Mental Health Stories

Mental health stories are what bring us together.

At our core, we are our stories.

Our stories bring us together, they bind us through their shared meaning.

When we share our experiences with authenticity and vulnerablity, we make it safe for others to do the same.

That's at the heart of The Mental Health Update mission to share meaningful, accessible mental health information.

Mental health inspiration isn't just rah-rah, feel-good stories about how to "hack" your life and "crush" your anxiety, depression, or OCD.

Mental health inspiration happens when you read, watch, or hear something that resonates and makes you feel understood.

We are scared of mental health issues when we can't understand them.

Mental health stories make sense of mental health issues because they make them come alive.

It's a great question: How do I cope with anxiety?

While there are no easy answers, there are some clear approaches you can take.

It all starts with learning more about what anxiety is FOR YOU.

How you experience anxiety is not the same way that your friends or family experience anxiety.

Often going hand in hand with depression, anxiety can be a shapeshifter.

It can stem from the body, the mind, or your relationships.

What starts off as social anxiety can soon manifest in your thoughts and body.

The mission of The Mental Health Update is to put anxiety in simple, accessible terms.

If you can't understand anxiety, how can you do anything about it?

So explore all of the anxiety posts here in this section.

Mental health articles don't need to be technical and boring--they can be meaningful and help you make sense of your own life.

When to Share Your Mental Health Story

How do you know when you're ready? How do you know if it's safe to talk about your experience living with mental illness? Or your response to a traumatic situation? Or anything that destabilized your mental health?

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My Poetry Book Cover Designer's Brave Mental Health Story

Lindsay designed the cover for my mental health poetry book, In Search of Happiness. Not only did she do a phenomenal job, she also has a powerful mental health story that I'm more than happy to share here.

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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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My FIRST Mental Health (Video) Update!

After months of email updates, here is the first video mental health update. Communicating authentic mental health information requires using multiple formats, and here's the first of many videos to come.

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Why I Started Tweeting Every Day About Mental Health

This is the second video for The Mental Health Update. This started as only an email newsletter, but now it's expanded. Watch to learn more about my story and why I write and tweet about mental health every day.

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