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

Happiness is a choice? Have you heard of mental illness?
Mental health

Happiness Is a Choice, My Ass

This was originally posted in 2018 in the early months of this blog.  I've decided to pull a few posts out of the archives where they were gathering dust, give them an overhaul, and bring them back to life.  It's a bit of an experiment, and here's the first one. "Happiness is a choice."  It's… Continue reading Happiness Is a Choice, My Ass

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

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

Emerging Blogger Series: HealthComesFirst!!! Blogger.

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 HealthComesFirst!!! Blogger.… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: HealthComesFirst!!! Blogger.

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)

Mental health

Ableism: The Assumptions People Make About Ability (and Disability)

I've seen ableism being mentioned on Twitter a number of times lately, and aside from the obvious meaning, it wasn't a concept I was all that familiar with in a mental health context.  This post will explore what ableism means for psychiatric disabilities. An article on the Center for Disability Rights website describes ableism this… Continue reading Ableism: The Assumptions People Make About Ability (and Disability)

Mental Health @ Home - What Does it Mean to be a Mental Health Advocate? - graphic of multicoloured hands raised
Mental health

What Does It Mean to Be a Mental Health Advocate?

The exact terms used to describe someone who stands up for mental health can vary; mental health advocate seems to be more commonly used in North America, while mental health campaigner seems popular in the U.K.  I've seen a number of discussions on Twitter around what the most appropriate term is and what's involved (and… Continue reading What Does It Mean to Be a Mental Health Advocate?

Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis : "A mental illness serves as an explanation for symptoms. It does not change who or what a diagnosed person is."
Mental health, Stigma

How Much Do You Internalize Stigma?

https://twitter.com/MH_at_home/status/1190666478032498689 Recently I posted the above tweet.  I got a response from someone who felt that their diagnosis had changed who they were as a result of the stigmatized ways that other people viewed them, and the internalized stigma limited who they were able to be. That saddened me, and it got me thinking about… Continue reading How Much Do You Internalize Stigma?

Social issues & social justice

Nevertheless, she persisted

In 2017, during Jeff Session's confirmation hearing to be attorney general, Senator Elizabeth Warren raised concerns about Sessions' civil rights record. After quoting a statement made by former Senator Ted Kennedy in 1986, that Sessions was a disgrace to the Justice Department, Senator Warren proceeded to read a letter from Coretta Scott King that was written… Continue reading Nevertheless, she persisted

The Emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home; background of cherry blossoms
Emerging blogger, Mental health

Emerging Blogger Series: Karen (Life of a Bipolar Girl)

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 Karen of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Karen (Life of a Bipolar Girl)