Advocates Voice

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 for 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 diagnosed with serious mental illness 22 years ago. His present diagnosis is Bi-Polar 1 disorder.

He has worked in the public mental health system most of his adult life. For the past 16 years 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.

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Diagnosis of Serious Mental Illness: What is in a Name?
Author describes the symptoms of a person with the diagnosis of Bi-polar One Disorder and how these symptoms very from person to person.

Good Mental And Emotional Health And The Art Of Facebook
Used properly Facebook can be a powerful tonic. Facebook friends can be a source of great company, support, encouragement, entertainment, advice, and information.

Surviving Major Depression
The secret to surviving major depression is the knowing that depression will end.

My personal and ongoing recovery journey
I find the structure of employment key to my personal and ongoing recovery journey.

The world is not all about me
You never really know what the other guy is going through if all you think about is yourself.

Suicide becomes epidemic problem
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
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.

Design a Sleep Routine to aid your personal recovery
A good night’s sleep is healing to the body and mind.

My Middle Name is Patrick
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.

Warm Line: How a fellow CPS Made all the Difference
Brian discusses his use of the Warm Line (1.877.550.4007) to help resolve personal issues.

My Father, My Hero: Moment Saved by Pen and Page.
Memories of childhood moments with his loving father are recalled in this fathers day greeting by Brian.

As long as you do your best with the situation you find yourself in, you are recovering.
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."

A Path Away From Depresseion and Anxiety
Renewing old friendships and making new ones can be a path away from depression and anxiety.

The True Secret To My Success/Recovery
Recovery from serious mental illness should not be defined by academic or vocational success.

Put Your Game Face On!
Three purposes of wearing your 'Game Face'.

Mantra combined with rhythmic breathing
Mantra combined with rhythmic breathing helps to quiet the mind and still one's flawed thoughts and emotions.

Self Worth
Defining self worth is vital for a person in recovery

Acceptance of mental illness can be half the battle toward recovery
Acceptance can be a powerful force in relation to one's recovery from mental illness.

Therapeutic Value of A Pet Dog
Having a pet dog has a positive therapeutic impact on Brian.

Limitless Goals to Recovery
Threre 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.

Reframing Parental Instincts
Brian shares his thoughts and feelings on parental regrets and what he has discovered.

Memories of My Grandfather Influence My Work
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.

Write A Wellness Action Plan
Brian McLaughlin explains the value of a wellness action plan in dealing with his recurring health issues in this essay.

I Left Them
Brian unconciously isolated himself from his friends before recovery.

"Never, Never, Never, Give Up!" - a lesson learned from a child.

Suicide: Don't Ask, Don't Tell
Suicide has become epidemic. This course of action by advocate Brain McLaughlin, suggests immediate action, if you or someone around you is at risk.

Little Green Apples
Once one gives all they have, what more can be asked or expected of them?

The Nature of Depression
Clinical depression can occur absent an external catalyst or event.

Great Expectations
Far too many consumers are not living or even seeking their highest potential.

Being A Peer Specialist: The Part That No One Told You
Peers are caught off guard when they encounter stigma and discrimination from a most unlikely source: other Mental Health Professionals.

The Engine of Recovery
Recovery components are both intellectual and economic.

Recovery and the Great Pyramid of Egypt
A person's basic human needs must be met first before that individual can move upward toward recovery.

Man Bites Dog
Alcohol, whether it be beer, wine, or hard liquor, acts to further deepen depression.

Recovery: Dreams Delayed But Not Forgotten
Recovery comes in small steps. The smallest step towards your dreams brings you closer to recovery.

The funny thing about miracles...
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.

Pennsylvania's Peer Specialist Initiative: An Idea Whose Time Has Come!
Supports assert that mental health consumers are naturally qualified to become healers and supporters of their peers living with serious mental illness. By Brian McLaughlin.

To Thy Known Self Be True
Clearly, the hardest part about being a person with a serious mental illness is being true to your self. By Brian McLaughlin.

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