Mental Health Professionals: Stressed and Worn Out?
HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter
Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:
- Mental Health Professionals: Stressed and Worn Out?
- Listen to Yourself and the Advice You Give
- Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans
- From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs
- Stand Up for Mental Health
- Latest Mental Health News
Mental health professionals, like psychologists, social workers, therapists or counselors, typically tend to be caring, selfless people who want to help others in need. However, just because you are in the social work or mental health field, it doesn't mean you escape personal demons. In truth, many people who have been touched by, or battled, mental illness or addiction end up working to help others facing similar struggles.
While many mental health professionals give others guidance on how to live healthy lives, it's not unusual that they put themselves on the back burner. It's important to help yourself just as much as you help others. It sounds simple enough, but even the most positive people tend to forget that.
As a mental health professional, while helping others may be a passion of yours, don't forget to put your own health and well-being first. This does not make you selfish, it shows that you care about your self-worth and happiness. If you're struggling with personal or mental health related problems, listen to the supportive words you say to others. Step back and think about whether or not you, too, could follow that advice. If the words you spoke could fit into your own life, take the advice and work with it.
Articles Related to Work, Stress and Boundaries
- Boundaries for Helping a Friend
- Addiction to Work (Workaholism)
- Online Stress Test
- Stress: Workaholic Test
Today's Question: When it comes to providing mental health advice to others, do you follow your own advice? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page.
New Mental Health Apps. We Need Your Input
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Share our Stories
At the top and bottom of all our stories, you'll find social share buttons for Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest and other social sites. If you find a particular story, video, psychological test or other HealthyPlace feature helpful, there's a good chance others in need will too. Please share.
We also get many inquiries about our linking policy. If you have a website or blog, you can link to any page on the HealthyPlace website without asking us beforehand.
Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:
- Ten Ways to Live Free From Fear
- ‘Ban Bossy’ and Build Confidence in Girls
- PTSD Treatments: PTSD Therapy, PTSD Medications Can Help
If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.
On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.
- Why Treatment for Trauma is So Important for Children (Mental Health Treatment Circle Blog)
- My Last Post With the “Coping With Depression” Blog (Coping with Depression Blog)
- Fear Change? Seven Ways to Quiet Anxiety of the Unknown (Anxiety-Schmanxiety Blog)
- Cause of Death: Bipolar Disorder, Mental Illness (Breaking Bipolar Blog)
- Intersection of Borderline Personality Disorder and Procrastination (More Than Borderline Blog)
- Psychiatric Hospitalization – 3 Things Families Need to Know (Recovering From Mental Illness Blog)
- 7 Top Coping Skills for PTSD Caregivers (Trauma! A PTSD Blog)
- How to Stop Taking Things Personally and Respect Yourself: Stop Letting Others Take Advantage of You (Building Self-Esteem Blog)
- How to Deal With Mental Health Stigma (Surviving Mental Health Stigma Blog)
- Binge Eating Disorder and Helpful Tips from Strangers (Binge Eating Recovery Blog)
- Surviving the Stressors of Life Without Self-Harm (Speaking Out About Self-Injury Blog)
- 6 Tips on How to Find a Great Mental Health Counselor (Your Mental Health Blog)
- Can Childhood Abuse Cause Anxiety Disorder? (Treating Anxiety Blog)
- Escaping Abuse: 5 Things Your Therapist Won’t Tell You (Verbal Abuse in Relationships Blog)
- About Joni Reisinger, Author of “Living a Blissful Life” (Living A Blissful Life Blog)
- What to Say to a Parent of a Child with Mental Illness (Life with Bob)
- Alters in Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) (Dissociative Living Blog)
- Is Mental Illness a Barrier To Success? (Getting Through Tough Times Blog)
- Similarities Between Pansexuality and Bisexuality (The Life: LGBT Mental Health Blog)
- Take Action in Alcohol Recovery and Stop Arguing and My Recovery is the Most Important Part of My Life (Debunking Addiction Blog)
- Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Suicidal Ideation (Creative Schizophrenia Blog)
Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.
Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign
But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.
Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:
- In Treatment, But In Which Language? What You Choose To Speak Can Make A Therapeutic Difference.
- Mental Disorders And Physical Diseases Co-Occur In Teenagers
- Around 9% Of Adults With Access To Firearms Have Anger Problems
- Prevalence Of Major Depression Lower Among African-American Women In Rural Areas
- Stroke Survivors Are 'At Double The Risk Of Attempting Suicide'
- Scientists Find Link Between Heavy Facebook Use And Depressive Symptoms
- Study Of Veterans Finds Family Support During Deployment Reduces Suicidal Thoughts
That's it for now. If you know of anyone who can benefit from this newsletter or the HealthyPlace.com site, I hope you'll pass this onto them. You can also share the newsletter on any social network (like facebook, stumbleupon, or digg) you belong to by clicking the links below. For updates throughout the week:
- circle HealthyPlace on Google+,
- follow HealthyPlace on Twitter
- follow HealthyPlace on Pinterest
- or become a fan of HealthyPlace on Facebook.
Last Updated: 09 April 2015
Reviewed by Harry Croft, MD