Essays by Brian McLaughlin, Advocate
In these essays, Brian Patrick Mclaughlin MS/CPS addresses important issues affecting the mental health community and recommends specific improvements.
Brian is a 1987 Graduate of Gannon University Graduate Counseling Program located in Erie Pa. Further he is 2006 Graduate of Pennsylvania’s Certified Peer Specialist Initative. Brian has been a member of Pi Gamma Mu-The International Honor Society in Social Science, and Psi Chi-The National Honor Society in Psychology since 1985.
Brian was first diagnosed with serious mental illness in 1989. His present diagnosis is Bi-Polar 1 disorder.
He began work in the public mental health system in 1986. Since 1995, Brian has served as a mental health advocate employed by Erie County’s Public Mental Health System. Today, he is Director of Advocacy and Recovery for the Counties new MH BSU, Erie County Care Management.
Brian can be reached by email here.
Advocate Brian McLaughlin advises that you must actively engage in the work needed to bring about your own recovery and offers several ideas for a successful plan.
Access to housing is vital to mental health recovery and advocate Brian McLaughlin offers several paths to obtain safe housing.
Advocate Brian McLaughlin suggests that the Japanese concept of Ikigai may lead to a greater sense of well-being and a more satisfying life.
Advocate Brian McLaughlin recognizes that play and playfulness enhance a person’s sense of joy and well-being and add to mental health.
Advocate Brian McLaughlin observes that Access to money and resources are well proven insulators from the stresses that often lead to mental illness.
Advocate Brian McLaughlin describes the role love plays in reducing feelings of stress, anxiety and depression.
Advocate Brian McLaughlin advises that personal time and relationships are vital to mental health and well-being. Approach wisely.
Advocate Brian McLaughlin describes the harmful effects of negative thinking and offers several methods to correct this behavior.
Advocate Brian McLaughlin explains that the four means of creative expression can be very healing and improve mental and physical health. They are sadly underemployed.
Advocate Brian McLaughlin examines toxic relationships, how to recognize them, their inherent dangers, how to avoid them and successfully exit them.
The many positive outcomes of human response to touch are applied to wellness recovery and the author suggests paths for mental health consumers to receive this treatment
The author lists a number of actions that have been effective for him and that others may use, to help in living with mental illness.
A contemporary description of anxiety with methods of managing stress and flawed thinking.
Mental health treatment requires early intervention at onset and a multidisciplinary treatment protocol.
A diet high in plant based proteins and fats (chicken, fish, nuts, beans, whole grains, and things like olive oil) is the key to both physical and mental health.
A deceptively simple, useful technique to manage thoughts and emotions.
Author describes the symptoms of a person with the diagnosis of Bi-polar One Disorder and how these symptoms very from person to person.
The danger and the fallacy of treating mental and emotional illness by self-medicating with street drugs, supplements or alcohol is explained. It is better to seek expert medical advice.
Used properly Facebook can be a powerful tonic. Facebook friends can be a source of great company, support, encouragement, entertainment, advice, and information.
The secret to surviving major depression is the knowing that depression will end.
Brian finds the structure of employment key to his personal and ongoing recovery journey.
You never really know what the other guy is going through if all you think about is yourself.
If you feel you are at risk or if you sense someone around you is at risk, talk about it and ask for help.
Seeking the approval of my father. In the end I learned something very important. Dad thinks I am more than enough just for showing up.
This is one time I went to the doctor well and left feeling ill. I went in feeling like a person and left feeling less so.
Brian discusses his use of the Warm Line (1.877.550.4007) to help resolve personal issues.
Brian shares his thoughts and feelings on parental regrets and what he has discovered.
Memories of childhood moments with his loving father are recalled in this fathers day greeting by Brian.
Brian McLaughlin recalls words from his former professor, a priest, whom he encountered later in life: “All work has value. Do your best with the situation you find yourself in, and there is no room for shame.”
Renewing old friendships and making new ones can be a path away from depression and anxiety.
Recovery from serious mental illness should not be defined by academic or vocational success.
Three purposes of wearing your ‘Game Face’.
Defining self worth is vital for a person in recovery
Mantra combined with rhythmic breathing helps to quiet the mind and still one’s flawed thoughts and emotions.
Acceptance can be a powerful force in relation to one’s recovery from mental illness.
There are no limits to our recovery from mental illness. Brian reflects on moments with his deceased grandmother and realizes that limits to recovery are self-imposed. He has decided to imagine his limits to be great and far.
My Grandfather was the reason I chose to study Psychology. When I encounter a difficult person in my work I envision my Grandfather and this allows me to give my best.
Brian McLaughlin explains the value of a wellness action plan in dealing with his recurring health issues in this essay.
Brian unconsciously isolated himself from his friends before recovery.
“Never, Never, Never, Give Up!” – a lesson learned from a child.
Once one gives all they have, what more can be asked or expected of them?
Suicide has become epidemic. This course of action by advocate Brain McLaughlin, suggests immediate action, if you or someone around you is at risk.
Clinical depression can occur absent an external catalyst or event.
Far too many consumers are not living or even seeking their highest potential.
Peers are caught off guard when they encounter stigma and discrimination from a most unlikely source: other Mental Health Professionals.
Recovery components are both intellectual and economic.
A person’s basic human needs must be met first before that individual can move upward toward recovery.
Alcohol, whether it be beer, wine, or hard liquor, acts to further deepen depression.
Recovery comes in small steps. The smallest step towards your dreams brings you closer to recovery.
Being spared from mental illness was not the real miracle. The real miracle was to be found in the mental illness itself, and the resulting struggle towards recovery. Most academics can only imagine the wonders I had discovered.
Supports assert that mental health consumers are naturally qualified to become healers and supporters of their peers living with serious mental illness.
Clearly, the hardest part about being a person with a serious mental illness is being true to your self.