MindF#!k Blog

Is This an Antidepressant?

Many of you might have seen a popular meme going around on social media this week. The top half is a picture of a forest that says “This is an antidepressant”. The bottom half is a picture of pills that reads “This is Sh*t”.

A Primer on Understanding & Compassion

A reader wrote to me that he is frustrated with himself — he hasn’t been as compassionate to people as he’d like recently.

F*ck it, do what you love

When I was 6 years old, we inherited my great-grandmother’s piano. I immediately took to it, and begged for lessons. For the next 10 years, music would be a constant part of my life. Whether it was piano, ukulele, violin, musical theatre, or choir - I couldn’t get enough.

The Face Everything Technique: Why Avoiding Difficulties Doesn’t Work

We are, all of us, amazing at avoiding things.Our minds are less “thinking machines” than they are “avoiding machines.” And the incredible thing is that we aren’t even usually aware that we’re avoiding thinking about something.I’ll give you a few examples:

Our Everloving Quest to Control Our Lives

Almost our entire lives are spent in a quest to gain control, security and comfort in our lives. Unfortunately, we never really get it, so we keep trying, relentlessly.This is the main activity of our lives.What would happen if we stopped?

Enough of the Quick-fix Mentality

There is so much to be done in the world of suicide prevention, and while we may be making some small steps in starting more conversations, creating more awareness, dismantling more stigma, there are so many underlying beliefs and attitudes that need to be acknowledged and cha

Get Ready. Change is Coming.

What is Be Change?Imagine this…

This is Mental Illness Awareness week.

More and more, community agencies are choosing to focus on mental wellness. Which is great! Resilience strategies are a crucial piece of creating a mentally healthy community.

Our Relationship with the Present Moment

Have you ever thought of the present moment as a loved one?I’ve been working with this thought lately, and I find it helpful when I’m feeling rushed, distracted, worried, upset, frustrated, anxious, sad, irritated.

Small Steps

Those who are living or have lived with depression are familiar with the extreme fatigue and lack of motivation that often accompanies the disorder.

September Blues

This is the first September in 16 years that doesn’t mean back to school for me. I just can’t quite shake the feeling that I should be throwing on a backpack, shopping for pencils and binders, checking my class schedule.

Suicide Awareness Week

Please note that this post contains statistics and information about suicide that may be triggering.

Welcome Dryden, welcome!

We are welcoming Dryden to the Be Safe family.

HONY Tackles Myths About PTSD

Note: Some of the stories mentioned in this blog include topics that may be triggering, with themes such as suicide, PTSD, grief, and traumatic military experiences.


Today, performer Selena Gomez announced she will be cancelling the remainder of her world tour, taking time off to deal with depression, anxiety, and panic attacks. She described the issues she was tackling as stemming from her lupus.