Helping Parents, Families, & Caregivers

Speaking out about mental health changes lives

heartA few months ago I discussed making Personal Stories Week a yearly endeavor with a former colleague and one thing she said stood out to me: “people enjoy hearing and sharing good stories.” While I didn’t agree with her nonchalant stance on true stories of struggle with mental illness, she is right. Stories have a way of not only changing our perspective about events in life, but also inspiring, developing, and even changing our behavior.  In most cases, these “good” stories come through social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, MySpace, and other channels. We have become such a social-media driven society that most people don’t share their deepest hurts in person anymore. Most people turn to social media to inspire or educate others. 

We turned – Kathy Brandt, Dr. Russ Morfitt, Melanie Jimenez, and Sharon Page – to social media. It was a great experience and I hope the families and I can bring you more insightful stories.

To revisit many of the beautiful stories from the past week, click on the links below:

Learning from personal experience

A mother faces her son’s bipolar diagnosis

A mother and her son’s struggle with schizophrenia

Protecting yourself from unethical mental health settings

Personal stories week: A journey after suicide 

Personal Stories Week: Dr. Russell Morfitt discusses online counseling for anxiety

Accepting schizoaffective disorder: A mother’s most difficult challenge

The End and Thank You

   
As always, I wish you well
Tàmara 
 
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