BLOG: This year’s Psych Congress returned, time and again, to the theme of us needing to reconnect with a larger experience of the world in order to find a path out of depression.
Andrew Penn, RN, MS, NP, CNS, APRN-BC
BLOG: When I set out to walk 250 miles along the John Muir Trail this summer, I realized that before I left I learned of others’ fears about being alone for 4 weeks in the wilderness in the questions they would ask me.
BLOG: It’s been 6 months since our friend and colleague Eric C. Arauz, MLER, passed away. His death was a blunt reminder to me that if we are going to care about and be attached to others, we will have to experience the grief of losing them.
BLOG: Hiking 250 miles in 25 days on the famed John Muir Trail in California’s Sierra Nevada this summer, I developed a deep intimacy with gravity.
BLOG: I’m going to spend nearly a month walking 275 miles on the John Muir Trail, through California’s Sierra Nevada range—going from Mt Whitney, at 14,505 feet above sea level, to the valley floor in Yosemite.
BLOG: As mental health professionals, we have the opportunities to be leaders within our communities to help address this problem. Let’s lead by example to make talking about mental health and suicide as normal as talking about the game last night or what you’re doing this weekend.
BLOG: Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and The Botany of Desire, has turned his spotlight of curiosity onto the subject of psychedelics with his new book How to Change Your Mind.
BLOG: Of the things that struck me the most at our Elevate conference this year was several presenters sharing their own personal experiences with psychotherapy.
BLOG: Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water left me chewing on its deep psychological themes of archetypal shadow, paranoia, finding ourselves reflected in another, and the redemptive power of love.