Mental Health Awareness: Suicide Awareness and Prevention

This Mental Health Awareness blog post is about awareness and prevention of suicide.  Any conversation about suicide is difficult. Some people worry that talking about it might cause someone who is thinking about suicide to act on those thoughts. But not discussing suicide at all isn't an option either. Treating suicide as a taboo topic…
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Mental Health Awareness: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

In this segment of our Mental Health Awareness series, we'll take a look at Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD.  People in general tend to have misconceptions about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Sometimes people jokingly say "She's so OCD!" about someone who is very organized. OCD is often unrelated to a desire for tidiness and it isn't a…
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Mental Health Awareness: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Not all injuries caused by trauma are visible. In this segment of our Mental Health Awareness series, we're going to discuss Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.  According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' National Center for PTSD,"PTSD is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like…
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Mental Health Awareness: Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

We continue our Mental Health Awareness series with a look at borderline personality disorder, an often misunderstood and misdiagnosed condition.  According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness,"Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a condition characterized by difficulties regulating emotion. This means that people who experience BPD feel emotions intensely and for extended periods of time…
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Autism Spectrum Disorder

The majority of people with autism want to advocate for themselves, without interference from non-autistic people. However, this blog was written with the intention of encouraging neurotypical people (i.e. non-autistic) to become more informed and to be more considerate of people with autism.  While we want to be respectful of all kinds of people, whether…
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Mental Health Awareness: Schizophrenia and Related Disorders

Our Mental Health Awareness series continues as we discuss schizophrenia and related disorders.  First of all, we want to tell you what schizophrenia is not. It is not the same as having 'split' or multiple personalities. Looking at the origin of the word, we can see why people mistakenly confuse split personalities with schizophrenia. The…
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