Consultant/Lecturer/Radio Host Gerry McDaniel Talks #Mentalhealth, Stigma (& what The Bible says about it)


Hi lovelies, happy new week! For today’s #MentalHealthMonday post I’m happy to share with you a very insightful message I received by way of a WhatsApp broadcast that was forwarded to me by a friend, and a short interview with its author, Gerard ‘Gerry’ McDaniel— lecturer, consultant and host and producer of RJR 94 FM’s Palav programme. The message contains wise words (his own perspective) on mental health, the stigma around mental illnesses (and how nonsensical it is) and, most interestingly, what The Bible has to say about it all — I was happy to see it’s quite a bit.

Since he’s a Christian, I found his take on the matter particularly enlightening and refreshing, considering that many other Christians do not share the same sentiments and, due to ignorance, discredit mental illness. Some are known for telling challenged individuals to simply ‘pray harder’ and step up their faith, so his thoughts were a welcome difference. Scroll down to read the excerpt and get acquainted with the wise man who said it all. At the very least, I think you’ll find it interesting too.

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Struggling with mental/emotional issues? Here’s why more therapists recommend ESAs (guest post)

Why-more-therapists-recommend-emotional-support-animals-pets-and-mental-healthEditor’s note: Happy Friday loves!

May the weekend bring you lots of good times, good company and respite. Today’s guest post comes to you from Brad Smith of Therapy Pets on a subject that I’m very passionate about and can personally vouch for – emotional support animals. If you’re new here, you can read this post on how my furry child Jazz (pictured above) turned things around for me. I also strongly recommend animal rescue, as there are tonnes of them all over the world starving, homeless, mistreated and in need of a forever home. Animals are so kind and loving, they make any home (and heart) warmer if you just show them some love and care, plus they don’t get put down to free up space in a shelter if you adopt them, so you’d be doing a world of good by choosing one (or more).

Now having a pet for emotional support is by no means a new thing, but there’s actual proof that it works well and Brad, who wholeheartedly endorses it himself, is here to tell us all about why it’s such a great idea. Click through for more details…

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Mental Health and Addiction: Make the Connection, Address the Stigma

simone-flynn-guest-post-tsansai-mental-health-drug-addictionEditor’s note: Happy Monday light beams! Today I’m feeling amped because it’s the start of a new week and we’re just on the cusp of the Christmas season right now, so I’m happy the year is ending. It’s been terribly trying for me in many ways, especially with my mental health, but I’ve learnt so much and my growth is undeniable – good stuff. There are big plans for 2017 in the works and I’m claiming it as my year of greatness, so now I’m looking forward to it coming so everything will start to manifest. Isn’t it crazy how time is? Pretty sure it was January last week. Anyway, today is a pretty special one for me and for this blog – I’ve been hinting at it for a while (this post should have been part of my World Mental Health Week 2016 series, which totally didn’t happen) and now it’s time to finally share it with you – because everything manifests exactly when and as it should. *drumroll* is premiering its first mental health-related guest story (by an overseas writer) and I couldn’t be happier! It’s the perfect preface to my upcoming post about coping strategies/positive lifestyle changes that can be implemented to make life easier when mental illnesses get involved – the struggle is real, fam, but it can be done. Today, Michigan-based fellow writer/advocate Simone Flynn of The Perpetual Pink Cloud is sharing useful information and tips with us about the relationship between drug abuse and mental illness; and, as I always stress, why we need to urgently address the associated stigmas so more people can reach out for the help they need.

I want to thank her for her contribution as I find this guest post as refreshing as it is educational – she’s taken the time to simplify the matter for us so well! Dive in and check it out and if you’d like to contribute a post, feel free to reach out here.

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