This week’s focus: National Suicide Prevention Week
and Therapy Issues
I am honored to have my Twitter feed included in this list of 50 Best Twitter Feeds for Psychology Majors! Go check out the other 49, broken out into these categories: News; Organizations; Patients; and Professionals.
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.
Please Share My Stuff! You can now “like” and “share” this post everywhere with the touch of a button or two at the end of the linked tweets! Feel free to do any or all of that! (And thanks.)
@BeyondMeds “Nobody realizes that
some people expend tremendous energy
merely to be normal.” ~ Albert Camus
Some Tweets to Ponder
@BeyondMeds “I have been driven to my knees many times by the overwhelming conviction that I had no place else to go.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
@LillyAnn “All limits are self imposed. Expanding your thinking will expand your life.”
@DrAthenaStaik “Each day is an opportunity to travel back into tomorrow’s past and change it.” ~ Robert Brault
@PemaQuotes “Only in an open, nonjudgmental space can we acknowledge what we are feeling.” ~ Pema Chödrön
@HealthyPlace “It’s not that some people have willpower and some don’t… It’s that some people are ready to change and others are not.” ~ James Gordon
National Suicide Prevention Week, September 9-15
@800273TALK “No matter what, you matter. If you’re struggling emotionally or thinking about suicide, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).”
@800273TALK Next week is National Suicide Prevention Week. Find out how you can get involved!
[SEO: “This year National Suicide Prevention Week is from September 9th to 15th. From posting purple and turquoise suicide prevention ribbons on social media to making a “Reasons to Call” sign, the Lifeline has special activities planned for each day of the week. Please help us spread the word that suicide is preventable by participating in these events.”]
@NIMHgov You can prevent suicide. The best way is to educate yourself!
[SEO: Published by the National Institute of Mental Health, this page is a gateway index to numerous resources for suicide prevention education, as well as what to do if you or someone you love needs help. Bookmark this.]
@SarahEOlson2009 Power and Social Media: Thoughts for Therapists Working with Trauma Survivors
[SEO: After providing a definition of “trauma informed care”, this post discusses aspects of the power relationship between therapist and client, and how the introduction of social media into the mix changes the dynamic. This is a valuable read for both clinicians and their clients.
“Most clients who are survivors of childhood trauma were abused by someone with power, someone who should have been trustworthy and then abused that trust. Therapists are authority figures who you are supposed to be able to trust, a characteristic we share with our clients’ abusers. Abuse involves the misuse of power — people who have been victimized feel helpless, vulnerable, and powerless. Healing from abuse involves recovering (or achieving for the first time) a sense of our power in the world. For this reason, a trauma-informed approach is based on the assumption that recovery from trauma must include collaboration and empowering clients whenever possible.”
@SarahEOlson2009 Therapy Worksheets
[SEO: Intended for use by clients with their therapist, this site includes dozens of therapy worksheets and other resources. Use the labels in the right column to peruse the wide range of topics. In some categories, worksheets are accompanied by self help resources, and/or a link to the book from which the worksheets were (with permission) obtained.]
@PsychCentral Therapists Spill: 8 Ways Clients Spoil Their Progress in Therapy (and How to Change That)
[SEO: “Therapy can be tremendously effective. But sometimes as clients, we can stand in our own way. In fact, we might unwittingly hinder the therapeutic process and spoil our progress. Clinicians share eight actions that typically prevent clients from getting the most out of therapy — and what you can do.”
This is an open, honest look at a lot of what can go wrong in therapy. My only quibble is that, for most items mentioned, the client isn’t “spoiling their progress” in a vacuum. A skillful therapist can stop some of these issues at the gate, and/or use them as teaching moments for their client’s benefit.]
The Rest of the Best
@Mindful_Living Want to participate in research on willpower, desire, and mindfulness using only your smartphone?
[SEO: See the link for qualifications and how to join. “The purpose of the study, conducted by our team of researchers from the University of Chicago and the University of Basel, Switzerland, is to better understand how people experience everyday desires, how they enjoy their desires, and how they deal with these desires when they threaten to conflict with goals and plans.”]
@SarahEOlson2009 Complete List of PTSD Pages by Sub-Topic on FamilyOfaVet.com
[SEO: Resources for PTSD symptoms, treatments, medications, coping skills, secondary PTSD, PTSD and relationships, PTSD and domestic violence, and how to help your children understand it. As always, while this is definitely geared for veterans and their families, this site contains lots of resources for anyone wishing to further understand PTSD from any cause.]