Hi there, I'm Jordan. 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.

Featured Posts on The Mental Health Update:

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In the Background? Why That Can Be a Good Thing

These days, it seems that everyone wants to be out in front, getting all the credit. It's actually not all it's cracked up to be. Being in the background has surprising benefits.

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To Escape a Bad Mood, Notice Something New

Stuck in a rut? Have a bad mood that just won't go away? Here's a strategy I use. I notice something new. It's a simple approach with powerful results.

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Care Too Much About Something? How to Make it Work For You

Do you care too much about something but you're not making progress with it? That often means you don't have a clear process. Here's how to make a "care workflow."

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How to Create Adaptable Routines For Great Mental Health

Routines don't need to be perfect. They need to be flexible. In fact, a better word is in order. They need to be adaptable. Here's how I do it and improve my mental health in the process.

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Holistic Thinking - How to Manage Panic and Anxiety

Can an event or situation be immediately bad? Or can the process be stopped? Holistic thinking is a way to stave off bad feelings. Because what matters more than the event itself is how we respond to it.

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We Need Art for Mental Health, Now More Than Ever

Would you consider art to be a basic need? Most wouldn't. But I think art is needed even more when times are tough. Art is a crucial component of a mentally healthy life.

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Realism vs Pessimism: A Tweet That Shows the Difference

Sometimes realism looks like pessimism. This tweet and discussion show what that looks like.

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Big Changes in Life Mean You Must Do This

Big changes to your world trigger other changes. And you might not like what's happening. But you're part of it. You must learn to adapt.

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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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Mind Racing? How to See the Best When Your Brain Won't Let You

When your mind is racing, it can be very difficult to slow it down. And when you're in the middle of it, it can be very difficult to see the good in anything. Here's a strategy to see the best when your mind is racing.

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Intense Self-Compassion For Energy Management

Your regular self-care isn't working. Maybe it's time for a more intense approach to self-compassion and energy management. This approach combines the two.

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Having Hope: A Way to Find It for Great Mental Health

Hope is a crucial component of great mental health, but it's not always easy to find. It hardly ever is, actually Here's a beautiful approach you can use to find hope and restore your mental health.

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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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How Knowing My "Anxiety Locations" Helps Me Manage My Anxious Feelings

I live with daily anxiety. Identifying my anxiety locations has made a huge difference in my life. Here's what I mean--and how you can do the same.

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What to Do When You Feel Nothing is Working

Do you feel like nothing is working? Like everything you do comes up short? It's not your fault. We'll show you how to change your brain and get out of this negative thought pattern.

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Validation: When (and When Not) to Validate Others

Should you always validate others? It seems like a no-brainer. But it's actually not always helpful. Learn when (and when not) to validate other people.

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How I Find Helpful Mental Health Information

When it comes to helpful mental health information, there's the technical info from medical sites, and there is personal information that can often be more helpful. This is how I find helpful information.

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Great Mental Health Requires Feedback

Mental health requires getting good feedback. As uncomfortable as it can be, you need feedback to be as healthy as you can be. This explains why.

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Do You Have Coronavirus Response Anxiety?

Coronavirus response anxiety. It's when you get anxiety about the way people are responding to the coronavirus threat. I have more anxiety about that than the coronavirus itself. This is how I'm coping.

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How to Discover Your "One Thing" for Great Mental Wellness

Gary Keller's powerful framework from "The One Thing" can be applied to other areas of your life, including the areas of mental wellness. Read how it works.

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Why You Should Choose the Harder Path

Why would anyone choose the harder path? Because the easier path often has unintended consequences. Here's how to determine which path is right for you.

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What to Do When You're Annoyed - Try Something Different

Getting annoyed happens to everyone. Here's what I did when I found myself getting annoyed by a guy I kept running into. It just might help you.

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Do you HAVE to like everyone?

Do you actually have to like everyone you meet? You may think the answer is obvious, but it's a bit more complicated than you think.

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Don't Adopt a Fixer Mindset--Here's Why

Are you a fixer? You may think it's the best approach, but there are some things you first need to consider. The fixer mindset has some major drawbacks.

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A Critical Skill Often Missing in the Mental Health Care System

The mental health care system has its flaws. But there is one issue that is especially severe. It is a skill that is often lacking when professionals interact with clients and patients.

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Feel Like a Failure? Use This Quick Action Plan

Do you feel like a failure? You're not alone. Here's how to use an action plan to align your goals and values with your actions.

