Jacob Moore is a filmmaker, public speaker and the founder of NoStigmas.org, a social movement for mental health equality. After losing his father to suicide at age six, Jacob grew up plagued by debilitating anxiety and depression. Ashamed, he became an expert at hiding his mental illness from those closest to him for over, Read More
Hey Guys! It’s November and that means we’re talking about men’s mental health. Even in today’s society, men can feel a lot of pressure to be strong and stoic and be providers for their families. That can add a lot of psychological pressure, especially if you’re dealing with anxiety or depression or another mental health issue. From experience, I know that talking about it helps more than anything. Just being open and honest about what’s going on, whether that’s a professional or peer support or friends and family. Getting it off your chest, taking off that mask and being open and honest can make all the difference in the world. There’s no shame in having a mental health issue. The only shame is hiding it all inside. So, take the opportunity this month, man up and talk about mental health.
Learn more about men’s mental health here: https://www.nostigmas.org/mens-mental-health/
I’m ashamed to admit, but I was super pissed about spending 2 hours wedged in-between thousands of other cars as dozens of police and firefighters assisted a suicidal man. As I sat in the bumper-to-bumper gridlock from Hollywood to the Valley, a fleeting thought crossed my mind: this guy is selfish. I mean, why an overpass on one of the busiest freeways in the world at rush hour on Friday? Why create a spectacle and ruin everyone else’s start to the weekend?
Wow, I’m a jerk. Read More
Original post: I Am No Robin Williams by Jacob Moore | NoStigmas.org
Like most of you, I never had the chance to meet Robin Williams. Yet so many of us feel like we knew him so well. I mean, I feel like I’ve lost my funny uncle Robin. By the time I was born, he was already in our living room most nights “calling Orson.” And even though Williams was known as a “character” actor, there was always something so raw about him. He brought himself to all of those imagined circumstances; the wit, charm, and yes, even the pain.
Back in 1987, the same year ‘Good Morning, Vietnam’ came out, I lost my father to suicide. I was six. Much like Robin Williams, my father lived with addiction and depression. It’s not uncommon for them to go together. Sometimes people self-treat with substances because of mental health issues and sometimes people become depressed after using substances. Chicken or egg, without proper treatment, suicide is often the end result. Read More
Habit #5: Therapy (Part 6 of 7)
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” -Carl Rogers, Ph. D.
Over the years, there are various occasions when problems in our lives can cause enough emotional distress to make us feel completely and utterly overwhelmed. Everyone goes through life altering events on their personal timelines. Some are positive while others are negative: new employment, losing a loved one, having a child and empty-nests syndrome for parents. These stepping stones in life can alter a person’s mood so drastically that their mental wellness is submerged in anxiety. At this point, it may be time for a form of therapy. Read More
Habit #4: Mental Exercise (Part 5 of 7)
“Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.” -Gandhi or
“There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge.” -Napoleon Hill
As people grow older, many worry about becoming more forgetful with age. Early cases of Alzheimer’s or dementia are very real threats but scientists are saying that most people remain able and alert with age, but simply have trouble remembering certain things. In order to stay sharp and maintain mental wellness, there are several types of mental exercises one can perform to stay sharp and alert. Read More
Habit #3: Mental Stillness (Part 4 of 7)
“Perfection is not when there is no more to add, but no more to take away.” -Bruce Lee
Meditation can ease common stress from day to day, to help bring tranquility to those who practice mental stillness. Stress can make individuals tense or anxious and reduce effectiveness in the workplace or at home. It’s important to take the time to meditate when feeling worried or on edge. Meditation can restore a sense of calm to bring inner peace and help individuals become refreshed and ready for the day’s tasks. It’s important to remember that mediation can be practiced anywhere—in the waiting room, at the office, or in a park on a sunny day. Read More
Habit #2: Fitness (Part 3 of 7)
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. -Mark Twain OR
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. -Jim Ryan
Fitness isn’t about running marathons or competing in the Ironman Triathlon. It doesn’t have to be an up-at-dawn jog or midnight stir to chug a protein shake. It’s about making enough of the right decisions to feel better physically, emotionally and mentally. Fitness is a lifestyle. Eat the salad and skip the doughnut. Take the stairs and not the elevator. Make the time to make the right decisions to improve the body and the mind. Read More
Habit #1: Nutrition (Part 2 of 7) by Jacob Moore
“Don’t dig your grave with your own knife and fork.” –English Proverb
In order to step into a healthier lifestyle, there are several ways to begin. By taking a few steps at a time, it’s possible to build the proper foundation for a long and healthy life. Let’s look at some ideas for improving mental wellness through nutrition.
Quite simply, nutrition is meant to enhance health and provide growth. According to a book, Psychodietetics by Dr. Cheraskin, food and nutrition are directly connected to mental wellness. The book discusses issues of weight problems, addiction, depression and “unsociable behavior in both adults and children.” Imbalances, excesses and deficiencies in nutrition can possibly lead to diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis or even cardiovascular disease.
Part 1: Journey to Mental Wellness
It began with a ton-of-bricks feeling in my chest and shortness of breath. I became dizzy and started sweating. It felt like a heart attack. I suddenly realized that I was going to die right there in the middle of European History. But I was 16 and an athlete. How could this be? As you may have guessed, I didn’t have a heart attack and what I experienced was the first of many panic attacks. As they came with more frequency, I became paralyzed with fear. I couldn’t sleep at night. I would lose my appetite and then gorge when I was hungry. This downward spiral led to clinical depression. I missed so many days of school that I nearly was not allowed to graduate.
After high school, I had trouble attending community college and holding down a job. Over the years to follow, my mind physically manifest the symptoms of everything from cancer to carbon monoxide poisoning to shellfish allergies. Medication only helped so much and sometimes made me feel worse. In therapy I began retracing my steps and discovered that my mental un-wellness wasn’t as sudden as it felt. I also began recognizing the roadblocks that were in my life. Some were hereditary and life obstacles, but others were my own doing. In all, I discovered 6 significant controllable factors that contributed to my mental state. With the help of family and friends, I gradually began peeling back the layers of these bad habits. It became a daily battle to overcome the roadblocks, but well worth every effort. I no longer take medication and maintain my mental wellness with the positive habits I’ve developed over the past ten years.