Mental Health Weeks
KUMD periodically marks Mental Health Week with daily interviews on Northland Morning.
Our latest series is called This is Why Not: Finding Hope and Resiliance in Troubled Times.
The Netflix Series 13 Reasons Why. The death of Project Semicolon founder Amy Bluel. The study that discovered that a group of white, middle-aged Americans are dying what they call "deaths of despair."
What do these three things have in common?
Let's call it an absence of hope.
In troubling times, it's easy to put your finger on everything that's going wrong. And we're given the idea that focusing on the problems is somehow the right thing, the mature thing to do, while focusing on the good makes you naive or foolish.
But it's also what makes life worth living for people at any age.
But where does hope - and resilience; the ability to bounce back when life deals you a blow - or a flurry of them - where do hope and resilience come from?
And can you learn skills to "immunize" yourself and the people you love from "deaths of despair"? Can you do hope and resilience building - like a physical workout - to strengthen those "mental muscles"?
This week ... we'll try to find out.