Stories, Stigma, and Self-Care

Volume II / Issue 10 — 11 May 2021

May is Mental Health Awareness Month—a time to focus on the various aspects of both our wellness and our well-being. From self-care to stigma-related beliefs, our mental health is always a factor in our daily lives, and yet it’s often one of the most overlooked aspects of being human (which can cause real imbalance). Why?

Historically, mental health issues were something to hide (think: mental institutions). For most of the history of society, mental health issues were looked upon as flaws and defects. People suffering from depression, anxiety, and any other number of mental illnesses were tucked away from society and/or medicated within inches of being comatose (“Mother’s Little Helper,” anyone?).

In 2021, we have a much better understanding of what “mental health” actually means, thankfully. But centuries of stigma remain embedded in our respective cultures, which has a direct impact on how we choose to show up for ourselves and others.

One of the keys to permanently shifting the stigma around mental health is communication. When we communicate well with each other, a lot of the fear associated with misunderstanding begins to fade away. This is why therapists are, first and foremost, trained listeners. It’s also why IOM is set up to be a vehicle for amplifying voices—for sharing the good work being done all around us.

Whether it’s a self-help book that addresses teacher “burnout” (stay tuned for our next newsletter on that!), a coloring book that invites quiet time for self-care, or a novel that both inspires and entertains… the basic premise is the same: Our shared stories and experiences are what make us who we are.

Of course, these are all aspects of being human, just like our mental health. Together, they keep us grounded and well-rounded. It’s only when we choose to ignore one aspect of ourselves that things can go awry. Rather quickly, too. Hopefully, you have found (or will find) something in our variety of offerings that contributes to your well-being. If not, drop me a note. We have a lot of exciting work coming, and we are only just getting started.

Be well,

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Franny Harcey of Awakening Healing Axis will be a Keynote Speaker at Healing Touch Worldwide Foundation’s 2021 The Four Corners Wellness Summit: The Most Powerful Healer is Within You.

The 3-day virtual summit features 16 speakers, with Franny Harcey presenting on The Inner Journey of Empowerment: Mind, Body, Spirit, Emotions.

For a full description and Summit details Click Here.


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Highlighting Mental Health Awareness Month

Our online content is curated to be fun, informative, and inspirational. This month, we are also focusing on Mental Health Awareness. As such, we’ve decided to share inspiring quotes by various authors and writers throughout May. From contemporary author, Matt Haig, to classics like Sylvia Plath and Emily Dickinson, we hope you enjoy this addition to our normal roster of creative content!
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