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.

Why Controlling Others Doesn't Work (Analyzing Control and Being Controlled)

Control is elusive--we can't ever have it. But we can have something else. There's another, more effective way to approach all kinds of relationships.


Don't Ignore These Common Relationship Problems

So what should you do when a relationship goes sour? What's the opposite of ignoring? It seems obvious, right? The opposite of ignoring would be confronting those who have harmed you, wouldn't it? Not exactly.


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.


Being There for Someone - A Short But Powerful Guide

"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.


How to Have Meaningful Online Conversations - 2 Simple Ideas

The world is now online, and that's especially true during the coronavirus pandemic. To maintain your mental health and have meaningful conversations, you'll have to adapt. Here are some simple ideas.