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Supporting A Loved One With Mental Illness: Studio 5

On Studio 5 a brave Utah woman shares her story of her husband’s struggle with mental illness. Because those who suffer don’t “look” ill, they are often misunderstood and don’t get the support offered to those with a visible illness. Here are 5 ways we can better support friends and family members struggling with mental illness.

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Hanks Named #2 Most Influential Mental Health Expert on the Web

Anyone can make a difference for good. Anyone. This list is proof. I’m a social worker in Salt Lake City, UT on a mission to create meaningful online conversations about my passions: mental health and relationships. I love social media because it allows me to have a voice and share helpful and inspiring information across the globe. Me? I write and blog and tweet and post and share because I want to help make your life better by sharing trusted resources, helpful articles, tips, humor, and answer your mental health and relationship questions.

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Teaching Your Daughter Body Love: Studio 5

Many of you have joined our Body Love movement, turning the negative self-talk into positive views of our bodies. Now, we challenge you to help your daughters feel good about how they look.

Studio 5 Contributor, Therapist Julie Hanks, shares 10 ways to teach young girls the concept of body love.

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Born Grumpy? Interview

Did you know there’s a National Grouch Day? I didn’t until I was asked to interview for Health Magazine article “Born Grumpy? Today is National Grouch Day“…

It’s not like most people set out to be grouchy, says therapist Julie de Azevedo Hanks, author of The Burnout Cure: An Emotional Survival Guide for Overwhelmed Women. “People are born with constellations of personality traits and dispositions that, when coupled with experience, can lead to a less than agreeable disposition,” she says. “If you have a temperament that is less agreeable than those around you, you may be labeled a grouch just because you’re experiencing life differently.”

In some ways, people who are moody or pessimistic may be at a health advantage. Research has shown that older adults who are pessimistic about their future actually live longer and are less likely to live with a disability, says Hanks. And people who tend toward pessimism may use negative thinking as a motivational strategy, she says. “While they may be a drag to be around, they may actually be trying to improve themselves.”

Still, if you’re not happy with your mood (or with your resident crankypants), consider these 6 ways to un-grouch a grump.

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How to Let Go of Worry: Studio 5

Women worry. It seems to be just part of who we are. So how do you know when all that well-meaning worry is actually harming your emotional well-being?

What’s the difference between worry and anxiety? How can we curb our day-to-day worries? Watch this Studio 5 interview!

5 Labels to Lose: Studio 5

Labels, even seemingly positive ones can feel restricting. Studio 5 Women’s Self-Improvement Contributor Julie Hanks shares 5 labels to lose from our vocabulary!

Psychoanalyzing Politics: Lou Dobbs Tonight Interview on Fox Business

Psychoanalyzing Obama blog It started out as a normal Tuesday. Got the kids off to school. Worked on my computer. Did some homework. Did some dishes…

When the limo arrived at my home it ceased to be an <em>average</em> day. I was driven to a studio in downtown SLC where a stylist was waiting to touch up hair and make up. I did a live remote TV interview for Fox Business channel’s Lou Dobbs Tonight show {without totally humiliating myself}, shared some thoughts on lame duck presidency and the trend of politicians involved in sex scandals seeking re-election. Rode in a limo home…back to real life.

Had dinner with family. Got kids to various activities. Got kids in bed. Worked on my computer. Watched TV with hubby.

People of Faith Interview on KSL Newsradio #BurnoutCure


I had a delightful conversation with KSL Newsradio host (and close friend) Carole Mikita today on her weekly show “People of Faith.” We chatted about my work with Latter-day Saint women, my new book “The Burnout Cure,” and played a couple of songs including “Make Enough of Me” and “Molly Mormon Died Today“.

It’s not often that I get to be interviewed by one of my visiting teaching women. Yep, I am Carole’s visiting teacher! Lucky me. Do you think this counts as a visit for the month? ;)