Have you ever been so badly hurt by someone that you don’t think you’ll ever be able to forgive Betrayals can be relationship killers, whether it be platonic, familial, or romantic relationships. It doesn’t have to be this way! Make sure you’re using the right type of forgiveness to heal more effectively. Cheap forgiveness won’t get you far, but genuine forgiveness can be truly healing. #forgiveness
True or False: Watching the news raises your stress level. It’s true for many of us that the news is a major source of stress. Media is such an integral part of our daily lives that we often forget how much it can impact our well-being. And sometimes it’s hard to look away. In our latest blog post, we explain how the news can impact our view of the world & ways to cope with the stress of it all. The timing of this post is intentional, being that today, November 2nd, is Stress Awareness Day.
Normalizing pronouns decreases violence and microaggressions against the trans, non-binary, and gender nonconforming community. It deconstructs the notion that gender can be assumed by appearance. Normalizing pronouns and using them, even if you identify as cisgender, identifies you as an ally. Allyship is important to help members of the LGBTQ+ community feel safe and seen. Today is International Pronouns Day. Commemorate this day by helping to normalize pronouns.
This week (10/2-10/8) is #mentalillnessawarenessweek. This year, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and participants across the U.S. will center the theme “What I Wish I Had Known About….” [Monday - Stigma, Tues - Medication, Wed - Therapy, Thurs - Disclosing, Fri - Caregiving]. In this post, we are debunking some common mental health myths. Swipe ➡️ to check them out and drop us a comment. #MIAW #nami #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealth
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The objective of this month is to amplify the fight against mental health stigma, provide support, educate the public, and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families. Here are some interesting facts about America's mental health.
Research shows that couples who talk about sex, have better sex. But for many couples, it’s not an easy topic of conversation. Think about it. How often do you and your partner talk about sex? A lot? Never? This post previews 6 tips for talking about sex. To learn more, Jose Ramirez, LMHC unpacks details and more in-depth helpful information in the blog about this same subject. Click this post to see the whole blog.
Fear is a universal emotion, we all experience fear throughout our lives. Fear is an important emotion because it helps keep us safe. The problem is that we can become overly sensitive and begin to fear stimuli that aren't meant to be fear-inducing, hello anxiety! Feeling constantly fearful (and let’s face it, there’s a lot going on these days) can have a detrimental impact on our mental health. Scroll the gallery for ways to live with less fear
With the toll the last few years have taken…do you find yourself thinking you wish you could talk with someone about the things going on in your head? Or do you want to talk with friends and family but never seem to find the right time or the right words? Have you wondered if therapy can help?…IT CAN! Here is a list of a few of the many benefits of therapy (see slide). Still nervous about therapy? We’ve also included a slide that explains what to expect in your first therapy session.
You don’t have to be lonely for the holiday! A myriad of circumstances make it difficult for people to celebrate with their families of origin. A chosen family is a surrogate family created by people who do not have access to their families of origin. The purpose of a chosen family is to substitute the love, connection, safety, and sense of belonging typically offered by a family of origin. Celebrate your holidays in a safe and loving environment surrounded by the family of your choosing.
Getting caught up with food and weight during the holiday season can lead to difficulty enjoying the amazing food and company around you. That’s why it is so important to practice Body Gratitude. Body gratitude is appreciating your body no matter how it changes (or stays the same). Research has shown practicing gratitude on a daily basis can have a significant positive impact on our mental and physical health. Scroll through five tips on how to practice body gratitude this holiday season.
There are a thousand excuses you can use. It’s too expensive, or you don’t have the time, maybe you think you can handle it on your own. If you’re struggling, you are probably denying yourself the type of help that will bring relief. On this World Mental Health Day, this post points out and disputes some common objections people may have about starting therapy. The bottom line is that therapy is an investment. These investments all go towards being the type of person you want to be.
The LGBTQ+ community, particularly community members of color, are among the most targeted communities when it comes to hate crimes. All of this trauma often becomes internalized and presents as shame. Being exposed to all of these traumas puts LGBTQ+ individuals at a significantly higher risk of developing trauma-related mental health issues such as PTSD.
