Month: December 2017

I Needed A Hero… So I Became One!

As we wrap up 2017, I had the opportunity to join a Facebook Live with Bipolar Barbie and some wonderful people as she welcomed 2018 in Australia. The conversations just inspired me more and reinforced that there are so many people that want to help others and change the world. One thing, well, really a lot of things she says resonate with me. But this stands out. I Needed A Hero, So I Became One – Bipolar Barbie This past year was full of challenges. But, I was also blessed to meet some wonderful people. I am not going to...

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Stigma! End It!

Why do we have to stigmatize everything? People are battling every day. They are trying to fight a war that you do not understand. So, what do we do, we put them down. We make it about them. We don’t try to understand what is going on, we just say it is a moral failing. People are dying every day!    I am not only talking about the stigma of substance use disorder, but all stigmas that are destroying people. Mental illness is stigmatized on a regular basis. Many people suffer mental illness; self-medicate and become addicted and are...

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"Empathy is feeling with people"

I have been on vacation for the holiday, it’s been tough. Holidays are tough times for so many people. I was able to watch and read more while on vacation. I find that listening, reading or watching is helpful for me. Understanding others’ experiences and stories is a way to build empathy.  Finding stories that you relate to help so much. We are not alone in this battle. Others are struggling, some have it much harder also. In our heads we may feel that we are the only one and no one else understands. But, the truth is many...

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What About Alcohol?

We are living in a time where substances and behaviors are taking control in negative and devasting ways. We have talked about the stigma of addiction and mental health many times and how this needs to stop. We have pharmaceutical companies advertising about their drugs to the general public.  Commercials telling people to ask their doctors about specific drugs. From what I have heard and I would love to know from others that we in the United States are the only country that allows prescription drugs to be advertised to the general public. Drugs that you need to have...

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Have a Happy and Healthy Christmas

Christmas is about love and compassion. Spending time with the people you care about. Please remember there are many people struggling during the holidays. Today is a very hard day for many. Try to help those in need, those that are lonely and lost. They need compassion and love. They need to know that they matter that they are loved. From my family to yours we wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. We wish you a healthy time to spread job, compassion and...

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