Mental Health and Motivation: Vernon Chalmers (Website Owner / Administrator)

About Mental Health and Motivation : Vernon Chalmers

"I can only be responsible for my own behaviour and character, either in relationship with others and / or when I am on my own." — Vernon Chalmers

The Mental Health and Motivation website was created during May 2021 as an online journaling project expressing my personal views, reflections and interpretations of various inter / intra personal motivational experiences with reference to Emotional Wellbeing, Psychology, Loss, Grief, Trauma and Sense of Self.

Currently the Mental Health and Motivation website project is beyond the premise of my own experiences and research interests. Since registration the website gradually developed into an international resource sharing platform for assisting academia, interested individuals and mental health service providers across the world with various Mental Health and Motivation resources.

I am still in process of developing a substantial mental health and emotional wellbeing resource database which I share with my readers / visitors (from more than 57 Countries / 30 USA States). These are resources that I have read, studied and / or researched, either during my social science tertiary education phase (as student and lecturer), general mental health / wellbeing interest or out of necessity for assisting me with a comprehensive understanding of human (relationship) behaviour (and contemporary psychopathology).

Mental Health and Motivation Website Purpose and Objectives
  • The journaling of personal experiences, interpretations, thoughts and events which had a significant influence on my personal decision-making, emotional and social wellbeing.
  • Overview of my 'left brain' academic education and training career and the journey / transition to a more 'right brain' creative education, training and development environment.
  • The publishing and sequential indexing of a personal abusive relationship aftermath narrative created during an 18-month trauma recovery period.
  • Development of a personal 'Mental Health Healing Process' for assisting me with my own recovery strategy from narcissistic abuse and unhealthy relationship.
  • Collecting and structuring of mental health, motivation and relationship resources for the research of human (relationship) behaviour (and psychopathology).
  • Sharing of mental health, motivation and relationship resources with anyone requiring insight and / or assistance learning more about abuse, domestic violence and associated trauma recovery.
  • Identification of specific (and self-experienced) relationship red flag antisocial behaviour awareness and manifestations.
  • Foundation for my own interest, international shared interest and continuous research in adult motivation, abuse, addiction, (prolonged) grief and trauma-related recovery and / or treatment strategies.
  • Historical development of international psychiatry and psychology resource links. 
  • Various personality disorder resources (with specific reference to Cluster B disorders) as identified by DSM-5™ / DSM-5-TR™ diagnostic criteria (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders).
  • Human brain asymmetry and lateralization. Awareness, information, research and resources. 
  • Limbic system trauma loop awareness, information, research and resources.
  • Promotion of various international accredited mental health service providers, health care centers and related rehabilitation practices.
  • Multi-Level Neuro-Processing (MLNP™) coaching awareness, articles and resources. 
  • Mental health career / post-graduate study guidance and dissertation (empirical research) information resources for assisting students interested in / or pursuing careers in psychiatry, psychology and other mental health support services.
  • Mental health crisis and emergency awareness, information, guidance and psychiatric / psychological rehabilitation.
  • Mental health and disaster control. Psychological / behavioural awareness and guidance.
  • International mental health (and associated) job opportunities and related resources.
  • Child and teenager antisocial behaviour awareness, identification and guidance resources.
  • Impact of Social Media on mental health, associated research and resources.
  • Links to 2023 mental health international student bursaries and scholarships.
  • Mental health and sport resources (for athletes and general exercise).
  • Social media apps and related resources for personal / individual mental health management.
  • Future of mental health, AI technology and psychedelic-assisted therapy / resources.
  • Children mental health awareness, information and resources.
  • Forensic psychology awareness, information and resources.
  • Global mental health law / legal awareness, information and resources.
  • Mental health and socioeconomic status, information and research links.
  • Mental health and eating disorders; awareness, information, research and resources.
  • Mental healthcare software solutions, information management and resources.
  • Challenges in International mental healthcare policies, systems and research links.
  • The promotion of international mental health awareness, research and resources.
  • Mental health and the limbic system, awareness, information and research.
  • Individual stories and victory links of mental health / mental illness recovery.
  • Somatic Experiencing® (SE) therapy awareness, research and resources.

