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Mental Health & You Blog Series


During this pandemic, social distancing has been recommended and even mandated -- and has not been our choice. Circumstances are beyond our control. 


And because schools are closed and we’re working virtually we find ourselves stuck at home with family members and roommates.


When will life return to normal?

Will it ever? 


Our goal is to give you a twice-monthly column that delivers current mental health information and educational resources, tools, videos, articles and support programs that focus on how to get and maintain the vital mental health support you and your loved ones need.

We hope you find our offerings helpful.  

Welcome! 

We are so happy to have you join us!


I’m Diana, the founder and mental health educator of Our Conversation Column and podcast Conversations for Hope. Let me introduce my good friend, Jan, our dedicated writer, editor and also, mental health educator. We are grateful to have him on our team.


Together, we created this column because we are parents with lived experience, that is, as parents we have seen our loved ones – our family members and our close friends - as well as our co-workers and neighbors, suffer from the ​anguish and havoc​ that mental illness inflicts.


And we know firsthand how the families and friends of those with mental illness suffer along with them.


We all pay a heavy price, especially for ignorance and the stigma surrounding mental illness, even though resources and treatments exist. Yet so many are forgotten, undiagnosed and untreated.


Jan and I have a passion for mental health awareness and education – to provide resources that are so desperately needed, particularly now, in these difficult, uncertain and disorientating times.


The efforts of so many mental health agencies, organizations, therapists, and local programs have been crippled by this COVID-19 pandemic.


The services that parents, teachers, and our communities have relied on for so many years have been seriously compromised, or even have ceased to exist. For the many who have come to depend on the usual mental health support structure, an abyss has opened up.


Jan and I are usually busy, providing NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) classes and working with local mental health professionals, organizations, schools and businesses in our community. But not since we've all been social distancing.

So now here we are to help fill that gap for you.

"This family went from tragedy to triumph and the story needs to be heard by everyone.


The story of Diana's family is one of struggle, courage, and hard-won triumph. 

I believe anyone involved with school-age children would benefit from hearing about this family’s determination to develop a plan that would enable their son to emerge as the confident, talented, and the loving young man that he is.”

-Jean Gaede | Faculty

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Enjoy reading our Blog Series, and let us know what you think.

Please leave a comment below.

Archived Columns​ | Featured Doctors | Video Corner

MAY 1, 2020

What Do You 

Do When?

YOU NEED MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT 

DURING A PANDEMIC

READ HERE

MAY 14, 2020

What Do You

Do When?

YOU FEEL LONELY AND ISOLATED 

DURING A PANDEMIC

READ HERE

JUNE 2, 2020

What Do You 

Do When?

YOU THINK YOU HAVE DEPRESSION

READ HERE

JULY 1, 2020

What Do You 

Do When?

YOU NEED TO REDUCE STRESS

READ HERE

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Conversations for Hope takes us on a dramatic journey through compelling, first hand accounts, into understanding how mental health challenges affect all of us in every area of life, including our families, 

and society as a whole.

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"It tells the story of my son Demitri and his journey from deep despair during years of being bullied to thriving beyond anything we could have imagined.

It conveys the heartache, and sacrifices that were made to save his life, and the determination, fearlessness, and love we needed to summon to create a space for his healing."

-Diana Kendros