Unless you’re been living in a cave, you have probably noticed the planner trend. YouTube planner gurus post their “Plan with Me” videos by the hundreds, there are more than 47,000 Instagram posts for just one related hashtag (#happyplanner), and there are thousands of Etsy shops selling special accessories for the planners. It’s a cross … read more
Can Apps Help with Unserved Mental Health Patients?
The Surgeon General’s new mental health report includes some sobering figures. 1 in 5 of American adults suffer from mental illness of some kind, it says, and nearly half of Americans with mental illness never seek treatment. Those who do may meet obstacles to care including cost, limited insurance coverage, and a shortage of mental … read more
Life as We See It
Does it always rain when you go on a picnic? Is the traffic always worse when you’re in a hurry? Do you always run into your ex when you’re sloppily dressed? Does your boss always blame you for problems? A lot of us would answer “yes” to at least one of these questions, even if … read more
The Stress Sweet Spot
What’s your mental image of a completely stress-free life? Relaxing on the beach in a tropical paradise? Cuddling up with your dog in front of a roaring fire? Hanging with friends at your local brewpub? These are wonderful moments in our lives, but if you stayed in that moment for long, you’d discover one of … read more
Can books be useful therapeutic tools? They can. There’s even a name for therapy using books: bibliotherapy. Books present problems to be solved in a safe setting. Books can help children think about and understand problems they’re facing in the real world. Working through a story about a difficult situation can help kids feel like … read more
What’s Up with the Red Cup?
Josh Feuerstein, a self-described “social media personality,” sparked a lot of headlines with a YouTube rant claiming that “Starbucks REMOVED CHRISTMAS from their cups because they hate Jesus” and that “Starbucks wanted to take Christ, and Christmas, off of their brand-new cups.” Later, in a CNN interview, Feuerstein said that “The cup is very symbolic … read more
The Beauty of the Small Things
We think that we see the world around us all day, In fact, all that we can actually see clearly is a space about the size of our thumbs. Everything else that we think we see is being filled in by our brains from what we believe about the world. Since we have a lot … read more
Abusive Coaches Must Go
Coach — it sounds supportive, right? It makes us think about someone who is there by our sides to help and teach and encourage us. But that’s not always how it turns out. Sports Illustrated detailed a horror show of hard-driving coaches who pushed players to the point of physical damage and emotional turmoil, leading … read more
Controversy over Mental Health Law
We’re all horrified by the rash of school shootings, but a possible positive outcome of the mounting concern over mass shootings is action in Congress for mental health. A proposed bill, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, is bringing up plenty of controversy. The bill proposes the elimination of the Substance Abuse and … read more
Mental Health: Is there an App for That?
There are plenty of health and fitness apps, but not that many mental health apps. Those that exist — and there are 27 recommended by the National Health Service in the UK, and “Top Ten” lists provided by most mental health organizations in the U.S. — are often primarily tracking tools. This may be beneficial … read more