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Child Abuse and Mental Health Survivors Information – Issue #47

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Another month is almost gone in 2022. It’s almost August already, and it seems like time just keeps moving, no matter what. It does that. It will continue to do that, and we’ll be here, sharing stories and information each week. Please share with your friends and online networks. You never know who needs to know they are not alone.


New From the Blogs

Want to Support Someone But Don't Know How, Maybe Just Try "Plus-One"
Want to Support Someone But Don’t Know How, Maybe Just Try “Plus-One”www.childabusesurvivor.net
I recently caught up on some podcasts and came across this idea from game designer and author Jane McGonigal. During an interview on People I (Mostly)

Sharing - Sending Out an SOS: Help Combat Childhood Trauma
Sharing – Sending Out an SOS: Help Combat Childhood Traumawww.childabusesurvivor.net
We don’t see it because we don’t talk about it enough. We don’t talk about it enough because it’s an uncomfortable topic. It’s not “fun” to talk about childhood trauma, even though almost everyone experiences it directly or indirectly. Everyone knows people who have lived through childhood trauma or are currently living with it. They just don’t talk about it or know what to do. And since we don’t talk about it, solving it doesn’t become much of a priority.

Sharing - The Power of Believing in Yourself
Sharing – The Power of Believing in Yourselfwww.childabusesurvivor.net
The way to start believing in yourself is to have experiences you can look back on and draw strength from. When I feel anxious about something at work, meeting new people, moving, or other stressful situations, it helps tremendously to recall when I have already successfully done those things. Or, sometimes it helps to remember the times I wasn’t successful, but I survived nonetheless. That can also be a huge relief, the memory that these failures, or accidents, won’t kill me.

Shared from Elsewhere

Promoting Mental Health Awareness for Black Men: NIMHD and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Partner for Success
Promoting Mental Health Awareness for Black Men: NIMHD and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Partner for Successnimhd.nih.gov
NIMHD partnered with a historically Black fraternity to launch the Brother, You’re on My Mind initiative addressing Black men and mental health.

How To Support a Loved One Going Through Depression - Breaking Taboo
How To Support a Loved One Going Through Depression – Breaking Taboobreaking-taboo.org
With over 17 million American adults suffering from major depressive disorder (1), it’s not unlikely that you may know someone who is currently living with this condition. Although professional treatment is invaluable in helping depressed individuals recuperate and heal, friends and family members can also provide the much-needed support that will make their day-to-day lives […]

Healthy Boundaries and Getting Your Needs Met: What's the Link?
Healthy Boundaries and Getting Your Needs Met: What’s the Link?psychcentral.com
You may be familiar with the psychological term “boundaries,” but what does it mean and how does it apply

Practical Types Of Self-Care You Can Do Today – Forbes Health
Practical Types Of Self-Care You Can Do Today – Forbes Healthwww.forbes.com
Self-care is a buzzword that may conjure images of cucumber-slice-covered eyes but the meaning is much deeper than that.

The Secret to Giving a Compliment That Makes People Glow
The Secret to Giving a Compliment That Makes People Glowgetpocket.com
Want an easy way to brighten another person’s day? Offer them specific, heartfelt praise, says educator Cheryl Ferguson.

Why Male Victims of Child Sexual Abuse Keep It a Secret | Psychology Today
Why Male Victims of Child Sexual Abuse Keep It a Secret | Psychology Todaywww.psychologytoday.com
Male victims of child sexual abuse have an especially difficult time disclosing.

Why You Don’t Always Have to Forgive, According to a Psychologist
Why You Don’t Always Have to Forgive, According to a Psychologistlifehacker.com
Forgiveness isn’t always the best option for healing or protecting yourself.

A #RealConvo with Black Men About Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
A #RealConvo with Black Men About Mental Health and Suicide Preventionwww.youtube.com
Join us now for A #RealConvo with Black Men About Mental Health and Suicide Prevention! This special Facebook Live conversation, moderated by the American Fo…

From the Archives

It's Important to Have the Uncomfortable Conversation - Blake Lively Talking about CSAM
It’s Important to Have the Uncomfortable Conversation – Blake Lively Talking about CSAMwww.childabusesurvivor.net
Want to see what happens when someone who is completely used to performing in front of people and cameras all of the time, without appearing nervous at all, tries to talk about child abuse and Child Sexual Abuse Materials? Watch this speech by Blake Lively. Notice how, even as a professional who is in front…

Quick Thought #9 - Trauma Recovery and Connection
Quick Thought #9 – Trauma Recovery and Connectionwww.childabusesurvivor.net
I saw this article today about an amputee softball team, made of a bunch of folks who were injured during their service, the kind of people we all would

It's Hard to Have Hope Right Now
It’s Hard to Have Hope Right Nowwww.childabusesurvivor.net
We need each other now, as always. We need our community. We need our connections. We need to know that we are not alone in this. So, let me, in the midst of my own exhaustion, do this one thing. If you’re feeling hopeless, angry, anxious, depressed, etc. because of the state of the world, or the state of your job, the losses you’ve suffered, the issues you are fighting for, the struggle to hang on to hope, you are not alone. I am with you. I see you. I share your exhaustion, frustration, anger, and your need for rest. Whether we’ve talked about this personally, or if you’re simply holding this all in and trying to keep it together, I see you. I’m with you. We are together in this, and we should share the little bits of hope with each other. They may be hard to see, but the more of us who are dedicated to looking for them, and sharing them, the more of it we’ll draw strength from.

You Survived - "That's Enough" - How a Line from Dunkirk Speaks to Abuse Survivors
You Survived – “That’s Enough” – How a Line from Dunkirk Speaks to Abuse Survivorswww.childabusesurvivor.net
This past weekend, the wife and I went to see the new Dunkirk movie by Christopher Nolan. I’m not going to write a movie review, nor will there be any

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