I’m so excited and proud to announce that I have just finished my guest-podcast recording for The Old Cove Rode! (OCRd). Chris at OCRd is a blogger and podcast host who touches on everything about mental health and the community in the age of social media. He has recently started a new project, called Mental Health Shorts, where he is asking mental health professionals and bloggers to star on his podcast and project! He has asked me to talk about my personal experience on the topic as well as any issues that are important to me in relation to mental health. I’m so excited to be a part of this to continue to spread awareness and become involved in the mental health community!
I want to share the transcript on here for you all to read:
“Hey everyone, my name is Amber and I am a recreational therapist in Michigan. I work in an inpatient psychiatric setting with adults and children with many different diagnoses and symptoms of mental health illnesses. My passion for mental health and involvement in this community is my own struggle with feelings of anxiety and with it, a lack of understanding. Mental health is something of a difficult topic because it’s something intangible – it’s something we really can’t see or even explain most of the time, making us so vulnerable and putting ourselves in a place to feel judged if we open up about it Rather, it’s something that again, lacks understanding and is still being largely researched – therefore the stigma still stands. If we all come together and can just be tolerant and open-minded about it, I feel it would be much easier to overcome and cope with. What I always like to say and hashtag is #JustBeNice because mental illness isn’t always visibly symptomatic. It could be your coworker who shows up to work on-time, gets the job done with a smile, but who goes home and breaks down. Just because someone looks or seems healthy, doesn’t mean that they actually are.
Working in the mental health field while balancing my own mental health has been the most rewarding thing I have done. I think it’s so important to give people a chance to be heard and understood when they are in their most vulnerable state – someone that they love petitioned them to be there for their safety and to receive treatment! I think everyone – not just those hospitalized – can benefit from recreational therapy or activity therapy. If you don’t know what this is or have never heard of it, in a mental health setting we essentially teach coping skills by exploring interests that you have like drawing, board games, exercise, joining a club, listening to music, and any other activity that makes you feel whole or feel happy! I strongly believe that by having a hobby, you feel much more connected to a ‘purpose’, if you will. For me, it’s been blogging. Within the last few months, I have started my own mental health blog at https://fromtheoutsideout.com to share self-care resources, talk about stigmas associated with mental health, do book reviews, share my favorite products, provide activities to try, and lifestyle/nutrition tips to keep mental health in check. The blog has been very rewarding for me to see how many people I have already helped and by doing the research on the topics, I have also helped myself along the way. It means so much to me that I am able to combine my passion and career together!
The last thing I want to touch on is something that means a lot to me as well, which is advocating for mental health to be taught in the school systems at a young age. This is a time in life where children may be experiencing different challenges at home or simply the challenge of growing up and discovering themselves. I strongly believe that something so practical should be brought to light early on to educate kids on who they can talk to for help or how they overcome different diversities in an appropriate way. I think it is definitely something to consider and could make a huge difference. I have been working very hard and researching a lot to come up with different ways to get this into motion. Let me know what you think and I am always open to suggestions!
Thank you all for listening! I hope you have a wonderful day and if you get some time, check out the blog and sign up for the newsletter! Or you can follow me on Instagram @mindhealthblog or Twitter @mindhealth_blog. Remember to make time for yourself and indulge in the things that make you happy!!!”
What are your thoughts? Be sure to subscribe to Chris’ podcast free, on the Apple Podcast App, and keep an eye out for my voice recording there!