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How I Learned to Sleep - Preparing for Daylight "Savings"

Daylight Savings Time always affects my mental health, especially when it's time to move the clocks forward. I was a horrible sleeper for years. This is how I finally learned to sleep--and improved my mental health.

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You're Not a Failure (How to Do What You Know You Should)

You know what to do. You're just not doing it. Here's what you need to do to stop thinking you're a failure.

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Why Uncomfortable Conversations are Good

You may dread them, but uncomfortable conversations are a part of life. Here's why they can be a good thing.

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When You Feel Unlovable

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.

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How to "Get Over It"

My heart surgery was something I thought I'd never get over. But soon the details started to fade. Here's a story that can teach you how to get ever whatever you're obsessing about.

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Sometimes the Answer is to Do Nothing

You don't always need to respond if something or someone upsets you. Sometimes the best thing you can do is to do nothing at all. This post will show you how...to do nothing.

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What Mental Health Has to Do With Your Identity

There are so many mental health factors that go into creating your identity. You don't have total control over your identity. Understanding these other factors will help you get some control back.

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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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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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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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How to Build an Accountability System

Is there something that you really want to get done? Try building an accountability system. This is how I do it.

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Beware the Dangers of Extreme Thinking

Extreme thinking can cause problems. You may not even realize you're doing it. Here's what is--and what you can do about it.

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Your Relationships and Mental Health: How They Fit Together

Your relationships impact your mental health more than you realize. When you learn about the social context fo mental health, you learn how to optimize how you think and feel. Your relationships and mental health go together.

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Good Mental Health Tips For When You Don't Have Time

Looking for good mental health tips? You came to the right place. This is the three-part mental health system I use, and it works even when you're short on time.

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The Real Meaning of Setback is Not What You Think

When you think of the word "setback," what comes to mind? Whatever it is, it's probably not positive. What I am about to reveal is the real meaning of setback. It's time to give setback new meaning.

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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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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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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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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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Want to Be Happy Now? Limit Your News Intake

It's tempting to always check for the latest news. But it's not the best idea. The 24-hour news cycle might be impacting your mental health more than you think.

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A Simple Action Plan to Beat Anxiety

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

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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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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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Energy Vampires in Your Life? Here's What to Do

Vampires are real. At least, the kinds that steal your energy are. It's time to figure out if this is happening to you--and what you can do about it.

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4 Common Reasons You Might Feel Stuck in Life

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 you can try on for size.

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The Power of a Story (And What Happened When I Shared Mine)

Your story has great power. When I shared my mental health story, something happened that I never expected. Read on to learn why you should always take the risk to share your story.

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Life is a Paradox. Here's Why That's a Good Thing.

Life doesn't make much sense most of the time. Instead of causing concern, it might actually be a very good thing that life is a paradox. Let's explore this together.

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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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How to Put Yourself First by Balancing Your Energy

We're told to put ourselves first, but how do we do it? Here are 3 steps that you can implement today to balance your energy and balance your life.

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This Is Why You Can't Ignore Mental Health

It's when you try to ignore your mental health that you realize how important is. Try to ignore your feelings, and they become more noticeable. This is why you can't ignore your mental health.

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My Story - How I, Jordan Brown, Got Into the Mental Health Field

I'm Jordan Brown, and this is my vulnerable story of how I got into the mental health field. What's interesting is that the lessons I learned can be used to understand how anyone gets into anything in life.

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How to Know When It's Time to Seek Help for Your Mental Health

When is it time to seek help for your mental health? There is a rule I follow that has served me well, and it's backed up by my social work training.

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How to Deal With Difficult People in 2 Simple Steps

Everyone has that person in their life. You know the one. Whatever you do, they somehow find a way to make your life more difficult. Don't fret, we have a 2-step framework to help you protect your mental health.

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Want to Feel Better Now? Easy Does It

If you want to feel better right now, you can't force it. That approach doesn't work. In this post, you'll learn why that's the case and what you should do instead.

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How to Give Meaning to Your Environment and Improve Mental Health

Where you are affects how you are. What I mean is that your physical environment can have a huge impact on your mental health. Here's how you can make meaning of your environment and feel better in the process.

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The Reason You Set Goals is Not What You Think

The real reason you set a goal is not what you think. It's not about accomplishing the goal. It's about something even better.

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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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Your Day - You Have More Control Than You Realize

The older you get, the faster the days go by. It can feel like your life is not your own. But you have more control than you realize. It's time to take back that power.

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