“Suicide is a silent killer and ‘It is the most preventable cause of death’ ” (Hastings 2017, p.75). If you find yourself living in the confinements of a dark place where hope no longer exists, suicidal thoughts can easily simmer into the circumference of your mind. But what do you do when you are imprisoned … Continue reading Silencing the Silent Killer
It's Friday! And depending upon your current situation, the last thing you want to read about is suicide as you prepare for a long weekend. If you are on cloud nine or even 10 and everything seems to be going well with you, then you think you have no interest in reading about preventing someone … Continue reading Suicide Prevention Month
It is no secret that the church or faith-based community encounters major barriers when it comes to dealing with the issue of mental health. As an advocate, I know how vital it is for those affected by a mental disorder to have unrestricted access to their support system. As a minister, I am aware of … Continue reading 3 Things Hindering the Church from Helping Hurting People
Everyone is anxiously waiting on the rare moment to watch one of God’s scientific wonders; the Eclipse! Well, at least pretty much everybody. Let’s be honest. You don’t have to be an astrologist to have a grand appreciation for what is considered a lifetime event. Any one with knowledge of what is going on, from … Continue reading Did You Know Some People Experience An Eclipse Everyday?
As another school year quickly begins, preparing children for that first day is the main thing on the mind of parents right now. The traditional To-Do list consists of shopping for school supplies and clothes, making beauty and barbershop appointments and organizing carpool and pickup schedules. All of these are important to making sure youth … Continue reading Ways That Parents Can Talk About Mental Health
Have you ever walked into a room that was new territory for you and felt like a large elephant? This is not an unusual feeling. But have you ever felt like an outcast among people you socialize with everyday or at least on a weekly basis? Some sensitive topics have become easier to discuss around … Continue reading Will You Start the Conversation?
Happy Saturday! I declare this will be a great day for you. Now it is up to you to receive it and walk in it! Today, my book of memoirs about my battle with depression is available for free through Amazon Kindle. I encourage you to take the time to download it. Why? Encouragement. You … Continue reading My Memoirs About Chronic Depression
It's Friday... So I'm going to endeavor to restrain from making this a deep or long post. BUT, something is on my mind. As a faith-based mental health advocate, I daily encourage everyone, especially the church to join me in my movement of breaking mental health barriers. Now, I have been very transparent about being … Continue reading Don’t Judge Me for Confessing Our Truth
Those who work extensively with people such as clergy, doctors, teachers, police officers and social workers are often at risk of experiencing burnout. You don’t have to work in these professions in order to experience burnout. In fact, you can be retired or assuming the role as primary caregiver for someone and have the symptoms … Continue reading Are You Suffering from Burnout?
Last week, one of my students’ right arm was temporarily disabled due to an injury. This caused his dominant hand to be inoperative. I noticed how his peers were eager to assist him with note taking, toting any bags or books and making sure his basic accommodations were met. Because of someone acknowledging that the … Continue reading If Only Someone Notices