Showing posts from September, 2018

Book Review - Summer 2018

Nothing relaxes me more than curling up in bed (or by the fire when it's cold if I'm lucky!) and reading a good book at night. I started really getting into reading during my college years and then after moving a couple of times, I realized I need to stop reading (because I was accumulating so many books!) or get a kindle. Therefore, just about every single book I read now is via Kindle. Occasionally I will get a physical book or an Audible book. Without further ado, here are the books I read this past summer: The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle All We Ever Wanted by Emily Griffin Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond The Breakdown by B. A. Paris I love me some memoirs and psychological thrillers with a chick-Lit every now and then for mindless reading. Over the summer I read one chick-Lit and seven psych

Just Because I Look Happy, Doesn't Mean I Am -- National Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month and September 9th through the 15th was National Suicide Prevention Week. Mental health has long has a stigma attached to it and is seen as a taboo topic, much like religion and politics. However, unlike religion and politics, those who have mental health issues often do not have a choice whether to live with their mental illness. We do have a choice though in how we talk about it. Mental health is extremely important to me for more reasons than a single blog post can express. Suicide should not be just a news story or topic we talk about preventing one week every year. Suicide is real, very real. There are people with whom I went to high school that are not here today because they felt the best way to ease their mental problems was to end their life - they died by suicide. I have friends and even family who felt this way too. I know people today who attempted suicide and are still here.  The first step to preventing