Breaking the Silence

Website for the American Mental Health Counselors Association's Breaking the Silence initiative to address mental health stigma.


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Mothers—Why we are all here today

By contributing author Suzanne L. Walker

Recently I met someone who reminded me of my mother. My mom died in 2001 and this year marks the 6th Mother’s Day without her. I still miss her terribly. When my mom died, my best friend told me, “You’re an orphan now.” It didn’t strike me what she meant until I began the grieving process. Then the notion hit me really hard. Living life without your mom is really hard.

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Healthcare on Our Minds

By contributing author Cassandra Riedy

It is hard to get through the day without hearing the buzz words “healthcare” or “health insurance” as the nation’s government tries to decide how best to keep the country healthy. The term “pre-existing condition” has been on many people’s lips as the debates unfold. For anyone who already has health concerns, this constant press and attention on the cost of treatment may make it even harder to cope with the daily worries and stress that accompany illness. If you find yourself unduly preoccupied by your or a loved one’s illness, you are not alone.

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Inner Peace

By contributing author Dr. Betty Hughes.

Imagine you are on vacation at your favorite place. You probably feel rested, calm, happy, and peaceful. What if you could learn how to feel peaceful like that most of the time? Would you be willing to make the necessary changes to accomplish that goal? According to Wikipedia, “Inner peace (or peace of mind) refers to a deliberate state of psychological or spiritual calm despite the potential presence of stressors.” Therefore, to some degree, inner peace is a choice that you can make most of the time.

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Learning to Forgive Ourselves and Others

from contributing author Dr. Betty Hughes

The purpose of this article is to briefly highlight the importance of forgiveness as part of the counseling process. For many people, learning to forgive may need to come after intensive psychotherapy regarding memories. Forgiveness work may then help to release any remaining negative energy so that the client can learn to function at a healthier level. Holding grievances takes more energy than we realize until we let it go.

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Human Trafficking

By contributing blogger Suzanne Walker.

Would you take a moment and look up the phrase human trafficking on the internet? Don’t be afraid. I promise you the FBI won’t show up at your door and ask any questions.

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You Saved My Life

By contributing blogger Dr. LaMarr Edgerson

“You saved my life.” Those were the words she spoke as I looked into her water filled eyes. Those four words sent from the bottom of her heart, touched my soul as we connected on a spiritual level. Silence filled the room as I searched for a proper response. I felt a shiver travel up my spine. My eyes watered slightly from the intensity of the moment – a rarity in my office.  I replied, “You’re welcome. Your life has value and purpose to me.”

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The Winter Blues

By contributing blogger Lorrie McCann

Remember the words to that old Elvis song, “I’ll have a blue Christmas without you”? Did you feel like that this year? Maybe you lost a loved one, got divorced, or moved away from your friends and family; the thought of a jolly holiday and bright new year seems like a distant memory.

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