May-21-2015

If you want to know how I’m doing, look at my thumb: #mhblogday guest post

If you want to know how I’m doing, look at my thumb: #mhblogday guest post

The following guest contribution is written by Kat Kinsman in recognition of Mental Health Month Blog Day

If you really want to know how I’m doing right now, look at my thumb. It always betrays me. My face will, from four decades of muscle memory, arrange itself in a way that will not cause you worry. My voice is calculated to extract any upset so it will not leach in and erode your wellbeing. But my thumb can’t lie.

More specifically, the skin to the right of my right thumbnail, and if things are especially dire, the left of the left one, too. If it’s smooth and un-pocked, I’ve been OK for at least a few days. Roughened, but not raw means there was a tough patch in the recent past but I’m on the upswing. Actively bleeding, I’m doing my damndest to keep it together in front of you, and bandaged—I’m trying to protect me from myself. And you …[Read More]

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May-20-2015

Mental Health Blog Day – Links Round Up 2015

Mental Health Blog Day – Links Round Up 2015

 

Welcome to everyone who is taking part in our mental health month blog day, our 6th annual event to help recognize May as Mental Health Month. We’ll update this page and blog throughout the day, recognizing you and other writers and contributors who are blogging and sharing for mental health awareness.

Thanks for joining us! Thank you to everyone who is recognizing May as Mental Health Month. We’re excited to get out the word that mental health matters to everyone.

 

Quick Reminders:

For consideration on this list, your blog must have our
badge or link back to a post on this blog (Your Mind, Your Body). Posts should have been published today, or at least written in the past week.
Help us find your contribution! Tag any public posts on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and other sites with #mhblogday.
Share, retweet and comment on blogs you’ve discovered today or that have moved you.

Thank you everyone who has participated. 

 

Promoting Hope, Preventing Suicide (Psychology …[Read More]

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May-05-2015

Nepal’s earthquake: reflections, resources and resilience

Nepal’s earthquake: reflections, resources and resilience

Several years ago, I had the privilege of traveling to Nepal to visit my sister who was working there as a Peace Corps Volunteer. As a once-in-a-lifetime trip, my positive memories of the people and places of Nepal remain vivid to this day, and the recent tragedy of the massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake that overwhelmed this small country has brought many of those recollections flooding back.

Reflections

As I see the photos of a devastated country and hear reports of more than 7,000 killed and many more thousands injured, I am reminded of the charm, the adventure and the beauty of the country.

The goats on the runway of the tiny airport.  The small statured people with huge smiles and warm welcomes into their one-room homes for tea.  The simple questions asked of us about our birth order and the well-being of our family members, rather than interest in our jobs or life goals. The small, remote villages perched …[Read More]

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Oct-09-2014

How and why you should ease your Ebola fears

How and why you should ease your Ebola fears

The Ebola virus sounds scary.  The headlines about the disease are frightening:  it can be fatal, it is spread through bodily fluids, there’s no vaccine.  The news reports can cause alarm, and misinformation can be easily spread through social media and other Internet sites. And now that a person treated in a U.S. hospital has died from Ebola, people seem to be more on edge about the disease and about the possibility of transmission.

Experts say don’t panic. They say that you don’t have a chance of catching it. They say that it’s highly infectious but not easily contagious. But that doesn’t necessarily reduce fears or anxieties when there’s a report of Ebola-like symptoms reported at a U.S. hospital.

It’s important to always stay alert, to be informed and take precautions if you think you may be at risk for coming into contact with any virus. But to help maintain emotional …[Read More]

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