Advocacy

My Soul Balm’s First Ever Creative Contest Winners!

Recently on our Facebook Page, My Soul Balm hosted our first ever creative contest. The topic was “what’s one important thing you wished people understood about mental illness” We called for submissions and boy did they not disappoint! We got some truly incredible subscriptions and it was hard to choose a winner. After careful deliberation, …

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Mental Health Abuse: How Britney Spears Conservatorship Isn’t a Unique Story

By now, we’ve all heard the horrific details of the Britney Spears Conservatorship. If you’re (rightly) shocked by the revelations Brit poured out of her heart a couple days ago, you’re in for a rude awakening. I’m going to let you in on a secret that every mentally ill and disabled person knows all too …

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15 Important Things People With Mental Illness Need You To Hear

Over the last month, we asked people who struggle with Mental Illness one question: What do you wish people knew about your mental illness? The question garnered a lot of responses. Which is good and bad. Good because we love to see people speaking up and out about their mental health. And bad because it’s …

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Rules of Engagement: How to Argue Online in a Mentally Healthy Way

How to Argue Online: Have you ever had an online argument that absolutely drained you mentally? What am I saying? Of course you have, this is 2020 after all! As we all know, this rotten buttsnack of a year has been the most divisive in recent history. And where our differences really show is in …

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How to Create a Safe Space When You’re Part of a Toxic Family

Do you have a safe space? You know, a place where you can be alone with your thoughts? Where you can heal and recharge? Where you feel physically and emotionally safe to be yourself? If your answer is no, sadly, you’re not alone. Many of us dealing with crappy family dynamics don’t have a safe …

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How to Save a Life: Expressing Concern for a Loved One Struggling With Their Mental Illness

Have you ever struggled to share your concern with a loved one about their mental health? If you have, I totally understand. It’s a very delicate situation that many of us avoid because well…it’s awkward and fraught with peril. You don’t know whether your loved one will shut down, be offended, embarrassed or even be …

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Four Pieces of U.S. Legislation Affecting Your Mental Health (And Why You Should Know About Them)

How much do you know about the legislation affecting your mental health care? Admittedly, I never really thought about the topic much myself. But after a pretty traumatic hospitalization, I began to get curious about the laws that perpetuated such a terrible system. Turns out, there’s a lot of legislation out there governing your mental …

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5 Ways to Observe Mental Health Awareness Month

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month! Every year during this month organizations, bloggers, individuals and non-profits raise their voices to fight the stigma behind mental health issues. What Can You Do During Mental Health Awareness Month? The answer is lots! Whether you’re struggling with a mental health issue, a support person, or just an …

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MSB’s Guide to Psych Meds (for Anyone Who’s Nervous About Taking Them)

“I don’t need to go to a therapist, I’m NOT CRAZY” I screamed at the top of my lungs as my mom pulled me along. I’m not sure how old I was (maybe middle school age) and I don’t remember where we were going exactly. But what I do remember was the overwhelming rage I …

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What to Do When you Can’t Escape a Toxic Living Situation

Are you trapped in a toxic situation? If you are, this article is for you. Conventional wisdom tells us to cut troublesome people from our lives, even (in some cases *especially*) if they’re family. And that’s pretty solid advice. If someone is abusing you emotionally or physically, the correct answer is to get away from …

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