Review of the movie, Joker by a mental health advocate

The Joker is a film based on the infamous DC Comic character and stars Joaquin Phoenix as Author Fleck, a troubled comedian who lives on the fringe.

This deep and troubling story of the Batman villain goes into considerable social commentary about the treatment of the mentally ill. Much of this was spot on.

As his support system disintegrates, so does his mental health

The movie focuses on the Joker’s decent into mental illness as his thready and feeble state-supported mental health treatment ends abruptly. With no medication or support for his illness, his psychosis escalates and the line between … Read more...

What can you do to help kids and teens build resilience?

This is a guide to help you develop a new relationship with your child and help them build resilience. It starts with changing how you communicate and this 11-page guide for busy moms and dads is a primer.

It’s simple while not easy. But it will help your child, teen and even young adult become better problem solvers and learn to understand consequences with small price tags. I started using this when Richard was 17 so it’s never too late. You will be amazed at how much more relaxing it is to take this approach.

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Have you ever thought, ‘It will never get better?’

Maybe you’ve lost a child, brother, spouse. Maybe you’re going through a divorce, break up or lost your job. Perhaps you’re going through a health crisis or the darkness of a depression.

If you tell yourself it will never get better, it won’t.

For example, if you tell your friends things will never get better and then years later you feel it has not and you tell them, “See, it’s never gotten better,” it’s a self fulfilling prophecy.

Put simply, if you think that way, it won’t get better.

You are the boss of your brain. And if your self … Read more...

Are you feeling fulfilled?

by Alden Gregory

It’s easy to be busy. Our schedules are filled with appointments to attend, lists to mark off, tasks to finish, deadlines to meet, and goals to accomplish.

We can go through the motions of our days without thinking of much else. We wonder if we should pursue a deeper purpose or loftier goals. But when the boxes are checked and the day has come to an end, when we are given a moment to be alone with our thoughts, why don’t we feel complete?

Our lives are often made whole by … Read more...

Nobody Cares

How many times has this phrase nagged your conscious? My guess is you’ve struggled with this at one time or another.

In grief, the sad sap “nobody cares” mantra played on repeat in my head and I had to fight it with self talk. The world dared to move on without my son in it. It kept rotating, people kept drinking coffee, driving to work, and going about their day even though my heart and my motherhood was pummeled by the news Charles had taken his life.

Nudging myself out of “nobody cares” mode was like pushing a car through … Read more...

Support groups aren’t therapy but they are therapeutic

Whether it’s a group of peers, or loved ones gathering in regards to the addiction, mental illness or death of a loved one, support groups are one of the best options for recovery. And yes, even the loved ones need recovery.

Some people think support groups are a bunch of tree-hugging hippies, wearing robes, singing kumbaya while swaying back and forth holding hands. Many people struggle for years, yet resist attending a support group. Excuses range from, “It takes too much time” to “They’ll not be my kind of people.”

I have a news flash for you. There will be … Read more...

My cert from NAMI Family-to-Family Class

Family to Family is a class offered through NAMI, National Alliance of Mental Illness. It’s free due to their fundraising efforts and it’s a class that is offered through twelve sessions. Sometimes once a week for 12 weeks and sometimes twice a week for 6 weeks.

Since I recommend it to others, I decided to take it myself. It’s a valuable course for those who live with a loved one who suffers mental illness and many NAMI chapters around the country offer the course in your area if you are in the United States.

You can go to the … Read more...

Press Release: Anne Moss Roger’s Powerful ‘Diary of a Broken Mind’

NEWS
FROM BEACH GLASS BOOKS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ray McAllister, Ray@RayMcAllisterBooks.com

TO BE PUBLISHED OCTOBER 1 BY BEACH GLASS BOOKS

diary of a broken mind memoir by anne moss rogers charles rogers
ISBN: 978-0-9987881-6-6
$16.95 paperback. Non-fiction.
6×9 inches, 304 pages, Publishes October 1, 2019. BEACHGLASSBOOKS.COM

Beach Glass Books is proud to announce the October 1, 2019, publishing of DIARY OF A BROKEN MIND: A Mother’s Story, a Son’s Suicide, and the Haunting Lyrics He Left Behind, by Anne Moss Rogers, with her late son, Charles.

THE FUNNIEST, MOST POPULAR KID IN SCHOOL, Charles Aubrey Rogers suffered from depression and later addiction, then ultimately died … Read more...

Soul Sisters – Losing my friend to an eating disorder

by Jessica Lucas

Jessica Lucas

It was the day of the Leeza talk show taping. The topic: eating disorders. I walked into the Hollywood studio prepared to talk about the one thing that tormented and tortured me every day, anorexia, and I had never felt so overwhelmed, frightened, and alone – even as I was surrounded by hundreds of studio audience members.

“No one understands. No one gets it. No one can relate. No one will care. I’ll sound crazy. I’m not sick enough. I’m not smart enough. I’m not articulate enough. I’m not thin enough. I won’t make any … Read more...