Sex When Motherhood and Mental Health Shut Me Down: Freedom to be Spontaneous

Motherhood, Mental Health and Sex. Finding intimacy when motherhood and mental health shuts you down. #themoodstrikes #ad

  Sex.  These days sex is not something I feel comfortable talking about, much less blogging about. But in my heart, I know that I should, and I had this opportunity to open up for the #Collective Bias #TheMoodStrikes campaign, so I've decided to take the … [Read more...]

Do we smile at this kind of event? #SuicidePrevention

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Sunday was our big community walk for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention here locally in Seattle. You may know I'm on a Board of Directors here in Washington State, so I was there as volunteer event staff, a new position for me. At last year's Seattle walk I was a volunteer … [Read more...]

Avoid the Media and Reach Out

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There is so much sadness all over the internet today--as well as ignorance about mental illness and suicide--for me and for many who have either lost loved ones or who struggle themselves, it's really hard to read. The loss of a beloved public figure like Robin Williams is heartbreaking. We all feel … [Read more...]

The Life Saver

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. Last Thursday I stayed up past 3am drawing something... I was so inspired and moved to be creating it that I just couldn't stop. I know some of you (but definitely not all of you) know I've been struggling in a manic phase. I saw my doctor just under 2 weeks ago and she completely revised my … [Read more...]

What’s Happening: Suicide Prevention Week Sept 9-15

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Next week is Suicide Prevention Week, with Tuesday Sept. 10th being World Suicide Prevention Day. I have a lot of things going on and wanted to share them with you in advance, in the hope that you will join us by participating in some way, whenever and however you can. There is true power in … [Read more...]

Saying the Words

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If there's one thing I've learned on this journey toward better mental health, its that when I am feeling bad, depressed, lonely, sad, angry or whatever my mood, saying those words--out loud--can truly help take away some of their power over me. Whether that means talking to a friend on the … [Read more...]

You are Not Alone. Crisis Resources.

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  If you are struggling, please reach out to a loved one or contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) by phone or online, or worldwide visit Befrienders.org for resources in your area. I've also listed some crisis resources here. You do not have to be … [Read more...]

Just Keep Swimming…

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Yesterday I admitted my mental health is suffering. I felt so fortunate to get a quick appointment with my psychiatrist today. I truly am lucky that I can reach her quickly and schedule an appointment when I really need it. I know lots of mental health treatment does not go so smoothly. So with … [Read more...]

Run Away

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Some days I want to run away from my life. Seriously. I bet at least one or two of you understand. Am I right? It's not that I don't love my family, my husband, my kids, my home. I do. Intensely. But I'm not here to make excuses for my feelings. I just want to share them and hope you … [Read more...]

Stop Suicide Auction Preview

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You all have heard me shouting from the rafters that I'm doing The Overnight Walk for Suicide Prevention in DC in June. (Don't forget, you can donate in the left sidebar any time! or HERE.)  I know its going to be an amazing, life-changing event for me personally and to raise funds and … [Read more...]

Seattle Mom Prom 2013 for #Postpartum Support

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Attention women of the Seattle Area! The Seattle Mom Prom an annual celebration of moms (a ladies-only, not moms-only event) is scheduled for May 18th, 2013 at the ​ Fremont Abbey (4272 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA). This event is a benefit for Postpartum Support International of Washington, a … [Read more...]

The Power of Words

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Words truly have power. The words we tell ourselves, but also the words we use with others. Words can hurt. AND Words can heal. Its up to us to choose wisely. The way we talk to ourselves--our own inner dialog--and the way we express our thoughts to others truly makes a … [Read more...]

Media, Moms & Medication #MentalHealth

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Last Thursday I received a phone call from a producer at Anderson Live daytime TV show. "Hi Cristi. Would you be interested in being a guest on our show next Tuesday about the Parenting.com story Xanax Make Me a Better Mom." The story had gone viral and was making news. After panicking for a bit, … [Read more...]

Pushing Past Fear for #SuicidePrevention

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I'm scared. In a few months time I'll be doing something so huge. Something so big that I know will be one of the top challenges of my life...mentally, physically AND emotionally. I'm committed to doing the Overnight Walk for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, but I've gotta tell … [Read more...]

Funk This Mood.

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Please welcome my friend Singlemama CC to the blog today for Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW). I met CC back in May and she made a big impression on me. She is truly a pull-no-punches, tell-it-like-it-is mama, who fiercely loves her daughter (called the PIT on her blog Not Your Average … [Read more...]