The use of substances is common in the LGBTQ+ community. Often, substances are used for fun or during sex (consensually, of course) without much concern. However, sometimes people use substances in a problematic manner to self-medicate or cope with internal struggles. It’s common for substances to be used as a way to cope with trauma, relationship problems, shame, and internalized homophobia.
LGBTQ+ homelessness is often a direct result of rejection after coming out. Many times, LGBTQ+ youth also have to struggle with discrimination and harassment when trying to enter homeless shelters. The trauma LGBTQ+ youth face when being rejected then kicked out of their home has an immensely negative impact on mental health. Click for resources for LGBTQ+ youth organized by state.
LGBTQ+ individuals are at higher risk of experiencing rejection from loved ones and society as a whole compared to their heterosexual, cisgender counterparts. According to NAMI, at least 40% of LGBTQ+ adults have experienced rejection from a close family member or friend. This rejection can have lasting effects on mental health particularly in the development of shame.
Today we are highlighting challenges in coming out. Positive shifts in acceptance of LGBTQ+ people have allowed for youth to share their sexual orientation or gender identity at a younger age. While this is definitely progress, it can negatively affect youth’s mental health if they are not in a supportive environment. 4 in 10 LGBTQ youth report that the community in which they live is not accepting of LGBTQ people. 40% of US homeless teens who came out were thrown out by their parents.
Today we highlight institutional discrimination faced by LGBTQ+ individuals. Currently, there is no federal law protecting LGBTQ+ individuals from institutional discrimination. The Equality Act, which is meant to extend protections to LGBTQ+ people was passed by The House of Representatives. However, as of March 2021, the Senate has yet to vote on it. It is important that this bill be passed so all Americans will have the same protections against discrimination.
LGBTQ+ experience harassment and discrimination in education. LGBTQ+ youth are often targets of ridicule, harassment, and bullying. According to a report published by the CDC in 2019, 43% of trans youth reported being bullied on school property. Sadly, relentless bullying and harassment often lead to LGBTQ+ youth attempting suicide. An alarming statistic in the same study showed that 29% of trans youth, 21% of gay and lesbian youth, and 22% of bisexual youth have attempted suicide.
What is PTSD? PTSD is a mental health condition that can result from exposure (by witnessing or experiencing) to a life-threatening event (i.e., car accidents, natural disasters, combat, etc.), serious injury, or sexual assault. It is important to highlight that for many, following post-traumatic stress symptoms gradually decrease; however, for an important minority, symptoms persist and they develop PTSD. PTSD is NOT a sign of weakness, anyone can suffer from it. Click to learn more.
Have you ever felt that you're "stuck" in your thoughts about a past trauma? Are you ready to get "un-stuck" and move forward? Let us tell you about Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). CPT treats the psychological impact of trauma- the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that, for many, last long after the traumatic event(s) have ended. CPT is a time-limited, evidence-based treatment for PTSD and related conditions. The standard CPT protocol consists of 12 sessions. Click to learn more.
The loss of interest and/or pleasure for things you used to love could be a sign of a mental health symptom called anhedonia. Anhedonia can represent a key symptom in different mental health conditions, or it could present on its own. In other words, feeling anhedonia symptoms doesn’t automatically mean a mental health condition exists. Experiencing anhedonia could significantly impact a person’s perception of their quality of life. Learn more by clicking the attached link.
Some call it obsessing. Others call it over-thinking. In the psychology world, it’s called rumination or ruminating thoughts. Rumination occurs when you have constant and repetitive thoughts about something; typically, a problem or situation. Rumination can be a problem when it’s frequent, it’s ongoing, or it interferes with your ability to engage in daily tasks, concentrate, relate to others, and experience positive emotions. Learn how to manage rumination by clicking the link.
This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness). Each year the goal is to shine the spotlight on eating disorders by educating the public, spreading a message of hope, and putting lifesaving resources into the hands of those in need. Here is just a glimpse of what someone with an eating disorder might be feeling on a regular basis.