Mental Health

DO YOU LISTEN TO UNDERSTAND OR LISTEN TO REPLY?

To anyone out there who’s hurting — it’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help. —Barack Obama— The deaths by suicide of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain have been front and centre of late. This has given some the courage to divulge information about family members who died by suicide. Others have spoken openly for the first time about dark periods in which they contemplated suicide. I have lived with depression for most of my adult life. The profound pain…

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Mental Health First Aid with a Side of Thistles

It was November and the grass was as green as ever at our Nova Scotia home. Unfortunately, the pesky thistles were multiplying by the hour in the mild temperatures and I kept digging them out.  The weather was so pleasant, I was able to take two long, refreshing walks each day. The early setting sun was the only hint that winter was only three weeks away. WHO MOTORED TO HALIFAX FOR MEDICAL ATTENTION? On one of those mild evenings, I was…

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ROCKIN’ AND ROLLIN’ WITH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID AND THISTLES

It was November and the grass was as green as ever at our Nova Scotia home. My nemesis, pesky thistles were multiplying by the hour in the mild temperatures. I was able to take two long walks each day. The early setting sun was the only hint that winter was only three weeks away. CATCHING FACEBOOK GOSSIP On one of those mild evenings, I was scrolling through Facebook, you know, to see what was new. Who got a new car? Who sold their…

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IT NEVER WAS ABOUT ME

Here it is Thursday and I am just beginning my post. No, I haven’t been goofing off. If you are looking for me, I will be parked in my purple chair for the day. I have spent the whole week working on my mental health speaking opportunity that I am looking forward to this Sunday night. If you are in the area, drop in. Come as you are — no need to get all gussied up. Pajamas are clothes too. Just…

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A Broken Mind…

I am quite sure that those of you who know me, would agree that I have never poked my nose into your business. I don’t like conflict. I would walk on hot coals to “keep the peace.” Until I attain perfection, I will keep my opinions to myself unless asked. Heaven knows, I have enough problems of my own. I wouldn’t pretend to know how you should live your life.

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