Something You Didn’t Know About Alan Rickman

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When a beloved actor dies, we mourn ten times more because it feels like their characters have died with them. It feels like Voldemort killed Snape again, doesn’t it?

But here’s the silver lining: Alan Rickman’s passing inspires us to learn more about him as we honor his memory. Keep reading to learn something you most likely didn’t know about the beloved British actor. Continue reading Something You Didn’t Know About Alan Rickman

The Best Mental Health Bloggers You Need to Follow

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Educating the masses on mental health and battling the stigma of mental illness is a massive mission. That’s why the world needs dedicated mental health bloggers and writers who frequently cover relevant issues. They help us think progressively so we can build a world where everyone takes mental health seriously and does not discriminate against those with mental illness.

At Talkspace, we’re all about mental health and fighting stigma with the power of posts like these. That’s why we wanted to give a shoutout to these awesome bloggers and writers. Follow them if you want to learn more and stay updated! Continue reading The Best Mental Health Bloggers You Need to Follow

5 Celebrities Who Battled Depression and Came Out Strong

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People with millions of dollars, academy awards, platinum albums or a ubiquitous name may have the “good life,” but that doesn’t mean they are happier. Celebrities are not immune to depression. Fame can actually make you more vulnerable to mental illness.

Fortunately, their stories of battling depression can be insightful and enlightening, at least for those of us who aren’t in the headlines every week. They show how celebrities are fundamentally the same as any other person who deals with mental health issues. Continue reading 5 Celebrities Who Battled Depression and Came Out Strong

This Easy New Year’s Resolution Will Make You Happier

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Weight loss/fitness is the most popular New Year’s resolution and the one the highest number of people give up on soon after they proudly declare it. Wouldn’t you rather pick a New Year’s resolution that’s easy to stick to?

Do you want your resolution to make you happier in two seconds or less? You can, right now. But you need to do something very simple:

SMILE! Continue reading This Easy New Year’s Resolution Will Make You Happier

Taking Control of Your Mental Illness During the Holiday Season

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Mental health professionals often refer to the holiday season as the most difficult time of year for their clients. There is more in the air than the scent of fresh baked cookies. On the not-so-sweet side there are awkward family interactions, embarrassing past woes revealed, resurfacing childhood trauma, addiction relapse rampant — the list goes on.

People seem to get sicker this time of year, both mentally and physically. If you find the holidays tough and notice negative changes in your mental health, these tips will shed some light on strategies you can use to stay balanced. Continue reading Taking Control of Your Mental Illness During the Holiday Season

Try Doing Nothing This Holiday: It’s Great for Your Mental Health

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Planning to do anything — even something fun and relaxing for the holidays — takes work and sometimes causes stress. Then you might want a vacation from the vacation.

Spending at least a day doing nothing is essential to having a restful holiday where your mind and body power down. But that’s only the beginning of why making time to do nothing over the holidays is great for your mental health.

Then there’s learning how you will actually do it and grappling with the definition of “nothing.” We’re aware of the irony of spending time strategizing how you will do nothing, but a quick read will be worth the reward. Continue reading Try Doing Nothing This Holiday: It’s Great for Your Mental Health

The Harm Orphanages Can Have on a Child’s Mental Health

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When Monique Prince and her former husband had trouble conceiving, they decided to adopt children from a Ukrainian orphanage. Because adoption laws are different in the Ukraine, adopting children from this orphanage did not risk a potential custody battle with the biological parents.

“We didn’t want the children to be taken from us after we adopted,” Prince told Talkspace during a phone conversation.

These children desperately needed the kind of home Prince wanted to provide. The temperature in the orphanage was barely above the freezing point, Prince said. No one held the babies or gave them any sort of affection. The staff did not have the training or energy to properly address basic needs such as diaper changing and bottle feeding. Continue reading The Harm Orphanages Can Have on a Child’s Mental Health

Seasonal Affective Disorder [SAD]: Use this Infographic to Battle Depression

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This infographic was originally published on the resources section of Yellowbrick, a national psychiatric center that specializes in treating young adults such as college students. 

There’s holiday blues, and then there’s seasonal affective disorder [SAD]. Check out the infographic below so you can understand the difference and help those in need, especially if one of those people is you.

Consider the Talkspace E-Gift Card as well, something guaranteed to combat SAD. But make sure you have the right conversation before you give it. Continue reading Seasonal Affective Disorder [SAD]: Use this Infographic to Battle Depression

The Right Way to Send Someone a Talkspace E-Gift Card

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Sending a friend or family member a Talkspace E-Gift Card is a great idea! You need to be tactful, though. If you send it without having a positive conversation with them beforehand, they might take it as you saying they are annoying or need to be “fixed.”

Remember, this gift card is not a way of saying “you need help” to someone. It is an invitation for this person to join you in living a happier and mentally healthier life. Keep reading to learn how to have the right conversation with the one you care about before sending the gift card. Continue reading The Right Way to Send Someone a Talkspace E-Gift Card

Survive Your Dysfunctional Family This Holiday Season

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“No family is perfect… we argue, we fight. We even stop talking to each other at times. But in the end, family is family…The love will always be there.” – unknown author.

For those who grew up in dysfunctional families, even this quote might seem too optimistic. After painful childhood experiences, there are only idealized images of loving families in your mind.

We all have an idea of what family should be: we should unite, make up and love one another like that Hollywood family does at the end of each episode. Then you look at your own family and realize just how far you are from that ideal image.

Each year, the holidays can be a difficult reminder of this truth, and maybe you use the natural human defense of denial to cope. Here are few tips and ideas for you to begin healing. It starts with finding new ways to cope with family at the holiday time, with acceptance instead of denial. Continue reading Survive Your Dysfunctional Family This Holiday Season