field you’re… Continue reading Wounded Healer Interviews: Wrae Sanders

Emerging blogger, Mental health

Emerging Blogger Series: Rob (Your Limitless Life)

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 Rob of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Rob (Your Limitless Life)

Emerging blogger, Mental health

Emerging Blogger Series: Lisa (Steering Through Mental Health)

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 Lisa of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Lisa (Steering Through Mental Health)

Emerging blogger, Mental health

Emerging Blogger Series: Tim (One More Hope)

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 Tim of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Tim (One More Hope)