When the seasons change and the weather gets colder, I start to hear more warnings about fall and winter illnesses. Just like the sudden talk of Halloween in September, there is an influx of information on the common cold and flu prevention. Important topics for sure. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), seasonal flu can start as early as October. And the National Center for Health Statistics says there are about 62 million cases of the common cold each year. Besides no one likes to get sick.

But ever wish the media would spend just a little more attention on mental health? (Our Facebook friends thought so and voiced their opinions here.) We can’t wash our hands to prevent mental illness like we can with the common cold. But few would argue about the importance of mental health awareness in suicide prevention, ending stigma, and in helping others get appropriate treatment.

That’s why I’m excited and proud that we’re doing this. Our first ever World Mental Health Day Blog Party on October 10, 2011. It’s your chance to share your stories about mental illness, educate others and help reduce prejudice and stigma.

And if you want to learn how to make more positive changes in your life and relationships, read our best posts below from this past week.

7 Steps to Making Real Change Last

(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. asks “What afflictions have I suffered this year that I am in recovery for?” If you’re feeling guilty about not fulfilling last year’s resolutions, take heart. These mindful tips may be the key to finally making those changes last.

How to Strengthen Your Family Bond

(Adventures in Positive Psychology) – Autumn is a great time to rekindle those family ties especially with the beginning of the holiday season approaching us. Read this to get creative ways you can build healthy, happy and positive family relationships.

Honesty in ADHD Blogging – Part I

(ADHD Man of Distraction) – One of our newest bloggers Kelly Babcock makes his first appearance on our Best of Our Blogs this week. Read his heartbreakingly honest post and you’ll learn about his journey with ADHD, what to expect from his blog and how he ended up here.

Does Coffee Prevent Depression in Women?

(Therapy Soup) – You’ve probably heard the latest news. A study came out recently that found a link between coffee and a lower rate of depression in women. This is great news for women coffee lovers and this blogger. Find out why men coffee drinks also have something to be happy about too.

Existential Editing: Cutting Back On What You Don’t Need In Your Life

(The Therapist Within) – We’ve all heard of spring cleaning. But what about existential editing? Maybe it’s not just our homes that need de-cluttering. An insightful piece on how to get more from your life by needing less.