Hi there, I'm Jordan Brown. I'm a mental health advocate and social worker who believes in the power of authentic mental health content.

I started The Mental Health Update to empower others with accessible, meaningful mental health information. Each issue contains helpful mental health articles and actionable strategies to improve your mental health.

I'm glad you're here.

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Quickly Understand and Overcome Fear of the Future in 3 Simple Steps

You can feel anxious about something you did. You can feel anxious about something happening right now. And you can feel anxious about something that hasn't even happened yet. Here's how to overcome that anxiety and fear.

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THE # 1 Action to Stop Feeling Unappreciated Now (2021 Update)

Not feeling appreciated. What can you do about this awful feeling? There's a step you can take, and if you follow it, you'll save yourself A LOT of heartache and mental strife in the long run.

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In 5 Minutes, Go From "No One Understands Me" to Understood

I've always felt misunderstood. I've always felt like sort of an oddball. But these 3 questions changed everything for me. You can learn them in 5 minutes...if that.

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4 BIG Reasons Why You're Feeling Stuck in Life (With Solutions)

There are many reasons why you might feel stuck in life, but these are four of the most common. Don't worry, we also included potential solutions that can get you unstuck.

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A Short But Powerful 2-Part Guide for Being There for Someone

"Being there for someone." What does that MEAN? It seems elusive, like a bat flitting away in the night. But it doesn't need to be that way. There are core principles.

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The ONLY Thing That Matters When Life is Falling Apart in 2021

Do you actually know what it means to have your life fall apart? I thought I did, but I was wrong. It has nothing to do with what's going on around and everything to do with just one thing.

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A Super Simple Technique When You Can't Think Straight

Getting to the root of something is what you need to do whenever you can't think straight. One of my absolute favorite methods to do this is something that children do ALL OF THE TIME.

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6 Foolproof Truths to Understand Immediately - I Hate Life!

When a person says, "I hate my life," you tend to think they know what they're talking about, right? Not exactly. There's more going on beneath the surface. These are the truths you need to understand.

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"I Don't Care About Anything" - Anhedonia is the Answer

There is one word that describes the feeling of not caring about anything. It's "anhedonia." Even if you haven't heard of it, you can learn about it fast--AND get a plan to help you start caring again.

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Oversharing and Setting Good Boundaries (My Vulnerable Podcast Example)

I was interviewed on a mental health podcast a week ago, and I got into the nitty-gritty details of my mental health struggles. It got me to thinking. Why did I share such details with a person who was, moments ago, a stranger?

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The Only 3 Things You Need to Know to Focus On Yourself

Any one of these reasons will change your life, but combine all three and you will be unstoppable.

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Pretending To Be Happy? (3 Dead Giveaways--And Why You Shouldn't Pretend)

When I was suffering from depression years ago, I thought I had to pretend to be happy to get through it. I thought I had to let everyone know that I was OK, that nothing was wrong with me. But it made it much worse. Here's why.

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Think Inside the Box (What It Is and When to Do It)

You've probably been told to "think outside the box."Which means to think creatively. But it's not the only way to be creative. You can also be creative and mentally healthy by thinking inside the box.

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A Rant About Mental Health Stigma

That person is just faking it. Oh, she's just not trying hard enough. He's being too soft. This is stigma, plain and simple. It's time that we do something about this.

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"Am I Unlovable?" The One Truth That's Holding You Back

Do you feel unlovable? Do you feel there are parts of you that you just can't share? It's a common problem. But I'm going to let you in on a little secret to help you right now.

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3 Surprising Ways to Use Awkward Silence to Your Advantage

There's something that makes a lot of people uncomfortable.But it's something that's actually really effective in relationships.When used properly, this technique can improve your relationships while also increasing your mental he

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Why Perception is Important in Relationships

There is something that impacts relationships be cannot be seen. It's perception. Both your perception and others' perception. Once you understand perception, you have the power to improve your relationships.

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Create Your Own Category and Get Control of Your Life

I find that life gets boring when life becomes a churning sea of sameness. Maybe you feel the same way. Part of living is expanding to fill the void. When you're in a sea of sameness, you tend to swim in place. Learn to create.

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Mental Health Awareness Month 2021- It's More Than a Month

It's May 2020, and that means it's Mental Health Awareness Month. For one month each year, the world comes together to raise mental health awareness month. But we need more than that. We all have mental health. It's part of us.

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A Mental Health Vaccine - Would You Take It?

Would you take a mental health vaccine? With an international pandemic still raging, vaccines have been in the news a lot lately. But what about mental health? What would a mental health vaccine look like?

