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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.

Individual Protesting and Group Protests as Individual Anxiety and Collective Anxiety

What's the point of protesting something? And what is the connection between protesting and mental health? If we can understand it at the individual level, maybe we'll understand it at the group and societal levels.


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 to do something about this.


Quarantine Fatigue - This Rarely Used Term Perfectly Describes It

Quarantine fatigue is real, and it has its roots in mental health. Specifically, it has its roots in a strange term that not many people know about. If you want to know why people are doing what they're doing, you're in luck.


Mental Health Awareness Month 2020 - 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.


Why We Crave Celebrity Mental Illness

This doesn't just apply to celebrities. It explains why cancer is a "casserole illness" but mental health issues don't even usually conjure up a card or a public gesture of support.