MAY is officially here! There are so many exciting things occurring this month: Proms, Graduations and let's not forget Mother's Day. But you know what else is special about this month? Mental Health Awareness. Yes, May is national Mental Health Awareness Month. Lately, you might have been focusing more on your physical health by dieting, … Continue reading Why You Should Become a Mental Health Advocate
September is now here. Summer will soon be ending. School is back in session. If your life resembles mine in any way, you too have been readjusting and trying to balance your schedule and the schedules of others; those that depend on you nearly all 24 hours in a day! Have you already started to … Continue reading No More!
“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
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?
It's Monday. The day of the week when people usually have a lot to talk about. So....let's talk! As expected in my locale of Memphis, there was a lot of local news to get everybody talking. And depending upon your location you probably had plenty of unpleasant news broadcasted as well. Regardless of you current … Continue reading When You Don’t Understand
Have you ever been in a situation where you needed help? That is an understatement, right? You might be thinking; I could use some help right now. And that’s okay. We all need help at some point or another in life. It is the kind of help we need that varies. Life is full of … Continue reading On the Other Side of Support
I recall watching television ads about depression that seemed to stigmatize the illness. They only seemed to showcase certain people, genders or age groups that were dealing with difficulty of balancing everyday life. I remember thinking how the commercials were meant to encourage those depressed to get help, but were so darn depressing themselves! Lately, … Continue reading Depression Crossing Boundaries
“On November 23rd, Kristoff St. John and I lost our beautiful son, Julian St. John. Our son was the light of our lives, an artist with a beautiful mind and spirit. He fought long and hard against an illness for which there is no cure…Unfortunately the pain became too great for him and I dare … Continue reading Breaking Free