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Mental Health Clichés You Need To Avoid

There are so many phrases that are stigmatizing, yet they are overused by many. Although worn-out, some clichés can be helpful. Most clichés about mental health are not helpful, however. Mental health clichés can be harmful to those in recovery because they are often used by someone who is unaware of what you are reallyRead More

Why “Person-First” Language Is Important

Stigma is defined as “an attribute, behavior, or condition that is socially discrediting,” according to the Recovery Research Institute. It also is “know to decrease treatment seeking behaviors in individuals with substance use disorders.” Person-first language is defined as “a linguistic prescription structuring sentences to name the person first and the condition or disease fromRead More

How To Sell Mental Health Awareness To A Skeptic

There are skeptics in every aspect of life. For some reason, however, the mental health world seems to have a boatload of skeptics that love to try and prove that mental health is a farce. “What do we need mental health education for when mental illnesses aren’t real?” they ask. This not only contributes toRead More

How To Sell Mental Health Awareness To A Skeptic

There are skeptics in every aspect of life. For some reason, however, the mental health world seems to have a boatload of skeptics that love to try and prove that mental health is a farce. “What do we need mental health education for when mental illnesses aren’t real?” they ask. This not only contributes toRead More

Depression and Addiction: What No One Is Talking About

Depression and addiction are very real diseases that are often considered taboo and, thus, are not talked about as much as they should. There are also misinforming sources that spread myths about these diseases. When people talk about addiction, there is so much negative stigma attached to it. A large majority of the population believeRead More

How To Explain Mental Health To A 5-Year-Old

Mental health education has been somewhat of a controversial topic, but really, it shouldn’t be. From a young age, students are taught about physical education. Later on, during primary years, students are taught about sexual education. This education is all relative. The main goal is to teach students about themselves and how to take careRead More

What is Emotional Sobriety?

“Emotional sobriety” parallels the physical recovery of addiction but may not be fully understood by many. This concept is used in all areas of recovery, but it was coined and is a key concept in Alcoholics Anonymous  (AA). In AA, they teach that abstinence from a substance is not enough to achieve long-term sobriety. InRead More

The Link Between Trauma and Addiction

There is a myriad of theories that discuss the potential causes of addiction. While there is no answer with absolute certainty, there is a definitive correlation between addiction and trauma. Does this mean trauma causes addiction? Not necessarily. What it does say, though, is that even though the nature of the relationship between trauma andRead More