Brett.Ullman

Category - mental health

35 Tattoos That Give Us Hope For Mental Health Recovery

For the last 15 or so years of my life I have been asking people “Tell me about your tattoo?” when I am in line with someone who has ink. It has been fascinating to hear the stories of people. I really like this list of tattoos for people struggling with different forms of mental health.

If I ever got a tattoo it would be #25. A semi colon. Below is a quote from another article which explains the semi-colon.

“You are the author, the sentence is your life. For anyone suffering from depression, anxiety, self harm, contemplating suicide, you are not alone. You are worthy. You are loved.” from this article

For the full article click here

The Spiritual Importance of Going to Counseling

So much good information here. Please check out the article.

Counseling is not just for those with traumatic experiences or life crises. And getting counseling is not a sign of weak faith; it’s simply a way to take our pain seriously.
In Christian communities, counseling is seen as a cry for help. It’s an indicator of a marriage on the rocks, a spiraling emotional life or crippling doubt. We can acknowledge that counseling is necessary for war vets and suicide survivors. Many may even consent to its value when unhealthy habits have become addictions. But generally, we tend to think healthy Christians should be able to handle their own issues with a quiet dignity

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The Perfect Image – A documentary on eating disorders

I was emailed a documentary from a young lady who struggled with an eating disorder. Thought I would share it. If you are struggling with an eating disorder I would strongly encourage you to talk to your parents (or other adults in your life) and then talk to your family doctor to get some help.

Looking at this early obsession with weight loss and body image, strengthened by group and peer pressure, along with a sport focused on perfectionism it becomes easier to imagine why so many young athletes develop an eating disorder.

Remain: Mute Math

This song (Remain by Mute Math) has been on repeat for me since it came out a few weeks ago. For anyone in their life who is going through burnout, breakdown, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, illness, hopelessness and feeling stuck in a hole this song is for you.

For those of you at the end of your rope …   Just keep on trying
For those of you losing your will to fight… Just keep fighting
For those of you going through journeys that seem to never end… Just keep going
For those of you losing your will to live… Just keep surviving
For those of you who feel stuck… Just keep walking
For those of you who struggle with depression, anxiety & panic attacks… Just keep breathing
For those of you who feel like you are losing your grip on life… Just keep holding
For all of us who are struggling and searching for hope, healing, redemption, rescue and wholeness…  Just keep believing

Thoughts and prayers for all of us who struggle…

Lyrics to the song:

I’ve been dreaming
Dreaming of a day in the end
Waiting for someone
To wake me from the dream that I’m in
I’ve been confiscating
Every shred of hope that I can
I keep on mistaking
The future for the places I’ve been

[Chorus]
Always the same
Always forever we remain
Always the same
I’m dying just to keep my place

[VERSE 2]
I’ve been breaking
And repairing everything that I make
Just to feel important
And worth the little space that I take
I keep on delaying
Everything I’d rather avoid
Rapidly decaying
And panicking I’m losing the choice

[Chorus X2]
Always the same
Always forever we remain
Always the same
I’m dying just to keep my place

[BRIDGE X2]
Just keep on trying
Just keep fighting
Just keep going
Just keep surviving
Just keep walking
Just keep breathing
Just keep holding
Just keep believing

[Chorus]
Always the same
Always forever we remain
Always the same
I’m dying just to keep my place

Always…

[BRIDGE]
Just keep on trying
Just keep fighting
Just keep going
Just keep surviving
Just keep walking
Just keep breathing
Just keep holding
Just keep believing

Andrew Peterson – Be Kind to Yourself (Official Lyric Video)

After a tough week of anxiety struggles last week a friend of mine sent me this video.

For those of you who are on tough journey’s and struggles this one is for you.

Be kind to yourself…

You got all that emotion that’s heaving like an ocean
And you’re drowning in a deep, dark well
I can hear it in your voice that if you only had a choice
You would rather be anyone else

I love you just the way that you are
I love the way He made your precious heart

Be kind to yourself
Be kind to yourself

I know it’s hard to hear it when that anger in your spirit
Is pointed like an arrow at your chest
When the voices in your mind are anything but kind
And you can’t believe your Father knows best

I love you just the way that you are
I love the way He’s shaping your heart

Be kind to yourself
Be kind to yourself

How does it end when the war that you’re in
Is just you against you against you
Gotta learn to love, learn to love
Learn to love your enemies too

You can’t expect to be perfect
It’s a fight you’ve gotta forfeit
You belong to me whatever you do
So lay down your weapon, darling
Take a deep breath and believe that I love you

Be kind to yourself
Be kind to yourself
Be kind to yourself

Gotta learn to love, learn to love
Learn to love your enemies
Gotta learn to love, learn to love
Learn to love your enemies too

Robert Whitley: Why men commit suicide

Really great article talking about a topic most people shy away from.

Men’s mental health is an area of key concern, especially the high rates of suicide. Around 75 per cent of suicides are men, with over 50 per week dying by suicide in Canada. These are particularly pronounced in the 40-60 age group. This has led Prof. Dan Bilsker of Simon Fraser University to declare that we are experiencing a “silent epidemic of male suicide.”

Click here for the article.