cover: Safe by Elspeth Roake
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Safe: A Memoir

In Safe: A Memoir, Elspeth Roake shares her journey with depression and trauma-related disordered attachment, from the lowest lows to finally finding healing. Elspeth competed in horse shows, and the book begins in Florida for the winter show season, with her going into the hospital for suicidal ideation. She ended up being Baker Acted (committed… Continue reading Book Review: Safe: A Memoir

Book cover: Liar Liar by Laurie Katz
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Liar Liar

Liar Liar by Laurie Katz tells her story of being raped in her first year of college, and the school's (mis)handling of the matter. It's part of the Inspirational series by Trigger Publishing, a mental health publisher. The book opens with the night she was raped. Afterwards, contrary to society's expectations that someone go to… Continue reading Book Review: Liar Liar

The emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home
MH@H Community Features, MH@H Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Sara (Wishing Tree)

This post is by Sara of Wishing Tree. Purpose Writing helps me access that which I cannot speak. I write in order to release – to free myself of all that entraps me – to give a voice to all of the parts inside of me that cannot make a sound. Writing teaches me to… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Sara (Wishing Tree)

Consent infographic: consent is clear, coherent, willing, ongoing
Social Issues

Audrie & Daisy: Rape Culture Kills

I heard recently the Daisy Coleman, who was in the 2016 documentary Audrie & Daisy, had died by suicide. I had watched the film on Netflix a couple of years ago, but I thought I'd watch it again and write a post about it in honour of Daisy. Rape culture was a problem then, and… Continue reading Audrie & Daisy: Rape Culture Kills

diagram of the window of tolerance, with hyperarousal and hypoarousal on either side
Insights into Psychology

What Is… the Window of Tolerance

NICABM In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is the window of tolerance. Winterdragonflies recently did a post on this topic that got me interested in doing more reading on the topic. The window of tolerance was first described by psychiatrist Dr. Dan Siegel in… Continue reading What Is… the Window of Tolerance

graphic of brain circuits
Trauma and PTSD

The Neurobiology of Traumatic Fight/Flight/Freeze

A few years ago I was thinking about applying for a nursing job with a sexual assault support team, so I decided to learn more about the body's biological fight/flight/freeze response to trauma. What I found out was really interesting, so I thought I'd share. The amygdala's response The amygdala is a primitive part of the… Continue reading The Neurobiology of Traumatic Fight/Flight/Freeze

students in the SKIDS documentary
Trauma and PTSD

SKIDS: Traumatized Kids and the School System

https://youtu.be/foeMt0Oeoi4 I recently heard about the documentary SKIDS from Hanna of The Bullsh*t Positivity Project. It focuses on kids attending Vanguard Secondary in Langley, B.C., Canada, which is not far from where I live. Vanguard Secondary is an alternative school that takes a trauma-informed approach, recognizing that trauma is at the root of the significant… Continue reading SKIDS: Traumatized Kids and the School System

Book cover: The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk
MH@H Book Reviews, Trauma and PTSD

Book Review: The Body Keeps the Score

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk is perhaps one of the best-known books about trauma, and in particular early life trauma. It's been on my to-be-read list for quite a while, and I've finally managed to get around to it. This is a hefty book. The digital version that I was… Continue reading Book Review: The Body Keeps the Score

The emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home
MH@H Community Features, MH@H Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Meagon (Prose for the Masses)

This post is by Meagon of Prose for the Masses. Image by Alexandra_Koch from Pixabay  PTSD's Many Different Colors I am not a veteran. I have not survived a major genocide nor am I a survivor of horrific abuse. I do not outwardly bear the signs of someone struggling, but inside is a catalyst of angst and worry… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Meagon (Prose for the Masses)

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Emotional Abuse

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is emotional abuse. Kacha of Food.for.Thoughts recently wrote about her own experience with gaslighting, as did Caz of Mental Health 360º. I've written in the past about what it means to gaslight someone, but I wanted to take… Continue reading What Is… Emotional Abuse