Trauma Focused CBT

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook (TF-CBT)

This workbook has been developed for use with children ages six to fourteen who have experienced one or more traumatic events. The activities in the workbook correspond to the treatment components of the Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF- CBT) model, which was developed by Judith Cohen, Anthony Mannarino, and Esther Deblinger (Cohen, Mannarino, & Deblinger, 2006). The intended use of the workbook is by master’s level mental health professionals who have also had training in TF-CBT and have read the manual on TF-CBT (cited above).

Calm - App

Calm (Free)

Benefit from an easy and soothing session of Meditation (for free!) through this application. There are also functions for Sleep Stories, Breathing Techniques, and Nature Relaxation.

Schema Therapy

Introductory Chapter to Schema Therapy

Schema therapy is an innovative, integrative therapy developed by Young and colleagues (Young, 1990, 1999) that significantly expands on traditional cognitive-behavioral treatments and concepts. The therapy blends elements from cognitive-behavioral, attachment, Gestalt, object relations, constructivist, and psychoanalytic schools into a rich, unifying conceptual and treatment model.

Filmmaker

3 Films by Hot Off The Press

For some of you, you might be familiar with Over the Rainbow, a non-profit organisation which aims to help those with mental health issues. SG Creations is a subsidiary of Over the Rainbow, and they are showing 3 original films for members of the public to watch, with the aim of destigmatising mental health issues, under their media literacy project “Hot Off The Press”.

Stigma

A Mental Illness Advocate Afraid of Stigma

But what if other people don’t see it that way? What if they don’t take me seriously anymore? What if they doubt my competence? This doesn’t just apply to employers, but future clients as well. Would people trust a counsellor like me? Nonetheless, I will not stop writing about mental health. I will not stop fighting stigma. It is a life goal of mine I am not willing to give up.

Abstract

We found loneliness in a social place…

Something something plastic bag floating through the wind… Wait, wrong artist. Imagine this, you’re sitting, on what can be described as a comfortable chair, hugging your back and hips. Perhaps you’re at a cafe, enjoying a cup of coffee, or at the beach, or just on the couch at home, watching the latest football game. Now imagine this, you are where you are, a soul among others. You are in a social situation, but yet you feel so, so, alone.

Beauty and the Beast

Holding On And Letting Go

What really struck me was the conundrum even ordinary people faced daily with letting go and/or holding on to intimate relationships. As someone with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) this is a struggle close to my own heart. A core feature of BPD is the presence of serious interpersonal problems. People with BPD tend to have intense, unstable relationships, characterised by frequent wavering between strong clinginess/dependency and sudden withdrawal.

Instagram

Polarity of Social Media: Its effects on mental health

YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram – nowadays, we cannot avoid these mediums when talking about our youth’s mental health. Instagram is the worst social media site in terms of its impact on the mental health of young people, a report has suggested. The #StatusofMind survey found the photo-sharing app negatively impacted on people’s body image, sleep and fear of missing out. (Telegraph)

Monsters

Facing My Fears

If you stay up at night, tossing and turning in bed, contemplating all the what-ifs, I feel you. If you hide in the toilet, shaking with fear and anxiety, I feel you. If you prefer to stay in the comfort of your house and not venture out, I feel you. Because every step feels like a thousand miles.

Vertigo

The Right To Die

For the past decade, I have believed in the right to die – if you want to die, you have the right to do so and nobody else has the right to make you live. Committing suicide is your choice, and nobody has the right to make that decision for you. I quote Rebecca Wait, author of one of my favourite books, The View on The Way Down: Because he wanted to die. Because he was ill and didn’t believe he’d ever get better. Because it was his choice. Not mine. Not my parents’. We’d have chosen to keep him […]

Simple Mental Health Care Plan

Mental Health Care Plan

Every mental health patient should have a mental health care plan, which will help the patient, in the case of an emergency. This would be extremely helpful for caregivers and mental health patients who keep going in and out of hospitals.

Cloud of Thoughts

Self-Care and Self-Help

Self-care is important. You have to take care of yourself. Your doctor and therapist can only do so much to help you. You have to take little steps to work towards recovery, and help yourself by avoiding your triggers. It is really not easy. Sometimes you may lapse into the whirlpool of negativity or you might still hallucinate.

Stigma - App

Stigma: Journal, Diary, Mood & Anxiety Tracker (Free)

Stigma is the highest rated app for mental health in the App Store. Created by a founder who deals with bipolar disorder and anxiety, Stigma provides you a safe way to build your support network, journal what’s on your mind, and keep track of your mood. Thousands of people use Stigma to see what influences their mood and connect with peers who deal with similar struggles. It was recently featured in the App Store and has over 2,000 5-star reviews!

Ghosting

Ghosting and Invalidation

According to Oxford dictionary online, ghosting is defined as “the practice of ending a personal relationship with someone by suddenly and without explanation withdrawing from all communication.” The article talks about how some friendships turn awkward or sour, and neither party is willing to reconcile their differences, so they end up parting ways.