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You Will Never Be Happy If You Compare This Way

There are good ways to compare and bad ways to compare. If you compare in one particular way, you're heading for a major headache. Learn how to make the right kinds of comparisons.

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The 5-Minute Writing Technique to Feel Better Now

This 5-minute technique is easy to do, and it will help you feel better fast. It's a way to boost your self-discovery. It's easy to set up, and the impact is immediate.

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Too Much to Do? How to Free Yourself

Let's face it. You have too much to do. And there doesn't seem to be a way out. But there is. It's going to take changing some things around. But it IS possible to escape the "too much to do" trap.

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Fear of Disappointing Others (3 Critical Reminders)

Are you scared of disappointing people? Do you feel like you're letting others down? Then you have to remember 3 things.

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An Easy Way to Stop Saying "I Can't Do Anything Right"

Can't do anything right? It can be an awful feeling. But you're not alone. There's an approach that has worked for me that can work for you too. But you have to understand the strategy and try it out. Start today.

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3 Time-Saving Principles to Make Someone Leave You Alone

There are times when people just won't leave you alone. This happens quite a bit online. What do you do then? You follow three principles. They work. And they work offline as well.

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Mentally Checked Out? Use This Immensely Helpful "Tree Approach"

A tree has roots. That's obvious even though you can't see them. But did you know that you have roots, too? What I mean is that there are tendrils in your life that sprouted a long time ago, and they still have an impact on you.

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Improve Your Mood With 1 Simple Journaling Habit for Mental Health

I've always found it difficult to keep a dedicated journaling practice, but this feels different. I've learned so much already, and I plan to keep this up for as long as I can.

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Prepare for the Worst With This Ancient Technique - Premeditatio Malorum

Your friend dies. You suddenly become very ill. You lost your wallet and keys. All terrible events in their own right. But what do you actually do when the unexpected happens?

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Can't Stop Worrying About the Future? (What to Do Right Now)

If you can't stop thinking about the future, there are some things you should know. It's possible to escape the "future trap," but it takes some work on your end. This will help you focus on the right work.

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How Mental Health Poetry Can Help You, Starting Today

I never thought mental health poetry would help me as much as it does. First, I'll explain it. Then, I'll show you how it can help you, too.

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Good Habits Don't Have to Be Perfect to Benefit You

Have you ever tried to implement tons of new habits perfectly and all at once? It just doesn't work. The "perfect" approach won't get you far--but doing this will.

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2 Counterintuitive Ways to Be Helpful Today

There is no one-size-fits-all kind of help. In fact, the best ways of being helpful are the ones that people think about the least. In this post, you'll find two that you can start using today.

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Why the Inner Work is the Most Important Kind

The best way to improve your life is to do the inner work. Improve yourself, and you'll find it much easier to change the world around you. This post will show you how.

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Holiday Mental Health Guide - Improve Your Mental Health During the Holidays

What is it about the holidays that makes people lose their minds? You don't have to follow suit. You can maintain your mental health, even increase it. This short guide will show you how.

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How to Live Life in the Right Now: 3 Steps

It's tempting to escape to the past or present when life is terrible. But living in the right now is the only place where change happens. Here's how to do it.

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There are Other Words for Depressed. Here's Why to Use Them.

When you're feeling depressed and you're at your lowest point, it can be almost impossible to escape your confining vocabulary. But it can help. This is why it's worth a try. Here are other words for "depressed."

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When You Don't Fit the "Right" Definition of OCD

"You don't seem like the kind of person who has OCD." A moving story about one man's experience sharing his story with a group.

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The Meaning of Reframing (And How it Can Help You)

Learning this skill will save you a lot of emotional trouble.

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What to Do With End-of-the-Year Emotions

Big emotions are bound to surface when one year ends and another begins. But what do you do with those emotions? Read all the way to the end for important questions to consider.

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3 Positive Mental Health Poems From My First Book, In Search of Happiness

My first mental health book, In Search of Happiness, will be out at the end of May 2020! Here are three mental health poems from the book.

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Am I a Narcissist? (Seeing Yourself in the Types of Narcissism)

You might be wondering: Am I a narcissist? Is it possible? My answer might surprise you. But once the surprise settles, you'll see what I mean.

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Anxiety Action Plan - Beat Your Anxiety With This Simple Approach

I use a simple anxiety action plan whenever I'm feeling really anxious. It helps me beat my anxiety. I don't know how I ever managed without this approach.

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My Top 5 Mental Health Lessons For 2021

Here are my top mental health lessons for 2021. As a mental health advocate who thinks and writes constantly about mental health, 2020 crushed me just like everyone else. Here's what I learned.

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