The “In Our Own Voice” Program

In a few weeks I’ll be driving to Memphis for a weekend training for the IOOV or In Our Own Voice program, sponsored by NAMI, the National Alliance for Mental Illness. NAMI makes IOOV meetings available to anyone in small as well as large communities throughout the country. People who have battled mental illness of [...]

Change Direction

I have recently joined a new movement in Nashville, Tennessee called CHANGE DIRECTION. It is a movement born from the slaughter of children and teachers at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in December of 2012. Based in Washington D.C., it attracted the attention of Michelle Obama and Prince Harry, along with Richard Gere [...]

Mental Illness Is a Bipartisan Issue, Too

Former Vice President Joe Biden addresses SXSW 2017. Photo from the LA Times. Over the past weekend, former Vice President Joe Biden was warmly greeted when he and his wife, Jill, addressed the South by Southwest Conference. However, I was disappointed with their message: Cancer is the last bipartisan issue left in America. [...]

Sleep and Depression

For me, sleep is not just something I pay attention to;  I guard and protect the amount of sleep I get every single day. Medical journals will tell you not enough sleep or too much sleep are signs of depression, and I know for a fact that not getting enough sleep can have devastating effects [...]

Allergies and Depression

Wow, talk about allergy season! I’m suffering along with a lot of other people in Nashville right now. The pollen is on overload! Now that we're in allergy season, I start to wonder about allergies and depression. Lots of articles have been written and some studies have linked the two. What may be more interesting [...]

The Downside of Self-medicating, and the Upside of Self-care

I know I’ve written about presenteeism in the workplace, but I’ve recently been thinking about my time at CNN and how I survived a non-stop, pressure-cooker of a workplace. I was medicated, which allowed me to go to the office every day, but I vividly remember being in tears every morning at home and talking [...]

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