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New Mom Checklist for Maternal Mental Health Help

New Mom Checklist for seeking help for maternal mental health

I have the hardest time remembering what to say when I visit a doctor. During the days prior to my appointment I spend time thinking about the symptoms and/or feelings that I should address, but when I sit down and face her, much of it just floats away. The stress of that day presses in.  All that I need to get done … [Read more...]

Sex When Motherhood and Mental Health Shut Me Down

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.  Intimacy.  These days passion 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 leap [insert horrible anxiety.] … [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 handing out honor beads to attendees, and years … [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 as though we knew him. He spoke publicly about … [Read more...]

The Life Saver

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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 med doses because it was just getting out of hand. The not … [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 sharing our experiences and bringing the conversation … [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 phone, or in an email, or in a private Facebook group, … [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 suicidal to reach out. Your pain is important because … [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 appointment in hand, I was feeling a bit more … [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 understand. I'm not alone in this, am I? I do love my … [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 awareness about suicide prevention. So far, I've … [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 wonderful organization and a cause that is very near … [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 difference. This is so important with mental health. Using … [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, I called my husband and then messaged a group of … [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 ya, there's a huge part of me that is truly … [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 Single Mama). She's written this raw post about the … [Read more...]

Fighting the Stigma of Mental Illness #MIAW

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This week Oct. 7-13, 2012 is Mental Illness Awareness Week. In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in recognition of the National Alliance on Mental Illness's efforts to raise mental illness awareness. This week mental health advocates across the country are raising … [Read more...]

I want to help families get a strong start.

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Today October 5th is THE #1 day each year on which more babies are born than any other. And I totally believe that statistic. Today is my first born Ronin's 5th birthday! Happy Birthday Little Man!  AND its my brother Ron's 36th birthday. Happy Birthday Little Bro! Today is also the second annual Strong Start Day for Postpartum Progress … [Read more...]

On the Move: Hypnosis for Mental Health?

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I'm over at Postpartum Progress today sharing my experience with hypnotherapy for trauma. Come on by, and while you're there, please check out the site's incredible resources for families dealing with perinatal and postpartum mental illness. Thank you Katherine for having me over on Postpartum Progress! … [Read more...]

Out of the Darkness Walk for #SuicidePrevention

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We've created a team for our local American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Walk. If you'd like to find a walk in your area, please click HERE. Our team MotherhoodUnadorned/ PurposefulPractices will once again be walking around Green Lake in Seattle on October 13 to raise funds and awareness for suicide prevention and … [Read more...]

Warning Signs of Suicide

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Each of us as individuals CAN help prevent suicide. I know it might seem like suicide would never affect you personally. Or that you'd never know if someone you love is struggling. But believe me, suicide could someday affect your life. What I want to stress to you today on World Suicide Prevention Day is that little ole YOU without a … [Read more...]