Five on Friday 2018
Saturday December 29, 2018

Five on Friday 2018

Dear Readers, Another year of musings on mental health. From the gut biome to the unintended consequences of focusing on resilience. From explorations of gun violence and suicide to the teenage brain, concussions, technology, and the mental health benefits of nature and laughter. From weddings to child’s play to turning ninety. From exploring ways that […]

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Suicide and the Holidays
Friday December 21, 2018

Suicide and the Holidays

Suicide is more common around the holidays, right?   Wrong. It is a myth that suicide rates increase around the holidays. Perhaps because we hope that the holidays will be a time of enhanced joy and connection, it feels especially poignant when someone dies by suicide at this time of year. The gap is especially great […]

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2018 Home Office Challenge
Friday December 14, 2018

2018 Home Office Challenge

My goal with Five on Friday is to raise awareness about mental health by opening conversations that link mental health topics to our everyday lives. Thus was born the 2017 Headlines Challenge. For fun, my friend, Tracy, picked five front page articles from around the world that did not appear to be about mental health and challenged me […]

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The Happiness Industry Makes Me Sad
Friday December 7, 2018

The Happiness Industry Makes Me Sad

I am all for being happy. Who isn’t?  But the happiness industry? That’s another thing altogether.     The happiness industrial complex promises that bliss will be found when we get our eating, exercise, sleep, journaling, weight, complexion, clothing, and all our Christmas shopping exactly right, including remembering our own reusable grocery sacks. And beyond […]

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