Want to Start a Mental Health Instagram Account? Heres How to Do It

Want to Start a Mental Health Instagram Account? Heres How to Do It

You want to become a mental health influencer and create an account on Instagram, but do not know where to begin? Don’t worry, you are not alone! When I published my blog, and created an Instagram account for it, I was in the exact same boat. Advocates are utilizing Instagram to talk about mental health, because it is dedicated to users who want to spread awareness about issues that matter. You have a voice, a story and a unique message that deserves to be shared. Once you’ve created it, make sure to message me on my Instagram so I can follow! So lets get started! Read more

How Does Financial Stress Affect Your Mental Health?

How Does Financial Stress Affect Your Mental Health?

Article By: Chrissy Phelps

Nationwide, around 33% of Americans are in debt, though percentages vary significantly from state to state. In Louisiana, for instance, around 46% of adults have debts in collection, compared to only 17% of those living in Minnesota. Debt is considered the number one source of stress and it doesn’t look like the situation will be improving anytime soon. Statistics indicate that for around 20% of people, mortgages are the largest source of debt, followed by student loans. Among millennials, however, student loans are the leading source of debt with median amounts owed hovering between $10,000 and $14,000. Read more

World Bipolar Day Is Important and Here Are 6 Reasons Why

World Bipolar Day Is Important and Here Are 6 Reasons Why

World Bipolar Day is important every year, but this year it is time to make a statement with all the recent events that have taken place. You can help spread awareness on Friday, March 30th, by sharing posts and information on mediated platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin or via your methods of communication. In 2018, social justice movements are thriving, and this includes mental health. Mental health influencers are present on social media more than ever, and it is time we speak up on a day where we have the general publics attention.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.-MLK

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In Hospital For The Long Haul? How to Look After Your Mental Health

In Hospital For The Long Haul? How to Look After Your Mental Health

Article By: Chrissy Phelps

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information as many as five million hospital trips result in admission to long-term care locations. So, whether you’ve recently experienced a major accident or you have a chronic, debilitating illness, there are many possible reasons why you may find yourself staying in hospital for an extended period. In addition to the physical pain you might go through, it’s also possible that you’ll find yourself experiencing mental health issues like depression; but whether you decide to take medication or simply talk through your problems, there are many ways to look after yourself. Read more

Staying Positive About Schizophrenia

Staying Positive About Schizophrenia

Article By: Chrissy Phelps

Schizophrenia is a serious illness which affects the way you think, your feelings and behaviour.  The National Alliance on Mental Illness estimates that it affects 1% of Americans. With symptoms like delusions, hallucinations and muddled thoughts, a diagnosis of schizophrenia is, without question, frightening. However, as these inspiring TED Talks demonstrate, it is possible to deal positively with mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, and live a successful and fulfilling life. Read more

Why People Feel Uneasy Taking Meds for the Head

Why People Feel Uneasy Taking Meds for the Head

Treatment plans for mental health care differ from situation to situation. In some cases, it calls for therapy and in other cases medication is needed. When depression or severe emotional behavior begins to affect your daily life, work, and relationships, it is time to seek help. We all want to end up at the same place, but some need to take a different route to the intersection of happy and healthy. There is no shame in that. The following are the statements that I hear made continuously about why people fear taking meds for the head.
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10 Things I Hate About The Stigma of Mental Illness

10 Things I Hate About Stigma of Mental Illness

Remember the infamous Julia Stiles’s speech at the end of the movie, 10 Things I Hate About You? When she reveals to Heath Ledger the pain he’s caused her, “I hate the way you talk to me and the way you cut your hair…” While reading this post, think about stigma as if I am revealing my feelings in the same way as Stiles. Ledger was a good guy, but stigma not so much.
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Then & Now: A Story About Friendship and Mental Illness

Then & Now: A Story About Friendship and Mental Illness

It was six years ago that I had my first major episode with Bipolar 2 while in College.  I was  living with a group of girls who this story is about. In the last month before I withdrew from school, I kept my struggle hidden from others, especially myself.  Two days before I left, my parents were called by 2 of my friends.  They told them that I was falling apart.  Day by day I was getting worse.  They realized they couldn’t help me, and decided not to tell the other girls.  I do not like to talk about the pain of the past.  However, a few days ago I learned that sometimes it is necessary to walk down memory lane, no matter how dark the road is…

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Removing The Mask and Revealing Your Mental Illness

Removing The Mask and Revealing Your Mental Illness

We are expected to withhold our truth to protect ourselves from judgement. Trust me I have been there. I used to wear a mask like the Queen of the masquerade ball, but it only kept me from acknowledging my mental illness. The mask you wear to fit society’s standard guidelines is not protecting you, it is preventing you from living an authentic life. Revealing your mental illness is not easy, and for some it seems impossible, however, it is necessary to live the life you deserve.  Read more

7 Inspirational Books To Improve Your Mental Health and Inspire Your Imagination

The older I get, the more reading has become a daily habit, along with dying my grey hairs (just kidding).  Finding a book that suits your needs and/or current situation helps in more ways than you could imagine.  After time spent in the hospital, reading became a positive outlet that allowed me to use my imagination, while expanding my mind.  The following are my personal suggestions for some reads that you might enjoy.  Some are entertaining, interactive and deep.  These are great for when your feeling down, in need of some inspiration or just looking for a good read. Read more