Welcome to Monkeytraps: free your inner monkey

If you are familiar with Steve and Bert over at http://monkeytraps.com then you must know how excited I am to have them as the co-contributors of a new series at Mental Health Talk.

The series is called Monkeytraps 101: Bert’s Crash Course in Control.  What’s got me so excited about it is that it’s fun, innovative (mainly short videos) and for EVERYONE.

Here is a snippet from the first post in the series:

Welcome to Monkeytraps.

Thanks. What’s a monkey trap?

Wikipedia defines it as “A cage containing a banana with a hole large enough for a monkey’s hand to fit in, but not large enough for a monkey’s fist (clutching a banana) to come out.  Used to catch monkeys that lack the intellect to let go of the banana and run away.”

That description is hard on monkeys, but you get the idea.  Other versions use heavy bottles or anchored coconuts to hold the banana.

And this is what you ’blog about? Catching monkeys?

No. It’s a metaphor.

For what?

Psychological traps. The sort we all get stuck in.

More specific, please.


To get the specifics, please visit http://mentalhealthtalk.info/monkeytraps-101-1 over at MentalHealthTalk.info where you will find the post in it’s entirety.

And please don’t be shy; while you’re there leave a comment and/or share the post with your peeps.

And don’t forget to subscribe as the next post in this series will be this Sunday and then once a month after that.

Thank you and have a great weekend.


Walkin’ the talk: a video blog by Allison on her experience with anxiety

Walkin' the talk: a video log by Allison on her experience with anxiety

“I’ve finally come to realize I’m not by myself.” ~ Allison

In this 8 minute vlog, Allison talks about her life living with two anxiety disorders: Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder.

It is a compelling vlog.  Allison has a great vibe and she talks about:

  • her anxiety as a child;
  • how her anxiety got worse after college;
  • her experiences with medical professional when she went to seek help (twice);
  • her denial over her diagnosis;
  • her fear of workplace stigma and what she learned is the truth;
  • her acceptance leading to a better quality of life and being active in the mental health community.

Allison is the founder of www.mindofchange.com, and a Community Correspondent for Partners for Mental Health. She can also be found on Twitter at www.twitter.com/allisongrange.

As usual, this is just a snippet of the actual post over at MentalHealthTalk.info.  So to watch this 8minute vlog, I would be like to redirect you to the “official” Mental Health Talk post:  http://mentalhealthtalk.info/talk_anxiety.  Please come on over and look around.

While you’re there, please leave a comment with your feedback and/or your experiences with anxiety.  I would really love to hear them.

Unmasked at Saratonin

Hi all.

I am honoured to be part of the Unmasked Series at saratonin.co.

Sara, the blog author at saratonin.co, has this great weekly series featuring people who experience mental health issues and/or are involved in the community.

Most participants answer a series of questions — that’s what I decided to do.

So please check out the blog and my guest post here.  Share if you dare!

If you like Sara’s vibe, she is a past Superhero guest on MentalHealthTalk.info and you can read her post and her experience with depression here.

Thank you and make it a great day.


Bipolar disorder and highly sensitive people

Goldfinch by Rachel MillerWritten by Rachel Miller
Original artwork by Rachel Miller

Early Experiences

I’ve always felt like an outsider, so different to everybody else, like I had been dropped off on the wrong planet. Everyone around me, even at primary school, seemed so settled in the world, like living on Earth was the easiest and most natural thing. I felt alien.

I was prone to becoming overwhelmed by school, particularly being in large groups or in noisy environments. I was really sensitive to comments by other kids and how they perceived me and would get upset very easily. Anxiety was my constant companion throughout my school days and later became apparent in the workplace too…

This is a snippet from the new featured post at MentalHealthTalk.info.  Please visit http://mentalhealthtalk.info/bipolar_hsp to learn more about Rachel’s experience with biploar and high sensitivity and her research, as well as links to resources for bipolar, high sensitivity and empaths.  While you are there, please leave a comment because we would love to hear your feedback.  Thank you.