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Leaving An Abusive Relationship

Leaving An Abusive Relationship

Leaving an abusive relationship can be extremely hard. One abuse survivor shares her story and the rewards of leaving an abusive relationship.

Kellie Jo Holly believes leaving her abusive relationship was the best thing she ever did for herself and her children. This episode of HealthyPlace Radio delves into the abuse she experienced during her 18 year marriage, some of the reasons she stayed, and the incentive behind her escape.

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Value of Support Groups for Mental Illness

Value of Support Groups for Mental Illness

Mental Illness support groups help family members and people with mental illnesses. Learn how support groups for mental illness can help. Listen

There is a mental illness support group for almost every psychiatric disorder or abuse. As a person on the receiving end of verbal abuse for years, attending a support group propelled me forward exponentially and I encourage people to locate a support group and attend it. But sometimes, people are intimidated and do not attend. They desperately want the emotional support, but perhaps stepping outside of their comfort zone is too much when added on top of everything else they’re experiencing.

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Indie Music Artist Advocates for Battered Women

Indie Music Artist Advocates for Battered Women

J.D. Smith survived an abusive relationship and wants other women to as well. Listen and learn about her experiences and how she advocated for battered women.

J.D. Smith was in a mentally and physically abusive relationship for seven years. Today she’s a musician and she advocates for battered women. She says her main goals as an advocate are “… to help women get free from abuse and to help them get their self-esteem back.”

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Sexual Assault Recovery Can Take a Long Time

Sexual Assault Recovery Can Take a Long Time

How do you recover from sexual assault and rape and why does it take such a long time? Listen to sexual assault recovery interview with Dr. Kathleen Young, trauma psychologist.

Each year, approximately a quarter million people in the United States experience sexual assault and rape (What Is Sexual Assault?). An issue of such great importance is still often misunderstood and the road to recovery can sometimes be long. Our guest, Dr. Kathleen Young, helps us to better understand the process of recovery and why it sometimes takes a long time to recover from sexual assault.

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Child Abuse Impact Doesn’t Have to Last A Lifetime

Child Abuse Impact Doesn’t Have to Last A Lifetime

Nikki has been through severe child abuse, drugs, an eating disorder, self-harm, prison, rape, living on the streets w/ no hope. Listen to her recovery story.

Nothing is impossible to overcome. That is the message that Nikki Rosen wants to share with you.

Nikki grew up in an abusive home and suffered years of child abuse. It led her to drug use and engaging in self-injurious behavior at the early age of 12 years old. She spent years on the streets with a drug addiction and an eating disorder, even enduring rape, all of which fed into her belief that she was worthless. But, eventually, she found herself on the path to health and recovery.

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Surviving Child Abuse

Surviving Child Abuse

SS-027-0104“My life was quite unbearable … I tried ending my life several times at 8 years old,” says Paula of surviving child abuse at the hands of her mother, who had Dissociative Identity Disorder. Perplexed by her mother’s erratic swings from extreme violence to utter confusion to gentle kindness, Paula didn’t understand her mom until she saw the movie Sybil.

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Putting a Stop to Verbal and Emotional Abuse

Putting a Stop to Verbal and Emotional Abuse

"You are a target, not a victim," say Shelly and Dr. Michael Marshall to those living with verbal and emotional abuse. Listen and learn how to stop the abuse.

As we heard from our guest Kellie Holly last week, verbal and emotional abuse is insidious and destructive. Once you recognize you’re in an abusive relationship, what do you do about it? Shelly and Dr. Michael Marshall say putting a stop to verbal and emotional abuse is up to you.

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Living with Verbal and Emotional Abuse

Living with Verbal and Emotional Abuse

Kellie Holly spent over 15 years in an abusive marriage. She discusses life with verbal and emotional abuse on this week's HealthyPlace Mental Health Radio Show.

It took Kellie Holly almost fifteen years to realize she was in a verbally abusive marriage, and another three to get out of it. Living with verbal and emotional abuse conditioned her to doubt her instincts, and convinced her that she was the cause of her relationship problems.

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