The Riddle of Resilience
When I’m feeling well, I feel very resilient, but when I’m not—when depression sets in as it inevitably does— I feel weak, like I’ve failed to stay well and I should have known better. I think, “How could I let this happen? Why didn’t I practice my coping skills better? How did I miss the… Continue Reading →
“I wish I knew what to say.”
I hear this a lot when I’m in the midst of a depressive episode. It’s understandable that someone who doesn’t suffer from depression wouldn’t know what to say. Thankfully there are plenty of resources and services out there to educate oneself and learn. This article, in particular, provides some helpful advice for caregivers, friends, and… Continue Reading →
Keeping It Real
Sometimes you can do all the right things (e.g., practice gratitude, mindfulness, reframe distortions, use positive self-talk and affirmations, exercise, eat right) and depression can still rear its ugly old head in and leave you in a world of suck. I’ve really been struggling the past few weeks and my biggest fear is: what if… Continue Reading →
My mission is to educate, inspire, and empower individuals with mental health conditions and their loved ones. It took me many years to accept that I had a mental illness. I feared the stigma so much I chose to suffer in shame and silence. Now I proudly share my story at hospitals and partial programs, facilitate weekly support groups, and teach mental health classes through The National Alliance on Mental Illness. For information on NAMI-LV peer support group http://www.nami-lv.org/nami-lehigh-valley-support-groups/nami-connections-support-group/
On this site, I share my own journey, the process of my recovery, and strategies I use to stay well and live my best life. You will also find a variety of mental health services and resources available to help those with mental illness and their loved ones. My goal is to give hope to others with mental disorders and help them in their own recovery.
My name is Christina Dunbar and I taught high school English and Theatre Arts for 20 years. Now I am a Professional Speaker and Educator for The National Alliance on Mental Illness, a writing tutor for Northampton Community College, and a PBS Education Facilitator. When I am not writing or tutoring, I enjoy cats, crossword puzzles, Broadway show tunes and karaoke. To learn more about my story click the button to be directed to the My Story page.