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.

Change People's Minds Without Forcing Behavior - How to Influence People the Right Way

Leonardo DiCaprio taught me forcing behavior doesn't work. It sounds strange to write this, but it's true. Because you can't make someone do something. It's just not possible. But there's another way.


How to Deal With An Elephant in the Room (2 Relatable Examples)

It's an elephant. In the room. And no one wants to deal with it. Whether it's within your family or at work, not addressing the elephant in the room can lead to the issue wreaking havoc on your life.


Difficult Conversations - What Makes Them So Hard

Difficult conversations can be terrifying. I used to dread them. And avoid them. But no longer. Because I learned what makes them so difficult in the first place.


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.


The Right Ways 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.