Mental Health

Based on popularity, here are the 13 most popular Fashionably ill ® mental health articles:

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#13   5 Ways to Maintain Mental Health Despite Chronic Pain & Fatigue

#12   Top 29 Mental Health Apps: Recommended By Users With Lived Experience

#11   The Church, Depression, & Mental Illness: 3 Myths That Need To Go

#10  6 Ideas: How To Exercise When You Are Depressed

#9   6 Tips For Protecting Your Mental Health When Bad News Is Everywhere

#8   My Tribute to Carrie Fisher: An Actress, Writer, & Advocate Who Happened To Have Bipolar Disorder

#7   Bipolar Disorder: 3 Tips for Making Mood Charts Work

#6    4 Tips for Avoiding Social Media Depression

#5   Bipolar Bingo: 24 Things Not To Say To People With Bipolar Disorder

#4    Living With Bipolar Disorder & Chronic Body Pain: 6 Dilemmas 

#3    6 Tips: Dealing With Grief When You Have Bipolar Disorder

#2    6 Ideas–How To Get Stuff Done When You’re Depressed

#1   5 Tips for Being Reliable When You Are Depressed

BONUS: Download your free Depression Tool Kit by signing up here at  The kit comes with a map of the top 10 tricks for getting stuff done when you’re depressed + 4 Scripts for explaining your mood disorder to loved ones, professors, and employers.

Wristband: Depression Awareness (lots of resources including fact sheets–recommended by a reader)

CertaPet: With the primary goal of connecting those in need of an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) with a Licensed Mental Health Professional, CertaPet strongly believes that having an ESA is beneficial, valuable, and can foster an overall positive change in a person’s mental health. From depression to PTSD to anxiety and more, Emotional Support Animals assist their owners in managing their mental or emotional condition and can potentially reduce the symptoms these individuals experience.

My Favorite Mental Health TED Talks

Check out this speech from my friend, Mike Veny, of Transforming Stigma.  After suffering from a devastating mental health breakdown in August of 2011, Mike made the decision to use his speaking and drumming skills to serve others. As a person who painfully struggles with mental health challenges every day, he is committed to transforming the stigma surrounding mental health into strength.   Give Mike’s speech a thumbs up on YouTube!


Another great TEDx Talk is by my friend, Hakeem Rahim, Ed.M, M.A.  Like me, Hakeem also lives with bipolar disorder.  He was diagnosed while he was an undergraduate at Harvard.  In this TEDx Talk, The Highs and Lows of Life: What Mental Illness Has Taught Me About Happiness, Hakeem share his story and the message that we are more than our challenges we are our experiences. Give Hakeem’s speech a big thumbs up on YouTube!


And here is my TEDx Talk, “How to Get Stuff Done When You Are Depressed.”  Did you know that the World Health Organization says by the year 2020 depression will be the second greatest disability in the world (second only to blindness)?  Or that depression is the number one disability among Americans ages 15 to 24?  Sharing coping skills so people can be productive despite depression is something I’m very passionate about.  And I’d love it if you give my speech a thumbs up on YouTube.

4 thoughts on “Mental Health

    • November 11, 2015 at 8:03 pm

      THANKS, Sophie! I was just on your blog–thanks for all you do to create awareness. Having worked in mental health nonprofit, I know that many people don’t understand how serious OCD is and use “OCD” as a punchline or adjective for being clean, neat, or quirky. Let me know if you ever want to collaborate (I can interview you for this blog, for example). –xoxo, Jessica

      • January 17, 2017 at 2:07 am

        Dear Jessica

        I am a healer and Internal Martial Artist and Yogini. I just now saw your Ted Talk on YouTube, and am very happy to see how vital you are, and how you have not let your physical challenges get you down. I have overcome and cured a long list of illness that beset me and multiplied, from the age of 2 onward. A few of those that you are suffering from, were and still are one my list, but to much lesser degrees than they were. Eventually i will find them completely gone. I am confident in this, because i was given a spiritual gift, about 21 years ago, by a man from Taiwan who, besides being the engineering professor at Connecticut University, would activate participants’ Chi / Qi (life-force energy) at weekend retreats.

        Receiving this type of activation is the beginning of being able to do a very simple, pleasurable, passive, but powerfully effective form of internal energy movement, that affects the Human condition on all levels, including often radical physical healing.

        I received the gift of being able to do activations from my mentor, so that when i see someone who might benefit from it and also seems open-minded and progressive, i will offer the activation. Most people will ignore me or think i am trying to scam them, but i still offer, never the less. Many will also try to look it up on the internet and mis-judge it by their findings. It is a highly individual experience, the only universal factors in it being dynamically benevolent, putting motion what will bring us to the full fulfillment of whatever our potential really is.

        I am pretty sure that my experience and this practice will be able to do a lot for you, and enable you to enjoy your youth a lot more fully. We learn a lot from what our body tells us, but once we get the message, we needn’t hold onto the illness after that.

        If you are interested, please e-mail me and we can talk about it further.

        Peace, and keep up the good work!

        Koki ( My Japanese spiritual handle :)) )

  • February 13, 2018 at 4:30 pm

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