Hi there, 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 Mental Health Articles On The Mental Health Update:

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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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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Positive Words Associated With Mental Health (Socially Constructing Meaning)

We add new phrases to our vocabulary all the time? How do they get their meaning? It's a process of social construction. This is how it is for mental health terms. Learn how the process works--and what you need to know.

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Low Self-Esteem to High Self-Esteem - Moving Up the Continuum

If you want good mental health, you have to consider self-esteem and the self-esteem continuum. Low self-esteem and high self-esteem are really not separate things. They are part of the same spectrum.

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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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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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Talking About Depression - Why People Don't Talk About Depression Online

When it comes to talking about mental health issues online, why don't more people talk about depression? A huge percentage of the population deals with it, so why is it not more common? This might be why.

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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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Instantly Know If You're An Emotional Masochist (What the Real Meaning of Masochism Is)

Masochist. What an intense word. But it's one that you need to know about. Learning about emotional masochism just may save you a lot of pain.

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Pushing People Away: Revealing the 3 Top Reasons Why We Push People Away

Do you push people away? Do you know why you're doing it? Quickly learn if you are falling victim to any of the main 3 reasons why we push people away.

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The 3 Key Reasons You're Feeling Lost [With Solutions]

Feeling lost? You're not alone. People who feel lost in life fall into a familiar pattern. These 3 big reasons will point you in the right direction.

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I Can't Make Decisions! (A Strange, Effective Strategy for Anxiety and Decision-Making)

I get so anxious when I can't make decisions. But then I realized something about the way I was thinking. There is a way to think about thinking itself that makes all the difference.

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I Don't Know What to Do With My Life (Intense Questions to Ask Yourself)

Not knowing what you want to do in life is the worst. It's holding you back. But it's possible to figure out what to do. You just need the right approach.

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How to Protect Your Energy as an Empath or Not [4 Strong Steps]

Protecting your energy is one of the most important things you can do. Learn my four-step process, and you'll get your energy and your time back.

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Not Feeling Good Enough? Learn From My Misguided Thinking [Bonus: Songs About Not Being Good Enough]

Not feeling good enough is the worst. Fortunately, there's a way to escape this feeling. It all comes down to your thinking. Plus, I've included some songs for you to help you change your mood.

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The Best Mental Model (A Powerful Model to Improve Your Life)

This is my all-time favorite mental model. Master it, and you'll be light years ahead of most people.

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Stop Zoning Out A Lot With These 3 Crucial Attention Skills

Are you zoned out? How do you know? It's time to know the difference between zoning out and dissociating--and what you can do to zone back into your life.

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My Mental Health Values (The Mental Health Update Manifesto)

Core values are at the heart of what I do at The Mental Health Update. Knowing your values makes everything easier. For me, my values drive the kind of mental health content I create.

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"What Is Wrong With Me?" 3 Steps to Address 2 Symptom Types

If you've ever wondered if there is something wrong with you, wonder no more. Learn which questions to ask yourself--and what to do with the answers you find.

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