The human condition is wired for connection. In fact, our very existence depends on it. Numerous studies have confirmed the invaluable health benefits, both physical and mental. From healthy relationships with family and friends to professional connections and community resources, establishing a network of support acts as a buffer in times of adversity and mental distress. Developing and maintaining a strong support network can serve as one of the greatest influences on mental health recovery and sustainable wellness. Whether for yourself or someone you know, this page is here to assist in the process of connecting.
Connecting with others for the sake of expanding your list of organizations and people available to you can be exciting and intimidating. Not ready to connect directly with someone directly? Simply want more information to access hope and healing for yourself or someone you know? Check out the links within this page to better understanding the value of connection, gain insight to how suicidal thoughts can begin, learn how to break the silence of psychological pain, get inspired to define your passion and purpose, and so much more. This section is meant to introduce new perspectives, knowledge, experiences, skills, and hope through video, articles, blogs, and book recommendations.
ARTICLE “Reaching out: How caring letters [and conversation] help in suicide prevention” – CBS NEWS (CLICK HERE)
TED VIDEO “Empathy” – Brene Brown
What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, – Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities. (CLICK HERE)
VIDEO “The Present” – By Jacob Frey
What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, “The Present” is based on a great little comic strip by the very talented Fabio Coala. (CLICK HERE)
VIDEO “What Makes a Good Life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness” – By Robert Waldinger
Three important lessons learned from the longest study on happiness, as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life. (CLICK HERE)
WEBSITE “Now Matters Now” video series on survival skills that work to reduce anxiety, depression, impulsivity, brain pain, and suicide ideation (CLICK HERE)
BOOK RECOMMENDATION “Waking Up, Alive: The Descent, The Suicide Attempt… and the Return to Life.” By Richard A. Heckler (CLICK HERE)
WEBSITE FOR MEN “ManTherapy® Intro: Feelings are not just for the hippies” – Man Therapy (CLICK HERE)
BOOK RECOMMENDATION “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead.” By Brené Brown (CLICK HERE)
TED TALK VIDEO “How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime” – Nadine Burke Harris, TEDMED 2014 (CLICK HERE)
A person who thinks all the time, Has nothing to think about except thoughts So, he loses touch with reality and lives in a world of illusions, By thoughts I mean specifically, chatter in the skull. (CLICK HERE)
…within a chapter of reading this book, readers are already holding the world in a different container–more conscious of how thoughts and emotions get in the way of their ability to live in genuine peace and happiness. (CLICK HERE)
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