mental health matters

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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Co-Dependence In Romantic Relationships

Have you ever experienced co-dependence in a relationship? If you have, you know it can be a real challenge. Not only to the relationship but to your mental health as well. So today, we’re going to explore co-dependency. This includes knowing what it is, how to recognize it, and how to move towards a healthier …

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4 Skills to Help You Survive A Panic Attack

Have you ever had a panic attack? I sure have. And let me tell you, they are NOT fun. Of course there’s the general shakiness, sweating, and the intense fear that seemingly comes out of nowhere. But mine also keep me from speaking properly and affect my body movements. I feel like I could faint …

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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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Relationship Rehab Part 4: Maintaining Your Partnership

**The Relationship Rehab Series focuses on the intersection between mental health and intimate relationships. Specifically we look at ways to optimize your love life through psychologically proven practices.** Check out Part 1: Starting the Conversation here: https://mysoulbalm.blog/2020/04/07/relationship-rehab-series-part-1-starting-the-conversation/ Check out Part 2: Fighting Fair here: https://mysoulbalm.blog/2020/04/10/relationship-rehab-series-part-2-fighting-fair/ Check out Part 3: Rebuilding your Connection here: mysoulbalmcomhome.wpcomstaging.com/2020/04/13/relationship-rehab-series-part-3-rebuild-the-connection/ Maintaining your …

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What to Do If Your Friend Is Contemplating Suicide

TW: Suicide Suicide is a tough topic to talk about so don’t go forward in this article if you feel triggered. ***Please note, this article is not a substitute for emergency mental health care, these are simply best practices. When in doubt about what to do always, always consult a mental health professional!!!*** What to …

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Jakob’s Family: The Psychology of Generational Trauma

The Psychology of Generational Trauma: Did you know trauma can time-travel? Yep, that’s right. Studies suggest the effect of a traumatic event can be passed down like an heirloom generation to generation. It’s called trans-generational trauma and it’s handed down through parenting styles, cultural practices and maybe even genes. What is Generational Trauma? Generational trauma …

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