Hello! Welcome! Let me cut to the point and tell you about me, the purpose of this blog, and my motivation to start this journey…
My name is Amber and I am 22 years old, a recent college graduate from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree in both Therapeutic Recreation and Psychology. I am currently in the process of going back to attend CMU’s graduate Master’s program for Counseling Psychology, while working full time as an inpatient psychiatric CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist). I love my job, but have quickly realized how important it is to keep my own mental health in check while I am helping others. Everyone at some point experiences stress, anxiety, feelings of depression, and other mind-consuming symptoms. My goal for this blog is to provide resources, printables, videos, articles, and personal blog posts about my experiences – from The Inside, Out…inside of the opportunity to work at an inpatient psychiatric hospital providing therapy to others, out into the world for struggling individuals to utilize resources to keep themselves out of a hospital, or just be generally happier and more proactive at listening to what their emotional health needs are. Essentially, I teach coping skills to people who are struggling within themselves to cope or use appropriate means to cope. I don’t always practice what I preach, and I want this account to hold me accountable to be happier and more positive myself. Psychology and mental illnesses have always been my passion; it always sparks my interest and makes me want to give a helping hand. Regardless of upbringing, environment, success, etc… I believe everyone needs help or reminders every once in a while.
I have always been passionate about writing as a hobby and feel that I have found a bigger purpose by combining mental health with my interest for writing.
I myself, struggle with an anxiety disorder. Some days I am higher functioning than others. Some days my mind ruminates where it’s hard to concentrate on anything else…some days I feel like the most productive person and can conquer any task thrown my way. My motivation for this new blogging journey is to LIFT THE MENTAL HEALTH STIGMA! I am excited to continue and be a part of a movement that is so desperately trying to gain understanding and equality among other illnesses. I want to use this blog as an outlet for myself, but more importantly as an outlet for others to be able to print helpful handouts, learn new coping skills, or even just to have for others to say “YES I can totally relate!” and realize you aren’t in this alone! With all the “fake news”, political talk, negativity, and crime on social media, if nothing else, all I want is a place where people can go to read about uplifting things and distract themselves from the negativity in life. After all, life can be tough and we need more people to be a helping hand, listening ear, and reliable resources.
Please feel free to email me or comment on anything I post – but I ask that it is positive, constructive, and uplifting. Contact directly at email@example.com