About Valerie

Valerie Hebert is the Coordinator for the Child, Youth & Family Liaison Team with NAMI San Diego. She is the team member with tech wizardry, artistic backbone and a Lived Experience mentor, and she loves the work she does!

What To Do if You’re Worried About Suicide

What do you do when you’re worried that a child might be feeling suicidal? First and foremost, it’s important that you talk to him about your concerns in a calm, non-accusatory manner. Sometimes when parents are very worried, they end up saying, “Don’t think this way,” or “You shouldn’t feel that way,” and they

By | 2019-03-13T14:53:06-07:00 March 13th, 2019|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

What Does Eating Disorder Recovery Actually Look Like? An Activist and Educator Explains

"How do I know I'm recovered? Is this a relapse? What is recovery?" If you’ve ever struggled with disordered eating, you may have noticed that the questions that feel most immediate aren’t always widely talked about. Once when I was in an office job, I overheard my coworkers talking about the pizza that was

By | 2019-03-01T13:32:43-08:00 March 1st, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

5 Things Every Suicide Loss Survivor Should Know

As both a therapist and a two-time suicide loss survivor, there are a variety of topics I hear on a daily basis from fellow survivors. My heart breaks for the amount of pain a suicide brings to those still living. In response to this, I decided to write a book to address each of

By | 2019-02-20T13:17:19-08:00 February 20th, 2019|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

The FOMO Is Real: How Social Media Increases Depression and Loneliness

New research reveals how social media platforms like Facebook can greatly affect your mental health. No matter what you did today on your phone or computer, it’s likely that social media was involved. Did you catch up with friends on Facebook, post photos of your dog on Instagram? Maybe a Twitter link brought you

By | 2019-02-12T13:25:46-08:00 February 12th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Bipolar 1 Disorder and Bipolar 2 Disorder: What Are the Differences?

Understanding Bipolar Disorder Most people have emotional ups and downs from time to time. But if you have a brain condition called bipolar disorder, your feelings can reach abnormally high or low levels. Sometimes you may feel immensely excited or energetic. Other times, you may find yourself sinking into a deep depression. Some of these

Teens and Sleep: The Cost of Sleep Deprivation

Lack of adequate sleep is linked to moodiness, risky behavior and injuries By Juliann Garey It’s a radical thought, but what if the behavior we casually dismiss as “teenage angst” — the moodiness, the constant battles, the sleeping all day, the reckless, impulsive and careless behavior — is not in fact a normal part of

By | 2019-01-22T16:30:55-08:00 January 22nd, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

The No BS Guide to Protecting Your Emotional Space

Art Credit: Pichamon Chamroenrak By Jennifer Chesak How to build your own personal and emotional space Our personal boundaries aren’t as obvious as a fence or a giant “no trespassing” sign, unfortunately. They’re more like invisible bubbles. Even though personal boundaries can be challenging to navigate, setting and communicating them is essential for our health,

The Best Depression Apps of 2018

We’ve selected these apps based on their quality, user reviews, and overall reliability as a source of support for people living with depression. If you want to nominate an app for this list, email us at If you’re living with depression, there are a variety of treatment options available to improve your mood and quality of life, from psychotherapy

By | 2019-01-08T13:44:10-08:00 January 8th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments