InsideChats Educational Talks: Communication Skills

Good communication is the bridge between confusion and clarity. - Nat Turner What is communication? We always hear "Communication is key" or "Communication saves a relationship," but just telling someone to communicate is not an effective way to ensure there is healthy communication. It isn't a relational cure for all and sometimes the best form… Continue reading InsideChats Educational Talks: Communication Skills

Natural Disasters Impacts on Mental Health

“Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it's less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you've lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that's good.” ― Elizabeth Edwards Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com The Disaster In… Continue reading Natural Disasters Impacts on Mental Health

InsideChats Educational Talks: Stress Management

"One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.” –Bertrand Russell See InsideChats Educational Talks: Stress post for more information https://inside-chats.com/2021/02/18/insidechats-educational-talks/ When will experience stress by feeling tense, overwhelmed, worn out, or exhausted. A small amount of stress can be motivating, but too much stress makes even… Continue reading InsideChats Educational Talks: Stress Management

Well You’re Not Depressed

“Whenever someone tells me to ‘Just be happy,’ I want to yell, ‘Oh, hey, depression’s gone! Why didn’t I think of that?’ But usually I just roll my eyes instead.” —Anonymous Depression or Sadness Depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you… Continue reading Well You’re Not Depressed

InsideChat’s Educational Talks: Boundaries

“Boundaries are, in simple terms, the recognition of personal space.”― Asa Don Brown, The Effects of Childhood Trauma on Adult Perception and Worldview Boundaries Boundaries, also called personal boundaries are the limits and rules we set for ourselves within relationships. Healthy boundaries occur when one can say “no” to others when they want to, but they are… Continue reading InsideChat’s Educational Talks: Boundaries

Mindfulness: Just Meditation or Much More?

Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing. -- Jon Kabat-Zinn The Basics "Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us" (Mindful, 2020). Some examples of when mindfulness can… Continue reading Mindfulness: Just Meditation or Much More?

InsideChats’s Educational Talks: Suicide and Self-Harm

“The bravest thing I ever did was continuing my life when I wanted to die.”― Juliette Lewis Trigger warning: Topics discussed are suicide, self-harm, cutting, burning, shame, and negative self-talk among other triggering topics. This educational talk like the title suggests is on suicide and self-harm. We will be going over the warning signs, symptoms, risk… Continue reading InsideChats’s Educational Talks: Suicide and Self-Harm

InsideChats’s Educational Talks: Burnout

“The most fruitful breaks are often those we are or were forced to take by life.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana Just like the previous Educational Talk about stress burnout is common and experienced by many of us, especially individuals in demanding and stressful work environments. Burnout is a "state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive… Continue reading InsideChats’s Educational Talks: Burnout

InsideChats’s Educational Talks: Stress

“Stress is the trash of modern life-we all generate it but if you don't dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life.” ― Danzae Pace Photo by Taryn Elliott on Pexels.com We all have experienced stress so we probably all know the definition of stress; it's the body's reaction harmful situations, whether… Continue reading InsideChats’s Educational Talks: Stress

Welcome

Hey! Welcome to InsideChats, where I'll be talking about my experiences within the Caribbean culture regarding mental health and mental health services. This includes both my testimony about the personal struggles I have faced and those I continue to face, as well as my experiences as a mental health counselor in the Caribbean. I hope… Continue reading Welcome