Roasting delicata squash and potatoes for our office Thanksgiving celebration tomorrow. The house smells like garlic and rosemary and seared carbs! Yes, #Thanksgiving is fraught with a history of colonialism, white supremacy, genocide of native peoples, and manifest destiny bulls**t. So this year, I actively name it, reject it, and reclaim this day as one of gratitude... for our incredible diversity... for all the firsts we just elected to public office all over the country... for continuing to improve myself and heal the wounds of that brutal history.
We have an incredible bunch of volunteers who bring their enthusiasm, compassion, expertise and commitment to the communities we serve. Our volunteers are the pillars for what we do. #tellingstories#peoplehelpingpeople 🌞
Yesterday, our students ran a table at the 2018 Day of Restoration, an event that serves the city’s homeless population. They completed almost 120 mental health screenings and handed out information about community resources. Nice job team! And thank you to all of the volunteers!
New episode is up today!
Episode 39 is ready for your download.
We end the arc on Understanding the Bible by looking at violence in scripture.
I enjoyed this episode— Brandon’s take on Greg Boyd’s theory on violence shows how loving our God is.
Check it out. ❤️ https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-desire-line/id1296321072?mt=2&i=1000422774972
with Brandon Cook
#tbhpost throwback to my original post where I outlined the reasoning behind the creation of this page. -
After having has some necessary time away due to life and my own mental health condition getting in the way of me posting regularly, I have finally managed to get myself back in to a position where I can pursue my goal of growing this page and community as I outlined in on of my first posts. I can not stress how important this page and the goal of this is to me
Being away from this page for a while brought up feelings of inadequacy and negativity, feeling as if I were letting people down by not posting. I wanted to post regularity but didn’t feel ready to do so. I had to stick with the values I preach in being kind to yourself and giving yourself the time and space necessary to heal & stabilise, doing what is required for my own wellbeing rather trying to meet others expectations. Congruency is key in all this.
But as I also say - never give up, the pain is only temporary. The page and the community I’m trying to build are more important that anything and I’m fully committed to growing the reach and impact of the page. I have big plans for the future of this page. My goal - making this the largest mental health community on Instagram and positively impacting the lives of many people.
With Marijuana being legalized in Canada today, it is important that we continue the conversation with our youth about mental health and substance use!! Focusing on open communication and being nonjudgement are key when reaching out to others. Here are a few things to keep in mind when having these conversations with youth! 🗣 ✅ Make mental health and substance use an ongoing topic of conversation. Be present in the conversation, take their concerns seriously, and make them feel heard. Ask them what THEY need and what their concerns are, discuss and address those issues. ✅ Sometimes all people need is someone to listen to them – without judgement! Have an open mind, give your full attention and let them know they can be open and honest with you. You don’t always have to give advice, just practice support and empathy. ✅ No one has all the answers! Offer additional places for youth to seek support and more information – including school counsellors, family members, local mental health and youth organizations, websites or phone lines. ✅ Think “harm reduction” not zero tolerance – everyone’s journey and goals are different. Talking to youth through a harm reduction lens allows for honesty and continued communication.
Visit the links below for more information!
It was National Boss day and while I know she won’t see this, I’m posting it anyway. I seriously have the absolute best boss! Working in community mental health can be HARD some days (and that’s an understatement), some days I go home unsure if I did all I could do to help someone, some days I’m exhausted and frustrated by our insurance system, some days I get more behind on my work than ahead, and some days I go home broken for the people’s stories I’ve seen play out. BUT, even with that I absolutely, positively love my job! A huge part of that is because I have an incredible boss who supports our team everyday, who works along side us, makes sure when tough things come up we are okay, goes to bat for us, and is always reminding us she is there for us in the big and small things. (And then follows through with actually being there). I’m incredibly thankful for the job I have and don’t take for granted that I landed a great boss.
Today is #WorldMentalHealthDay .
Taking a moment to acknowledge everyone who is struggling with Trauma, but not from sexual assault. Not because it’s not important, it is, but there are many kinds of trauma that can be significantly detrimental to a person’s life, that do not get any press. Trauma is often associated with PTSD. PTSD or Post-traumatic stress disorder is the stresses caused by a single traumatic event. .
While acknowledging that ptsd can have catastrophic affects, especially when retriggered in current events or every day occurrences, I want to acknowledge those who struggle with different kinds of trauma and inform others about it. .
Trauma that occurs from the result of multiple, ongoing traumatic events has enormous adverse affects on a person’s health, moreover depending on when it happens. If it happens during one’s adulthood or during one’s infancy, when baby brains are being developed, known as developmental trauma (the first 3 years of life often beginning in womb ), or if it happened before one’s birth (inter generational or ancestral). These kind of traumas often affect non-privileged households or households of immigrant families, often of POC. .
A current events example of this are the children locked in cages and separated from their mother, in particular the infants, unless an adequate caretaker steps in, the baby’s psychological makeup will be adversely affected for life causing major functioning issues that most of us take for granted, like connection, intimacy, and the ability to sustain and maintain normal functioning relationships. Love and connection are essential to human functioning, and a basic need just as food and water. Those who struggle with the latter kind of trauma, thus, struggle with things fundamental to human functioning. .
Keep in mind when considering #mentalillness the “other” kinds of trauma that affect many fellow humans, especially when it’s caused by systemic reasons. .
All beings deserve to be happy, healthy, at at ease. 🙏🏽💛
¡Feliz día mundial de la SALUD MENTAL! 🌿❤️
Puedo decir que dedico gran parte de mi vida a investigar cómo mejorar la atención a la salud mental, ya sea al nivel del sistema, servicio o paciente, y ese, es el motor que hace que todo cobre sentido. No he encontrado una foto que representara mejor mi momento actual y lo que significa para mi la salud mental comunitaria. En ella aparecen grandes profesionales que contribuyen a que el sistema sanitario sea accesible, equitativo y provea una atención de calidad. Es un gran regalo poder aprender cada día de todos ellos. La psicología para mí es mi gran vocación, y yo sólo espero poder transmitir a los demás un poquito de lo que ellos me transmiten a mí. Si volviera a nacer, volvería a dar los mismos pasos porque este es mi camino.
Such a wonderful event @depressedcakeshop bringing awareness to #mentalhealth .
I strongly believe in the work of the organizations benefited by this event @montrosecenter and @nami.gh - check out their services, they are invaluable for our Houston mental health community!
This event, organized by wonderful volunteers, chefs and the awesome @ihwsh_tx kicks off @well_week : “Over 50 local restaurants, bars and coffee shops join the WellWeek effort by featuring a mocktail or a 'depressed' dessert on their menus to stimulate discussion about mental health. This week-long event invites guests to experience alcohol-free drinks worthy of Houston's reputation for cocktail genius and confections aimed at reminding diners that one in five Houstonians may have trouble appreciating the sweeter parts of life. With suicide and depression rates on the rise, the conversations catalyzed by WellWeek are an important first step to turning the tide in favor of our friends and family battling mental illness.”
How cool is that?