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Blog posts are listed in date order, with the most recent posts at the top of the page. Continue to check back as new entries are posted.  You may also want to click “Load More” at the bottom of this page, to view older blog posts.  Over time, you will see posts from various members of the Celebrity, Influencer and Practitioner Alliances, to go along with Eric’s blogs. In addition, use the search feature so that you may look for topics that interest you most.  We hope you enjoy and find comfort in some of the words offered. Feel free to leave your comments.

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How Misfits Fit Perfectly Together

17 December

Not ashamed to admit, my wild & crazy Saturday night involved finally getting around to see the movie everyone’s been talking about: Bohemian Rhapsody.   Like most who prob go/have gone into this movie, I was expecting to have a mindless experience, enjoying what I thought would contain a # of key themes:   1) […]

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We Must Communicate About Mental Health More Inclusively

14 December

You look at the pictures of these 2 young beautiful ppl & they could pass for “Ken & Barbie.” What could be wrong? A life of opportunity ahead of them. Yet one, a red-shirt freshman college football player, one a successful meteorologist on TV, both gone in the blink of an eye, to suicide, w/in […]

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Tradition Trumps Amenities

10 December

A big part of mental health is finding your tribe.   I remember multi-medalist in Olympic swimming, Anita Nall- Richesson, saying at our opening event back last November: “I feel like I’ve found my tribe…& it’s not because many of us are athletes. It’s because we’ve all been through challenges & we’re all willing to […]

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How Trauma Leads To Drug Abuse

9 December

I mentioned my long term friend living up Canada who called me in a panic, going through a major MH crisis, in our “stories” section yesterday.   Though this friend ASKED me to share this story to help others, immediately, & though those of us in his friend circle know what’s going on, I’m going […]

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The Difference Between Passion and Purpose

7 December

Hearing a comment Lance Allred made last night in Cleveland w the Cavaliers, a city/team where he actually lived his childhood dream of playing NBA basketball, reminded me of this story:   When the idea first came in my head to start an Alliance of ppl w platforms to all talk abt MH collectively/similarly, one […]

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Key Learnings From The Cavaliers Fan Sit-Down

6 December

Thanks to the Cleveland Cavaliers for an incredible start to the pro sports #SameHere🤙 Sit-Downs Tour. Some highlights:   Lance Allred telling the crowd that “the only love that’s real love is unconditional love. Any other type is manipulation or control.”   Jason Adkins shared: “we aren’t getting any help from the top down, to […]

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Attacking Mental Health Reform At The Local Level

4 December

This a very large holy friggin’ YES!   Buried amongst the election topics of how many House & Senate seats may turn over, & blue vs red waves, was this important story.   Denver voters, by almost a 2:1 ratio (which is a huge vote of confidence as to where residents think more funds are […]

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Why Not Keep Trying Something New?

3 December

Why Not Keep Trying Something New?   After a pretty “heavy” post yesterday about some of the difficult feelings many of us can relate to, thought I’d balance it out with a more productive message today.   The FIRST place my psychologist sent me (once I was fortunate enough to find her) to begin my […]

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What Fighting Everyday Feels Like

2 December

Thought this picture was such an amazing depiction of what it can feel like to literally “battle” throughout your day, when you are dealing with some intense mental health complication(s).   When I worked for the NJ Devils, an opposing player was explaining to me what it was like to play against the Devils back […]

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Do Celebrity Diagnosis Stories Really Help us?

29 November

Great news for the world of MH, right? Another big name shares their story.  Brings us all closer together! Not so fast.   This is a question I’ve been waiting to ask for a while now, but to be fair, waited till it was a recent celeb that was not that controversial, that had universal […]

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There Is No Normal

26 November

True story here that very much applies to this quote:   Johane Ligonde who is on our Alliance & a principal at a middle school invited me to a “Mental Health First Aid” training session w her health teachers. The gentleman who taught the class was a hilarious former private practice MH professional, who is […]

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Kinda, Sorta Feelings

19 November

Found this pic & thought it was so fitting. Haven’t done a #SameHere🤙Symptoms post in a while, so here goes – quick one (for me at least 😂).   Mentioned a bit back l that I started a new daily online exercise program to combat emotional flatlining, & that if it helped me, we’d add […]

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How To Truly Stop The Stigma

18 November

If you were to start a campaign to curb bullying – wanting to appeal to the bullies themselves, would you create a campaign entitled: “Bury the Bullying”? Would that appeal to those bullies, to help them see – we all hurt, & that “hurt people, in turn, hurt people”? Would it curb their habits, or […]

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Taking On Pain Of Others

16 November

I get it: it feels good – to make others feel good (or, in some cases “less bad” when they are going through their own “stuff”).   As humans, we have the incredible ability to empathize.  You’ll often hear psychologists use the term “empath” to describe a person who experiences a great deal of empathy, […]

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One Year Anniversary

14 November

Exactly a year has passed in the blink of an eye. It’s actually a little scary (see the pic from our launch event on the 2nd slide).   But to look back & see what you all have helped us accomplish as we work to shift the paradigm from a society that looks at this […]

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World Kindness Day

13 November

With today #WorldKindnessDay, a reminder that being kind can come from performing a simple gesture, & can even have a ripple effect.   Today (and any day) Instead of our usual: “How are you doing? Well! And you? Well!” guarded conversations, maybe make a conscious effort to open up a little more.   Maybe it’s […]

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When Extra Sleep Does NOT Help

12 November

One of the most confusing/frustrating things for me to learn throughout my battle has been how DIFFERENT healing from MH complications is from what it takes to heal from common complications we all fight growing up, like: strep throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, cold, flu, etc.   When we acquire a virus or infection, we feel run […]

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On Veteran’s Day, A Closer Look At PTSD

11 November

Please consider looking closely at this flag, on this #VeteransDay. It shows ppl of all backgrounds – service men/women as well as everyday citizens, making up the Red, White, & Blue.   Because my diagnosis was/is PTSD, & I didn’t serve, every time there is a holiday honoring our brave men & women, I feel […]

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The Growth Of The #SameHere Student Alliance

9 November

These students are incredibly creative as well as inspiring leaders.   We are stronger together, as Richmond’s “WebstUR” & Towson’s “Doc” show us here 🤙🤙!   Two more universities submitting their information for their student-led mental health clubs: “As You Are” #asyoUaRe from Richmond headed up by Marshea Robinson & McKenzie Cox, and “Own Your […]

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The First In-House Mental Health Professional In Sports

8 November

This NOT a sports story. This is a big-time human interest story.   The Carolina Panthers of the NFL yesterday announced the hiring of the first IN-HOUSE mental health professional in pro sports. A number of teams have come out since & have said that they’ve had one as well, but haven’t publicized it. That […]

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