Best Tweets for Trauma and PTSD Survivors is a weekly Friday feature. My selections are entirely subjective, and I know it will never be possible to include every great resource tweeted. But I can try! I’ve personally read all tweeted links, and believe them to be of great value.
Disclaimer: I am in no way responsible for content found on any other website. Stay safe, and don’t follow links if you believe you might be triggered by them. Also, I will not be re-checking links from older Best Tweets posts, and if the site’s archived URL is different from the one I’ve provided here, you may need to do a search on their site.
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@CarePathways “♥ EXPRESS YOURSELF ♥ Write, speak,
draw, paint, sing, dance, laugh, create, share, celebrate!
The world needs YOUR unique brilliance.”
Six Standalone Tweets to Ponder
@PemaQuotes “When we can recognize our own confusion with compassion, we can extend that compassion to others who are equally confused.”
@SpiritualNurse “Stress is not caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there’.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
@iamwun “We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want.” ~ Tao Te Ching
@HealthyPlace “I want to say I deserve better and mean it. I want to say I give up and believe it. I want to say I’m moving on and do it.”
@soulseedz “Trust yourself enough to let the masks slip, with people who recognize and love you just as you are.”
@DrSharonSays “The catch in emotional workouts is knowing how to use the weights wisely.”
In the News
@Tao23 To save money, Topeka repeals law against misdemeanor domestic battery
[SEO: This is disturbing on several levels. First, this won’t be the only city that makes these kinds of choices in a distressed economy. Second, the article alludes to the idea that this is a game of chicken between the city and its county to see who will blink first and pay for what was cut. Politicians are using real live people — who might not still be alive if/when they get this resolved — to score points. (I’m not naive, it happens at every level of politics. It’s just dismaying to see it so in-your-face.) Third, do you know where the line is drawn in your city between misdemeanor and felony domestic battery?]
@samhsagov America’s Mental Health, State By State (@SAMHSAgov report summarized on Huffington Post)
[SEO: “‘Mental illnesses are treatable and people can recover to live full, productive lives. Unfortunately in the past year only 37.9 percent of adults with mental health problems received any type of care,’ SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde said in a statement. ‘The chasm between need and care is costly both in terms of personal health because of missed opportunities to prevent disability and health care expenditures related to illness such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity.'”
“Click through the slideshow to see, from lowest to highest, how many people in each state experienced a mental illness (according to 2008 and 2009 data that included 68,936 adults).” The results might surprise you!
World Mental Health Day Blog Party — October 10, 2011
@unsuicide International Suicide Prevention Wiki — hotlines and more
[SEO: “The International Suicide Prevention Wiki (ISP Wiki) is a worldwide directory of suicide prevention hotlines, text-lines, and resources. The ISP Wiki is open source to be used by any individual or organization. This directory was created for the PostSecret App and may be used freely in other apps to instantly connect people in need to crisis centers near them.” A great resource! You never know who you might meet online who needs this info.]
@TimetoChange If you can do one thing to help end stigma on World Mental Health Day, why not start a conversation about mental health?
[SEO: Video and links to help you start the conversation.]
ChangeCompanies “There is no health without mental health.” Building mental health wellness in our children.
[SEO: Discusses study findings that people with undiagnosed mental illness cost health care systems far more than those with a diagnosis. “‘And it wasn’t through suicide; it was through things like diabetes, cancer, heart disease,’ says Wilkes.”
“‘Angry, unhappy kids become angry, unhappy adults. Mental-health issues cost our society billions of dollars, not just in terms of health, but in terms of education services, justice and prisons. Where do you think these problems come from? Most of them start in childhood.'”]
@ALosAngelesLove Painfully beautiful, heart-wrenching, important post from @annaandthering for World Mental Health Day
[SEO: Anna departs from her usual weddings-oriented blog to talk about depression, generally, and then more personally about her own battle with it. “I hid my sadness well because I knew if someone saw me smile they would not believe I was truly broken. I wanted to hurt myself to have some physical sign that I was not faking. I don’t want you to have to feel the same. I want you to seek help before you think you need physical scars to prove that you are unwell. The mental scars are enough.”]
@DrKathleenYoung World Mental Health Day: Advocating for Yourself
[SEO: “Before you can begin advocating for yourself, you really have to understand the problem as you see it, what kinds of things happened in your life to bring you to where you are today (whether or not they are directly related to the problem), and figuring out where to go from here. Then you need to understand your treatment options, and how to get the type of treatment you want. It’s not always easy, and sometimes it can be especially challenging to advocate for yourself when you’re in the throes of mental illness.”
This post discusses the following topics: Learn About Your Treatment Options; Be Patient, But Settle for Nothing Less than Improvement; Know When It’s Time to Change or Call It Quits; Advocating For Yourself Can Be Challenging — But Don’t Give Up!]
@psychcentral World Mental Health Day Roundup 2011
[SEO: 80 bloggers contributed to the World Mental Health Day Blog Party. At this link, see some of these posts designated by category, and also a link to a list of all 80 blogs.]
The Rest of the Best
@fromtracie Blog Against Child Abuse — September 2011 Change Edition
[SEO: September 2011 edition of the Blog Carnival Against Child Abuse. Theme is Change. See also posts in the following categories: Healing and Therapy; Advocacy and Awareness; and Poetry.]
@HealthyPlace Have You Learned to Trust Your Doctor, Psychiatrist?
[SEO: “Start small with a doctor. As my friend would say, trust but verify. Take the doctor at his word, but check on what he’s saying. Look information up on the internet. Ask questions. Do not blindly walk wherever he tells you to. Take baby steps. … And if you feel the trust has already been broken be open about it. He can’t express his viewpoint or explain why he behaved the way he did if you don’t give him the chance. And the doctor may not know you feel the trust has been broken and he can’t work to fix something he doesn’t know isn’t working.”
@NAMIMass Mindfulness And Remembering To Actually Live Your Life
[SEO: “That’s the thing about mindfulness. It’s nothing ‘special.’ Yet it’s immensely potent. It can reconnect you to a sense of the sacred even in the middle of the mundane. It’s something you can tap into at any moment you like. And it can add untold fathoms of depth to even the flattest of days. How? … “
“By lifting you free of the myth of “the daily grind” and letting you experience how this breath, this breeze, this sound, this moment – this day – is different from all others. Different, and worth walking into… rather than sort of forgetting or overlooking or blocking out. And it only takes a second to remember all this. To reconnect with it. To reunite yourself with your life, in a way.”
@thebalancedmind Mental llness — You Have to Ask for, and Accept, Help
[SEO: “You have to want to get better. You have to be willing to do the work. You have to be willing to take the steps. Because I cannot spoon-feed you back your life. I cannot wrap a treatment in pretty paper and leave it on your doorstep to be opened at your leisure. I cannot reach through your computer and fix the chemicals in your brain. The cold, hard truth of it is this: No matter how sick you are, if you don’t actively work at getting better, you never will.” Includes basic links to hotlines and how to find help, particularly in North America.]