Mental Health and Motivational Journaling Experience
Through a reflective, motivational and therapeutic (online) journaling experience, mainly as a result from a recent defunct abusive relationship, I started documenting some of my relationship experiences and perpetual racing thoughts. Before journaling I tried a few 'short-term non-therapeutic solutions', but nothing would calm the random onslaught of the PTSD-like symptoms down. What eventually did work was many hours of solitude, reading and researching various mental health / psychology resources. Eventually, after more than a year, knowledge, time and journaling turned into a conscientious Portfolio of Choice. Writing and reading my own state of mind became my daily therapy.  

Vernon Chalmers Relationship Abuse Recovery Article Index >>

The description(s) of love, loss and grief, are my own interpretations and experiences throughout my life - either through people close to me that I have lost along the way - grieving their unconditional love or significant other(s) that I have lost through their conditional expectations, intolerable abusive behaviour and / or unfortunate emotional disconnect.

Ten years ago I made a formal transition from a 'left-brain' analytical working / lecturing environment orientation to a predominantly 'right-brain' creative / educational working environment orientation. I am still 'keeping my promise' for educating and training others (in photography / related research) when the demand and opportunities are there. Moving from left brain to right brain    

Abusive Behaviour / Antisocial Traits: Disclaimer and Reference
References to any abusive behaviour / antisocial traits mentioned anywhere on the "Mental Health and Motivation' website (as Vernon Chalmers articles) are not specifically directed to disrespect or being vindictive against anyone. It is rather a reference to certain actions / reactions that were identified, experienced and expressed (by me) as unacceptable behavioural manifestations through physical, psychological and / or verbal abuse intended to harm me, either intentionally or unintentionally against my physical self, my character, integrity and personal values.

Interest in Motivation, Psychology and Neuroscience (Theory and Applied Research)
Over the years I have studied / facilitated / researched the (intrinsic) motivational theories of Herzberg, Maslow, McClelland, Skinner and Vroom and the (psychoanalytical) approaches of Frankl, Freud, Gunderson, Hare, Jung, Kernberg, Klein, Kohut and Miller. I'm particularly interested in Otto Kernberg's psychoanalytical perspectives (with specific reference to borderline personality organisation, narcissistic pathology and object relations theory).

I am fascinated by contemporary neuroscientific research, with specific reference to brain asymmetry and lateralisation (of our left and right cerebral hemisphere 'interconnectedness') - and how the limbic system controls our cognition, motivation, emotions and stress reactions in assimilating daily stimuli of i.e. threats, trauma (and other perceptions) wrt to specific cognitive vs. emotional decision-making biases and subsequent behavioural responses.

During 2020 I was introduced to the contemporary Compassionate Inquiry approach, as practiced by Dr. Gabor Maté - renowned international addiction and trauma expert - for his psychotherapeutic approach towards a pragmatic understanding of (the intrapersonal relationship between) addiction and trauma.

By pure coincidence during 2021 I was introduced locally to Francois Prinsloo, an internationally accredited MLNP™ life coach & trauma counsellor, who unselfishly shared his phenomenal insight into the brain-body (neuro-physiological) facilitation process. Our informal, but regular 'interventions' provided me with a refreshed understanding on how life coach / trauma practitioner methodologies and contemporary neuroscientific research are contributing to emotional wellness and related rehabilitation practices. More Information   

Free Promotion and Placement of International Mental Health Support Resources
Interested authors, life coaches, mental health practitioners / advocates, community outreach specialists, publishers and / or related organisations are welcome to consider a no-cost promotion and publication of related international mental heath resources (new books / workbooks  / articles / article URL links / media releases / statistics) on this website.

Each request will individually be considered in evaluating the opportunity for both the external publisher and the active Mental Health and Motivation reader / visitor for possible publication. More information

Vernon Chalmers Location
Milnerton, Cape Town
South Africa

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