Grief is never easy. But when you’re in college, it’s even harder. In honor of National College Student Grief Awareness Day, let’s talk about a few tips to help college students navigate grieving. College is so much different from every other part of life. By the time you get to college, you’re labeled an […]

Emotional Health, Grieving, Mental Health, Support

April 18, 2024

6 Tips for Navigating Grief in College

Choosing the right mental health professionals to support you can be scary. You’re trusting someone with the deepest, messiest parts of yourself – and you deserve to be able to trust them fully. So let’s talk about what you can do to ensure you’re trusting the right people. I’ve recently come face to face with […]

Emotional Health, Mental Health, Mental Illness, My Journey, Support, Therapy

April 4, 2024

Let’s Talk About Ethics: Advice for Choosing and Vetting Your Mental Health Professionals

How much do you really know about substance use? Today, for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, let’s learn about the topic together. Content Warning: This blog contains discussions of drug and alcohol use, overdose, overdose death, and other difficult mental health issues. If you find these topics uncomfortable or distressing, take the time to […]

Addiction, Awareness, Disorders, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Substance Abuse

March 21, 2024

What You Don’t Know About Drug and Alcohol Use

Content Warning: This blog contains discussions of self-harm, mental illness, abuse, and other difficult mental health issues. If you find these topics uncomfortable or distressing, take the time to decide whether this content is right for you. If you need to talk to someone, you can reach out to me at any time. I talk […]

Anxiety, Awareness, Depression, Emotional Health, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Uncategorized

March 7, 2024

Let’s Talk About Self-Harm

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week begins on Monday, February 26th. In observance of this vital awareness week, let’s talk about eating disorders. What are they? What are the risk factors and signs? What can we do to prevent eating disorders, and to offer better support and resources to the people around us? Content Warning: This […]

Awareness, Disorders, Eating Disorders, Mental Health, Mental Illness

February 23, 2024

Eating Disorders: Let’s Take a Compassionate Approach.

How do you define happiness? What does joy mean in your life? Today, in honor of Hunt for Happiness Week, let’s talk about finding personal happiness in our everyday lives. Not the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow happiness. The real life, in the middle of real ups and downs, happiness.  Do […]

Emotional Health, Inspiration, Mental Health, Mindset

January 25, 2024

5 Simple Ways to Find Happiness in Everyday Life

December is Seasonal Depression Awareness Month, and it couldn’t be more timely. Between the shortened daylight and the holidays, this time of year can trigger increased depression. So let’s talk about it. This season is especially tough for so many of us. Even if we love the celebrations, the holidays are still stressful. We’re dealing […]

Depression, Mental Health, Mental Illness

December 14, 2023

Bringing Awareness to Seasonal Depression

It’s International Day for Tolerance, so today I want to talk about tolerance from the perspective of a mental health advocate.  If you spend even a small amount of time interacting with others, you’re bound to find differences. From race and gender to political beliefs and worldviews, diversity is all around us. And as the […]

Emotional Health, LGTBQ, Mental Health, Mindset, Moods, Relationships

November 16, 2023

Practicing Tolerance: It’s Good for Your Mental Health!

We’re heading into the Halloween weekend, and as I look at everyone’s costumes on social media I can’t help but think about masks. I’m not talking about actual masks, of course. I’m talking about the masks that people put on in everyday life – the ones that hide their true personalities, identities, and intentions. I’ve […]

Emotional Health, Mental Health, Relationships

October 26, 2023

Stop Putting On Masks and Live Authentically!

Now that the chaos of the first – ever Ruthless in the Rockies retreat is over, I’m reflecting on everything that happened – all the good and the not so good. And there is so much to share with you!  But the thing that’s been on my mind the most is the topic of ‘detoxing.’ […]

Emotional Health, Mental Health, Relationships

October 12, 2023

It’s Time to Detox: Eliminate the Toxins In Your Life (Including People)

This week is National Suicide Prevention Week. This year’s campaign theme is ‘Talk Away the Dark.’ So let’s start a conversation about what we can all do to prevent suicide! Most of us have been touched by suicide in some way. After all, it’s the 11th most common cause of death in the US today, […]

Emotional Health, Mental Health, Mental Illness

September 14, 2023

Suicide Prevention: We Can All Be a Part of the Change!

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Today is National Overdose Awareness Day. Substance abuse is closely tied to mental health, and by breaking the stigmas around both of these issues, we can begin to raise awareness about overdose deaths. So let’s talk about it. The most recent statistics from the CDC report that in 2021, almost 107,000 people in the US […]

Addiction, Grieving, Mental Health

August 31, 2023

Mental Health and Overdose Awareness